Roger Staubach to kick off 2006 Fleet Forum at GATS

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Football great and Texas businessman Roger Staubach will kick off the 2006 Fleet Forum at the Great American Trucking Show by discussing his core belief that teamwork is central to business as well as sports. Staubach, a former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer, led the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories, and he also is CEO of a successful real estate development company.

The 2006 Fleet Forum, presented by GATS, the Texas Motor Transportation Association and Commercial Carrier Journal, is part of the 8th annual GATS, to be held Aug. 24-26 at the Dallas Convention Center.

Last year’s Fleet Forum was attended by more than 200 chief executive officers, fleet managers, safety directors and operations managers from companies as varied as Schneider National, Dart Transit, Men’s Wearhouse, Fikes Truck Lines, Blue Bell Creameries, Diamond Transportation and many others.

The agenda for the 2006 Fleet Forum:

Thursday, Aug 24:
10 a.m. – Opening reception and sponsor tabletops
10:30-10:45 a.m. – Welcome remarks/Sponsor recognition
10:45-11:45 a.m. – Keynote address

  • Keynote Speaker Roger Staubach – “Serving the Client Through Teamwork”
    11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. – Lunch/ Informative session I – Reducing Idling and Increasing Profits
  • Bill Webb, president/CEO of Texas Motor Transportation Association
    1:15-2:05 p.m. – Informative session II – Simulators: The Next Wave in Driver Training
  • Don Osterberg, vice president of safety and training / Schneider National
    2:05-3 p.m. – Informative session III -Trucking’s Labor Shortage: The View From Both Sides
  • Randall-Reilly Editorial Panel
    3:00-3:10 p.m. – Closing remarks
    3:10 – Break/attend GATS
    6:15-7 p.m. – Fleet cocktail reception at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas
    7-10 p.m. – Gilley’s kickoff party with live entertainment
  • Friday, Aug. 25
    8:30-9 a.m. – Continental breakfast and sponsor exhibits
    9-9:15 – Opening remarks/Sponsor recognition
    9:15-10:05 – Informative session IV – The Future and Present of Biodiesel

  • Peter Bell / Distribution Drive & Tom Veery, director of development / National Biodiesel Board
    10:05-11 a.m. – Lunch/Informative session VI – 13 Risks You Shouldn’t Overlook
  • Henry Seaton – Seaton, Seaton & Husk
    11-11:15 a.m. – Break/lunch served
    11:15 a.m. -12:40 p.m. – Informative session V – Benchmarking Owner-Operators: How Do Yours compare?
  • Todd Amen/ATBS
    12:40-1 p.m. – Closing address/comments
    1 p.m. – Attend GATS/departure
  • After the Thursday, Aug. 24 Fleet Forum session, attendees are invited to the famous Texas landmark, Gilley’s nightclub, for an evening of boot-stomping fun.

    The forum provides an opportunity to network with other fleet managers, owners and executives, but seating is limited; to register, call 888-349-4287. The 2006 Fleet Forum is sponsored by CCJ Magazine, Bridgestone, Midnight Trucking Radio Network, Shell Lubricants, Highway Watch, Cummins Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Co.

    And if you work with owner-operators, encourage them to attend GATS as well for business education through Overdrive‘s Partners in Business program, as well as educational sessions presented by TMTA.

    To learn more about the 2006 Great American Trucking Show, go to