ATA’s Graves speaks to McLeod Software users

McLeod Software hosted hundreds of trucking professionals in Birmingham, Ala., for its 16th annual Users’ Conference on Sept. 20-23. With the “Power to Do More!” as the theme, attendance was up 35 percent from last year’s successful event, the company says.

The conference kicked off with a keynote address by Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, who focused on the future direction and growth of the trucking industry. Following the keynote address, attendees participated in more than 50 breakout sessions, roundtables and demonstrations presented by industry experts, McLeod Software customers and employees. Sessions also covered ways to fully utilize the power of LoadMaster, McLeod Software’s dispatch and accounting fleet management system, with input from existing customers on their success stories.

Attendees also received one-on-one interaction with McLeod Software development staff and hands-on use of the PowerBroker version of LoadMaster, the company’s latest release for brokerage and logistics providers. “This year’s conference offered more educational tracks on executive, managerial and information technology topics, as well as more one-on-one training and case studies than ever before,” says Tom McLeod, president and chief executive officer. “The more our customers know how to leverage their information and systems, the better they can serve their own customers, drivers and employees.”

McLeod Software has grown significantly in the past year, with a staff totaling 165 people in its 21st year in business. In the past year, the company has added 10 people to a Quality Assurance team, and it also has fine-tuned software development to a three-stage process (design, programming, and testing) with 90-day cycles each; McLeod said this will allow the company to add features and make significant updates on a more frequent basis.

Also at the conference, McLeod announced the opening of a training, support and sales office in Salt Lake City.