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
 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 Two Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Assessing and Improving the Value of the Private Fleet
Fleet justification; corporate collaboration and ancillary services the fleet is expected to provide. Examine private fleet profitability -- i.e. what you're measuring and how you're measuring it. Private fleet predictability.
The Zero Sum Game of Driver Recruiting
The writing is on the wall. There is a pending shortage of qualified drivers. Fewer and fewer people are interested in becoming truck drivers. This workshop will look at the driver shortage demographics and what leading fleets are doing to fill the seats. Promoting drivers from within; Use of Military Drivers and Developing a Career path through data analytics. Include Use of social media.

 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

  "Rattling the Supply Chain: The Box of Food at the Front Door"

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


 Grand Opening and Reception
(Reception sponsored by 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. All Registrants Welcome!

 7:00pm Reception: Hall of Mirrors, 3rd Floor, Hilton
 7:45pm Buffet Dinner: Pavillion Ballroom, 4th Floor Hilton

 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 Best Practices Roundtable Discussions, including:
  • Union Negotiation Strategies
  • Leading the Different Generations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Change Management Strategies
  • Loading Practices Involving Liftgates
 9:15 - 10:45am        - CC Five Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Fuel Cost & Economy
Spec'ing the right equipment. Tractor and trailer equipment trends are leading to better fuel economy performance; aero; driver training; emotional tie and dealing with upper management. Consider adding CARB to the topic (some fleets are moving to non-CARB certified drive tires.
Capability of Leadership in the Field
Leadership turns frequently; training and retraining field managers. Evaluate the number of people you need what is the right headcount.
Comparing the Private Fleet Operation to Outside Carriers
Strategic balancing of fleet between private, for-hire and dedicated.
Collaborative Efforts/Logistics
Backhaul Strategies: partner with broker partner; to reduce rental costs; how approach somebody, value to industry; empty lane load matching.
The Cost Impact of High Customer Service
What it's doing to the bottom line; Measuring and improving customer expectations; how much is too much.

 11:00am - 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 - 2:45pm        - CC Five Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Trends in Driver Compensation
Private fleet drivers traditionally enjoy a higher annual compensation than other segments of the trucking industry. This pay structure, among other factors, helps to improve driver turnover. What are the latest trends in mileage pay, hourly pay, performance compensation, salaries. In addition what is the role of an effective incentive and bonus structure? How are fleets dealing with the rising cost of benefits? What are the benefits of each type of compensation structure? How do you communicate to drivers the most effectively? And what are the management and safety considerations of each type of structure?
Future of Truck Connectivity -- the Internet of Trucking
Over air updates, vehicle to vehicle connectivity remote diagnostic.
Complying with the Food Safety Act
Telemetry of temperature maintenance capturing info live.
Commercial Vehicle Safety & Law Enforcement: Strategies for Success
Get law enforcement perspective; load securement; subjective enforcement actions and what we do it. This will include Pre-Check/Post-Check – Effective audits to ensure compliance.
Active Safety Technologies
Take a look at speed limiting devices, disc brakes, collision mitigation and stability control from the standpoint of fuel economy; safety, and driver retention. How work together; how analytics tie together.

 3:00 - 5:30pm         - CC


 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 Best Practices Roundtable Discussions, including:
  • Modeling Utilization of Drivers
  • The Rise of Automated Transmissions
  • Combating the Technician Shortage
  • Tolls are Increasing; How to Manage Them
  • The Digital Economy and Its Impact on Freight Movement and the Private Fleet
 8:45 - 10:00am       - CC Five Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Best Practices in Driver Onboarding
Age of new hire dropping; how do you make the driver's first experience meaningful.
Driver Wellness: Driver Fitness Programs That Get Results
Inside Health -- Look at entire operation as industrial athletes.  Establish a baseline to prescribe a treatment. Reduced 650K in first year.
Truck Roadeos Dos and Don'ts
Benefits; obstactles.
Best Practices for Implementing Video Based Safety Programs
A look at video safety technologies, their impact on safety, and the impact on driver recruiting, retention and behavior. Review of policies; union issues.
Sleep Apnea and Fatigue Management Strategies
Most recent FMCSA finding/rulings, and how to manage internally.
 10:15 - 11:30am      - CC Five Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Driver Finishing Programs
Whether you're hiring somebody out of a driver training school, or you're promoting somebody from your own warehouses, how do you get the drivers to be at ease? How do you ensure they have the requisite skills you need to be a top performer in your operation. What kind of training and coaching tools should you be considering?
Total Cost of Ownership
How do you determine appropriate trade cycles? Partner with finance person; Issues with what equipment is costing,, specing -- using onboard computers to help with fault codes and driving more uptime. What are the maintenance costs on new equipment?
Innovative Maintenance Strategies
Oil analysis instead of oil changing; what are the things that we thinking about.
Trailer Tracking: The Impact on the Private Fleet
Top 10 Emerging Technology Trends
 11:45am - 2:15pm   - Hotel

  Benchmarking Luncheon

   Luncheon Sponsored by GPS Insight, LLC
   Luncheon Speaker:  Tom Moore, CTP, NPTC Senior Vice President
      "Success Trends and Practices of Today’s Private Fleets"


**** 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.