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Texans say everything is bigger in Texas, and this year’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas looks to fit the bill. Clear your schedule and polish your boots because the second week in September is jam-packed with information, entertainment and networking opportunities for trucking professionals.

The Great American Trucking Show
There’s plenty to see, learn and do at the Dallas Convention Center during the 6th annual Great American Trucking Show. The latest equipment and services are on display in the GATS exhibit hall. Meet would-be vendors and see the latest from those you do business with already.

Enjoy some great music as well. On Friday, Sept. 10, Mobil Delvac brings Diamond Rio to the concert stage. On Saturday, Sept. 11, Volvo sponsors country star Ronnie Milsap. For information, visit this site.

Telematics conference
Immediately preceeding GATS, Commercial Vehicle Telematics 2004 will be held Sept. 8-9 at the nearby Adams Mark Hotel. The conference will bring together leaders and key figures in the commercial vehicle and telematics industry for information about how fleets can benefit from the newest technology.

Benefit from leading pioneering commercial vehicle telematics initiatives as they present case studies and expert analysis including topics such as: security issues, total asset management visibility, vehicle tracking and trailer monitoring, insurance and liability management, remote diagnostics and portable devices. For information, visit this site.

TCA Independent Contractor Division
For the second consecutive year, the Truckload Carriers Association will hold its annual Independent Contractor Division Meeting in conjunction with GATS – Sept. 9-10 at the Adams Mark Hotel. Kerry Kearl, vice president of Crete Carriers, will moderate a panel on retention. And CCJ’s own Commercial Carrier University will host a panel on improving the creditworthiness of drivers and owner-operators. Closing out the meeting will be a discussion of important truckload issues from the perspective of leading trucking magazine editors, including Linda Longton, Randall Publishing’s vice president of editorial.

“Holding these two important industry meetings in conjunction with each other makes sense for our members,” says William Giroux, director of conventions and marketing for the Alexandria, Va.-based association.