Annual Conference
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Annual Conference

85th Annual Conference

When: August 1-3, 2017

Where: Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401


Register for the Conference 

CLICK HERE to print a registration form or REGISTER ONLINE

Preliminary Conference Schedule (subject to change)


11:00 AM               Golf at Legacy courses
1:00-4:00 PM        Hospitality Suite Open- A private suite offering comfortable furniture and a private deck to relax and network. Come visit whenever the
                                   schedule says it's open!

6:00 PM                 Beach party BBQ


6:30-7:15 AM       First Time Attendee Orientation 
7:00-7:45 AM       Breakfast
7:50-8:00 AM       Welcome by John Hausladen, President, MTA
8:00-9:15 AM       Opening Keynote- State of the Industry- Chris Spear, President & CEO, ATA

Chris Spear is the president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the nation's leading organization representing the interests of the trucking industry. 

As president and CEO, Chris leads ATA's efforts to advocate and educate on behalf of the trucking industry. Employing more than 7 million people and moving more than 10 billion tons of freight annually, trucking is the industry most responsible for moving America's economy. 

Prior to his time at ATA, Chris has deep background and experience in the transportation, energy, labor and technology sectors over five different continents. 

Chris came to ATA from Hyundai Motor Co., where he served as vice president of government affairs. In that role he served on the Executive Committee for Global Automakers. Previously, Chris was ATA senior vice president of legislative affairs and worked for Honeywell Process Solutions. 

Chris also has extensive experience in the federal government, serving as deputy representative for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, assistant secretary of labor for policy and as professional staff in the U.S. Senate.

An engaging speaker with stories to tell, Chris will speak on the state of the industry and changes coming in the future. 

9:15-10:15 AM       Expo Hall and Truck Display
10:15-11:30 AM     General Session Two- Getting Ready for Change- Denny Faurote, Founder, The Faurote Group
11:30-12:30 PM     Expo Hall and Truck Display
12:30-1:30 PM       Safety Awards Luncheon
1:45-2:45 PM         Breakout Session 1A- Panel- Answering Lingering Questions about ELDs

A continued discussion about the challenges of integrating ELDs into your business.  Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to develop questions for the panel which will include providers, carriers, drivers and dispatchers. Both challenges and benefits will be explored as well as how to overcome obstacles and impact on safety, access to data and general operations.   A great way to get those final questions answered before the looming deadline.

Breakout Session 1B-
 Meagan Johnson, Generational Expert- Building a Strong Generational Team

For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side: the Traditional Generation (born pre-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Millennial Generation (1981-1995), and the Linkster Generation (born after 1995).

Each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends, and cultural phenomena of their time (which we call “generational signposts.”) Consequently, each has different values, standards of quality, and attitudes toward customers and coworkers. These differences can wreak havoc, or they can be a source of incredible energy and creativity. It’s important to understand these differences and to have specific strategies for dealing with them.

In this highly charged, participatory workshop, Meagan Johnson outlines the dominant generational forces in the workplace and how each generation’s “signpost” drives motivation, influences company loyalty, delivery of customer service and communication between coworkers. Learn what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace! 

2:45-3:00 PM         Break
3:00-4:00 PM         Breakout Session 2A- Denny Faurote- Deeper Look at EI and Cultural

Denny Faurote continues the discussion started in his morning presentation, and takes a closer look at adapting to change by developing emotional intelligence and cultural competency.

Breakout Session 2B-  Resources and Information to Help Control of the Harsh Realities Facing the Industry- Cyber-Security, Trafficking, etc.                                 

4:00-5:30 PM             Free Time
5:30-7:00 PM             Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM                      Banquet and Entertainment- Brave New Workshop!


8:00 AM                     Breakfast Buffet
8:15 AM                     Business Meeting (all are invited)
9:00 AM                     Closing Session- Gene Marks, Columnist, Author and Business Owner-
                                       Change, Growth and Opportunity, Embracing Change for Future Success

Other Activities


Tee off the Conference with a round of golf at Cragun’s Legacy Courses!  Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., The Legacy Courses offer two unique 18-hole golf experiences. 


Ride into the conference with our Tuesday evening Beach Party BBQ.  Grab some food and relax by beautiful Gull Lake while listening to music or play some Bean Bag Toss or Beach Volleyball.


Enjoy a delicious meal, cheer on the safest fleets in Minnesota and honor the Safety and Maintenance Professionals of the Year at the Safety Awards Luncheon.


Power shopping in Nisswa!  We’ve secured discounts and special gifts at many of the delightful shops and restaurants in Nisswa, all of which are available to anyone wearing an “I LOVE TRUCKS” button.  Look for the official MTA Power Shopping Flyer in the shop windows.

Reserve a room at Cragun's Resort

Call for Reservations! 800-272-4867

Questions? Contact Cragun's at or (218) 825-2700 x8400

Award Applications

CLICK HERE for the Fleet Safety Award application

CLICK HERE for the Service Award nomination form

 2017 Sponsors

 Richard Frank Klick Agency