Get out and seek knowledge

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The new hours-of-service rules send home one message loud and clear – you can’t sit around and wait for information to come to you. You have to seek it out, examine it, analyze it and somehow make it make sense. You can do some of this without leaving your office. The Internet, publications like Commercial Carrier Journal, Truckload Carriers Association audio conferences and other sources offer in-depth information you need to succeed.

But one of the most effective ways to gather information and make good decisions is to network, in person, with peers. This spring there’s a great selection of conferences and seminars where not only will there be good information but a good chance to talk to other fleet owners.

TCA will hold its 66th annual meeting in Hawaii, March 14-17. The TCA theme, “Improving your Bottom line” will focus on helping you maximize profits this year. Clifton Parker, chairman of TCA says the conference will address the new challenges facing fleet owners in the improved economic climate. “This conference is designed to give you the tools to develop your profitability through informative speakers, cutting edge exhibits, workshops and peer-to-peer networking,” he says. Plus, CCJ is sponsoring the Big Rig Ride, a motorcycle riding event benefiting the Professional Truck Driver Institute.

The Technology and Maintenance Council will hold its 2004 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition March 15-19 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The meeting, “Successful Technology Pathways,” will feature complete programs for both maintenance and information technology/logistics professionals. Full technical sessions for the maintenance program will include a presentation on corrosion, led by John Sullivan, director of operations for XTRA Lease and chairman of TMC Future Truck Committee, as well as advice for fleets on shop budgeting/cost management.

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association’s 2004 Annual meeting will be held March 31-April 4 in Phoenix. U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s chief economist, Dr. Martin Regalia will present his economic forecast for the truck renting and leasing industry. And don’t forget another important event this spring: the National Private Truck Council Education Management Conference & Exhibition, which will be held May 2-4 in Atlanta.

For information on how to contact these groups for registration, see our industry calendar.

Join your fellow fleet owners, swap shoptalk and continue your quest for industry knowledge.