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July 27

1:00 - 6:00 p.m.     Meals & Receptions

Welcome Reception

Hosted by McLeod Software

1:00 - 6:00 p.m.     Registration


Hosted by Tenstreet

Gifts Provided by: Great Dane & Love's Travel Stops

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.     General Session

Regulatory Update 

TCA’s Dave Heller will provide expert insight into the always-important, but ever-changing modern regulatory landscape. As rulemaking authority increasingly rests with regulatory agencies, this informational update is more valuable than ever. Don’t miss hearing him cover what is most affecting the truckload community now, and how TCA is at the forefront of making truckload voices heard on Capitol Hill.

Dave Heller

VP of Government Affairs

Truckload Carriers Association

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.     General Session

Refrigerated Market Analysis

Across the US and Canada

Dean Croke

Principal Analyst


3:15 - 4:15 p.m.     Roundtables

Reefer Roundtables

Lead by our moderators, small groups will delve into issues and solutions that are currently affecting their refrigerated operations. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear different viewpoints and learn from one another. Topics may include equipment, FDA, USDA and CFIA procedures, technology, data, management, and more!

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.     Meals & Receptions

Reception & Dinner

Hosted by Thermo King

July 28

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Meals & Receptions


Hosted by Vanguard

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.     Workshop

Incorporating Telematics into Your Refrigerated Fleet to Manage Food Safety and Maintenance 

In a case study through American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), Paul Menig, CEO at Business Accelerants and Charles Willmott, CEO at WillGo Transportation Consulting collaborated on research regarding the use of Smart Trailers and telematics and the safe and efficient transport of refrigerated goods. 

During this workshop session, Menig and Willmott will reveal the results of the Refrigerated Transport Study.  Learn how the adoption of trailer technology in your fleet could produce positive results to your bottom line.   

Paul Menig


Business Accelerants

Charley Willmott

Principal CEO

WillGo Transportation Consulting

Al Anderson

VP of Sales & Marketing

Peterson Manufacturing Co.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.     Workshop

The Reefer World of Recruiting

and Retaining Talent  

The refrigerated trucking industry has its own unique set of challenges when it pertains to recruiting and retaining drivers and technicians.  With driver shortages being reported at record highs across the industry, combined with the increasing requirements and demands of refrigerated loads, a perfect storm is brewing, and carriers more than ever need to examine ways to attract talent, retain and train.  


During this workshop session, our speakers will discuss the unique skillsets, recruiting, and training techniques needed for drivers and technicians who operate or maintain trucks and within a refrigerated fleet.  Learn how an investment in your company culture and a focus on business goals will be the foundation for your efforts. 

Blair Scott

Sr. Director of Refrigerated and West Terminal Operations

Bison Transport

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.     Workshop

Navigating the Future: Electrification TRU for Trailers 


The future of Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) trailers is electrification, providing benefits of lower emissions and operating costs than fully diesel running units.  What steps do you need to take to move your fleet towards electrification?  During this workshop session, our speakers will discuss the electrification revolution, best equipment decisions to make, and steps you should take to move towards zero-emissions. 

Sam Doerr

Trailer Portfolio Leader

Thermo King - Trane Technologies

Bill Maddox


Carrier Transicold

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.     General Session

CARB Compliance vs Normal Operations:  Today’s Impact and the Future of Your Fleet 


With growing supply chain issues and increased detention time concerns, refrigerated truckload carriers must consider CARB emission compliance standards within their normal operations in order to successfully manage their fleets and prepare for the future.   

During this general session, our panelists will compare CARB standards with normal refrigeration operations, providing clarity to help you make the best decisions moving forward regarding equipment and technology tools to help you stay compliant.  Also, learn how to move your fleet compliance into the future with information on electrification for Tru trailers. 

Sam Doerr

Trailer Portfolio Leader

Thermo King - Trane Technologies

Marc Trahand

VP and GM, eMobility Business Unit

Consolidated Metco

Gregory Fulton


Colorado Motor Carriers Association

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.     Meals & Receptions


Hosted by ORBCOMM

9:15 - 10:15 p.m.     General Session

Keynote Speaker - Amy Walter 

Sponsored by ACT 1

For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, where she provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. A contributor to the PBS NewsHour, she provides weekly political analysis for the popular “Politics Monday” segment. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s Inside Politics, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel. From 2017 until early 2021, Walter was the host of the weekly nationally syndicated program “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway from WNYC and PRX. She’s also the former political director of ABC News.


In her presentations, Walter expertly breaks down the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Her astuteness, wit, and range of expertise creates an engaging, compelling presentation, and her reliable and accurate analysis has earned her numerous accolades

Amy Walter

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and Popular On-Air Political Analyst

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.    Activities

Boat Tour of Traverse City West Bay

Hosted by Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. + Hendrickson

12:30 - 5:00 p.m.    Activities

Golf Tournament

Hosted by Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. + Hendrickson

6:15 p.m.    Meals & Receptions

Buses Depart for Reception + Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.    Meals & Receptions


Hosted by Carrier Transicold + ORBCOMM

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.    Meals & Receptions


Hosted by Carrier Transicold

July 29

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Meals & Receptions


Hosted by Vanguard

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.     Workshop

Legal Ramifications of Operating Reefer  

Managing a refrigerated fleet means adhering to an increasing list of regulations to assure your load is delivered safely while meeting all standards and requirements.  Failure to meet federal requirements and shipper demands can result in legal claims and lawsuits. 

During this workshop session, our speakers will discuss the potential legal claims affiliated with reefer operations, the use of telematics to assist drivers with meeting requirements, and language that should not be included in your contracts. 

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.     Workshop

Equipment for Refrigerated Trucks: 

Maintaining and Maintenance 

With so many special requirements for maintaining your reefer fleet, deciding on the best equipment and maintaining trailers can be a challenge.  Join our speakers for this insightful workshop with an equipment focus.  You will learn about equipment life cycles and ROI, the process of collecting data, and how to extend the use of your equipment.       

Jim Pinder

Sr. Corporate Fleet Director

Erb Group

Dave Wallace

Director of Sales

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.     Workshop

Tax Laws Today and Tomorrow 

Understanding tax laws and the impact on your refrigeration trucking business is critical when preparing your day-to-day operations, but your decisions can affect the future.   


During this workshop session, our speakers will discuss Tax laws pertaining to the refrigerated industry, addressing current and future-facing tax laws. Additionally, there will be a focus on the impact of succession planning and the family dynamic.  You will learn the top tax ramifications, secession planning tips, and the biggest mistakes to avoid.   

Ben Lyon


Katz, Sapper & Miller

Brittany Schutter


Katz, Sapper & Miller

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.     General Session

Food Shipper/Carrier Roundtable: 

Solving the Detention Crisis  

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, reefer drivers experience the longest and most frequent detention times compared to other fright types.  This crisis has only gotten worse in recent years with the increasing demands now creating a supply chain shortage affecting everyday Americans and carriers nationwide.  How do we solve the detention crisis? 

During this roundtable discussion, we will discuss: 

  • Suggestions on reducing retention time to 1-hour. 

  • Best practices in food shipment.  

  • The use of ELD data to affectively address detention. 

  • Improving asset utilization. 

  • Establishing the expectations to detect and address detention. 

Ed Nagle

President & CEO

Nagle Companies

Jeffrey Short

Vice President

American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.     Meals & Receptions


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.     General Session

CEO Panel

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