Annual TCA convention to be held March 1-3 in Florida; Cal Ripken Jr. to speak

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Former Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. will deliver the keynote address at the opening general session of the 82nd annual Truckload Carriers Association convention on Monday, March 2. Over 1,000 Truckload Carriers Association members will attend the convention. (Courtesy: Truckload Carriers Association)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) 82nd annual convention will be held Sunday through Tuesday, March 1-3 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida.
The theme for the meeting is “Truckload 2020.”
TCA is a trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. Founded in 1938, the association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and intermodal container carriers.
There will be general sessions Monday and Tuesday, and executive panel discussions Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Beginning Sunday and continuing throughout the convention TCA will conduct “Trucking in the Round” breakout session.
An awards banquet Tuesday night concludes the convention.
The first general session will be Monday morning and will feature the annual chairman’s address by TCA Chairman Josh Kaburick, CEO of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company Inc. and the keynote address by former Major League Baseball’s Iron Man and Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr.
Ripken spent 21 years playing major league baseball — all with the Baltimore Orioles — and set standards for achievement that are unlikely to be surpassed. During his career, Ripken compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs and 1,695 RBIs, and he won two Gold Glove Awards for his defensive play. TCA President John Lyboldt said Ripken will share a compelling presentation while telling of lessons of perseverance from the baseball diamond to business, what it takes to become an “Iron Man” in your own business and the eight keys to success in business, from leadership to loyalty.
The Tuesday morning general session at 8:15 a.m. will include Lyboldt’s presidential address and remarks by incoming Chairman Dennis Dellinger, president and CEO of Cargo Transporters Inc.
Tuesday morning’s featured speaker will be Curt Cronin, a Navy SEAL for 19 years.
Cronin deployed 13 times and spent more than four years overseas. In that time, living and working in an environment where milliseconds made the difference between life and death and winning and losing, he honed his talent as a catalyst for transformation and rose to eventually lead the nation’s premier SEAL assault force. In his presentations Lyboldt said Cronin will address the art of leadership, organizational change for the information age, and the talent of harnessing your own courage and heroism to inspire and empower individuals and teams.
Also Tuesday morning will be an appearance by Jim Mullen, acting deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, who is responsible for providing executive leadership and expert guidance on policy matters.
He will cover the following in his address:

  • Reversing the four-year trend of increased fatalities involving large trucks.
  • Potential changes to the Hours of Service regulations.
  • The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
  • The FMCSA’s new study to identify factors to all FMCSA reportable large truck crashes.

The topic of the Sunday afternoon executive panel discussion will be “Practical Approaches to Nuclear Verdicts.” Panelists include Daniel Murray, senior vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute; Clay Porter, national outside counsel at Schneider; Doug Rennie, partner, Montgomery, Rennie, Jonson law firm; and Charli Morris, a legal communications consultant.
Monday afternoon’s executive panel at
2:15 p.m. will be a panel discussion on “Leadership Transition from Today’s Executives featuring Jon Coca, president, Diamond Transportation System Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president, Veriha Trucking Inc.; Kameron Wilson, vice president, Wilson Logistics; and David Heller, vice president of government affairs, Truckload Carriers Association.
The Tuesday afternoon executive panel discussion will be “Current and Future State of Truckload” with Chris Henry, program manager, TCA Profitability Program; Jack Porter, program director, TCA Profitability Program; and Dean Croke, chief insight officer at FreightWaves.
Lyboldt also announced the Trucking in the Round topics including:

  • Are You Attracting Women to Your Fleet?
  • Non-Trucking Engagement and Retention Tools
  • Creating a Winning Orientation Strategy
  • Using Research on Driver Commitment to Improve Retention with an Emphasis on New-to-You Drivers
  • Driver Feedback as Reputation Management: Take Control of Your Carrier’s Online Identity
  • Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap to Profitability
  • How the Class 8 Cycle Drivers Freight Rates
  • Using Technology to Improve Safety Within Your organization and Effectively Conveying Those Improvements to Your Insurance Carrier
  • Are You Using the Right Coverage for Your Independent Contractors?
  • Get DISC Connected
  • 2020 Best Fleets to Drive For: Statistics, Trends, and Innovations
  • Building a Battleplan to Survive AB5 and the ABC Test
  • Fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Simplify Your Office Through AI
  • Assuring the Successful Continuation of Your Privately-Owned Trucking Company
  • Autonomy in Heavy-Duty Vehicle Environments
  • Practical Applications to Manage Driver Fatigue Risk
  • New Ways Technology is Moving More with Less
  • Security Logistics — Cargo Theft, Supply Chair and Loss Prevention Solutions.


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