CVTA 2011 Fall Conference

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) held their 2011 fall conference in Washington, D.C.  The opening night reception was sponsored by Shell Lubricants.  The reception provided an opportunity for attendees to catch up with regular attendees and meet first-time attendees.

Left to right Bruce Busada, Diesel Driving Academy, Mark Greenberg, NETTTS, Martha Treatts, FMCSA, Bill Bronrott, FMCSA, Larry Minor, FMCSA, John Frey, Werner  Enterprises

The conference began with the CVTA Business Meeting, which provided an overview of the activities of CVTA.  The annual Board Member of the Year award was presented to John Frey of Werner Enterprises, and the CVTA Member of the Year award was presented to Gary Strube of International Schools.

CVTA welcomed 4 new members:

  • Great Lakes Truck Driving School
  • United Truck Driving School
  • Maverick Transportation
  • Shell Lubricants

ScreeningOne was also welcomed back to the membership.

The first speaker, Bob Costello, Chief Economist, American Trucking Associations, provided the group with an economic and trucking industry update.  Mr. Costello is the most prominent economist in the trucking industry. His presentation provided a straightforward analysis of the economy today, tomorrow and in the future.

The next presenter was Robert Dumas, Education Liaison for the VA Educational Services.  Mr. Dumas provided an overview of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and GI benefits that go into effect October 1, 2011.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill has significant improvements that will help truck driving schools.
After lunch, FMCSA's Deputy Administrator, Bill Bronrott, addressed the group on the current activities of the agency regarding different programs, especially safety issues.  This presentation also provided an opportunity to discuss current rulemakings with the Mr. Bronrott, including the proposed rule on entry-level driver training.

John Hazard, a partner at Webster Chamberlain & Bean, was the next speaker.  Mr. Hazard provided the group with an in-depth analysis of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it will affect our companies.

Dr. Gary Petty, president and CEO of the National Private Truck Council, was the final speaker.  Dr. Petty gave a spirited presentation on private trucking operations and the potential job opportunities for truck drivers.  This council represents companies whose primary business purpose is not trucking, but for which trucking plays a critical role in fulfilling corporate purposes.

On the second day of the conference, the first speaker was Marlin Caddell of Randall-Reilly Publishing Co.  Mr. Caddell presented on social media and educated the group on how it can work as a recruiting tool for member companies.

Kendis Paris, National Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, was the final presenter.   Ms. Paris spoke to the issue of human trafficking, a term for modern-day slavery, and how it is a $32 billion worldwide industry with more than 27 million people enslaved.  It has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the U.S. is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.  Ms. Paris spoke about the website and phone number that has been created to enable members of the trucking/travel plaza industry and other travelers to learn what you can do to help stop this atrocity.  The group was strongly encouraged to become involved with the activities of Truckers Against  Trafficking.

At the end of the meeting, the lLeadership of CVTA changed;, Michael Darling of, Western Truck School, handed the CVTA Gavel to the new cChairperson, Cheryl Hanley of, United Truck Driving School.  The CVTA Board of Directors welcomed  two 2 new members: Gary Strube, International Truck School, now the current cChairman of the Education Committee; and John Diab, Smith and & Solomon, now who now becomes Cchairman of the Legislative Committee.

The presentations from the conference can be found on the CVTA wWebsite,
The 2012 sSpring cConference will be March 14-16, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif.,A at the Argonaut Hotel.  The conference already has major speakers lined up, and will include an update on the Entry-Level Driver Training rulemaking, which is currently scheduled to be released as a Final Rule before that conference.

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