2017 Specialized Transportation Symposium Scheduled for February 14-17 in Orlando, FL

- The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) will host the Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 14-17, 2017, at The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida. Attendance at this annual event increases each year, and the 2017 Symposium is expected to attract 500 top managers in operations, safety directors, safety managers, pilot car professionals, permitting officials, and federal officials.

Regional and state highway and transportation officials from MAASTO, SASHTO, NASTO and WASHTO, along with SC&RA’s Pilot Car Task Force, Permit Policy Committee and Transportation Safety Education & Training Committee will meet prior to the Symposium’s opening session.

In order of schedule, educational sessions will include:

  • Opening Session: Capital Concerns: What’s Brewing in Washington?— Phil Byrd, President, Bulldog Hiway Express; Michael Card, President, Combined Transport; and John McTyre, Director of Strategic Relations, Unified Logistics Operating Group, will share what’s new in D.C., highlighting how the current regulations impact your business, as well as the specialized transportation industry.
  • The How-To of Harmonization—Scott Marion, Motor Carrier Services Director, Missouri Department of Transportation, will explore the forward-thinking harmonization efforts implemented by the Missouri DOT, revealing how the state became a leader in pro-active strategies to improve permitting and customer service.
  • Communication Wins with State Officials—Joanna Jungels, OD Permit Manager, ATS Specialized Inc., and Dan Wells, Permit Unit Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation, will discuss how clear, positive communication and professional interaction with officials can actually increase cost savings.
  • 13 Hours in Benghazi—Kris “Tanto” Paronto, Former Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Regiment, Security and Military Consultant, will inspire us with a firsthand account of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. This session will reveal what truly happened, and inspire us to achieve and survive despite all obstacles.
  • The Mitigation of Litigation— J. Allen Jones III, Attorney at Law, Benesch Friedlander Coplan Aronoff, LLP; C. Fredric Marcinak, Attorney at Law, Transportation Industry Group, Smith Moore, Leatherwood, LLP; and Alan Rucker, Director & Attorney at Law, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC will guide you through real-life cases of catastrophic incidents and the resulting litigation, highlighting best practices for protecting your business.
  • Reinforce Your Safety Culture: Safety Director Roundtable, Part 1—Mike Cobb, Vice President Safety & Compliance, Landstar Transportation Logistics, and Lynn Wehrmann, Transportation Manager, Barnhart, will discuss best practices for creating and maintaining a first-class safety program, while offering a unique opportunity to see how the same motor carrier regulations are viewed from opposite perspectives.
  • Perfecting the Partnership Between Pilot Cars and Carriers—Maureen Mandich, Owner, New York Truck Escorts & Permits, Inc., Mike Morgan, President, Pit Row Services; Rob Simon, Vice President Heavy Haul & Specialized, Bennett Motor Express; and Randy Sorenson, President RSA Network Inc. & PEVOA, will discuss expectations of both parties regarding such topics as insurance, inter-vehicle communications, and more.
  • Great Driver Talent Requires Great Driver Management: Safety Director Roundtable, Part 2—Zathan Boutan, DOT Specialist, WHC Energy Services, and Dave Wittwer, Vice President, Hays Companies, will guide you through the complexities of managing driver training, accountability and successful retention techniques.
  • Bechtel’s Innovative “Engineered Logistics”™ Approach for Strategic Transportation Predictability—Stephen “Spo” Spoljaric, Functional T & L Manager, Bechtel Oil Gas & Chemical will share how the newest technologies, such as 4D simulation, holograms, virtual reality and drones are being used to increase predictability in transportation planning.
  • Load Securement - Don’t Get Tied Up in the Legalities of Tie Downs— Fred Kovall, ATS Specialized, LLC; and Peter Trimble, CDS, Corporate Safety & Claims Director, Keen Transport, Inc., will walk you through steps to ensure your company is in compliance, including proper load securement policies, federal and state regulations and driver expectations.
  • Insurance for an Uncertain Future—Joe Doerr, Specialized Transportation Program Manager, NBIS will discuss how to create management plans for the next five to ten years in light of industry developments and new technologies in video accountability, crash avoidance systems and autonomous vehicles.
  • 2016 Hauling Jobs of the Year—Speakers from Emmert International, IRH and Berard Transportation will present their winning entries from the 2016 SC&RA Hauling Jobs of the Year Competition.
A key highlight will be the Exhibit Center on Thursday, February 16, featuring leading companies that supply products and services to specialized carriers. Registration for exhibitors opened November 7, and booth fees include a complimentary Symposium registration.

New this year will be a Leadership Forum, an initiative focused to engage rising stars in their 20s and 30s and provide them with the necessary tools to leverage their SC&RA memberships for company and career success. For more information about the Leadership Forum or to apply, visit www.scranet.org/leadership.

Until December 2, early-bird registration fees are available at $435 for members/$175 for spouses, $650 for nonmembers/$260 for spouses and $140 for government employees. Registrants are encouraged to enroll in the Mega Raffle for a chance to win TWO registrations (1 regular and 1 spouse) for an SC&RA meeting. Drawing will be held at the 2017 Annual Conference.

Click here to review the official schedule, which includes hotel rooms and exhibit center information.

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,360 members from 46 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.

For further information, contact:
Lisa Grepps, Director, Marketing & Communications
(703) 698-0291

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