Safety Conference
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Safety Conference

When:  Thursday, January 25, 2018
Where: Hyatt Regency Bloomington
3200 E 81st Street
Bloomington, MN 55425 
Cost: Conference Only: $199
Conference & Banquet: $269
Banquet Only: $79 

*Non-member pricing: Additional $20 for each

MTA's room rate at the Hyatt is $139. This room rate will be held until 1/3/18. After that, rates go up to Super Bowl rates!

Learn from the best at the 2018 Safety Conference!

MTA's annual Safety Conference is an event designed to enhance the skills of trucking safety professionals and the on-road safety trucking fleets. This event is the go-to event for trucking companies and safety professionals to get the most up-to-date information on safety, training and risk management. 



7:30-8:30 am:
Registration Open & Breakfast Served

7:45-8:30 am:

Emerging Safety Professionals Gathering- Emerging safety professionals and seasoned pros come together to begin mentor relationships and get the lay of the land at the conference. 

8:30-8:40 am:
Welcome by Rich Campbell, Coborn's Inc., Safety Conference Planning Committee Chair

8:40-9:30 am:
Internationally Safe- Alan Gorthy, Captain, USN Retired:
Safety is about risk management and driver training, but just as important is institutionalizing safety as the highest value in your company. Al Gorthy has a proven reputation of success in executive leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. His military background included 26 years of active duty services in the US Navy where he flew as an operational pilot in numerous single seat attack and fighter aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet. He made combat deployments during the Vietnam conflict and served on eight different aircraft carriers. 

Prior to joining the Federal Aviation Administration, Al served for three years as Vice President of Maintenance for a small low-cost, low-fare airline based in Kansas City, Missouri. The air carrier operated leased 737 aircraft. 

An expert on aviation safety and safety in general, Al is a popular speaker and has conducted presentations and workshops for Cessna, Bombardier, Carolinas Aviation Regional Safety Seminar, Textron, Garmin, Honeywell, US Navy, Flight Safety International, London Air Services and numerous local NBAA chapters. 

9:30-9:45 am:
Roundtable Discussions-
 Small group conversation around Intentional Safety

9:45-10:00 am: BREAK

10:00-10:45 am:
Data and Telematics, Lee Sarratt, J.B. Hunt:
There is so much technology available to help companies manage safety and risk, but how do you effectively use all the data collected? Lee Sarratt is the Director of Safety at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, a company that is well known and respected for its safety record and smart use of technology and data. J.B. Hunt was founded by Johnnie Bryan Hunt and based in the Northwest Arkansas city of Lowell. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. was incorporated in Arkansas on August 10, 1961 and originally started with five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers to support the original rice hull business. 

By 1983, J.B. Hunt had grown into the 80th largest trucking firm in the U.S. and earned $63 million in revenue. At that time, J.B. Hunt was operating 550 tractors, 1,049 trailers and had roughly 1,050 employees. Today this company has grown into one of the largest transportation companies in the United States with annual revenues of about $7 billion. 

10:45-11:00 am:
Roundtable Discussions- 
Small group conversation around Data and Telematics

11:00-11:15 am: BREAK

11:15-12:00 pm:
Driver Engagement as the Key to a Culture of Safety- Garth Pitzel, Director, Safety and Driver Development, Bison Transportation:
Safety isn't just about compliance and risk managment- it can be the key to driver engagement and retention. Garth Pitzel is the Director of Safety and Driver Development at Bison Transportation, a company that has won countless national safety awards for the organization and its drivers. 

For the past 17 years, Garth has successfully infused Bison with the philosophy that driver engagement is critical to building a culture of safety within the company that impacts driver recruitment, retention and profitability. In 2016, he was presented the 2016 Clare C. Casey Professional of the Year award by the Truckload Carriers Association. 

12:00-12:15 pm:
Roundtable Discussions-
 Small group conversation aroundDriver Engagement as the Key to a Culture of Safety

12:15-12:25 pm: Move to Lunch

12:25 pm: Lunch

12:40-1:15 pm:
Luncheon presentation- Regulatory Update (Name TBD)

1:15-1:30 pm: Move to Breakouts
Track 1 Breakouts are geared toward emerging safety professionals
Track 2 Breakouts are geared toward seasoned safety professionals

1:30-2:30 pm:
Technology Breakouts
Track 1- What is Available?
Track 2- How to Use Data

2:30-2:45 pm: BREAK

2:45-3:45 pm: Training and Culture Breakouts
Track 1- Training and Best Practices (Onboarding, Ongoing, Remedial)
Track 2- Management of Culture

3:45-4:00 pm: End of Day Wrap-Up of Emerging Safety Professionals and Mentors



Interested in sponsoring this event? There are opportunities available for all budgets!

Click HERE for more information, and contact kristi at or 612-685-4552