Skip to content

Annual Conference

Attend the 2020 Annual Conference on September 21-22

Annual Conference is presented by:

Web

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, Executive Vice President, Transportation from SambaSafety 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.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available. Exhibit fees (open to OTA members only) are $999 and include one full conference registration, one skirted table, one chair, electric services and the ability to submit a 2-3 minute “commercial” for virtual attendees to view during the live stream portion of the conference (video should be an MP4 file with 16:9 resolution). Contact Bradie Berry at 614-519-6462 with questions.

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

Job # 140248
Archie Griffin, OSU Alumni Association
Gateway photo studio
JUN-4-2014
The Ohio State University
Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

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:

Rebecca Brewster 8 x10 1

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.

steveb2-600x600

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

Steve Bryan
Executive Vice President, Transportation from SambaSafety

As the Executive Vice President of Transportation for SambaSafety, Steve brings a plethora of experience as Founder and President 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.

Conference Schedule

Monday, September 21

Time Event
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
9:30 a.m. Emerge OTA Networking Breakfast
10:00 a.m. OTA Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. OTA Annual Meeting & Opening Session (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 (session counts towards participation in the BWC 4% savings group)
 
  • 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
6:15 p.m. TRUKPAC Dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Columbus (Additional fee; separate registration required)


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, Executive Vice President, Transportation, SambaSafety (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, DataGuard
 
  • Data Convergence and Safety Considerations for Trucking, Stacy Sadar, SmartDrive
2:30 p.m. Networking Reception with Invited Legislative Officials and Justices

 

Schedule, times and speakers subject to change.

Support TRUKPAC on Monday, September 21

Screen Shot 2020-06-25 at 10.45.10 AM

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.

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.

logo-steakhouse

Conference Awards Program

Nominate Your Company for a Fleet Safety Award
As part of the Chairman and Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 22, OTA will recognize the Fleet Safety Award winners.

The Fleet Safety Awards program recognizes carriers with the best safety records in their class. These awards, presented by Great West Casualty Company, are awarded on the basis of accident-frequency ratios, which include data from the mileage and accidents reported to the Ohio Department of Transportation within a calendar year. Nominations are due July 31! CLICK HERE to nominate your company online. CLICK HERE to download and print the nomination form.

Nominations are Open for the Safety Professional of the Year Award
As part of the Chairman and Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 22, OTA will recognize the 2019 Safety Professional of the Year. This award honors industry professionals who demonstrate excellence and passion within the safety profession.

All OTA members in good standing are able to nominate their employee or peer. Nominations are due July 31. CLICK HERE to nominate a safety professional online today. CLICK HERE to download and print the nomination form.

Exhibit Information

At the OTA Annual Conference, you will have the opportunity to meet and connect with decision makers from around the state. Be sure your company’s products and services are represented with a tabletop exhibit display.

Expand your audience! With the rollout of our new virtual ticket option, your company will now have the opportunity to submit a 2-3 minute video that will appear during “commercial breaks” for those conference attendees viewing remotely.

Tabletop Exhibit Package includes:

  • One 6’ skirted table
  • One chair
  • Electric service (upon request)
  • Listing on the OTA conference app
  • Listing on the conference web page
  • One full conference registration (includes admission to programming sessions, networking receptions and conference meals)
  • Ability to submit a 2-3 minute “commercial” for virtual attendees to view during the live stream portion of the conference (video should be an MP4 file with 16:9 resolution)

CLICK HERE to register for a table or contact Bradie Berry at 614-519-6462 with questions.

Hotel Information

Marriott Columbus University Area hotel
3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202

Hotel Accommodations:
A room block has been negotiated at the Marriott Columbus University Area hotel. Room rate is $179 per night. Please call reservations directly at (888) 236-2427 and reference the "Ohio Trucking Association" and code "OTA" or book online here: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1575665764054&key=GRP&app=resvlink
Reservation deadline is September 1.

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 Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” policies here: https://clean.marriott.com/

2019 Conference Highlights:

2020 Annual Conference Presented By:

Pilot Flying J Dual Vertical_RGB®
Day
Hour
Minute
Second
Scroll To Top