SC&RA’s 2016 Specialized Transportation Symposium Scheduled for March 1-4 at The Peabody Memphis

- The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) will host the Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 1-4, 2016, at The Peabody Memphis, in Memphis, Tenn. Attendance is expected to surpass that of the 2015 Symposium, which attracted 450 specialized carriers, state and federal government officials, researchers, manufacturers and suppliers to the industry.
     Before the opening educational session, SC&RA’s Permit Policy Committee and Transportation Safety Education & Training will meet.  Opening day will also be devoted to meetings of regional and state highway and transportation officials and to the SC&RA Pilot Car Task Force. The state/regional meetings will resume on March 2 until they adjourn in time for the symposium’s opening session in the afternoon.
    In order of schedule, educational sessions will include:
  • Opening Session: A Shared Vision— Brian Ness, Executive Sponsor, WASHTO Committee on Highway Transport, and Director, Idaho Transportation Department; Jay Thompson, President, CVSA, and Commander, Arkansas Highway Police Special Services; and, Paul Trombino, President, AASHTO, and Director, Iowa Department of Transportation will discuss how their organizations are working with the specialized transportation industry on opportunities of mutual interest.
  • Breakthroughs in Auto Issued Permits— Jacqueline Darr, Permit Section Manager, North Dakota Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Operations and Geno Koehler, Permit Chief, Illinois Department of Transportation, will share how their states’ dramatically reduced permit turnaround times through enhancements to their automated permit systems. Among benefits are higher than average thresholds for dimension and weight by which these states continually auto issue permits.
  • Harmonized Route Surveys and Bridge Slow-Down Rules—Dan Kiely, Bureau Chief, Licensing and Permitting Bureau, Montana Department of Transportation, and Brad Marten, Project Coordinator, Motor Carrier Services Division, Montana Department of Transportation made a point of surveying representatives from both industry and other states when developing new policies for route surveys and bridge slow-down provisions. Learn about the provisions they developed to serve as models for the rest of the nation.
  • Behind The Blind Side: Overcoming Obstacles in the Face of Adversity—Sean Tuohy, Entrepreneur and NBA Broadcaster, will bring to life the inspirational story of how his family adopted Michael Oher, a homeless teenager, who thrived under their support and love, ultimately becoming a first-round NFL football player.  The story served as the basis for a best-selling book a major motion picture.
  • The ABC’s of the Looming ELD Mandate— Chris Nelson, Vice President, Business Development, ISE Fleet Services, Bill Smith, Executive Vice President, Claims and Risk Management, NBIS, and Lori Sellner, Director of Safety, Anderson Trucking Service, will provide answers to significant questions concerning a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), a move widely expected to take place before the end of 2016. Among issues to be covered are the potential impact on safety, efficiency, insurance, risk management and claims.
  • Taking the Mystique out of Permitting—Geoffrey B. Davis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Unified Logistics Holdings LLC, is a former law enforcement officer, who will report on results from a member-wide survey of transportation companies on their permitting hurdles and challenges city-to-city and state-to-state. He will also touch on inefficiencies and/or lack of knowledge with regard to enforcement and share his solutions.
  • Navigating the California Business Environment—Scott Bragg, Vice President, Bragg Companies, will discuss California’s status as a trend-setter in governmental matters and why you should pay attention to the many aspects that make the state a unique and often difficult place to operate. He will also cover environmental compliance, the tax structure, permitting with public agencies, and the litigious human resources environment.
  • Partnering with Ports—John Amos, President, Amos Logistics & Secretary of Exporters Competitive Maritime Council; Roy Emmert, Executive Vice President, Emmert International; and Parto Mazdeyasni, Intermodal/Trade Development Specialist – Maryland Port Administration, will explain why specialized carriers have much to gain by working with port authorities and shippers to keep oversize/overweight loads moving smoothly into and out of ports.
  • Crane Inspection for Transport Companies—A representative from Barnhart and an enforcement official involved with crane inspection will cover the best practices to ensure cranes pass inspection and perform at optimum levels.
  • FMCSA/SCRA 30-Minute Break Exemption—Danny Cain, Safety Director, Edwards Moving & Rigging, will detail discuss how to safely implement best practices in your company with regard to the break.
  • FMCSA Insider Update—Larry Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy, FMCSA, will provide up-to-the-minute compliance and regulatory news from his agency, including updates on hours of service; electronic logging devices (ELD); Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA); and more.
  • 2015 Hauling Jobs of the Year—Speakers from Tradelossa, Barnhart and Precision Specialized Division will recap their winning entries from the 2015 SC&RA Hauling Jobs of the Year Competition.
Still another highlight will be the Exhibit Center, featuring 44 leading companies that supply products and services to specialized carriers.  
     Until Jan. 8, early-bird registration fees are available at $410 for members and $150 for their spouses, $615 for nonmembers and $225 for their spouses and $130 for government employees. Fees include receptions, a buffet lunch, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.
     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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