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ness meeting on Wednesday after- noon as well: Jeff Loggins, Loggins Logistics, Inc.; Carl Boja, TravelCenters of America; and Martin Tewari, USA Truck, Inc. The very first meeting of the ATA’s newest council, the Accounting & Finance Council, also took place during the conference, where attendees elected the inaugural leadership of the AFC. Eighteen Gold Sponsors and eleven


Silver Sponsors allowed ATA to host five unique forums on regulatory, economic, social and political issues that face the industry. A few of the speakers included Truckers Against Trafficking’s execu- tive director Kendis Paris and a politi-


cal panel with Bill Vickery and Jessica DeLoach Sabin, moderated by Talk Business & Politics’ Roby Brock. A Gold Sponsor reception was held


at Cotham’s in the City Wednesday night. Guests were invited to hop on the gold sponsor bandwagon and kick off the first night of conference with gold sponsors, 40 under 40 council members and the ATA Board of Directors. The American Trucking


Associations’ chairman, Pat Thomas delivered the State of the Industry address. Thomas highlighted recent legislative successes for trucking like the passage of the FAST Act. He also


 Maintenance & Technology Council’s OEM panel discussion. Speakers were (left to right) Bruce Croker, Peterbilt Motors Company; Brett Graves, Daimler; Luke George, Cummins, Inc.; and John Gislason, International Truck & Engine.


outlines items still on the agenda: the pending fix to the Hours of Service issues and nationally consistent meal and rest break requirements. Thomas addressed the safety efforts


of the industry and suggested trucking professionals reclaim the title “safety advocates” from anti-truck groups who lobby for regulations without data and studies to support increased safety on highways. Read more about Thomas’ address in Steve Brawner’s article, “Industry Victories and Lingering Labor Woes” on page 21. Economic analyst Jason Seidl spoke to attendees about the challenging spot





American Trucking Associations’ chairman Pat Thomas presents the State of


the Industry address  Economic analyst Jason Seidl from Cowen Group


 Andrew Parker from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce introduces the Be Pro Be Proud initiative to address the skills gap in Arkansas


 Verbal sparring and Trump talk during the political panel moderated by Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics, with Jessica DeLoach Sabin, Arete’ Strategic Partners, and Bill Vickery, Capitol Advisors Group.


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 Truckers Against Trafficking’s Kendis Paris tells executives how they can help end human trafficking on American highways.


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