ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

This tentative schedule is subject to change. 


Thursday, July 21

7:30 AM
Shotgun Start

Golf Outing at Palmetto-Pine Country Club – separate registration required

8 AM

Fishing Outing at Tarpon Point Marina – separate registration required (sold out); group departs lobby of Westin Cape Coral at 7:45 a.m.

10 AM - 5:30 PM
Tarpon Point

Registration

1:45 - 2:30 PM
Committee meetings open to all attendees

  • Safety Management Council meeting – Grandville

  • Technology and Maintenance Council meeting – Hibiscus

  • Public Policy Committee meeting – Palm Room​

2:30 - 4 PM
Grandville

FTA Board Meeting – Open to all attendees

4 - 5:30 PM
Tarpon Point

Opening General Session

Protecting Your Company from Lawsuit Abuse: From Discovery to Trial

Dr. Bill Kanasky, Jr., Courtroom Sciences, Inc.

5:30 PM
The Rooftop

First-Timers Reception
All first-time attendees and Gold-level sponsors and above welcome.

6 PM
Gazebo

Chairman's Reception – Open to all attendees


Dinner on your own (see list of recommendations and contacts for reservations)

 

Friday, July 22

7 AM

Breakfast buffet in Tarpon Point; outdoor/indoor exhibitors open

8 - 9:40 AM
Tarpon Point

Morning General Session

ATA Keynote

Chris Spear, President and CEO of American Trucking Associations (ATA) 


Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Briefing 

Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E., FDOT


Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Briefing 

Lt. Colonel Troy Thompson and Chief Jeffrey Dixon, FHP

9:30 AM
Social Pavilion and Pool; next to Esterra Spa

Spouses' Mimosa Morning 
(Spouses bring nametags for mimosas; children welcome at pool)

9:40 - 10 AM

Networking Break

10 AM - Noon

Morning General Session (cont.)

The Power of Politics + PR

Bill Sullivan and Sue Hensley, ATA; Holly Brooks, FTA; Chris Dudley, The Southern Group


FTA PAC 

Terry Dicks, CDT, and Keith Walpole, Walpole, Inc.


State of the Association Address​​

12 - 12:45 PM

Lunch Buffet

1 - 2:30 PM

Lunch General Session 


Bouncing Back: How to Revive Your Business and Come Back Stronger

Stephanie Stuckey, Stuckey's


SMC Awards Ceremony


FleetForce Truck Driving School Scholarship Winner


Get There:  Meeting Florida's Workforce Needs 

Chancellor Kevin O'Farrell, FLDOE's Division of Career and Adult Education

2:30 - 3 PM

Networking Break

3 - 5 PM

Afternoon General Session


The Future of Trucking: Autonomous Trucks in the U.S.

Wiley Deck, Plus


2.0 Leadership Class Update

Florida Rep. Bob Rommel

Annual Meeting of the Membership


Passing of the Gavels

7 - 10 PM

Tarpon Point

FTA Casino Night (includes drinks and dinner)
Please note: You're welcome to get a little more dressed up for this event! 

  • Men: Blazers optional 

  • Ladies: Dressy resort