We all know that moving freight means many long hours on the road. But, every now and then, a sliver of time opens up when you can take advantage of your road trips and visit events along the way.
In fact, there are a slew of industry conventions in 2011, and because staying up-to-date with trucking trends and developments is crucial, we�ve compiled a list of the top five conventions to attend this year:
Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)
March 31 � April 2
This year, MATS celebrates its 40th anniversary as the largest heavy-duty trucking event in the world. Check out industry exhibitors, attend informative seminars, enter or watch the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship and hear country music stars Randy Houser and Keith Anderson perform. And make sure you stop by to visit Getloaded in booth #68132!
Landstar�s 2011 Convention
March 30 � April 3
This year, the convention theme is �Exceed the Need,� with several days of events designed to help third-party logistics and supply chain professionals understand and meet their customers� objectives. Speakers include Henry Gerkens, Landstar Chairman, President & CEO; Scott Rasmussen, a leading independent public opinion pollster; and Futurist Peter Leyden, who will offer predictions for upcoming trends in the 21st century. The convention also includes a golf tournament, drift fishing and concert by country star Phil Vassar. Getloaded will have a booth at this exciting event, and we hope to see you there.
TIA Annual Convention and Trade Show
April 6 � 9
This trade show is geared toward brokerage-based third-party logistics providers, and offers a wide range of activities including 16 educational sessions, five plenary sessions, a golf outing and a 5k fun run. We at Getloaded are excited to attend this event, and hope you�ll come to see us at booth #501.
The Great American Trucking Show
August 25 � 27
As the nation�s second-largest trucking trade show, attendees will find an assortment of industry events to keep you occupied. From the Custom Rigs Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition to educational seminars and speakers, and even free concerts from popular country music stars, this convention is both informational and entertaining. There will even be a Driver Recruitment Pavilion, featuring fleets from all over the country looking to hire their next drivers.
Golden State Trucking Expo
October 14 � 16
Specifically geared toward drivers, the Golden State Trucking Expo features speakers and informational sessions focused on helping you learn new tricks-of-the-trade. The three-day event will also showcase display vehicles to check out.