2019 Safety Conference & Driver of the Year Banquet
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2019 Safety Conference & Driver of the Year Banquet

Join other safety professionals to learn how to ENCOURAGE, ENERGIZE AND EMPOWER your team as you address your safety priorities in the coming year. In addition to dynamic speakers that will present information on the science of distracted driving and how to align beliefs with driver action, critical safety conversations will take place in a Roundtable format that will bring everyone together to discuss issues and brainstorm solutions. Learn from the best! Learn from each other!

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
08:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Earl Brown Center
6155 Earl Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota  55430
United States
Contact: Kristi

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MTA's 2019 Safety Conference: Encourage, Energize, Empower

Date: January 24, 2019

Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (Breakfast and Registration Starts @ 7:30 a.m.)

Driver of the Year Banquet to Follow @ 5:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour, 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation



Conference & Banquet (Member) $299.00      (Non-Member)  $399.00

Safety Conference Only (Member) $229.00   (Non-Member) $329.00

Banquet Only - $89.00 (You may purchase additional banquet tickets under Related Products in registration)



ENCOURAGE: The Science of Distraction - David Teater, Consultant

David Teater’s 30-year business career has included serving as CEO of several private companies, including 20 years at an automotive supplier. His company provided research and strategy consulting services to most auto manufacturers.


In January 2009, Mr. Teater joined the National Safety Council after their call for a nationwide ban on all forms of cell phone use while driving. From 2009-2015, Mr. Teater led the NSC’s advocacy efforts to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  He has been featured in many national publications and news broadcasts and has appeared before several state legislatures advocating for restrictions on cell phone use while driving, and has testified before the US Congress.

Mr. Teater’s presentation will cover serious threat of vehicle crashes and their impact on business and society, the science of driver distraction and how mobile device use while driving degrades driver performance.

ENERGIZE: Don't Be Safe! - Rob Otte, Roehl Transport

Rob Otte is the Director of Corporate Training and Development for Roehl Transport, Inc. Roehl Transport is one of the safest and largest truckload and logistics companies in the nation. With many locations in the United States, the company delivers confidence and satisfaction by providing flawless transportation services.

Roehl Transport has their own driving awareness training program called “Protective Driving”, which has dramatically improved their safety record.  The program trains drivers to think with clarity and align beliefs with behaviors.  Robb’s philosophy is that belief is a stepping stone toward behavior, and he will discuss how “hearts and minds” direct “hands and feet”.

EMPOWER: From Managing to Leading - Col. Matt Langer - MN State Patrol

Colonel Matt Langer has been a Minnesota State Trooper since 1999. He began his career in the St. Paul station where he worked the afternoon shift. He spent more than four years on the Metro Crash Reconstruction Team where he reconstructed hundreds of fatal and serious injury crashes. He was the director of the State Patrol’s fleet and asset management section before assuming public information duties. As a Captain, he directed public information work, homeland security efforts, and traffic safety grants.

He served for two and a half years as the Assistant Chief and one year as the Acting Chief before being appointed Colonel, Chief of the State Patrol, in January 2015.



1) Transitioning from AOBRDs to ELDs

2) Creative Ideas for Training and Orientation

3) Driver Retention Strategies that Work

4) Driver Evaluation

5) Favorite Safety Tools

6) Support and Resources, Technology,

7) The Driver as the Captain of the Ship

8) Me, Myself, and I - Being the Safety Champion

9) Selling Safety Internally to the Whole Team

10) Best Practices to Avoid Nuclear Verdicts.


DRIVER OF THE YEAR BANQUET: Celebrating MTA's Drivers of the Month and Announcing the 2019 MTA Driver of the Year award winner!



Conference & Banquet (Member) $299.00      (Non-Member)  $399.00

Safety Conference Only (Member) $229.00   (Non-Member) $329.00

Banquet Only - $89.00 (You may purchase additional banquet tickets under Related Products in registration)


A discounted room rate of $169 has been secured at the Embassy Suites near the Earl Brown Heritage Center. If you would like to reserve a hotel room, please contact the Embassy Suites by calling 763-560-2700 or 800-Embassy or by using this simple web link:


When you book your room, let them know that you are with the Minnesota Trucking Association and use the Groom Code MTA to receive the discounted room rate. Room reservations must be made on or before January 2nd to receive the discounted rate.