Arkansas Trucking Association

2022 Safety Symposium

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Name: 2022 Safety Symposium
Date: September 22, 2022 - September 23, 2022
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
The Arkansas Trucking Association is pleased to present a two-day, multi-session safety symposium Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Book a room on site at the Little Rock Marriott.


Behind the ELD Back Office
What questions should you ask when looking into ELD software? What are the most common back office issues and what are the fixes? ATA did the research to identify potential issues with ELD back office functions and is sharing key findings.

Presented by Mike Brust, Arkansas Trucking Association
Mike Brust is the director of safety and loss prevention for the Arkansas Trucking Association.  In 2019, he came to ATA with over 25 years of industry experience and more than a decade in safety-focused roles.

Previously, he worked with Protective Insurance, reviewing customers’ safety programs and providing guidance and direction for improvement. He also held a director of safety position for Southern Refrigerated Transport in Texarkana where he led successful compliance initiatives. He began his career as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army and then earned his transportation degree from the University of Arkansas before working 20 years at FedEx Freight as a manager in the safety department.


The Mongoose Method
Dr. Steve Wood, a litigation consultant at Courtroom Sciences, Inc., uses his social psychological expertise to help clients understand the juror decision-making process and maximize the likelihood of favorable case outcomes. He also assists clients with a myriad of case-related activities, including pre-trial research, witness effectiveness training, case theme development, supplemental juror questionnaires and jury selection.

Presented by Steve M. Wood, Ph.D., Courtroom Sciences, Inc.
Steve M. Wood, Ph.D. is a social psychologist at Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service, national litigation consulting firm in Irving, Texas. Dr. Wood uses his social psychological expertise to help clients understand the juror decision-making process and maximize the likelihood of favorable case outcomes. He also assists clients with a myriad of case-related activities, including pre-trial research, witness effectiveness training, case theme development, supplemental juror questionnaires, and jury selection. His work has been published in various peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as several scholarly magazines.

Regulatory Update

Presented by Gary Grigg, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Gary Grigg is currently the state program specialist for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Arkansas division. His areas of focus include supporting state partners and providing oversight for all FMCSA grant programs. Grigg began his carrier with the FMCSA as a safety investigator, conducting investigations on motor carriers. Before joining the FMCSA in 2015, Grigg honorably served in the United States Air Force with deployments to the Middle East and South America.

A Teachable Moment: Alternatives to Termination Panel
Due to the tight labor supply, carriers today may consider coaching drivers with previous poor safety performance. Hear how to retrain drivers who have accidents and view accidents as an opportunity for growth.

Moderated by Stuart Jackson, WLJ; Panelists: Dean Newell, Maverick Transportation; Joey Berkemeyer, Wayne Smith Trucking; Rodney Myers, FedEx Freight
Stuart Jackson is one of the most highly regarded employment attorneys in Arkansas, whose focus as of late has been on pandemic-related employment issues (including vaccine mandates), marijuana (recreational and medical) in the Arkansas workplace and defending collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act.  He is also a passionate advocate for STEAM education, serving as chair of the Board of Directors for the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock in 2018 and 2019 and presently serving on its Capital Campaign Committee.  Jackson graduated from Hendrix College in 1989 and Duke University School of Law in 1992. 

Cargo, Engine and Everything In-between Security
Cargo theft has seen drastic changes over the past couple of years, putting carriers on alert. Impacts range from concerns around the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations and broken seals to availability and shortages. Asset and cargo theft, hijacking and pilfering costs shippers and carriers millions every year and are on the rise due to highly organized criminals. This session will go over how such losses can be prevented with the use of GPS tracking, recording and monitoring devices, adding integrated vehicle and cargo access security solutions and more. 

Presented by Mark Landry, CEVA Logistics
Mark Landry has spent 25 years in the security industry, leading various domains within security.  He spent 20 years at FedEx initially in the investigations organization. His last seven years at FedEx he stood up the Corporate Strategic Security Organization. Under his leadership, he developed enterprise-level solutions to evaluate, develop and test new security technologies to mitigate constricting security manpower resources. This organization was paramount in bringing security analytics, robotics and automation to protect the people, assets and brand of FedEx.  Landry also received the prestigious FedEx Five Star award during his tenure as well as achieving expert level for Quality Driven Management.  For the past year, he has been the senior director of global security transformation at CEVA Logistics.  In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of strategic security initiatives. This includes developing minimum security standards, evolving enterprise security risk metrics, retrofitting existing security technology and developing new security technology. In this role, he is also responsible for standing up a global security operations center that will serve as the key intermediary for all aspects of strategic security for CEVA Logistics. Landry holds two master's degrees, one in security management and an MBA. He is also a certified protection professional through ASIS International.



Statehouse Convention Center
100 East Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Date/Time Information:

Thursday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Friday, 8:30 am - Noon
Deadline to sponsor is September 9.

Deadline to register is September 16.


Contact Information:

First attendee:
$200 members // $250 nonmembers
All other attendees:
$175 members // $225 nonmembers

Nonmembers must provide payment prior to attendance.

Cancellations must be received in writing by September 16. Cancellations received after this deadline will be charged regardless of attendance.

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Contact Us

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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