Conference Speakers

Friday, January 19, 2018

State of the Industry Address
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ATA’s efforts to unify and strengthen have raised the industry group’s profile and resulted in important victories for trucking. Our story is now being told to the highest levels of government, to the media and to the American people. Together we are building trucking’s future. In addition to reviewing this past year’s victories this presentation will address the policies that the Association will continue to advocate for that produce measurable benefits to our industry, our customers and the general public, specifically calling out federal preemption of state-level meal and rest break rules, the coming implementation of the electronic logging device mandate, and the new leadership role ATA will take in addressing a persistent issue in trucking: the driver shortage.

Chris Spears

Chris Spear, ATA
President & CEO



Dave Manning, ATA


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Economic & Trucking Update
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, presents an updated look at the economy and how current economic factors are affecting both the short-term and long-term outlook for the industry.
In his presentation, Bob will highlight the current economic environment and what it means for your business. A question and answer session will follow.



Bob Costello, ATA
Chief Economist & Senior Vice President


Charting the Course Through Demographic Change
1:00 p.m. – 2:30p.m.

Explore the common sense, but very counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of demography.
John’s understanding of demographics, fertility, migration, aging, immigration and dying have enabled him to forecast societal, political, economic, cultural and commercial phenomena with uncanny accuracy.
Examine how demographics are playing a significant role in 21st century workplace, major competency gaps of next generational leaders, and introduce the competencies required to succeed in the 21st Century.


John Maketa, KGC
Direct LLC


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Election Forecast
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Join Marty Wilson, Executive Vice President of Public Policy of the California Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion on the upcoming 2018 election cycle and the impact on the business community.


Marty Wilson, California Chamber of Commerce
Executive Vice President of Public Policy


Kingpin Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Anthony Cannella

Senator Anthony Cannella
California's 12th District



Assemblymember Adam Gray
District 21


Monday, January 22, 2018

Inaugural Event Entertainment
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Is it possible for one person to know exactly what you are thinking? After you watch his very interactive show, your answer will be YES!
Trained in memory, mathematics, and sleight of hand, Kevin will involve our attendees in a smart, fast-paced show.
The show combines mentalism with magic, comedy, and something for everybody.
Kevin Viner has appeared on Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, Don’t Blink, commercials for T-Mobile and Now You See Me 2, as well as the PBS documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night.


Kevin Viner
Mentalist, Magician, Comedian