Trucking's Future


Agenda - 2015

The 2016 Agenda is coming soon, in the meantime, you’re welcome to refer to the 2015 Agenda below on what you can anticipate at our event.

All sessions, panels and presentations occur in the Trinity Ballroom of the Omni Hotel Dallas

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

11:00 a.m. – noon Registration and Buffet Lunch
12:15 p.m. Opening Comments

  • Tim Kraus, president and COO, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association
  • Mike Reilly, chairman, Randall-Reilly
12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Michio Kaku, renowned scientist, looks to the future to produce trends affecting business, commerce, finance and technology.
  • Moderator: Jeff Crissey, editor, Commercial Carrier Journal
1:45 p.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Equipment and Technology
This panel will discuss how equipment and technology will evolve over the next decade to meet changing environmental, safety and infrastructure concerns, including the advent of autonomous trucks, platooning, and self-repairing machines.

3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 p.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Freight Infrastructure
A panel discussion on how the expansion of the Panama Canal, the trend toward larger, fewer stores, shifts in intermodal and even the potential for delivery-by-drone will affect freight patterns over the next decade.

  • David Levinson, chair of transportation, University of Minnesota
  • John Woodrooffe, director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • Bob Kreeb, division chief, intelligent technologies research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Moderator: Greg Cohen, CEO, American Highway Users Alliance
4:45 p.m. Presentation of Successful Dealer Award and Closing Remarks

  • Jason Cannon, online editor, Successful Dealer
5:30 p.m. Commercial Vehicle Outlook Reception

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
8:00 a.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Workforce 
How will changing technologies affect the labor pool? Will autonomous vehicles solve the driver shortage? What could emerging technologies mean for driver safety and health? How will increasingly complex vehicle systems impact the technician shortage? Our panel will discuss these issues and more.

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Real World Applications
Having heard how equipment, the supply chain and labor markets will be driven by new technologies, this panel, made up of the nation’s most forward-thinking fleet executives, will discuss what will and won’t work in the real world.

  • John Elliot, founder and CEO, Load One, LLC
  • Joe Laux, president, River States Truck & Trailer
  • Jack Roberts, equipment editor, CCJ
  • Moderator: Mike Roeth, executive director, North American Council on Freight Efficiency
10:45 a.m. Closing remarks: Brent Reilly, president and CEO, Randall-Reilly
11:00 a.m.  Conference ends: GATS VIP Exhibition Viewing Opportunity
 Noon   Great American Trucking Show opens.