Arkansas Trucking Association

2019 Safety Symposium

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Name: 2019 Safety Symposium
Date: October 17, 2019 - October 18, 2019
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

The Arkansas Trucking Association is pleased to present a two-day, multi-session safety symposium. In four sessions, we'll explore how your company can stay compliant in a changing regulatory environment. Check out the full list of topics and speakers below.
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FMCSA Commercial Driver's License Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse 
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is establishing a new Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse effective January 6, 2020. This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation's controlled substances and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs. The Clearinghouse rule will require FMCSA-regulated employers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs), and other service agents to report to the Clearinghouse. This presentation will provide a brief overview of how the clearinghouse will work and what will be expected from drivers, employers, and members of the drug testing industry.

Kevin Breedlove
Division Administrator 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 
Kevin Breedlove is the current division administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in Arkansas. Breedlove graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in criminal justice. He started his career with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 1999 and has served as a safety investigator, federal programs specialist, and state programs manager. Breedlove lives in Austin, AR with his wife Cheryl and their 12 children.
Getting Your Safety Performance to the Next Level
Bob McCall's career spans over 33 years in the utility industry. Join him as he shares four proven and battle tested steps to improving your team's performance. McCall believes the power is not in safety rules, but in people who are willing to demonstrate passion, commitment, leadership and team engagement creates a winning culture of top performers. McCall will share how changing expectations for team culture, team members, getting rid of those who don't measure up and hiring winners will enable any organization to improve their performance, thus raising the bar to the next level. Come prepared to be personally challenged to look within yourself and ask the questions . . . Have I done all I can? Is there one more thing I can do to help my team be safe?  
Now is the time to act, don't wait until an unfortunate accident happens.

Bob McCall
Bestselling Author 
Zero Accidents & Injuries: Are You Willing to Pay the Price? 
Bob McCall is author of the projected bestselling book Zero Accidents & Injuries: Are You Willing to Pay the Price? He is also president of Inspire High Performance, LLC where he gets to follow his true passion of helping companies and organizations build a culture of high performance where all can work at their top potential every day, thus preventing injuries, saving lives, recognizing errors, and improving processes. 
He worked ten years with Bechtel Power Corporations in construction, maintenance, and operations of nuclear power plants and eight years for Alliant Entergy in Iowa at the Duane Arnold Energy Center. McCall became the first African American plant manager when he was hired by Progress Energy to serve the Lee plant in Goldsboro, NC. One year later, he was promoted to general manager for the Eastern Region Fossil Generation Department. In that role, he was responsible for five plants, traveling maintenance, engineering and project management. He had the opportunity to leave generation and support the transmission department as general manager of asset management and in distribution as the general manager of the Southern region as well as the vice president of the Eastern region in energy delivery for progress energy where he was responsible for 13 operation centers, serving 350,000 customers.  
After 33 years in the industry, McCall retired from Duke Energy from the position of general manager of fleet services where he was responsible for managing over 13,000 vehicles and mobile equipment value over $600 million dollars, operating in six states with 58 locations.

Creating a Successful ELD Compliance Program
The second and final phase of the ELD mandate will go in effect on December 16, 2019.  Few carriers in the industry have fully transitioned from AOBRD mode to ELD mode.  Discover what leading carriers are doing to manage ELD compliance in their fleets and learn from the mistakes and pitfalls of those less fortunate.  

Clay Merches
Leading Edge Consulting 
Clay Merches is a transportation and safety expert. He has been in the motor carrier industry since 1996; working with medium and large fleets such as Maverick Transportation and Roadrunner Transportation Services. Over the past 20+ years, he has assisted motor carriers to improve their profitability with his innovative approach to safety, risk management, compliance, training and fuel management.
Currently, Merches is the president of Leading Edge Consulting, a specialized firm that supports motor carriers in their efforts to achieve compliance with federal and state regulations, reduce accident severity and frequency, and improve operational performance. 
Regulatory Update 
Daniel Horvath 
Vice President of Safety Policy 
American Trucking Associations
Dan Horvath is the vice president of safety policy at the American Trucking Associations. Horvath came to ATA in March of 2018 as director of safety policy after more than five years as director of compliance and safety at TransForce Inc.,a national provider of workforce solutions for the commercial transportation industry. Prior to that role, Horvath was a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration auditor, examining new commercial carriers for regulatory compliance. Before his time at FMCSA, Horvath spent several years in the operations and safety department at Mlaker Transportation Inc., a Pennsylvania-based motor coach and student transportation company.  
In September 2018, Horvath was promoted to ATA's vice president of safety policy. In this role, he represents ATA and its safety agenda before federal and state government regulators and various non-governmental organizations. Horvath oversees the association's safety policy and hazardous materials committees which formulate the official safety policy agenda on behalf of ATA's broader membership. Horvath, a proud CDL holder, is a 2017 graduate of the LEAD ATA program, a board member of the Professional Trucking Driving Institute, a long-time volunteer at the National Truck Driving Championships, and serves on multiple committees with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Put your name on "Next Level Safety," the 2019 Arkansas Trucking Association Safety Symposium and receive the following sponsor benefits:
* Your company's name on event promotions
* Corporate logo displayed at the event
* Opportunity to give brief presentation about your company's product/service
* Corporate name and link to website on event web page
* Recognized in Arkansas Trucking Association quarterly safety newsletter
* Recognized in Arkansas Trucking Report, read by more than 25,000 nationwide 
Click below to learn about sponsoring this event.

Statehouse Convention Center
100 East Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, October 17
9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Friday, October 18
9:00 am - Noon
Contact Information:
Caitlin Walraven
$175 (ATA member)
$225 (Nonmember) 
Arkansas Trucking Association must receive cancellation notice in writing by October 3, or you will be charged regardless of attendance.
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Arkansas Trucking Association
PO Box 3476 (72203)
1401 West Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 372-3462 | Phone
(501) 376-1810 | Fax

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  • PROTECT the collective interests of trucking companies in the political and regulatory arenas.
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