The Truckers' Conference is being redesigned to focus more on its primary mission of offering educational seminars and workshops to truckers who are interested in starting their own transportation-related businesses.
The first Truckers' Conference will be held January 24-26, 2008, in Dallas, Texas, with a location to be announced. The Truckers' Conference will return to Orlando, Fla., May 15-17, 2008 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center. The final program planned for next year will occur Sept. 11-13 at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa.
The new program will offer a total of six four-hour seminars over the course of three consecutive days. The workshops will include such topics as: "How to Start Your Own Transportation Business," "How to Sell and Market Transportation Services," "How to Find Freight and Set Freight Rates," and "How to Set Up & Negotiate Contracts."
The program will also offer mandatory training for new drivers, hours of service refresher training, and mandatory reasonable suspicion supervisor training.
James P. Lamb, a USDOT/STB & FMC-licensed transportation practitioner and president of DOTAuthority.com, will conduct the majority of the seminars, which will include brief 15-minute presentations by related partners and sponsors. Lamb, a former motor carrier regulator, is a licensed freight broker with over 15 years of experience in the industry.