Arkansas Trucking Association

2021 SMC Third Quarter Meeting

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Name: 2021 SMC Third Quarter Meeting
Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Register for the third quarter meeting of the Arkansas Trucking Association Safety Management Council on Thursday, September 30 at 10:30 am at the NWA Embassy Suites, 3301 South Pinnacle Road, Rogers, AR 72758.
Sponsored by Corporate Medical Services, this meeting will include sessions on CBD's effect on drug screens and a safety roundtable with three carrier panelists.

SESSION 1: CBD and Driver Drug Screens
Presented by
Grady Phillips, president
Corporate Medical Services
CBD is the hottest item for claiming to ease and erase all manner of aches and pains. Delta 8 is an emerging cannabis product that proposes to be a “marijuana lite” product. Kratom is an exotic herb with promised pain soothing properties but extreme side effects and a political history all its own.
With a vast array of companies now selling these drugs, Grady Phillips will present on how users can understand what it is they are using and how the products affect workplace safety and testing.
Attendees will take away the following objectives:
  • Understand the history and origins of these drugs
  • Identify the uses of the products out on the market
  • Verify how they affect the drug screen process
Grady Phillips is the president of CMS, where he keeps a laser focus on customer care has made training his staff on the nuances of drug testing and occupational health issues a high priority. While his staff is always available to answer questions, his clients know they can always contact him directly with difficult issues. His engineering background allows him to quickly identify the root cause of a complex problem and then develop and communicate a simple strategy to his clients. CMS provides services to a wide variety of clients and industries across the United States and Canada. Our clients include trucking, busing, fireworks, schools, construction, hospital organizations, other third party administrators, consortiums and associations. This year, CMS will report over 100,000 drug screens and additional services for more than 2,500 companies. We are unrivaled for our industry experience and concierge service to our clients.

SESSION 2: Carrier Safety Roundtable
Moderated by
David O'Neal, managing director, safety administration
FedEx Freight

In today’s trucking environment, drivers and companies are facing unprecedented challenges to continue operations and keep hauling the necessary freight to meet the consumer’s needs while keeping their employees safe and maintaining compliance.
We will discuss efforts carriers are taking to comply with the drug and alcohol regulations and compliance with COVID-19.
Attendees will hear from panelists and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the following:
  • Ensure compliance to drug and alcohol regulations including hair follicle testing and the clearinghouse
  • Carrier and customer concerns regarding mandatory vaccines
  • Understand reasonable suspicion in offsite and refusal scenarios
Meet the panelists:

Russ Curbo

director of safety
Lew Thompson Trucking

Russ Curbo began operating commercial trucks on the farm before CDLs were required. In February 1991, he obtained his Class A CDL. Since then Curbo has driven commercial trucks both locally and over the road, transporting everything from agricultural equipment, oversized loads, grain, pet food ingredients, hay and even live catfish.
In 2000, Curbo began working for the maintenance division of Arkansas Department of Transportation. After five years, he was given the opportunity to transfer to Arkansas Highway Police, which is where he spent the next 11 years as a safety auditor. This is where he found his true passion for the transportation industry. He was enthusiastic about educating the public with the regulations and took pride in the thought of making the roads safer for everyone.
Curbo went back over the road for a brief period before transitioning into his current position as safety director.  He recently began serving on the advisory committee for both North Arkansas College and Northwest Technical Institute. This has given him the opportunity to share his insight with newcomers to the industry. He also currently serves as vice chair for the Arkansas Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council.  To date, he still occasionally drives to “get out of the office”.

Andrew Straley
corporate director of transportation safety
Rich Logistics

Andy Straley is the corporate director of transportation safety at Rich Logistics. In his current role, Straley is responsible for corporate safety, compliance, education and training, incident investigation and much more. Straley’s main focus is to make sure that all of Rich Logistics’ drivers have everything they need in order to make it home safe, and this starts with him leading by example. The quality of his work comes with a degree in public safety from Kent State University, degree from Akron University in environmental sciences, and a degree from Herzing University in occupational health.
Straley's accomplishments include reducing an accident ratio of 1 accident per 267k miles driven to 1 accident every 2.6 million miles driven with an energy company of 550 class A drivers.

Cody Cannon
environmental health and safety manager
Walmart Transportation

Cody Cannon
has been an environmental health and safety manager with Walmart for 20 years. He has worked in both the warehouse and transportation environments in multiple facilities in Utah, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Cannon holds a degree in transportation and logistics management from American Public University and has NATMI certifications in accident investigation and hazardous materials. He is currently working with the transportation offices in Bentonville, Ark. and Bartlesville, Okla.

NWA Embassy Suites
3301 South Pinnacle Road, Rogers, AR 72758.

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, September 30
10:30 am
Contact Information:
Sarah Sheets
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Arkansas Trucking Association
PO Box 3476 (72203)
1401 West Capitol Ave.
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Little Rock, AR 72201

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