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trucking management conference

"Prepare. Protect. Prosper."



MTA Members: $299

Non-Members: $599

APRIL 20, 2023

Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 County Rd F E, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

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7:00 am                     Sponsor setup


8:00 – 9:00 am         Registration , hot breakfast and networking


8:00 – 9:00 am         NEXTLEADER breakfast (conference room)

9:00 – 9:10 am         Welcome- John Hausladen, MTA & Mark Cossack, Timberland Transportation, TMC Chair                                                          

9:10 – 10:00 am       Session 1: Powering Through Adversity and Never Wasting a Good Crisis


10:00 – 10:10 am     Networking Break/ Vendor Booths

10:10 – 11:00 am     Session 2: Carrier Growth Through Acquisition   






11:00 – 11:10 am     Networking Break/ Vendor Booths

11:10 – 11:50 am     Session 3: Facilitated Roundtable Discussions 





11:50 – 12:50 pm    Lunch


12:50 – 1:10 pm      NEXTLEADERS report back top solutions from roundtable discussions

1:10 – 2:00 pm        Session 4: Don't Let Bad Turn Worse: Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens



2:00 – 2:10 pm        Networking Break/ Vendor Booths

2:10 – 3:00 pm        Session 5: Safely Operating Your Fleet in the Face of Legalized Cannabis



3:00 – 3:10 pm        Networking Break/ Vendor Booths

3:10 – 4:00 pm        Session 6: Create a Vision for Employee Growth & Sustainability No Matter Your Company's Size












4:00 pm                    Conference Closing Remarks

Joe Hammer, General Manager, Cool Fuel Transportation

Learn about never wasting a good crisis by embracing and accepting change, the 80/20 rule of Pareto’s Principle, the ups and downs of selling service with tricks to finding the balance, leveraging banking relationships, making decisions to build your team, self-care as a leader, and achieving everything you desire. 

Panel: Matt Zechmann, VP Operations, TA Dedicated--- Scott Riser, President & CEO, Shefland Trucking--- Dan Arcand, Sunbelt Business Advisors

Understand the strategic advantages of carrier acquisition from equipment to technology, plus best practices in evaluating a purchase, and the pitfalls to watch out for when you integrate the purchase into your existing operations.

Discuss solutions to top issues impacting your business

1. Acquiring equipment (new and used)

2. Building efficiency through TMS

3. Most effective advertising venues to recruit drivers

4. Getting the most out of event recorders

5. Fuel efficiency through driver behavior and maintenance

6. Starting a company driver training program

7. Culture change to overcome negativity and high turnover

8. Managing customer credit risk

9. Methods to increase driver retention

10. Safety best practices for both IC and employee drivers

Rob Moseley, Founding Partner- Moseley Marcinak Law Group LLP

How should companies be structured, and how do you maintain the legal separation? Where are the blind spots? How do operations with multiple entities structure those relationships.  What to expect when the lawsuit starts. How brokers create liability. What can you do when you don’t want to do that the lawyer says?

Sergeant JR Greninger & Captain John Hahn, Colorado State Patrol, Jeff Reeves, GM, Fortune Transportation

Mike Cafarelli, President- The Dart Network

In this session you will learn how creating a vision for employee growth and sustainability is essential to any business, regardless of its size.  How it can serve as a foundation to best manage employee performance, attract and retain top talent, and ensure that everyone is working toward the same goals. You will also learn how to develop a holistic strategy that considers many different aspects of the business, such as strategy, technology, culture, employee needs, and finances.  Ultimately with a clear vision for employee growth and sustainability, businesses can not only attract but also sustain the best talent, leading to long-term success.

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Understand how the legalization of marijuana has impacted enforcement in Colorado, what officers are seeing roadside, the impact it has had on safety, testing methods that are being used, and programs that have been put in place to handle any new issues.   


Then learn from a carrier how legalized cannabis has impacted trucking operations in Colorado. 

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