Christopher A. Hart, Vice-Chairman of the NTSB to Discuss Safety and Technology at truckIT Forum

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Honorable Christopher A. Hart, Vice Chairman of the NTSB is to Address a Leading Group of Fleet CIOs at This Year’s truckIT Forum in Atlanta, November 7th and 8th, on the Role Technology can Play in Safety Within the For-Hire and Private Carrier Fleet Industry.

Christopher Hart will be addressing this audience as increased attention is being paid industry-wide to fleet safety by both government bodies and carrier fleets.

‘The first 50 years of vehicle safety has been focused on surviving crashes, while the next 50 will be about avoiding crashes’, said Peter Appel, administrator of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Technology is playing a really crucial role in helping CMV operators avoid accidents – whether we look at Driver Monitoring technology, Engine Monitoring technology, EOBRs, or hands-free communication technology is playing a critical role in preventing crashes.

Given the nature of technology within the carrier-fleet industry, this year’s truckIT Forum will focus on several key areas in which it is impacting the industry. At this annual elite meeting of fleet IT executives, speakers and attendees will address major industry technology topics, including: Cloud technology for fleets, keeping business practices in-step with technology trends, taking advantage of consolidating fleet data and other issues.

CIO Clay Holmes of Cardinal Logistics will present on how Software as a Service (SaaS) serves as the great equalizer between big and small carrier-fleets, but also as an effective way for big fleets to save on costs by transferring some services to the Cloud. Other leading speakers include Mike Naatz, CIO of YRCW, Kay Palmer, CIO of JB Hunt, Larry ‘Blue’ Keene, Steven Saltzgiver, Group Director of Fleet Operations, Coca Cola and Dennis Beal, VP of Global Vehicles for FedEx.

The 9th truckIT Forum will take place November 7th and 8th in Atlanta. This event is a senior-level executive forum that brings together top IT and operations executives from both for-hire and private carrier fleets. This year’s event will be taking place at the InterContinental in Buckhead, Atlanta.

Passes and accommodation for truckIT are free for top for-hire and private carrier fleet executives upon application and careful screening to eyefortransport.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are also available for companies that provide industry-leading carrier-fleet solutions.

This year’s speaker list includes:

  •     Gaven Smith, Director of IS, JB Hunt
  •     Kay Palmer, CIO, JB Hunt
  •     Mike Naatz, CIO, YRC Worldwide
  •     Jeff Seibenhener, VP IT, USXpress
  •     Larry Ahlers, VP Transportation, Oldcastle
  •     Charles Odom, VP of Global Development, Averitt Express
  •     Kirk Serjeantson, Director of IT Development, Purolator
  •     Clay Holmes, CIO, Cardinal Logistics
  •     Darren Klaum, Director of Business Systesm, Pitt Ohio Express
  •     James Thomas, Fuel Optimization Manager, PepsiCo
  •     Steven Saltzgiver, Group Director of Fleet Operations, Coca Cola
  •     Jack Ernst, GM transportation, Bluelinx Co.
  •     Dale Langley, CIO, USXpress
  •     Larry ‘Blue’ Keene, Director Transportation, Tyson Foods
  •     Raj Patel, Competitive Analysis Manager, Technology, UPS
  •     Mike Challman, Senior Director, Operations Managed Transportation, Exel
  •     Nick Cook, CIO, FFE Transportation
  •     Dennis R. Beal, VP Global Vehicles, FedEx
  •     Chris Hart, Vice-Chairman of the NTSB
  •     Jackie Barretta, Consultant, former CIO of Con-way
  •     Roman Hlutkowsky, Consultant, formerly of FedEx
  •     Dr. Nakul Sathaye, Faculty Member, UC Berkeley


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