ATA’s Graves to speak at McLeod Software’s 2006 Users’ Conference

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McLeod Software has announced that Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of American Trucking Associations, will serve as a keynote speaker at its 16th annual Users’ Conference, scheduled for Sept. 20-23 at The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. Graves will address many of the issues impacting trucking, how the challenges facing the industry will grow over the next several years and what steps the industry can plan to take to address those challenges.

Now in its 16th year, McLeod’s Users’ Conference attracts more than 500 attendees representing several hundred trucking companies across the nation. The event features free training and support, leadership and management sessions, panel and roundtable discussion, and a vendor trade show. For more information on attending the 2006 Users’ Conference, go to This year’s theme is “The Power to do More!”

“We are very honored that Bill Graves will be speaking at our 2006 Users’ Conference,” says Tom McLeod, president and CEO of Birmingham-based McLeod Software. “As the ATA’s president and CEO, Bill is in a unique position to address the issues of the trucking industry today and the vital role trucking serves in the U.S. economy.”

Graves has been the ATA president and CEO since January 2003. Prior to his tenure at ATA, Graves devoted 22 years to public service in his home state of Kansas, highlighted by two terms as governor.