MTA's 87th Annual Conference
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/30/2019 to 8/1/2019
When: July 30th - August 1st
Where: Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood LN.
Alexandria, Minnesota  56308
United States
Contact: Kristi

Online registration is available until: 7/30/2019
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Please register by July 25, 2019. After July 25, please contact Kristi Shepherd at 612-658-4552 to register.


Reserve your rooms online by July 1st to ensure availability: Click to Reserve Room

Guests may also call in to make their reservations at 866-386-5263.

Use the promo code MTA19 when reserving your room.

MTA's 87th Annual Conference - Drive Your Destination: From Vision to Action to Success

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General Session – Leading at Mach 2

Anthony “AB” Bourke - Fighter Pilot, Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur and Proven Business Leader

All great leaders have a system for driving peak performance. This hard-charging, high-impact session will offer straightforward, critical tools that U.S. fighter pilots employ to lead their wingmen into the demanding environment of aerial combat. Learn how the best fighter squadrons and the best businesses in the world hire future leaders, how they then properly train those individuals, and continually promote a process of continuous improvement to stay one step ahead of the competition.

CEO Panel – From Idea to Action

Taking a big idea and turning into your corporate reality takes strategy, planning and pure grit, but most of all, vision.  This CEO Panel will share their experience in taking their companies through visionary processes that have delivered dramatic growth and success.

FACILITATOR:    Kyle Kottke, General Manager, Kottke Trucking 


Kari Rihm, President and CEO, Rihm Family Companies

Todd Gilbert, President, Valley Cartage

Don Zietlow, Kwik Trip

Breakout #1   Fuel Efficiency, Idling and the 2020 Mandate

Mike Roeth, Executive Director, NACFE (North American Council for Freight Efficiency)

Breakout #2    Business Continuity and Succession Planning

Moderator - Pat Murphy, Raveill Trucking, Inc.  

Presenter - Brenda Fake, O-2 Optimizing Organizations

Other Activities

Golf at Atikwa Championship Golf Course

Tee off the Annual Conference with golf at the newly renovated Atikwa Championship Golf Course, where you’ll experience the natural beauty of Alexandria’s most scenic golf course. Skillfully designed with wetland preservation in mind, the Atikwa Golf Club focuses on beautiful lake views and unique challenges.

NOTE - Golf registration is not included in conference registration.  To register for the golf tournament, visit (insert link).

Tuesday Evening Cocktail Party and BBQ

Kick off the 2019 conference at the Tuesday evening Cocktail Party and BBQ.  Grab some food, relax and enjoy some great company before the Welcome Party. 

Exhibitor Welcome Party 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Keep the festivities going after the BBQ and join us in the Tennis Center for the Exhibitor Welcome Party.  Connect with your peers while enjoying complimentary beer and wine, dessert, late night snacks, door prizes and much more.

Safety Awards Luncheon 

Spouse Event – Boat Cruise

Spouses are invited to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise around beautiful Lake Darling with a stop for lunch.   A Kids Activity Program will be available through Arrowwood, for an extra fee, while your spouse relaxes on the cruise.   

Wednesday Night Banquet – featuring Comedian Pete Borchers

Enjoy some libation and friendly conversation at the Cocktail Hour, then on to a delicious meal and program.  Following the program, Comedian Pete Borchers will entertain with his observational style that is sometimes smart and sometimes stupid – but always hilarious.

Kids Pizza Party during the Wednesday Night Banquet

Thursday Getaway Speaker

Motivate This!   Steve Rizzo, Author, Commedian and Motivational Speaker

One of the biggest challenges we all face today, both professionally and personally, is staying motivated and enthusiastic for more than just a few days. We go through the course of our lives and allow circumstances, events, situations and people to suck the energy right out of us.  Steve Rizzo’s presentation introduces Common Sense Success Strategies that will help you bounce back, take control and forge ahead. MOTIVATE THIS is filled with Steve Rizzo’s distinctive brand of humor, insightful stories and mind-altering strategies that will elevate your overall degree of motivation.


Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN is an all-seasons resort focused around Minnesota’s natural splendor. Enjoy the natural beauty of the lakeside resort hotel, where you’ll find family activities galore – fishing, swimming, boating, jet skis, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks.  There is also a large play area with sand volleyball courts, a lake-side mini-golf course and the Big Splash Waterpark.  There is also a spa onsite and loads of local attractions and shopping.