ATA to host MC&E Oct. 28-31 in Texas

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The American Trucking Associations will host its 2006 Management Conference and Exhibition (MC&E) in Grapevine, Texas, on Oct. 28-31. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the 2006 MC&E will feature more than 20 educational seminars, panel discussions and keynote speeches designed to keep top executives ahead of the curve on key industry issues. Nearly 3,000 top trucking executives and suppliers are expected to attend.

“The safe and efficient movement of freight is vital to the nation’s economy,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “Yet the trucking industry faces daily operational challenges that make the business of trucking a struggle. ATA is pleased to provide a forum in which industry leaders can come together and address those issues that impede the movement of freight.”

This year’s panels include:

  • All Eyes on the Economy, an annual highlight of the MC&E. This year’s session will feature CNBC Wall Street correspondent and anchor David Faber as he moderates American Petroleum Institute Chief Economist John Felmy, Global Insight Chief Economist Dr. Nariman Behravesh and ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, as they assess the economic outlook, anticipated trucking demand and capacity issues;
  • Pandemic Preparedness, which will analyze how a pandemic flu outbreak would impact the trucking industry and, ultimately, the nation’s economy;
  • Diesel Fuel Outlook, which will highlight the trucking industry’s transition to ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, as well as the price, distribution and availability of on-road diesel fuel; and
  • Other topics, including litigation risks, security, employee recruitment, finance and the latest in technology.
  • At MC&E, more than 100 exhibitors will showcase the latest in technology, and educational sessions will keep busy executives ahead of the game as well as serve as a networking tool for key business contacts. The 2006 also features appearances by country music artist LeAnn Rimes and NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace. For registration information, call 703-838-1755 or go to