Tentative Schedule

 Saturday – April 29                                                                                         -- subject to change --
 <<Quick Schedule>>  Board and Committee Meetings (members-only):         Hotel=Hilton  CC=ConvCenter
 12:00 - 12:30pm     - Hotel  Joint Board Meeting Buffet Lunch -- Continental Ballroom
 12:30 - 3:45pm       - Hotel  Joint Meeting of NPTC Board of Directors, Institute Board of
 Governors and National Advisory Board -- Continental Ballroom
 4:00 - 5:30pm         - Hotel  NPTC Board of Directors Meeting -- Salon H & I
 5:30 - 6:00pm         - Hotel  Conference Planning Committee Walk-Through -- Salon M
 6:00 - 6:30pm         - Hotel  CTP Graduation Ceremony REHEARSAL (new, graduating CTPs only)
 8:00am - 5:00pm     - CC      Exhibitor Booth Move-In / Setup - Duke Energy Convention Center - Halls A and B
 2:00 - 6:00pm          - CC  Registration Desk OPEN - Duke Energy Convention Center - Outside Hall A, First Floor
 Sunday – April 30
 8:00am - 6:00pm     - CC  Registration Desk OPEN - Duke Energy Convention Center - Outside Hall A, First Floor
 8:00 - 9:00am          - Hotel  First Timer's Welcome Breakfast Orientation  (Sponsored by Penske Truck Leasing)
 8:00am - 2:00pm     - CC  Exhibitor Booth Move-In / Setup - Duke Energy Convention Center - Halls A/B/C, First Floor  (Setup Complete by 2:00pm)
 9:30 - 10:45am        - Hotel Concurrent Educational Workshops

 11:00am - 2:00pm    - Hotel


 CTP Graduation Ceremony

 NPTC / SmartDrive Professional Leadership Awards
 Kick-Off Brunch

 Keynote Speaker: Joel Salatin

  Owner, Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia


Joel Salatin
is a self-described “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer.” Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.


With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, ten published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.  He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.

He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.  Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products.  When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.

Salatin writes The Pastoralist column for Stockman Grass Farmer, granddaddy catalyst for the grass farming movement, and the Pitchfork Pulpit column for Mother Earth News, as well as numerous guest articles for ACRES USA and other publications.  A frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts targeting preppers, homesteaders, and foodies, Salatin’s practical, can-do solutions tied to passionate soliloquies for sustainability offer everyone food for thought and plans for action.


 3:00 - 6:00pm         - CC

 EXHIBIT HALL

 Grand Opening and Reception  (Reception sponsored by 10-4 Systems and Penske Truck Leasing)
 A world-class exhibition featuring nearly 200 exhibitors packed with products and solutions that will increase the effectiveness of your private fleet. All registered fleet members are eligible for $500 gift-card prizes awarded every hour -- You must be present to Win!
Open bar and afternoon snacks served.

 7:00 - 9:30pm         - Hotel

  ACT-1 Gala Evening Reception & Dinner

  Sponsored by ACT-1, the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry.
 Monday – May 1
 7:00am - 4:00pm      - CC  Registration Desk OPEN - Duke Energy Convention Center - Outside Hall A, First Floor
 7:30 - 9:00am          - Hotel  Buffet Breakfast (sponsored by J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.) and Topical Breakout Sessions
 9:15 - 10:45am        - CC  Concurrent Educational Workshops

 11:00 - 1:00pm        - Hotel

NPTC / Lytx DriveCam Driver Hall of Fame

Induction Ceremony
Fleet Safety Awards and Luncheon

Luncheon sponsored by: CPC Logistics, FleetNet America, Frito-Lay, Inc., and PeopleNet

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian

University of Alabama College of Engineering
"Safety First - The Evolution of Autonomous Driving"

  Speaker sponsored by Mack Leasing System and Over the Road Apparel


Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian
is a long-time automotive technology researcher and development engineer at Daimler AG, who joined the faculty of the University of Alabama College of Engineering in 2012. He retired earlier that year as vice president of group research and advanced engineering responsible for product innovations and process technologies after nearly 40 years as a research and development engineer for the Mercedes-Benz brand in Stuttgart, Germany.


After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay in 1973, Balasubramanian joined Daimler while studying for the equivalent of a master’s degree at the Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany. He was hired full time as a computational analysis engineer in the CAE-department for automatic transmissions and power steering systems after he got his master’s in mechanical engineering in 1977. He earned his doctorate from Karlsruhe in 1983 while working at Daimler.

He took on increasing responsibility in research and development for the company, and, in 1988, he was named chief engineer. In 1997, he became vice president for engineering technologies in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car research and development, and nine years later he was named vice president over all Mercedes-Benz research and development, responsible for about 1,300 engineers in Germany and about 1,000 more in international research and development locations.

A recent innovation Balasubramanian helped develop is Magic Body Control, a feature planned in the next series of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class that uses cameras and radar to scan the road ahead for bumps, allowing the car to adjust its suspension ahead for a smoother ride. The car’s computer logs a road’s surface characteristics to create a road profile as well. He also led research into innovations for advanced cruise control and autonomous braking so that vehicles are capable of slowing in traffic or braking ahead of unexpected intrusions, such as pedestrians, on the road. Besides his work at Daimler, Balasubramanian also regularly taught the last 20 years at the Technical University of Berlin in the School of Automotive Engineering and Railway Technology, and, in 1998, he was given the prestigious title of honorary professor.

 1:15 - 2:30pm        - CC

 Exhibitor Meeting / Booth Selection for NPTC 2018 - DECC Room 206 North

 1:30 - 2:45am        - CC  Concurrent Educational Workshops

 3:00 - 5:30pm         - CC

 EXHIBIT HALL

 Reception Extravaganza  (Reception sponsored by Decisiv and International Trucks)
 Nearly 200 exhibitors packed with products and solutions that will increase the effectiveness of your private fleet. All registered fleet members are eligible for $500 gift-card prizes awarded every hour -- You must be present to Win!
Open bar and afternoon snacks served.
 
 Tuesday – May 2
 7:30 - 8:30am        - Hotel  Buffet Breakfast and Topical Breakout Sessions
 8:45 - 10:00am       - CC  Concurrent Educational Workshops
 10:15 - 11:30am      - CC  Concurrent Educational Workshops
 11:45am - 2:15pm   - Hotel

 Luncheon

  Sponsored by GPS Insight, LLC


  'Success Trends and Practices of Today’s Private Fleets'
 Speaker: Thomas Moore, CTP, NPTC Senior Vice President
 
**** Spouse/Guest Program ****
♦ Open Lounge with refreshments at Hotel on Sunday and Monday -- Julep Room, 3rd Floor
♦ All Conference Social Functions, including meals and Exhibit Hall Activities


Questions about the program? Contact Tom Moore, CTP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.