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TCA’s Safety & Security Division Meeting—Not Your Average Trucking Function

27th annual event to take place May 18-20 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Alexandria, Virginia:

For 27 years, safety and security professionals have been raving about a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) event that combines invaluable networking workshops with cutting-edge information sessions: the Annual Safety & Security Division Meeting. Registrations for the 2008 meeting, which takes place May 18-20 at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina, are being accepted now.

“Carriers need to understand that participation in a conference like this is a necessity, not a luxury – especially during a soft economy,” said Gary Hess, chairman of the Safety & Security Division and vice president, recruiting and retention, Gainey Transportation Services, Inc. “To keep up with the competition, safety and security personnel MUST stay informed about new regulations, policies and technologies. Reading is fine, but people get so much more out of the peer-to-peer interaction, networking and discussions that take place here. It’s truly a ‘must-attend’ event.”

The agenda for the 2008 meeting includes “Accident Prevention – Learning from Mistakes,” “Nuts and Bolts of Mediating,” “Employment – Empty Trucks vs. Liability Risks,” and “Depositions – Know What to Expect, How to Prepare and the Value of Good vs. Bad Information.” Other topics will include driver wellness, CSA 2010, and the value of return to work programs. A technology panel will address various technologies and their impact on fleets and drivers. An FMCSA representative will update attendees on the latest regulations and happenings at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

In addition to the speakers and workshops, the Safety & Security Division Meeting will offer “Safety in the Round” and “Security in the Round.” Overwhelmingly popular, these candid, carrier-to-carrier, roundtable discussions will utilize the collective knowledge of the participants to solve common safety management, human resources, security, claims, and loss prevention issues.

Recalling last year’s meeting, Chris Hummer, operations manager of Don Hummer Trucking in Oxford, Iowa, said: “The roundtable about DOT audits was one of the best workshops I have ever attended. The presenters were excellent, with very practical and real world information.”

Ricky Parker, in Safety and Compliance at KLLM Transport Services in Jackson, Mississippi, also attended the meeting last year. “The networking was exceptional. The General Session was very educational and informative. Business was taken care of without a lot of fanfare,” he said.

In addition to the general sessions, workshops and roundtables, the meeting will also feature a golf tournament, exhibition, themed event and several receptions.

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