In conjunction with American Automotive Leasing Association
July 18-20, 2016 | Schaumburg, IL
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Full Schedule

2015 Full Schedule*

*Schedule subject to change

 Session Key

Session content covers all vehicle class types, but those that include a specific focus on heavy-duty vehicles are labeled accordingly:

Heavy-Duty Focus

Monday, July 13, 2015

4:00pm

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7:00pm

 

Registration Open
Utopia Threshold
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5:00pm

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7:00pm

 

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors & Sponsors
Utopia Threshold
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

7:00am

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5:30pm

 

Registration Open
Utopia Threshold
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7:00am - 5:30pm   

Charging Station
Utopia Threshold
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7:30am

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8:30am

 

Breakfast with Exhibitors & Sponsors
Utopia Threshold

8:30am

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9:20am

 

Opening Keynote Address:
How to Create a Successful Corporate Safety Culture - Shell's Journey to Goal Zero
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Utopia Ballroom
In a peer-to-peer presentation, learn how Shell has used their lifesaving rules to create a pervasive corporate-wide safety culture. What does a company need to do to drive and sustain a corporate safety culture that extends beyond fleet drivers to contractors and occasional employee drivers? What are the fundamental initiatives that must to be implemented to achieve the lowest collision per mile?
Keynote Speaker: Mike Watson, Global Road Safety Manager, Shell

9:30am

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10:30am

 

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How to Use Fleet Data to Reduce Risk and Increase Safety
Nirvana A
This panel discussion will identify the fleet data that is most applicable to risk and safety and how it can be used. The session will also explain how to obtain this data and most effective ways to use it to reduce risk and increase driver safety.
Moderator: Terry HorrocksElement 
Panelists: Heidi Mario, CNA Insurance, Dave RushRJ ReynoldsJerry Veres, Fleet Response

Building a Safer Fleet
Nirvana C
Mitzi Hartman, Mcleod Express’ safety and compliance manager, will discuss the most important safety areas and ways to ensure that your company is not only meeting, but exceeding its goals.
Presenter: Mitzi HartmanMcLeod Express

10:30am

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10:50am

 

Refreshment Networking Break
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10:50am

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11:50am

 

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Mitigating Hidden Risks to Deliver an Optimal Safety Program
Nirvana A
Assigning safety training, conducting driver assessments, and running regular MVR checks are key elements of any good fleet safety program. But no matter how diligent you are in managing these tasks, you can’t always be sure that all your bases are covered. That’s because incidents like camera violations, negligent maintenance, and other “hidden risks” can easily slip through the cracks of a standard safety program. During this presentation, these hidden risks will be identified and techniques provided to help ensure your safety program is optimized to mitigate their impact. 
Presenters: Heidi FordWheelsTed LewinWheels; Jeff WhitesideWheels

How to Prevent Cheating on E-Logs
Nirvana C
With the deadline of the electronic log mandate looming on the not too distant horizon, fleet executives need to understand not only the letter of the law, but also how many attempt to skirt it. In this session, we will discuss the security requirements in the existing regulations and ELD proposal, as well as the policies and procedures management should have in place to catch (and prevent) the common methods that drivers (and supervisors) use to get around the rules.
Presenter: Tom Bray, J.J. Keller & Associates

12:00pm

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1:30pm

 

Lunch and General Session: 
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How EHS/Fleet Professionals Can Engage Senior Leadership to Provide Management and Financial Support for Corporate Safety Programs
Utopia Ballroom 
Obtaining support for fleet safety programs from senior management can sometimes be easier said than done. Of course, it only takes one spectacular crash or lawsuit for safety to gain quick visibility in the eyes of senior leadership. However, there are many safety programs where leaders may be lukewarm to support a robust corporate safety program since no major “issues” have occurred. This presentation will discuss how EHS and fleet managers can persuasively stress the importance of “proactive leadership” before something tragic happens.
Presenter: Joseph L. McKillips, CSP, Abbott
*General session will begin at 12:40pm

1:40pm

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2:40pm

 

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The Unfortunate Downside of Crash Avoidance Technology
Nirvana A
Fleet drivers who rely too heavily upon crash avoidance technologies often become too complacent and lose their focus on safe driving techniques. In this session, attendees will learn how to adjust their fleet policies to address drivers with regard to these technologies, and be presented with the kinds of supportive training that should be assigned to drivers when these technologies are in their vehicles.  
ModeratorEd Iannuzzi, ARI 
PanelistsKate Duffy, Liberty Mutual Insurance; Rich RadiARI; Dan ShiveLeasePlan USA

Preparing for Upcoming FMCSA Rules
Nirvana C
There are several new regulations on the horizon as well as updates to existing regulations that are still “in the news.” It is always a challenge to stay abreast of the updates surrounding the regulatory requirements of motor carriers. Whether it is the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT), Motor Carrier Safety Fitness Determination (SFD), National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse, and other various hot topics coming your way, it is important to stay ahead of the curve!
PresenterJohn Seidl, FMCSA Consultant

2:40pm

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3:00pm   

 

Refreshment Networking Break with Exhibitors & Sponsors
Utopia Threshold
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3:00pm

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4:00pm

 

General Session:
Developing Fleet Policies that Address the State of Legalization of Marijuana on Impaired Driving
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Utopia Ballroom
With the high-profile legalization of marijuana in a number of Western U.S. states and the increased use of medical marijuana across the country, the risk of impaired driving due to marijuana use must be addressed by fleet and safety managers. Among the issues discussed will be if and how fleet policies address the use of marijuana and what are the intelligent guidelines with regard to their employee drivers and marijuana use.
Presenter: Tom Bray, J.J. Keller

4:00pm

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4:30pm

 

Awards Ceremony
Utopia Ballroom
Fleet and risk managers that have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety deserve recognition are recognized in our 4th Annual Fleet Safety Awards Ceremony, brought to you by the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA), Automotive Fleet and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. 

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4:30pm

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6:00pm

 

Evening Reception with Exhibitors & Sponsors
Utopia Threshold
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

7:00am

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12:00pm

 

Registration Open
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7:00am - 12:00pm   

Charging Station
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8:30am

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9:50am

 

Breakfast and General Session:
Latest Industry Initiatives to Reduce Deaths and Injuries Associated with Distracted Driving
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Utopia Ballroom
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic impacting all fleets. The best way to defend your fleet from distracted driving is to go above and beyond federal rules and state laws by implementing policies banning both hands-free and handheld devices while driving. This session will explain how such a fleet safety policy will not only decrease in-vehicle distractions, improve employee safety, and minimize employer liability, but also increase driver productivity.
Presenter: David Teater, National Safety Council

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Session begins at 9:00am

10:00am

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11:00am

 

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Pros and Cons of Developing an In-House Fleet Safety Program vs. an Outsourced Program
Nirvana A
Providing for the safety of company drivers is a fleet manager’s most important responsibility. A formal fleet safety program is a crucial foundation for creating a safe fleet. The question, though, is whether to create an in-house fleet safety program or to outsource it to subject-matter experts. This session will examine the pros and cons of both approaches. 
Presenter:
 Bob Cavalli, RAC Fleet Consulting, LLC

MVRs: Managing Driver Risk 
Nirvana C
Employing a risk management perspective, attendees will learn how to use driver violation records as leading indicators of future crashes. Historical MVR ROI examples will be provided along with methods to efficiently and effectively maximize use of this data. Also, an overview and update will be given on regulatory issues affecting the use of MVRs.
PresenterArt Liggio, Driving Dynamics

11:00am

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11:20am

 

Refreshment Networking Break
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11:20am

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12:20pm

 

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Best Practices in Driver Risk Management 
Nirvana A
Driver safety is the next frontier in cost and risk reduction for fleets of all sizes. But flat budgets, rising insurance costs and an ever-increasing litigious society are pushing the boundaries of corporate responsibility – making current approaches to driver risk management less than adequate. This session will focus on the trends of driver risk and driver behavior modification with real-world examples of their impact on company safety policies, company culture, legal strategies, and data privacy. 
Moderator: Mary StichaGE Capital
Panelists: Richard CrawfordSambaSafetyPaul FarrellNationwide InsuranceJim NapierOH Regional Transit Authority; Herbert Pruitt, PG&E Utility

In-Cab Safety Technology
Nirvana C
In-Cab Safety technology can be a major benefit in improving fleet safety. While it can encourage better communication and also provide a return on investment for fleets, these technologies also bring new challenges in driver/manager relationships. In this session, learn how fleets can seamlessly adopt in-cab technology and handle the emotional hurdles and skepticism from drivers that may arise as a result.
Moderator: David CullenHeavy Duty Trucking Magazine
Presenter
: Eric FalbergAnthem Propane; Gary Flaherty, Canal Insurance Company; Adam Kahn, SmartDrive Systems; Trevor Schmidt, Lytx DriveCam 

12:30pm

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2:00pm

 

Lunch & Closing Keynote Address: Looking Back to Build a Vision of the Future
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Utopia Ballroom
This presentation will examine the evolution of the fleet safety market from a historical perspective to identify the key trends that will influence and shape fleet safety management into the future. Discussed will be changes that have occurred at many of the most safety conscious corporations in the world and how these changes have been manifested in their road safety programs. This will include key fleet safety results and best practices from NETS’ most recent benchmark report.
Keynote Speaker: Jack HanleyNetwork of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

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2015 Featured Speakers

 
    

Mike Watson
Shell

   

Joseph L. McKilips, CSP
Abbot

   

Tom Bray
J.J. Keller

   
 

David Teater
National Safety Council

Jack Hanley
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)