Check back soon for our 2018 Symposium agenda, and view our 2017 Solutions Summit agenda below.


Monday, November 13, 2017

8:00 a.m. Palm Springs Golf Tournament
10:00 a.m. San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The First Day of Anything

Jim Donald – Former CEO of Starbucks, Pathmark Supermarkets & Extended Stay America Hotel Chain

Workforces across America are diversifying in age, gender and ethnicity. Managing a broad mix of cultures, attitudes and expectations requires the ability to communicate a single message in multiple ways.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Town Hall Panels on Drivers & Profitability
5:00 p.m. Reception & Dinner

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
2018 Economic Outlook

Eric Starks – CEO & Chairman, FTR Associates

A peer-to-peer discussion between leading economists about the opportunities and threats posed by regulations, legislation, consumer spending and other indicators heading into 2018 to help trucking fleet executives make business decisions.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Maintenance Practices to Lower CSA Scores Compliance

Ron Szapacs – Fleet Maintenance Specialist, Air Products & Chemicals

Developing a rigid preventive maintenance schedule that focuses on the most visible violations often cited by commercial vehicle inspectors can lower your Vehicle Maintenance BASIC scores and greatly reduce your overall exposure.

Trends in Driver Pay Drivers

Gordon Klemp – Founder & Principal, The National Transportation Institute

Competition for drivers is fierce, and driver pay is on the rise. How does your fleet's pay structure stack up?

Embracing Technology for Business Customers

John Elliott – CEO, Load One Logistics

How to use technology to analyze and visualize customer profitability from all angles. 

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Regulations & the Bottom Line Compliance

Dave Osiecki – President, Scopelitis Transportation Consulting

Understanding how new regulations and issues like F4A impact your profitability can help you avoid pitfalls and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Using Technology for Driver Pay & Incentives Drivers

Ben Schill – Vice President, Paper Transport

How to use technology to score drivers and implement performance-based pay, gamification and reward programs.

Shipper-Driven Truck & Trailer Spec’ing Customers

Mike Roeth – Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Fleets who are being more aggressive with aero & fuel efficiency are routinely topping 10 mpg. In this session, we will discuss many of the fuel friendly technologies on the market that are offering better margin on the load after initial payback on the equipment. 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Solution Sessions

A session of supplier consultations focusing on solving your problems. Indicate your biggest challenges on the registration form and the CCJ Solution Summit will pair you with suppliers that can help you mitigate your challenges and maximize your profits.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m 
Lunch & Peer-to-Peer Discussions

Join breakout session speakers and industry experts for a round table, small group discussion about trucking's biggest issues and find solutions that work best for you. Come prepared with questions, concerns and potential talking points because you will have the chance to join the conversation.

Peer-to-Peer Discussion Topics:

  • New Equipment Technology
  • Making Drivers Feel Important
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • Culture that Inspires
  • Business Technology Efficiencies
  • Driver Marketing Strategies
  • Business Intelligence that Moves the Needle
  • Lowering Maintenance Costs
  • ELD Challenges
  • 10 MPG


1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Free Time

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
E-Commerce: Friend or Foe?

Malea McElyea – Vice President of Business Development & Sustainability, CalArk

Lauren Howard – Vice President of Client Success, FreightRover

The rapid growth in e-commerce has the potential to disrupt the traditional trucking model with shorter delivery lead times, higher customer expectations and geographic reorganization of warehouse and distribution centers to heavy population centers. This session will discuss determining if and when to get on board to take advantage of the opportunities, as well as the challenges, e-commerce has to offer.

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
CSA 2.0: Back to the Drawing Board

Jeff Davis – Principal, Fleet Safety Services, LLC

With the release of the congressionally-mandated review of Compliance Safety Accountability by the National Academy of Sciences, FMCSA must go back to the drawing board to address many of the issues with the carrier rating methodology, opening up new opportunities for dialog between industry stakeholders and regulators. 

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Networking Reception

5:15 – 10:00 p.m.

Free Night in Downtown Palm Springs

Explore and enjoy the beautiful El Paseo area of downtown Palm Springs, full of great restaurants and nightlife! Shuttles will depart from and return to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, with the last shuttle leaving for the hotel at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
The Driver’s Role in Maintenance Compliance

Aaron ThompsonVice President of Maintenance & Purchasing, Action Resources

How does the driver factor into your fleet's maintenance practices?

Driver Engagement Drivers

Scott Barker – Vice President of Driver Engagement, Swift Transportation

How carriers can channel their human and technology resources to create a better support structure and socialization process for drivers.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Leveraging ELD Data to Improve Safety & Productivity Compliance

Denny Wyatt – Managing Member & Principal, Apex Logistics

How to leverage ELD data to improve safety and productivity.

Incentivizing Drivers for Pre- & Post-Trip Inspections Drivers

Steve Rush – President, Carbon Express

Some fleets offer a small bonus for each clean level 1 & 2 inspection at the scale. In theory, a clean inspection means the truck is in better operating condition, so even though this is an added expense, in the long run, it could be a huge money saver (and maker since the truck is moving) and driver retention tool.


10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The New Normal: Leadership & Preparedness in the 21st Century

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.) – Commander, Joint Task Force Katrina & Global Preparedness Authority

Everyone has a plan for success, but do you have a plan for when things do not goes as planned? Hear from a crisis management expert and learn what you need to do to be prepared for any unforeseen challenges in the future.

11:00 a.m. CCJ Solutions Summit Adjourns