ATA announces 2011 Management Conference & Exhibition highlights

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The American Trucking Associations says its annual Management Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for Oct. 15-18 in Grapevine, Texas, will feature leading voices from the worlds of business and government.

“Our industry faces numerous challenges – both political and economic – after the Great Recession,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “By coming together at MC&E, attendees will be putting themselves in a position to succeed.”

Among the highlights of this year’s MC&E are:
• The ATA Advocacy and Government Affairs Luncheon, featuring Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee;
• “All Eyes on the Economy,” a panel featuring Fox Business Channel Host Stuart Varney with panelists ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, American Petroleum Institute’s Chief Economist John Felmy and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Martin Regalia; and
• A panel of industry executives on trucking’s post-recession challenges, featuring Gary Salisbury, president and CEO, Fikes Truck Line; Tom Voelkel, president and chief operating officer, Dupre’ Logistics; Steve Williams, chairman and CEO, Maverick USA Inc.; and Douglas Stotlar, president and CEO, Con-way Inc.

In addition, MC&E will feature education sessions ranging from the impact of new federal rules and regulations to human resource management and how trucking can best give back to the community. This year’s meeting also will feature entertainment from Grammy-nominated country stars Diamond Rio and author Jenna Bush Hager as the featured speaker on the spouse and guest program. For more information and to register, go to or call 703-838-1755.