Navistar’s Hebe to speak at Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference

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James Hebe

Industry veteran James Hebe will share his insights on the challenges facing OEMs, suppliers, dealers and fleets during the second annual Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference on Aug. 24-25 at the Dallas Convention Center. Hebe’s remarks will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25.

A distinguished trucking industry leader who began his career with Navistar, Hebe rejoined the truck group of Navistar International Corp. as executive vice president of North American sales operations in 2008. Hebe first joined Navistar in 1971 in Boston as a management trainee and later became a heavy truck salesman for International trucks. He rejoined Navistar after serving as president and dealer principal of Co-Van/Cascadia International. In his current role, Hebe has responsibility for North American sales and marketing, dealer operations and central sales administration. He previously served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Freightliner for nine years.

Building on the momentum of last year’s inaugural conference – which attracted more than 350 industry leaders from all segments of trucking – this year’s Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference also will feature a keynote address by Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush.

In addition, industry experts will address some of trucking’s most critical issues, including:
• Outlook for freight, truck buying and parts and service activity;
• The future truck: offshore competition, telematics, alternative fuels and more;
• How fleets are thriving in a changing environment: the driver shortage, rising fuel and equipment costs and increasing regulation; and
• An update on the major regulatory and legislative issues affecting OEMs, suppliers, dealers and carriers.

Presented by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information, which produces Commercial Carrier Journal and Successful Dealer, the CVOC will be held Aug. 24-25, the day prior to and the opening day of the Great American Trucking Show. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a networking lunch. A networking reception will be held immediately following the program on Wednesday. The conference ends at noon on Thursday when the Great American Trucking Show opens.

The event is sponsored by Castrol, Espar Heater Systems, Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Kenworth, Paccar Parts, Paccar Engines, Peterbilt and Volvo Trucks North America.