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 Three Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Strategies to Assess, Measure and Improve the Value of the Private Fleet
A look into how various private fleets justify their private fleets. This workshop will include a look at the key operational, customer service, financial, and cost data that can unlock the value proposition of the private fleet by ensuring that it is viewed as a corporate asset. Three private fleet professionals will share their unique take on how to get collect, interpret, manage, and improve key fleet metrics in an increasingly unforgiving environment.
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 including promoting drivers from within; using military veterans, and developing a career path through data analytics.

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Join NPTC General Counsel and government affairs specialist, Rick Schweitzer, for an update of legislative and regulatory issues affecting private fleet operators. The NPTC Washington Report is sponsored by Vigillo, A SambaSafety Company.

 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 and National Transportation Center)

 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.)

 Best Practices Roundtable Discussions
, including:

  • Union Negotiation Strategies: Although only about one-third of NPTC members have union representation in their operation, private fleets are becoming an increasingly attractive target for organizing drives. Come participate in this facilitated discussion to learn what has worked and what hasn't.

  • Leading the Different Generations: Increasingly, baby boomers are leaving today's workforce and being replaced by Millennials and Generation Xers. Come participate in this open discussion about how to communicate, manage and work together.

  • Innovative Maintenance Practices: Today's equipment is changing the rules of the game when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Come participate in this open forum about what strategies are working (and those that aren't) to boost vehicle uptime while lowering cost and improving reliability.

  • Change Management Strategies: They say the only constant is change. Today's private fleet manager faces constant pressures -- from justifying the private fleet to improving customer service. From lowering cost to managing a flood of federal regulations. From reducing liability to finding new drivers. Come participate in this facilitated discussion to find out what strategies your peers are using to navigate this new, tumultuous environment.

  • Final Mile Delivery Options: With delivery patterns changing and customers demanding new and different types of service, come learn and share in this open forum how  other fleets are using new equipment such as liftgates, pallet-jacks and the like to enhance customer service, safety and efficiency. What works -- and what hasn't.
 9:15 - 10:45am        - CC Five Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Fuel Cost & Economy
Fuel represents the second largest expense in the typical private fleet operation, but getting a handle on fuel expenses is easier said than done. What works for one company doesn't always enjoy the same results in another. Come learn how different fleets have used data management, implemented changes to their equipment configuration, and developed driver training to wring  more efficiency out of each gallon of fuel.
Enhancing Capability of Leadership in the Field
You are not so much known for what you do as for what those who work for you do. With accelerating leadership turns and ever-increasing regulatory, liability, customer service and operational demands, training and retraining field managers becomes essential in making sure the private fleet mission is accomplished. In this workshop, we will examine how to create sustainable practices for your organization to provide a setting where morale is high and the results are higher.
Comparing the Private Fleet Operation to Outside Carriers
How do you best position your private fleet for success? How much of your inbound and outbound traffic should be carried by your fleet as opposed to outsourcing to a third-party? And how should you position your private fleet to mitigate those claims offered by third parties that are making a run at your operation? This workshop will discuss how fleets can strategically balance demands and expectations among private, for-hire and dedicated options.
Collaborative Logistics
Collaborative logistics. Reverse logistics. Managing returns, dunnage and spoilage. Private fleets have their share of backhaul challenges, To improve their cost competitive position, many private fleets continue to adjust their own private fleet capacity and offset costs by pursuing more backhaul opportunities, taking control of inbound freight, collaborating with customers and suppliers on logistics, and optimizing the supply chain. More than two-thirds of private fleet have obtained for-hire authority and are dropping revenues straight to the bottom line. Come learn from the experiences of two private fleet professionals as they share what has worked, what hasn't, and why.
The Cost Impact of High Customer Service
Delivering peerless customer service is clearly what separates the private fleet operation. How best to measure that customer service? What is it doing to the bottom line? Come learn what leading private fleets are doing to measure, monitor and improve customer service and customer expectations.

 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:
Active Safety Technologies
Today's private fleets are improving safety performance by deploying more active safety technologies. Whether it's speed limiting devices, disc brakes, collision mitigation, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, or in-cab cameras, are the technologies living up to expectations independently and together? How are fleets interpreting and using the reams of data that is being generated to improve safety, driver performance and cost performance? Come learn from two leading fleet practitioners facilitate a dialogue about these all-important issues.
Where is Automated Vehicle Technology Taking Us?
Here we explore the consequences of self-driving technology on the trucking industry. This discussion would lead to an understanding of the role of the truck driver of the future.
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?
Best Practices for Complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final, advancing FDA’s efforts to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation. The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food. This workshop will examine how private fleets are adapting to the new requirements for vehicles and transportation equipment, transportation operations, records, training and waivers.
Commercial Vehicle Safety & Law Enforcement
Have you ever wondered what takes place at a DOT roadside inspection?  What are the inspectors looking for? What will put you truck out of service?  Knowing the answers to these questions can help keep your trucks running and keep your CSA scores low.  See an actual roadside inspection performed by an official inspector on a tractor trailer right here at the workshop.  This interactive session will feature a demonstration of a Level V inspection by a CVSA-certified inspection officer, an overview of the selection process, and a discussion of the use of data generated by roadside inspections.

 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

  Best Practices Roundtable Discussions, including:

  • Enhancing Driver Utilization: Drivers are the heart and soul of your operation. What they do and, more importantly, how they do it, impacts every portion of your operation. From customer service to productivity. From safety to finances. In this open forum, we will discuss different methods to fully engage their drivers.

  • The Rise of Automated Transmissions: Automatic, automated and semi-automated transmissions are becoming widely implemented in the private fleet community. This one technology carries with it massive repercussions in terms of driver training, fuel economy, maintenance; and driver recruiting and retention. Come participate in this open forum discussion to learn from the experiences of other fleets.

  • Combating the Technician Shortage: We've all heard about the driver shortage. But many fleets are finding that the shortage of qualified technicians is cutting a broader swath through their operations. Come to this interactive session to learn and to share how the technician shortage is impacting other fleets and what steps they are taking to lessen its impact.

  • The New Tolling Reality: Many fleets are facing the prospect of new and higher tolls. In this interactive session, we will discuss how fleets are coping with the increased costs and routing challenges, not to mention the impact on safety and cost.

  • The Digital Economy and Its Impact on Freight Movement and the Private Fleet: With the proliferation of e-commerce demands and capabilities what will be the impact upon private fleets and how will they respond. Come to this unique problem solving breakfast to learn (and to share) about the impact of these trends on your operation and what you can learn and implement in your operation to lessen the impact on your operation.
 8:45 - 10:00am       - CC Five Concurrent Educational Workshops:
Sleep Apnea and Fatigue Management Strategies
Insufficient sleep can decrease a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver’s level of alertness, which may increase the risk of a crash. Yet little is known about effective ways to minimize that risk. In this workshop, come learn more about the current regulations governing driver fatigue as well as how fleets are ensuring a driver force which is well rested and ready to drive safely.
Driver Wellness Programs That Get Results
With an aging driver population helping to accelerate healthcare and worker's compensation costs, how do leading fleets protect their investment in the driver? This workshop will examine the effectiveness of leading health and wellness programs.
Truck Roadeos Dos and Don'ts
Benefits of roadeos include encouraging safety and productivity in the truck driving workforce, as well as improving morale. But these roadeos offer more than just bragging rights. Roadeos offer a great training vehicle for many fleets to boost driver engagement, knowledge and retention. This workshop will take us behind the scenes of how a roadeo program was implemented at one company and the results of that commitment.
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.
Best Practices in Driver Onboarding
As the effort to attract, recruit and retain new drivers increases, how do you ensure the fit is correct as well as get that new driver up to speed as quicky as possible. Come learn from two fleets who have built successful orientation programs at their companies.
 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
Over the past few years, pressures continue to mount to extend trade cycles as a "low cost" option to counter rising equipment costs and to preserve increasingly tight capital expenditures. In this workshop, explore concerns about how that strategy may not make financial sense in the long run by getting shut out of new technologies, fuel economy, and resale value. Learn how to reconcile the often competing views between the finance department and fleet management. Learn how to successfully build a financial case for updating your fleet from an oper-ational, safety and technological perspective.
Mergers and Acquisitions: The Sucessful Fleet Integration Strategy
USS is the largest portable sanitation/site services provider in the US and completes 14-18 mergers and acquisitions per year. This presentation will cover: Stock Acquisitions vs Asset Acquisitions; Fleet due diligence before the sale/acquisition; how to integrate the new fleet into the enterprise; developing a fleet maintenance plan for new acquisition; registration, title and permit learning lessons and how to integrate fuel and technology. Come learn how to keep Compliant During/After The Acquisition and How To Integrate A New Fleet Into An Existing Fleet.

Trailer Tracking: The Impact on the Private Fleet
What are the primary benefits of trailer tracking? Greater visibility of your assets to improve positioning and operational performance? Providing more data on cargo integrity? Combatting theft and improving freight security? Come learn from several fleet practitioners who have implemented trailer tracking systems to drive performance in their fleets.

The Top-10 Emerging Trends That Will Disrupt Your Business
What are those trends in the private fleet world that have the potential to disrupt your world as you know it? Come listen as some of the private fleet’s top practitioners gaze into their crystal balls.
 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.