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Registrations for TCA’s Combined Open Deck and Independent Contractor Divisions’ Annual Meetings Continue to Rise

More companies will participate in the joint events this year

Alexandria, Virginia:

As the annual meetings of the Truckload Carriers Association’s Open Deck and Independent Contractor divisions approach, registrations have already exceeded last year’s numbers. The joint events will take place September 6-7, 2012, at the Renaissance O’Hare Suites Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

“We’ve already exceeded 2011’s registration totals by 34 percent for the Open Deck Division Annual Meeting and 23 percent for the Independent Contractor Division Annual Meeting... and they are still coming in,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president. “A few years ago, we realized that combining these two events would reduce members’ travel and lodging expenses as well as time spent away from their businesses. This is just one way that TCA can make things more cost-effective for our members.”

The 17th annual Independent Contractor Division Annual Meeting will pack several activities and events into one day (Thursday, September 6). Braden Core, an attorney for Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., will outline the “Independent Contractor Model Under Fire: The Latest Developments on the Federal and State Levels.” Another general session, led by Todd Amen, president and CEO of ATBS, Inc., will focus on “The Successful Independent Contractor – Who Is S/he?” Finally, participants in the ever-popular Trucking in the Round sessions will discuss recruiting and retaining independent contractors.

The third annual Open Deck Division Annual Meeting will begin with a reception on Thursday night and continue with its business on Friday, September 7. The agenda includes “Securement Enforcement – CSA and You,” provided by Demetrio Torres, an Illinois state police officer. Michael Gray, senior principal of Manhattan Associates, Inc., will discuss “Improving Yield Management.” Then, Jeffrey Davis, vice president of safety for Motor Transport Underwriters, Inc., will outline “Workers’ Comp Strategies for Reducing Costs and Frequency.” The meeting will end with an open forum called “Open Deck Strategies from the Corner Office,” led by Donald Cochran, president and CEO of Universal Truckload Services, Inc., Gary Salisbury, president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, and Richard Bailey, president of Boyd Bros. Transportation.

It’s not too late to register for the combined events. Interested participants can register in advance through tomorrow, August 31, or on-site at no additional cost. For more information, visit