NationaLease 66th Annual Meeting Slated for Sept. 12-13 in Chicago

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NationaLease, one of the largest full service truck leasing organizations in North America, returns to the site of its founding 66 years ago in Chicago for its Annual Meeting. Heads of 175 truck leasing companies employing 22,000 people in the U.S. and Canada will benefit from the educational sessions presented by industry experts.

NationaLease, one of the largest full service truck leasing organizations in North America, returns to the site of its founding 66 years ago, Chicago, for its Annual Meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 12-13. The theme of this year’s event is “Together Toward Tomorrow.”

Representatives from NationaLease’s 175 independent truck leasing organizations will gather to share ideas and experiences and prepare their businesses for the future. The line-up of speakers includes economists, a truck leasing expert, and a consultant specializing in the “human” side of trucking.

Dan Baker, the keynote speaker for the event, is a well-know speaker, teacher, and consultant to the trucking industry whose message is the “people side of trucking.” He has been involved with the trucking industry since the early ‘80s, dedicating his time and efforts toward helping truckers make sense of their complex works. He’s been described as the “senior statesman of driver issues.”

James P. Meil, chief economist with Eaton Corporation, an $11.9 billion global diversified industrial manufacturer, has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist for more than 20 years. He has secured a place on the Wall Street Journal’s panel of top 50 forecasters and USA Today’s “Top 10 Economic Forecasters.”

Dr. Barry Asmus, a senior economist for the prestigious National Center for Policy Analysis and professor of economics, has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. He speaks all over the world on topics that include the income tax system, Social Security, and public policy decisions.

William J. Bosco Jr., a consultant specializing in the truck leasing industry, is a veteran of the leasing industry, with extensive experience in accounting, pricing, and training. His session will cover the Lease Accounting Project concerning finance leases and operating leases and how it will impact the lessee customers and lessors. Bosco has served on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association for more than 20 years, 10 as chairman.

NationaLease started in 1944 when the heads of 17 independent truck leasing companies met in Chicago to combine their efforts and share ideas. Today, NationaLease member companies have 600 service locations and run combined fleets exceeding 125,000 tractors, trucks, and trailers. Annual revenue is in excess of $4 billion.

For more information on NationaLease and the 66th Annual Convention, including sponsorship opportunities, go to or call 800-729-6857.

Dan Baker, often called the “senior statesman of driver issues” in the transportation industry, is the keynote speaker at NationaLease’s 66th Annual Meeting in Chicago, September 12-13.

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