At the intersection of networking and knowledge is the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention. This marked my sixteenth year attending the event, and, as always, it provided a friendly forum to discuss industry topics, issues, and trends with some of the brightest minds in the industry. My favorite part is connecting with the truckload carriers we have long-standing relationships with—it’s great to hear their insights on what’s going on in our industry and to catch up on the latest with their families, hobbies, and the sports they love.
Chatting with carriers was a highlight, but there are three other things stick out in my mind about this year’s event.
Shipper Panel. This is the first time the TCA hosted a panel of shippers, and it was interesting and valuable to hear shippers’ perspectives on some of the topics we’re all paying a lot of attention to. I really enjoyed listening to their views on the importance of carrier and shipper relationships.
Electronic Logging Devices. The upcoming 2017 electronic logging device (ELD) mandate made this a popular topic of discussion. There were many questions directed at carriers and non-asset based companies on their ELD implementation plans as the December 2017 cutoff date nears. There will be much more to come.
Driver Awards. The recognition drivers receive is very much deserved. This year, the Highway Angel of the Year Award went to Josh Grimaldi of Prime, Inc., and it was extremely moving. It is selfless and heroic people like Josh who can make a life-saving impact in someone’s life. Congratulations also go to Danny Smith with Big G Express for winning 2015 Company Driver of the Year, and to Edward Tricco of Bison Transport for winning 2015 Owner-Operator of the Year.
I look forward to attending this event next year, and hope to see you there! I would love to hear about your takeaways from the event.