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Sponsored by:

Congratulations to the incoming 2022/23 NEXTLEADER class!

Zach Adams I Morrell Companies
Dustin Berger I Kottke Trucking
Kent Chance I NOVCO, Inc.
Mikayla Childs-Akers I Dedicated Logistics
Cole Deutsch I Dart Transit Company
Samuel Gorr I The Dart Network
Kat Guerrero I Rihm Family Companies
Joe Hammer
 I Cool Fuel/ Arfsten Transfer
Nik Hovde
 I Shefland Trucking Service
Hannah Koury
 I TA Dedicated
Eric Krystowiak
 I Trimble Transportation
Jenna Laskowski
 I CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Tyler Schiltz
 I Valley Transportation Service
Chris Sexton
 I Momentum Truck Group Freightliner Western Star
Dylan Vinje 
 I Halvor Lines
Mason Vinje
 I Halvor Lines
Zachariah Visser
 I Coborn's Inc.
Colby Whitmore
 I Great Plains Transportation Services
Jacob Christorf
 I MBM Logistics/TLM Express
Michael Blair
 I Bay & Bay Transportation


Karsen Ulwelling- Valley Transportation Services: 2020/21 NEXTLEADER Class

Experience the NEXTLEADER Journey

Over the course of this 12-month program, you will learn how to:  build teams, become a person of influence, negotiate with confidence, cultivate relationships, deliver powerful presentations, lead meetings effectively, understand trucking tax & financials, leverage your MTA membership, interact with legislators and government agencies, strategically think & plan, and communicate effectively.

Class Schedule: (September 2022 to August 2023)

Session 1 (September 7): Team Building, Trucking, & Interacting with Government Officials & Agencies (MTA Office Bldg.)

Session 2 (October 14):  The Maxwell DISC Profile (Online Assessment) & Executive Coaching Session 

Session 3 (November 7, 8, 9): John Maxwell Professional Development & Leadership Training (MTA Office Bldg.)

Session 4 (January 17): Leading Critical Conversations – MTA Safety Conference (Earle Brown Heritage Center)

Session 5 (February TBD): Leading Change Through Influence – MTA Truck to the Capitol 

Session 6 (March 15): Effective Negotiations and Trucking Tax & Finance (MTA Office Bldg.)

Session 7 (April 20): Learning Through Leadership – MTA Trucking Management Conference (Vadnais Heights Commons)

Session 8 (June TBD): Leading Across Transportation – Planes, Trains, & Trucks

Session 9 (July 12): Leading Effective Meetings (Virtual)

Session 10 (August 8-10): Cultivating Relationships, NEXTLEADER Council, Graduation - Annual Conference & Golf @ Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota

Program Fee: The Program fee of $2999.00 covers all expenses associated with the leadership program, including MTA event registration fees.  Participants will be responsible for transportation costs, hotel, and hotel parking.  Once the class is confirmed, each participant will receive an invoice via email for payment.  The Program fee must be paid by August 31, 2022 to secure your spot.  


Attendance: Attendance at all sessions is critical for leadership development and getting the most benefit out of your NEXTLEADER experience.  The program includes eight in-person sessions, one online assessment, and one virtual session.  Attendance is required at all sessions. Homework assignments will be given for any missed sessions. 


Meeting Details: Sessions 1, 3, and 6 will be located at the MTA’s Office Building in Brooklyn Center, MN.  The meetings will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided on these days.  All other sessions will occur at the respective event locations on the designated day/time.  These details will be communicated when available.  You will be registered for Safety Conference, Trucking Management Conference, Summer Golf Tournament, and Annual Conference automatically with your paid NEXTLEADER registration.  


Hotel: Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  Annual Conference will have special hotel rates that will be communicated when available.   The recommended hotel for sessions in Brooklyn Center is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North.  The recommended hotel for Trucking Management Conference is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. Paul NE (Vadnais Heights).


Dress Code: Business casual (dress slacks, skirt, sweater, blouse, button down shirt, polo) is the preferred dress for the sessions.  Suits will be required for Session 5 (Truck to the Capitol) and Session 10 (Graduation).  The Session 10 (Annual Conference Golf Tournament will require golf attire (collard shirt).  




Part of the 2021-22 NEXTLEADER Class at the 90th Annual Conference
The NEXTLEADER Council meeting at the 90th Annual Conference
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