Truck Ownership Opportunities & Industry Insights Will Highlight Event To Be Hosted By Expediter Services April 27-28

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The upcoming Expediter Services event will feature some of the trucking industry’s most respected leaders and innovators coming together to share perspectives on key topics of interest for drivers, independent contractors and owner-operators as well as decision makers with fleets of all sizes, looking to increase their owner-operator capacity.

Expediting & General Trucking will be highlighted during the 2018 ES Group Gathering at the Landers Center, just south of Memphis.

The ES Group Gatherings have always been a time when our team can connect with the men and women behind the wheel and many of the leading fleets in trucking.

Expediter Services, a leader in offering capacity solutions and ownership opportunities within the trucking industry, today announced the featured speakers and general program for the company’s upcoming ES Group Gathering, which will take place April 27-28. This year, the annual ES Group Gathering will be expanding the program’s focus beyond the expedited trucking sector to also present capacity solutions and truck ownership opportunities tailored for the general trucking market.

The 2018 Spring edition of the ES Group Gathering (EGG) will take place at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, just south of Memphis and located off I-55. The Spring EGG features some of the trucking industry’s most respected leaders and innovators coming together to share perspectives on key topics of interest for drivers, independent contractors and owner-operators as well as decision makers with fleets of all sizes, looking to increase their owner-operator capacity.

The expansion of topics and the overall program during the 2018 Spring EGG reflects a growing presence within the general trucking sector by the entire ES Network Team. Through the website, ES has developed a highly effective platform for offering well-designed entrepreneurial opportunities in general trucking that are proven and market-tested. highlights the various options and programs that ES has established, offering accessible market-rate financing and comprehensive business support to prospective owner-operators and fleet owners.

The deep scope of the truck ownership program developed by ES offers independent contractors and fleet drivers highly effective and cost-saving true ownership options with opportunities to achieve greater earning capacity. For fleets, the working model established by ES has opened a new approach to provide the kind of non-asset capacity growth that can assist in the efforts to meet customer demand in a tight freight environment. The carriers utilizing the capacity and other services provided by the ES Network feature some of the most recognizable names in the trucking industry, including Panther Premium Logistics (a service of ArcBest), Forward Air, FedEx Custom Critical and XPO Logistics.

The most recent example of the strength and expertise found within the ES approach to truck ownership can been seen in the success of the 150 Business Challenge. Launched as a collaborative initiative with the Women In Trucking Association, ES has developed an innovative program focused on assisting an effort to establish 150 new women-owned small businesses within the transportation sector during 2018. With this program to date, there have been 29 new trucking businesses launched through the 150 Business Challenge, featuring independent contractors utilizing the resources available through the ES Network. The 150 Business Challenge will be a featured topic during the 2018 Spring ES Group Gathering.

“The ES Group Gatherings have always been a time when our team can connect with the men and women behind the wheel and many of the leading fleets in trucking. In coming together, we are able to discuss the challenges and the opportunities that exist in our industry,” said Expediter Services President Jason Williams. “When we started holding our EGG events, our main focus was dedicated to discussing solutions for the expedited sector of the industry, and we’ll always talk about what’s happening in expediting. But in the past couple of years, especially following the entry of ES into the general trucking market through, we’ve begun to widen the scope of what we cover during our EGG events. This year, we’ve been very fortunate to bring together an all-star panel of industry leaders and experts, and we have designed a program for the event that we believe will benefit everyone who attends.”

The 2018 ES Group Gathering will be highlighted by the following group of speakers:

Ellen Voie, President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association.
Founding Women In Trucking in 2007, Voie has championed the effort to create greater opportunities for women within the trucking industry. Behind the wheel and across every job category in the industry, Women In Trucking has helped to promote the growth of women entering and advancing within the trucking industry. The organization has more than 4,000 members worldwide, and Voie began hosting a Women In Trucking Radio Show on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Channel in January.

Michael Miller, Managing Director of Stephens, Inc.
Serving as a Managing Director and head of Stephens’ Transportation & Logistics Group, Miller is an expert analyst of the trucking industry with nearly 20 years of experience. As part of one of the leading financial services companies in the country, Miller has executed a variety of advisory services for transportation clients, including mergers and acquisitions, hostile defense, strategic alternatives reviews and both public and private capital markets transactions.

Leah Shaver, Chief Operating Officer for The National Transportation Institute.
Overseeing all business operations within NTI and serving on the Executive Committee, Shaver’s career has been spent supporting long-term growth and expansion of the transportation industry while reinforcing its best resource – professional truck drivers. A frequent speaker known across the trucking industry for her expertise on driver compensation and strategies addressing driver recruiting, retention and development of the driver candidate pool, Shaver, who serves on the board of directors of the Women In Trucking Association, has called 2018, “a very robust year for professional truck drivers, especially owner-operators.”

Nick Burch, Director of Recruiting for Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest.
With over 15 years of experience in driver recruiting, operations and sales within the transportation industry, Burch oversees the recruiting efforts and the growth of the owner-operator network for Panther in his current position with ArcBest. Burch understands the key role that owner-operators play in providing needed capacity for the industry.

Ryan Gilliam, Vice President of Recruiting for Forward Air.
With more than 12 years of experience in a variety of management roles across all aspects of trucking, Gilliam holds a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist in the industry. Gilliam has brought a unique perspective and an ability to connect with professional drivers in his role overseeing the recruiting initiatives at Forward Air.

The 2018 Spring EGG will also feature presentations from the ES leadership team as well as openings for attendees to learn more about the opportunities for equipment financing and business support offered through the ES Network. ES will be welcoming equipment vendors from its truck sales program, and attendees will be able to climb aboard some of the models that are available through the program.

“We are very grateful to see what we started in 2006 grow into a strong community of small businesses, and we are thrilled to have helped those small businesses grow over the years. At ES, we get a tremendous sense of excitement and job satisfaction in watching a professional driver realize the dream of starting a business and becoming profitable in an industry that they love,” said Williams. “Thinking back about the EGG events we’ve held over the years, many of those small businesses began with conversations that we first had during the EGG. The EGG has always been a platform for professional drivers interested in real ownership opportunities to sit down with our ES team – allowing them to get to know us and to get to know the strength of our community. This year, ES is looking forward to gathering again with members of our community of small businesses who have grown in the program and we are also looking forward to meeting many new potential partners who are seeking to take steps toward ownership at a time when capacity is in high demand in the industry.”

The ES Group Gathering is one of the most unique events in the trucking industry. ES will be providing free lodging and meals for the attendees during the two days of the ES Group Gathering. There are a limited number of spots available for the 2018 Spring ES Group Gathering. Professional drivers who are interested in pursuing ownership opportunities backed by comprehensive business support are encouraged to contact the ES Team to learn more about attending the 2018 Spring EGG. During the event, ES will also be highlighting programs the company has specifically designed for owner-operators and fleet owners who are seeking capacity growth or equipment upgrades. Details on the event agenda and registration information can be accessed through the following link: The ES Team is also available by phone for all those who are interested in learning more about the 2018 Spring EGG. The ES Team will be available to take toll-free calls about the event during regular business hours at 877-349-9303.

About Expediter Services: A full service, one-stop support company with expertise in financial services, relationship lending and general business support, Expediter Services has developed highly effective programs focused on creating opportunities for independent contract drivers and owner-operators in the trucking industry. ES features support in the areas of contract driver services, equipment finance, truck sales, management services and insurance services. In addition to serving as the leading provider of capacity in the expedited sector of trucking, ES has also built a strong network of independent contract drivers, owner-operators, fleet owners and partner carriers within the over-the-road, general trucking sector of the transportation industry. For more information, visit

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