Annual Membership Conference speaker lineup finalized

April 26, 2019 1:41 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The lineup of speakers for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference has been finalized. PMTA is proud to announce this strong lineup of speakers and is looking forward to an entertaining and informative conference.

Friday morning will begin with the American Trucking Association’s Chairman Barry Pottle. Pottle is the CEO of Pottle’s Transportation which is based in Bangor, Maine and has a terminal in Allentown. In his time at the helm of the company it has grown from 11 trucks to more than 160 with more than 600 trailers.

Pottle will be joined by Elisabeth Barna who is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs for the American Trucking Associations. Barna rejoined the ATA is 2005 after eight years as the Director of Communications at the Motor Freight Carriers Association.

The founder and President of Vigillo, Steve Bryan, will also be speaking Friday morning. Bryan is a veteran technology leader who founded Vigillo in 2007 and currently employs a team of data scientists and software engineers specializing in Big Data within the commercial transportation and logistics industry.

James "Wiley" Deck, who is the Director of Government Affairs for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will also speak on Friday. He serves as the principal adviser to FMCSA leadership on all aspects of legislative affairs, Congressional relations and policy matters affecting Federal, State and local government.

Alan Karickhoff is a Research Analyst for the ATA. As a Research Analyst, he assists the Chief Economist manage all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. Karickhoff will speak Friday after lunch.

The final speakers of the day Friday will be a part of a panel discussion on driver retention. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Marcello of Marcello and Kivisto, LLC. Cinda Ball from Fundamental Labor Strategies, Matt Campbell from Nagle and Bill Bennett III from the ATA Road Team will all be a part of the panel.

On Saturday morning, Ross Tucker will give the keynote address. Tucker is a former NFL lineman and current radio host on Sirius XM. Tucker, a native of Wyomissing, Pa., played seven seasons in the National Football League as an offensive lineman after playing four years at Princeton University. He was a second-team all conference selection in 2000, a two-time Academic All-American and was named to the 2003 All-Joe Team by USA Today. He also held a CDL license and drove a truck for a time after being cut from an NFL team.

There is still time to register for the event, which runs May 16-18 at Toftrees Resort in State College. More information is available here.



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