Arkansas Trucking Association

2021 AFC Third Quarter Meeting

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Name: 2021 AFC Third Quarter Meeting
Date: September 23, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Register for the third quarter meeting of the Arkansas Trucking Association Accounting & Finance Council at the Victory Building, 1401 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 445, on September 23 at 10:30 am, CST.
The safety of our guests is our highest priority. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings (per CDC recommendations) and receive their COVID-19 vaccinations before attending meetings.

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The meeting will be held at 10:30 am, and lunch will be served while attendees network with other accounting professionals in a workshop-style setting.

Participants will
  • Receive an economic outlook
  • Discuss trucking supply issues
  • Receive an overview of the Employee Retention Credit of the CARES Act
  • Discuss ERC qualifications
Participants will earn 2.0 CPE credits.  
In order to be awarded the full credit hours, you must be present, register your attendance and departure on provided attendance sheets at registration desk.

Fields of Study: Economics, Specialized Knowledge
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required
Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic 
Delivery Method: Group Live

Session 1: Economic Outlook
Presented by Bob Costello, American Trucking Associations
(CPE Economics - 1 credit)
Trucking is an important indicator of the American economy. When trucks are moving, goods are being sold and shipped. Bob Costello, chief economist and senior vice president of international trade policy and cross-border operations for the American Trucking Associations, will share what he sees on the horizon for the trucking industry and the American economy. 

Bob Costello is the chief economist and senior vice president of international trade policy and cross-border operations for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade association for the trucking industry. As chief economist, he manages all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. This includes several monthly trucking economic indicators, motor carrier financial and operating data, an annual freight transportation forecast, driver wage studies, weekly diesel fuel price and economic reports, and a yearly trucking almanac. He also conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry.

Costello heads up ATA’s International Trade Policy and Cross Border Operations Department. In this capacity, he works on issues related NAFTA/USMCA, tariffs, customs, and immigration.

Costello is often cited in the news media as an expert on trucking economics, including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNBC, FOX Business Channel, and National Public Radio.

Costello currently serves on the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee. He is on the Board of Directors for the Border Trade Alliance. He is also a member of the National Association for Business Economics and has served on several research and project panels for the Transportation Research Board, which is part of the National Academies. He is also a member of the Industrial Economists Group at Harvard University.

Session 2: Employee Retention Credit Update (CARES Act)
Presented by Brian Bauml and Richard Cazzell
Synergi Partners
(CPE Specialized Knowledge - 1 credit)
The team at Synergi Partners will breakdown the CARES Act Employee Retention Credit (ERC) benefits that businesses are now eligible for through the relief packages signed in December 2020 (Consolidated Appropriations Act) and in March 2021 (American Rescue Plan Act). They will explain the purpose of the ERC, the qualifications and what makes trucking firms eligible for the credit.

Brian Bauml, is national sales manager for Synergi Partners, the largest privately owned tax credit and business incentives company in the US.  With over 15 years of experience helping large and small businesses leverage these government sponsored financial opportunities, he now specializes in the Employee Retention Credit, helping businesses understand the complexities of the legislation with the end goal of program qualification and refund calculation.
Brian graduated from Texas A&M University, is married, has two adult children and lives in San Antonio with his two rescue dogs, Paco and Pippa.
Richard Cazzell, is a Discovery Session Manager for Synergi Partners.  In this position he is in contact with firms that appear to be eligible for the ERC opportunity, and schedules 30-minute Zoom meetings with a tax consultant who can determine the certainty of qualification.
Richard holds a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife live in Fort Smith, and enjoy the ongoing adventures with five married kids who have provided 16 grandkids.

To reserve your spot, RSVP by Monday, September 20.

The Victory Building
1401 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, September 20
10:30 am - 2 pm
Contact Information:
Katie Thomason
In order to provide proper accommodations, we must guarantee a headcount in advance.
  • For ATA members who submit their meeting registration by the deadline and attend the meeting, there is no fee.
  • ATA members who attend without registering or register but do not attend will be charged $25.
  • Out of courtesy, if you decide to attend after the registration deadline, please contact the ATA office.
  • ATA welcomes guests and non-members to Council meetings for $50.
Refunds and Cancellations:
Deadline to register is Monday, September 20. For more information regarding administrative policies such as refunds and/or complaints, please contact our office at 501-372-3462 or send an email.
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Arkansas Trucking Association
PO Box 3476 (72203)
1401 West Capitol Ave.
Suite 185
Little Rock, AR 72201

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

Our Mission

  • PROTECT the collective interests of trucking companies in the political and regulatory arenas.
  • PROMOTE the dynamics of trucking so that people have a better understanding of the link between America's primary freight delivery system and the standard of living they enjoy.
  • SERVE our members to help them to grow their business and their profits
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