Power of Social Media Unites Truckers for First Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention –October 15th, 2011

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Truck driver advocate and activist Allen Smith of AskTheTrucker and host of the Internet Radio show Truth About Trucking “Live”, will make history as he brings truck drivers and supporting sponsors together through the power of social media, for a first of a kind event to address and discuss solutions for many of the trucking industry’s acute problems, dramatically effecting the professional truck driver.

“We’ve lined up some of the best speakers, entertainers, and activists for positive change, and we now seek sponsors who will share the benefits from this groundbreaking gathering of leaders within the trucking industry..."

The first ever Truck Driver Social Media Convention will take place in Tunica Mississippi at the Gold Strike Hotel and Casino on October 15th, 2011. Through the power of social media the convention is inviting united drivers to become more educated, involved, and to openly discuss many of the pressing issues which are threatening their careers and livelihood.

Truckers have recently been hit hard by the effects of the recession, including the high cost of fuel and forced lower wages. Truckers are also facing a host of new federal regulations and NAFTA related changes which are threatening the loss of thousands of jobs. Owner Operators and company drivers alike have been networking through FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, and many of the other social media venues in order to discuss how to overcome these obstacles while maintaining a positive outlook for themselves and the trucking industry.

A strong wave of social media popularity is responsible for electing presidents, starting revolutions, and now building grass roots and industry support for positive change. Thousands of concerned truckers have taken a proactive approach, utilizing social media as a way to bring attention and pressure to the various federal agencies and trucking organizations, voicing their opinions and limiting any further negative impact upon them.

Unlike a truck show or trucking expo, the convention will be a full day and evening event (8am –midnight) hosted by Allen and Donna Smith of http://www.AskTheTrucker.com. It will be held in a deluxe atmosphere which will include 2 full buffets, live entertainment( Truckers Tracks: Johnny Neel, Doug Jones, and Jan McCarter), cash drawings, awards, and a panel of trucking experts.

Desiree Wood , "Trucker Desiree", will be teaching the skills of social media and how to apply them for targeted success. Also speaking will be attorney Paul Taylor-transportation law, Richard Wilson-regulation and compliance, Eddie Gichuhi- business management, and James McCormack-truck driver career counseling. Drivers will have the opportunity to address the panel, asking questions and discussing concerns and solutions regarding the trucking industry.

Attendees are encouraged to sign up early as seating will be limited to 550.

Special Appearances will include: Hope Rivenburg, Jason’s Law advocate and crusader for safe truck parking, Kylla Leeburg of Truckers Against Trafficking, The St Christopher’s Relief Fund for Truckers, and David Ayers and Barry Allen, composers of “When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll” CD. David and Barry also wrote the song “Not for Sale” which was written to bring awareness to the millions of human trafficking victims worldwide.

The convention is seeking sponsors for the event whose valuable assistance and support for our nations drivers will help make this First Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention possible. Sponsors will be given prime visibility during the convention, pre and post material exposure, and media and editorial coverage. Smith states, “We’ve lined up some of the best speakers, entertainers, and activists for positive change, and we now seek sponsors who will share the benefits from this groundbreaking gathering of leaders within the trucking industry. All of us involved and attending the convention deeply appreciate sponsor support and recognition for the professional truck drivers who keep America moving. We will do our best to create awareness of sponsor involvement and will reciprocate with our support of their products and services.”

Interested businesses, organizations, and individuals are urged to contact Donna Smith about sponsorships at info (at) truckingsocialmedia (dot) com
See http://www.truckingsocialmedia.com/sponsors/
A complete list of speakers and entertainers appearing at the convention are available at
http://www.truckingsocialmedia.com

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