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Attend the 2020 Annual Conference on September 21-22

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Join Us In-Person or Virtually!


Join the Ohio Trucking Association in-person or virtually on September 21-22 for the 2020 OTA Annual Conference. This two-day event will focus on the economic indicators, business practices, and trends impacting the trucking and transportation industry. In-person attendees will have full access to cutting edge programming, industry vendors, networking opportunities, receptions, and more. NEW! The 2020 conference will be a hybrid event. Members are able to attend the conference in-person or purchase a virtual ticket and participate from their home or office.

Powerful Programming
Keynote speakers include Rebecca Brewster, President & CEO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Steve Bryan, Founder of Vigillo and Trucking Industry Entrepreneur and football legend Archie Griffin – the former Ohio State running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner.

Business Building Concurrent Sessions include:

  • Maximize Your Margins by Optimizing Your Freight Network
  • Hiring the Right People
  • Data Convergence and Safety Considerations for Trucking
  • Addiction on the Job
  • How to Train Recruiters

Connect with Leading Industry Vendors
At the OTA Annual Conference, you will also get the opportunity to engage with the industry’s leading suppliers as they display the latest products transforming the trucking and transportation industry. Those companies planning to exhibit include:

  • AvatarFleet
  • Corporate Health Testing & Safety Services
  • DataGuard Partners, LLC
  • EROAD Inc.
  • GMS Inc.
  • Guttman Energy
  • KeepTruckin
  • Matrix Antimicrobial
  • National Risk Management Services
  • Netradyne
  • Ohio Peterbilt
  • On Demand Occupational Medicine
  • One Source Employee Management
  • PrePass
  • Roetzel & Andress LPA
  • Rush Truck Centers of Ohio
  • SmartDrive Systems
  • USI Insurance Services
  • Vnomics


NEW! Virtual Option
While nothing can replace face-to-face meetings, OTA is offering a new way to attend Annual Conference when you can’t be there in person.

  • All keynote presentations will be live streamed – you’ll hear each speaker’s presentation and see the slides just as if you were in the front row.
    • Live stream portion will air Monday, Sept. 21 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • All concurrent sessions will be available post-conference for you to view on demand. You can access the URL and replay the presentations at any time.
  • Exhibitors will have the opportunity to show you their wares during commercials that run during programming breaks.

2020 Keynote Speakers

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Archie Griffin, OSU Alumni Association
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Living Life in 3D

Archie Griffin
Former Ohio State running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner

Often considered the underdog, Archie Griffin found success both on and off the football field as the only player in college football history to win two Heisman Trophies and later through his service as President and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association. Learn how Desire, Dedication and Determination (3D's) helped him overcome long odds to become the most respected and revered icon of one of the largest universities in the world.

This keynote is sponsored by:

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Trucking Toward a New Reality

Rebecca Brewster
President & CEO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

ATRI’s research has documented a number of impacts from COVID-19, but as states begin to reopen and things return to a new “normal,” what does the future look like for trucking?  What have we learned from this that we can use to improve things for drivers and fleets in the future?  ATRI President Rebecca Brewster will share ATRI’s COVID-related research findings and what they mean for trucking in the new reality.

This keynote is sponsored by:


CSA Scores: An Overview of IRT, COVID-19 and Impacts to Ohio

Steve Bryan
Founder of Vigillo and Trucking Industry Entrepreneur

Steve brings a plethora of experience as Founder of Vigillo. With insight into the commercial trucking industry’s reliance on statistics, risk management and compliance, Steve will dive into IRT, the impact of COVID-19 and provide an Ohio-specific summary of CSA issues.

This keynote is sponsored by:

Conference Schedule

Monday, September 21

Time Event
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
10:00 a.m. OTA Board of Trustees Meeting
12:00 p.m. OTA Annual Meeting & State of the Association Address (included with virtual ticket)
1:30 p.m. Exhibits Break (included with virtual ticket)
2:00 p.m. Keynote Session: Trucking Toward a New Reality with Rebecca Brewster, President & CEO, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) (included with virtual ticket)
3:00 p.m. Exhibits Break
3:30 p.m. Concurrent Education Sessions (sessions will be recorded and available post-event for virtual ticket holders)
  • The Reptile Theory, Marc Blubaugh, Benesch Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  • Addiction on the Job – the Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use, Ruth Bowdish, On Demand Training 
  • How to Train Recruiters in Sales for Better Conversions, Jeremy Reymer, DriverReach
  • Maximize Your Margins by Optimizing Your Freight Network, Tim Almack, Katz, Sapper, Miller and Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Garner Trucking
4:30 p.m. Networking Reception for All Conference Attendees
6:15 p.m. TRUKPAC Dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Columbus (Additional fee; separate registration required. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the restaurant.)

Tuesday, September 22

Time Event
8:00 a.m. Keynote Session: CSA Scores: An Overview of IRT, COVID-19 and Impacts to Ohio with Steve Bryan, Founder of Vigillo and Trucking Industry Entrepreneur (included with virtual ticket)
9:30 a.m. Exhibits Break (included with virtual ticket)
10:00 a.m. Keynote Session: Living Life in 3D with Archie Griffin, Football Legend & Two-Time Heisman Trophy Winner (included with virtual ticket)
This keynote is sponsored by Stoops Freightliner.
11:00 a.m. Exhibits Break
11:30 a.m. Chairman & Awards Luncheon honoring the incoming OTA Chairman, Fleet Safety Award winners and OTA Hall of Fame recipients
1:00 p.m. Exhibits Break
1:30 p.m. Concurrent Education Sessions (sessions will be recorded and available post-event for virtual ticket holders)
  • Ohio’s Economic Report: Results of the 2020 OTA Benchmarking Survey, Dan Phillips, Schneider Downs
  • Hiring the Right People, Todd Goodwin and Nicholas Goodwin, Esq, DataGuard
  • Data Convergence and Safety Considerations for Trucking, Stacy Sadar, SmartDrive Systems
2:30 p.m. Networking Reception for All Conference Attendees with Invited Legislative Officials and Justices


Schedule, times and speakers subject to change.

Support TRUKPAC on Monday, September 21

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After a full day of informative sessions and learning at Annual Conference, join your peers and support TRUKPAC at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Columbus. The evening will kick off at 6:15pm. The cost is $200 per person; advanced registration is required.

Named 2018's "Best New Restaurant in Columbus" in reader's polls by (614) Magazine, CityScene Magazine, Columbus Monthly, and ColumbusAlive, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouses have earned an extraordinary national reputation for delivering over-the-top, impeccable total dining experiences.

TRUKPAC Dinner is not included with general OTA Conference registration. TRUKPAC is registered with the Ohio Secretary of State and is bound by the state of Ohio fundraising laws and reporting requirements. Contributions must be received from individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, LPAs, LLCs, and LLPs. No cash accepted.


Hotel Information

Renaissance Columbus Westerville hotel
409 Altair Parkway
Westerville, OH 43082

Hotel Accommodations:
A room block has been negotiated. Room rate is $129 per night. Please call reservations directly at (833) 427-0292 and reference the "2020 OTA Annual Conference" or book online following this link:
Reservation deadline is September 11.

Safety Protocols

COVID-19 has changed everything, including how we meet and interact with others. In order to provide the safest possible conference environment, OTA and the host hotel will be implementing guidance from local government authorities and the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking the following preventative actions:

  • Enhanced hygiene protocol, including abundant access to hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes throughout the conference
  • Social distancing guidelines will be incorporated into meeting space layouts
  • Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, tables, AV equipment) will be cleaned regularly throughout the conference
  • Exhibitor tabletop exhibit displays will be spaced 6’ apart
  • You can learn more about the Renaissance hotel's policies here:

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