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MTA's 2019 Safety Conference

Encourage. Energize. Empower.



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 Round-table format that will bring everyone together to discuss issues and brainstorm solutions.  Learn from the best!  Learn from each other!  Register today!!

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 (Cocktail Hour @ 5:00 p.m., Banquet @ 6:00 p.m.)



A discounted room rate of $169 has been secured at the Embassy Suites near the Earle Brown Heritage Center.  If you would like to reserve a hotel room, please contact the Embassy Suites directly by calling
763-560-2700 or 1-800-Embassy or by clicking HERE.

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



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 is the Manager of Corporate Training and Development for Roehl Transport, one of the nation’s largest and safest trucking companies. Roehl has earned the American Trucking Associations’ President’s Award three times and has earned top-three ATA safety honors 16 years in a row. With over 2,600 teammates and locations across the nation, the company provides transportation services to some of the most prestigious brands in the country.

Safety is Roehl’s “cornerstone” value, and the Roehl Way of Protective Driving is the industry's most advanced safe driving program. The Roehl Way recognizes that values are different than priorities, and it’s those values that drive the behavior that produces safety.

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.

CRITICAL SAFETY CONVERSATIONS: These will take place in the afternoon in a roundtable format which will bring everyone together to discuss and brainstorm solutions on various topics. Learn from the best! Learn from each other! 

Critical Safety Conversation Topics:

- Transitioning from AOBRDs to EAOBRDs to ELDs

- Creative Ideas for Training and Orientation

- Driver Retention Strategies that Works

- Driver Evaluation

- Favorite Safety Tools, Support and Resources

- Technology

- The Driver as the Captain of the Ship

- Me, Myself and I – Being the Safety Champion

- Selling Safety Internally to the Whole Team

- 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!

Ticket Prices

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)


Thank you 2019 Safety Conference Sponsors!







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