In conjunction with American Automotive Leasing Association
July 13-15, 2015 | Schaumburg, IL
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

2014 Full Schedule

Subject to change.

 Session Key

All sessions are open to all truck sizes, but sessions that include a focus on Heavy Duty Trucks are labeled accordingly:

Heavy Duty Truck Focus

TUESDAY, JULY 22

7:30am

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7:00pm   

REGISTRATION OPEN
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12:00pm

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6:30pm

Internet Café Open
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1:00pm

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1:50pm

 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Changing Corporate Safety Culture from the Top Down and the Bottom Up
While driver safety is a high priority throughout the fleet industry, changes designed to protect drivers and organizations are not always easy to make. LeasePlan USA faced this situation when it implemented a cell phone driving ban throughout its own fleet. In his keynote address, LeasePlan President and CEO Mike Pitcher will walk attendees through the company’s decision-making process in setting up the program, how it handled employee questions and objections to the cell phone ban, and how the program was ultimately embraced by the entire organization — making driver safety a part of the culture throughout the company.
Keynote Speaker: Mike Pitcher, LeasePlan USA

    • Learn how to strategically implement safety programs without pushback from your drivers.

2:00pm

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2:50pm

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How to Help Drivers Deal with In-Vehicle Distractions
The onset of electronics, both portable and those that are built into today’s vehicles, has created a driving environment that is fraught with distraction.  This session will explain what fleet safety professionals can do to decrease in-vehicle distractions.
Moderator: Mike Antich, Bobit Business Media
Panelists: Ken Latzko, The CEI Group; Randy Shadley, Corporate Claims Management; Dan Shive, LeasePlan USA; Jodie Varner, Fleet Response 

    • Learn how to minimize in-vehicle distractions.

How Johnson & Johnson Used the NETS Benchmark Survey Process to Improve Fleet Safety Policies, Practices, and Results 
This case study presentation will discuss how Johnson & Johnson is successfully using the NETS Benchmark Survey Process to help create and sustain a fleet safety culture. Benchmarking facilitates the diffusion of effective fleet safety strategies, prompt companies to review their current practices, and drives continuous improvement. The presenter will share examples of enhancements that have recently been launched within Johnson & Johnson, and will outline "points to consider" based on implementation learnings. 
Presenter: Sandra Lee, Johnson & Johnson

    • Learn how to improve your safety policies through benchmarking your progress.

2:50pm

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3:10pm

NEWORKING BREAK
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3:10pm

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4:00pm

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Fleet Safety for Vocational Vehicles
A growing high percentage of vocational fleets that have drivers operating in oil patch areas, quarries, construction sites, etc., all of which are susceptible to a high exposure to injuries.  This session will discuss driver training awareness and safe use of vehicles operating in off-road, construction or mining applications.
Presenter: Ed Iannuzzi, ARI - Automotive Resources International and Rich RadiARI - Automotive Resources International 

    • Learn how to decrease driver risk when operating vocational vehicles in off-road and construction areas.

Moving Beyond the Checklist to a Strategic “Blueprint for Safety”
While most fleet professionals are engaged at some level in structuring driver safety policies; administering associated training regiments; and monitoring compliance – many times the opportunity to achieve significant results is missed when these efforts are treated as tasks to compliance instead of being used as building blocks in a strategic plan that produces a viable safety culture and gains employee buy-in and engagement. 
Presenter: Arthur Liggio, Driving Dynamics

    • Learn how to "sell" your fleet on safety as a lifestyle and not just a part of the job.

Hours of Service & Electronic Logs: Where We Are and Where We're Going
Where do hours-of-service regulations stand today after the most recent round of changes, and are there any official actions under way to make more changes? How will the federal government's proposed rules on mandatory electronic logging devices shape the use and functions of the next generation of these devices? This session will address these questions and more, including strategies to successfully transition your operation to an automatic electronic logging system. 
Presenter: Thomas Bray, J.J. Keller & Associates

    • Learn how the new hours-of-service regulations will and is already impacting Heavy-Duty Fleets.

4:10pm

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5:00pm

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Training Drivers on How to Respond at the Scene of an Accident
Personal injury claims against fleets have skyrocketed, both in the numbers filed and the size of the jury verdicts. How the driver responds at the scene of an accident can be a significant factor in determining the outcome of the claim. Most companies offer little to no training to drivers. This session will explain how to train your drivers to respond at the scene of an accident, in particular, the five things you should never do following an accident.
Presenter: Don Jerrell, HNI Risk Services

    • Learn the best way for your drivers to react and respond to a scene of an accident.

Emerging Trends in Fleet Safety and Accident Management
Traditionally, the fleet market has been reactive in terms of fleet safety and accident management. Issues emerge and the industry develops solutions after-the-fact to address them. This session is designed to make managers more proactive in safety management by identifying the emerging fleet safety and accident management trends of the future.
Presenters: Vincent Brigidi, The CEI Group; John Ulczycki, National Safety Council

    • Learn to be more proactive then reactive when it comes to your fleet's safety.

Collision Reduction through Driver Monitoring and Incentives
For most drivers, an optimism bias is created by the fact that collisions are rare outcomes compared to risky behaviors like excessive speed, DUI, tailgating, distracted driving, and so on. Other incentives are needed to achieve significant reductions in risky driving behaviors and collisions. The State Department began using in-vehicle video monitoring to identify drivers exhibiting risky driving behaviors overseas. While training and coaching risky drivers produced modest reductions in risky driving, a progressive discipline and award program, tied to driver performance, was needed to achieve significant reductions in risky driving and subsequent collisions.
Presenter: Greg Wolfe, US State Department's Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management

    • Learn how to encourage your fleet to become safer drivers through positive work incentives.

5:00pm

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6:30pm

EVENING RECEPTION WITH SPONSORS
An opportunity to mix and mingle while you view the latest technology and services available to the fleet safety industry. 
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7:00pm - 9:00pm Hotel Hosted Wine Tasting and Live Music
       

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

7:30am

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3:00pm

REGISTRATION OPEN
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8:00am

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4:30pm

Internet Café Open
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8:00am

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9:00am

BREAKFAST WITH SPONSORS
Enjoy breakfast while you view the latest technology and services available to the fleet safety industry. 
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9:00am

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9:50am

GENERAL SESSION:
The Role of Company Culture in Starting, Building, and Sustaining a Road Safety Program
In a peer-to-peer presentation, learn how Monsanto adopted its lifesaving rules to create a pervasive corporate-wide safety culture. In this lively, first-person presentation, attendees will discover: What a company needs to sustain a corporate safety culture that extends beyond fleet drivers to occasional employee drivers and the fundamental initiatives that need to be implemented to achieve the lowest collision per mile.
Presenter: Jeff Castillo, Monsanto Company

    • Hear how one fleet built and continue to maintain a sustainable road safety program. 

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10:00am

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10:50am 

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New Paradigms in Driver Safety
This panel will discuss new ideas, programs, and best practices to ensure organizations have qualified drivers – professional and gray fleets – behind the wheel. Takeaways include: how to really know who is behind the wheel; what the reality of not knowing is - risk exposure; best practices for mitigating driver risk, creating a culture of safety and real-world results.
Moderator: Sherb Brown, Bobit Business Media 
Presenter:
Damon Aldrich, Toyota Motor Sales USA; Richard Bleser, Marsh Risk Consulting; Richard Crawford, SambaSafety

    • Learn the latest ideas and practices fleets are using to ensure their drivers are the safest.

A Fleet Manager's Guide to Surviving a Deposition and Other Fleet-Related Legal Issues
Shortly after a lawsuit is filed, a process called discovery typically begins. As part of the discovery process, a deposition is taken, which is a question-and-answer session conducted under oath, which can often involve the fleet manager. This session will help fleet managers avoid the pitfalls that commonly occur during a deposition, along with how to handle other fleet-related legal issues that may be encountered in a fleet-related lawsuit. 
Presenter: John Phillips, Alaniz, Schraeder, Linker, Farris & Mayes LLP

    • Learn the most common mistakes to avoid when dealing with fleet-related legal issues.

Scoring Positive Results with Driving Simulators
Learn how to apply winning tactics of other organizations using driving simulation technology to train fleet drivers. Find out when a simulation program should be implemented, how to justify it to senior management, and ways to get drivers to embrace it. Listen to real life case studies and learn how UPS and other leading trucking companies have implemented virtual training into their driver training programs and have reduced crashes substantially. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to reduce costs and mitigate risk for your company. After the presentation by Bob Davis, CEO of VDI, attendees will have an opportunity to experience firsthand a driving simulator using scenarios featuring heavy-duty trucks.
Presenter: Bob Davis, Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI)

    • Learn how new driver simulator programs are effective safety training tools and how they should be integrated into an existing safety program.

10:50am

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11:10am

NETWORKING BREAK
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11:10am

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12:00pm          

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Using Gamification to Increase Safe Driving Awareness
Many companies have moved beyond traditional motivational solutions and use gamification to engage employees and drive program compliance. Whether you are implementing a new driver safety initiative or managing an existing one, keeping drivers engaged with your program is a must when it comes to achieving your fleet safety goals. This session offers insights and techniques on how you can use gamification to increase safety driving awareness and foster a culture of responsible vehicle usage within your fleet. 
Presenters: David Glines, Wheels, Inc.; Ted Lewin, Wheels, Inc.

    • Learn how gamification is a positive incentive to encourage safe driving practices.

Crash Analysis – Getting to the Truth
Fleet and safety professionals hear some interesting explanations from employee drivers who have been involved in motor vehicle crashes. Driver statements and reports are at time – bizarre. It has been said that, the only true statement made at the scene of a vehicle crash is that somebody is lying. This presentation will provide information that will assist fleet and safety professionals with the often daunting task of finding out what really happened when their company vehicle was involved in a crash.
Presenter: Phil Moser, Advanced Driver Training Services

    • Learn how to get the real facts when investigating what happens when your drivers are involved in an accident.

The Power of Video-Based Technology to Improve Driver Behavior, Prevent Accidents and Save Lives
A new Virginia Tech study shows that more than 800 lives could be saved each year using video-based driver safety technology. This session explores how this revolutionary technology combines in-cab video event recording, predictive analytics, and real-time driver feedback and coaching into a powerful, proactive tool to identify and reduce the risky driving behaviors that lead to 90% of collisions. By understanding what actually causes accidents, efforts can be focused on coaching drivers to improve their behaviors, enabling heavy duty truck fleets to prevent incidents, reduce injuries and collision costs, and save lives over time.
Presenter: Julie Stevens, Lytx 

    • Learn how the latest improvement in video driver technology can improve a driver's safety behavior.

12:10pm

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1:30pm

AWARDS LUNCHEON
Join us for the presentation of the third annual Fleet Safety Award, presented in conjunction with the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA). The award seeks to recognize candidates who have shown leadership, innovation, and measurable results in enhancing the safety of their employees, those traveling with them, as well as everyone else who shares the road with them. In addition, Bobit Business Media will present its first-ever Fleet Safety Lifetime Achievement Award.

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1:40pm

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2:30pm

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Latest Trends in Fleet Safety Best Practices 
Discover the cutting-edge best practices in driver safety, currently being employed by best-in-class fleets. This panel of fleet experts will discuss a variety of successful fleet safety initiatives that have a proven track record in fleet applications. Learn how you can incorporate these programs and initiatives into your fleet operation.   
Moderator: Beth Ann Stamer, Eli Lilly and Company
Panelists: Diana Holland, Merchants Fleet Management; Michelle Lewis, EMKAY, Inc.; Nick Ehrhart, Donlen Corporation; Eric Strom, GE Capital Fleet Services; Tony Vinciguerra, Center for Transportation Safety

    • Learn from real fleet managers on what initiatives worked best for their fleet operation.

What You Don't Know About Truck Inspections 
John Seidl, former FMCSA inspector, will discuss critical elements of an effective vehicle maintenance program and highlight areas where many motor carriers fall short. You will discover how your maintenance program measures up during a review and how that correlates to a roadside inspection. He will point out what inspectors look for and things drivers often overlook while on the road
Presenter: John Seidl, JSCS, Inc.

    • Learn the latest criteria you need to know to pass your next truck inspection.

2:30pm

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2:50pm

NETWORKING BREAK
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2:50pm

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3:40pm

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The Effect of Management Involvement on Fleet Safety Improvement
How much of an impact do you have on the safety of your fleet? More than you may think. In this presentation, you will learn the effect management has on their driver safety program—backed by the safety history of thousands of anonymous drivers. This data covers varying degrees of management involvement leading to varying degrees of success in the safety improvement of the fleets monitored. The results of this study show that management attitudes alone dramatically affect the outcome of vehicle safety programs and ultimately save lives.
Presenter: Corey Catten, inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.

    • Learn how management attitudes about safety can make or break a fleet safety program.

The Risk Exposure of Operating a "Hidden" Fleet
Many companies operate a “hidden" fleet. without evening knowing it. A lot of companies make the statement that “we don’t have a fleet of vehicles.” However, employees could be driving a lot more often than otherwise thought. The “hidden" fleet can also be any incidental trips your employees take for company business, even  the “every once in a while” trips. Are you taking the necessary steps to protect your business?
Presenter: J. Kimo Ketner, Fleet Safety Institute

    • Learn how your business could be utilizing a fleet without even realizing it.

Building a Culture of Wellness in Transportation
Wellness is tough stuff in our business. Drivers are often stressed, fatigued, eat a poor diet, and have little opportunity to exercise.  This boils down to lost productivity, added costs to your health plan, work comp claims, and increased accident risk.  In this presentation, Megan Young and Jodi Mathy from HNI will make a case for instilling a culture of wellness in your organization starting from the day a new driver or employee is hired.  It often begins with a post offer physical, making sure drivers are fit for duty.  From there, it becomes an ongoing journey to encourage health and wellness in day-to-day operations as well as following any injury on the job.  Megan and Jodi will also explore the challenges of driver wellness efforts - including case studies, government policies and increased focus on driver’s health - and discuss how to design a program that sticks.
Presenter: Jodi Mathy, HNI Risk Services; Megan Young, HNI Risk Services

    • Learn about the latest policies and health regulations that your fleet drivers need to know.

3:45pm

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4:30pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Building a Fleet Safety Program and Enhancing Your Corporate Image through Road Safety Community Outreach
Companies can find it difficult to start a fleet safety program. Conversely, companies with advanced fleet safety programs may encounter diminishing year-to-year returns and struggle to regain the program’s momentum. To meet these needs, NETS recently made available “Comprehensive Guidelines for a Road Safety Program.” The session will address how companies can use the “Guidelines” to maximize their road safety performance — whether it’s a new program or a mature one. The session will also address how employers can include community road safety in its outreach efforts using a case study of an employer-driven seat belt usage improvement campaign, including resourcing needs, metrics and lessons learned.

Presenter: Jack Hanley, Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

    • Learn how safety can improve your company profile.

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2014 Featured Speakers

 

Opening Keynote
Mike Pitcher
President & CEO
LeasePlan

General Session Speaker
Jeff Castillo
Global Vehicle Safety Lead
Monsanto Company


Closing Keynote
Jack Hanley
Executive Director
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety