Episode 36 Show Notes

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Are you ready for an awesome Thursday night? Join us for our kick-off event from 6pm-9pm, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

We’ve got all the makings of a great time: BBQ, sides, and dessert – all courtesy of Load One!

But that’s not all! We’ve also got some fun games planned, like cornhole and Jenga, to keep the good times rolling. Plus, a DJ will be providing the perfect soundtrack to keep you moving and grooving all night long.

This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people in the industry, or catch up with old friends. And the best part? Load One is hosting the dinner, but we’re giving back too – with a free will offering that will go directly to the St Christopher Fund.

Don’t miss out on this amazing night of food, fun, and philanthropy.

Your Expo registration includes participation at the BBQ for free!



By far, the most fun of the weekend! This is guaranteed to give you a real casino experience with Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold’em and a DJ.

No cost to play – they’ll provide FunBucks and casino chips!

With awesome prizes to win!

SPONSORED BY: Hyfield Trucking

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Most sessions are taught by your peers we offer individual speakers and panels designed for live Q&A, giving you the opportunity to ask specific questions and receive answers from industry leaders who are the most qualified to speak on those topics.  All seminars are free to attend and do not require advanced registration. Seating is limited.  Workshops will be offered exclusive times on both Friday & Saturday – 8:30am to 1:00pm.

As always registration is free, just go to www.expediteexpo.com

We look forward to welcoming to your city!


Kristy Lohre, Event Manager

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Special session being held at Expedite Expo & Crossroads of America Trucking show

Trucking 101:

Your gateway to success in the trucking Industry

This session is on both Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd, 8:30am-9:40am. You only need to choose one day to attend.

Are you a new driver unsure of which path to take? Our “Trucking 101” session is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the industry and help you make informed decisions about your career.

Discover the pros and cons of OTR and expedite trucking and learn how to land your first job. Plus, explore the exciting and profitable opportunities of expedite trucking, including the chance to travel and see the country.

Join us for expert-led workshops, and take advantage of our exhibitor lists, hiring companies, and suggested workshops. At the end of the session, connect with industry professions for one-on-one guidance

Don’t miss the chance to jump-start your career in transportation. Register now for Trucking 101 and take your first step towards a fulfilling and profitable career in trucking.


Trucking 101 is a special event created by the organizers of the Expedite Expo and Crossroads of America Trucking Show.

We offer this session on both July 21st & July 22nd, from 8:39am-9:40am. Just choose on your registration form what day works best for you.  These sessions will work nicely with the other sessions planned for Expedite Expo and Crossroads of America Trucking show taking place from 21st – 22nd July 2023.


Trucking 101 is completely FREE!

Plus, when you register for Trucking 101, your ticket gives instant access to the full Expedite Expo and Crossroads of America Trucking Show. Three tickets in one – and free, forever.

You can register at – https://www.expediteexpo.com/events/trucking-101/

Session schedule:

8:30-8:35am​Introduction to Trucking 101 workshop – Jerry Hayes

8:35-8:45am   Trucking 101 – Difference between Expedite & OTR – Nick Miller, Load 1

8:45-8:55am   Successful drivers talk about expediting

8:55-9:05am​Successful drivers talk about OTR

9:05-9:15am​CDL training, taxes, insurance, pay

9:15-9:25am​Equipment discussion

9:25-9:35am​Trucking the big picture/next steps






Trucking 101

Are you a new driver unsure of which path to take? Our “Trucking 101” session is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the industry and help you make informed decisions about your career.

Discover the pros and cons of OTR and expedite trucking and learn how to land your first job. Plus, explore the exciting and profitable opportunities of trucking, including the chance to travel and see the country.

Join us for expert-led workshops, and take advantage of our exhibitor lists, hiring companies, and suggested workshops. At the end of the session, connect with industry professionals for one-on-one guidance.


Appleseed A – EXPEDITE & OTR

The Road to Fleet Ownership

George Mullan, Mullan Transportation

Not everyone starts out as a driver. Come hear how one man started out as an insurance and investment advisor and now owns a fleet of 13 trucks. George will tell you how to go from research to taking action. Fleet ownership all starts with a good business plan (and money). “This is not just a trucking business; it’s truly a relationship business.”

Room: Appleseed B


Speakers, company


White Room – EXPEDITE & OTR

Minimizing Fuel Expenses

Dave Schaller, NACFE

Diesel fuel prices have a huge impact on profitability. NACFE will review some of the many ways you can cut your diesel use to raise profitability. Many leading fleets provide data and insights to NACFE to share. Learn how you can use this knowledge to improve operations at your fleet.

Appleseed A – EXPEDITE

The Union Cargo & Sprinter Network

Cameron Kolb, The Cargo Van Man, Mateo, The Freight Guy & Travel Jacob –  The Union Network Group

Come and learn from the best in the Sprinter X Cargo Van industry on how you can start your own business.

Appleseed B – OTR

How to Maximize Owner Operator Profits in a Down Market

Mike Hosted, ATBS

Learn what the best owner operators are doing to maintain their profits in a tougher market. Start with the basics and go back to looking at your numbers and understanding how to make adjustments.


White Room – EXPEDITE & OTR

Let’s discuss a Level 1 inspection

Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division

Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires more dedication and continue education than driving a passenger vehicle. During this presentation the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector will review requirements to drive CMV’s, and common violations seen during roadside inspections. Dedicated to improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles will save lives by reducing crashes while operating CMV’s on our nation’s roadways.

Appleseed A – EXPEDITE

Thoughts on Fleet Ownership

Tom & Tina Evans, Load One

What does it take to build a fleet today? According to many, it takes wits, an exact eye on costs, and service, service. Come hear from these successful fleet owners their pointers.

Attendees will gain insights into the various considerations involved in making decisions about fleet ownership and the importance of weighing the costs and benefits of each option. This session is ideal for business leaders, logistics and transportation professionals, and anyone interested in understanding the complexities of fleet ownership.

Appleseed B – EXPEDITE & OTR

Recruiting & Retention

Mike Coble, Tenstreet


White Room – OTR

Who’s Really Carrying My Freight?

Lyall Creswell, Trustd

Preventing fraud and double brokering with digital business credentials

Appleseed A- EXPEDITE & OTR

Bringing the Millennial Perspective – EXPEDITE & OTR

Jackie Rocha & Mike Barclay, Millennials in Trucking

Come hear how these two millennials researched the industry asked a lot of questions and got started as drivers and now find themselves now with a handful of trucks. It wasn’t easy but they’ll share it with you.

Appleseed B- OTR

How to Maintain Profitability in a Down Market

Dave Francis & Rob Rauch, Buchanan Hauling & Rigging


Room: Appleseed A/B


Speakers, company




White Room – EXPEDITE & OTR

Trucking 101

Speakers, company

Are you a new driver unsure of which path to take? Our “Trucking 101” session is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the industry and help you make informed decisions about your career.

Discover the pros and cons of OTR and expedite trucking and learn how to land your first job. Plus, explore the exciting and profitable opportunities of trucking, including the chance to travel and see the country.

Join us for expert-led workshops, and take advantage of our exhibitor lists, hiring companies, and suggested workshops. At the end of the session, connect with industry professionals for one-on-one guidance.


Appleseed A – EXPEDITE & OTR

Trucker CFO’s Guide to Business Success

Colton Lawrence, Tax CFO

Our Trucker CFO Team believes in providing comprehensive solutions that will assist our clients in building strategies that are designed to keep more money in your pocket and promote the long term success of your business. In this workshop we will cover topics such as:

• Choosing a Business Entity

• Is an S-Corp Right for My Business

• IRS Audits

• Tax Preparation vs Tax Problem Resolution

This seminar is an introduction to our more comprehensive e-Book covering these topics and much more. Come join the Trucker CFO professionals to learn how you can make your trucking business more profitable and more successful.


Appleseed B – OTR

Trucking’s Evolving Landscape: How Technology Enhances Sustainability

Alex Doval, DVL Express


White Room – EXPEDITE & OTR

What to Know about Buying your First Truck

Bobby Snyder, Fyda Freightliner Columbus

Let’s talk about the best way to accomplish short-term and long-term goals when entering truck ownership. This seminar will provide you with a strategy to entering truck ownership from being financially prepared to finding the right truck and forecasting for the unexpected twists and turns that will certainly be a part of truck ownership.

Room: Appleseed A


Jim O’Donnell, Trucker Tax Service


White Room – EXPEDITE & OTR

Diversity and Inclusion in Trucking

Bobby Coffey-Loy, LGBTQ+ Truck Driver Network

Join us as we cover What LGBTQ+ Truck Driver Network does and how we’re bridging the gap between the LGBTQ+ Community & Trucking. We’re showing companies how they can appeal to more drivers and the steps they can take to make drivers feel safer and more inclusive in the workplace. 

Appleseed A – EXPEDITE & OTR

Crash Protection 101 – protect yourself, your business, and your insurance claim after a collision!

Kelsea Eckert, Law Office of Eckert & Associates, P.A.

Truckers, after a crash, there are a few steps you need to take! From staying safe on the scene to making sure you keep a comprehensive record of any downtime – we’ve got you covered. This presentation will show you what to do to safeguard yourself, your truck, and your downtime claim. So be prepared – and take the necessary steps to protect yourself after a crash!

Appleseed B – EXPEDITE & OTR

Recruitment & Retention

Mike Coble, Tenstreet



White Room – EXPEDITE

Finding Success as an Owner Operators in a Straight Truck

Stephen Halsted & Sandy Goche, Landstar

Are you ready to take the plunge and become an owner operator? What do you need to know to increase your odds of success? Come hear from speakers who are living their dream as owner operators to give you a glimpse into the possibilities and advice on what you need to succeed as your own boss.

Appleseed A – EXPEDITE & OTR

The Importance of Proper Partnership

Russell Jones & DeShawn Henry, FedEx Custom Critical

A strong relationship between an owner-operator and the motor carrier they partner with can lead to increased efficiency, better communication, and ultimately, greater success for both parties.

On one hand, finding the right motor carrier can provide business owners with opportunities they can’t find elsewhere, such as benefits and noteworthy advice. For motor carriers, owner-operators play an important role in the supply chain and finding a reliable business partner can be critical to their success, especially in a cyclical market.

During this session, you will hear from DeShawn Henry & Russell Jones about their experience as team owner-operators and how they partnered with Expediter Services and FedEx Custom Critical® to finance their equipment and get started on their road to Success In Trucking. You will also hear how Expediter Services provides support and advantages for them in all aspects of their operations to help them make the best decisions for their business.

Appleseed B – OTR

Rebalancing the Scales: A Practical Discussion about Defending Your Fleet

Mike Weber, Hylant Transportation

“If an accident like this is the fault of the driver who was hit by the out-of-control vehicle, think about what that means for every motorist on the road,” Werner Enterprises said in a statement.

By nature of being professional drivers, truckers have an inherent duty of care to the driving public to act in a responsible manner.  What has happened though is that duty of care has been twisted by precedents set in tort cases that allow plaintiffs to demand absurd amounts, exacerbate claims costs by dragging out the process, and make it more difficult to operate a profitable fleet.

Since 2010, the number of cases for truck crashes with payouts over $1 million have skyrocketed by over 1600%.  Settlement mill law firms have popped in various states that process 320% more cases than the traditional personal injury firms.  These factors are draining fleets of money, people, and resources to offer one of the most critical functions in the world.

The Hylant Transportation team is sharing a 30 minute workshop on Pre-Accident, Accident Response, and Claims/Litigation Management strategies to help you prevent as many claims as possible and weather the bad ones that come your way. 


Appleseed A/B

Future of Trucking

Brandon Baxter, moderator

John Elliott, CEO, Load 1; Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North America Council for Freight Efficiency -NACFE, Mike Coble, Industry Relations, Tenstreet

What direction is the freight market heading? Will it grow, hold steady, or hit economic headwinds? Whether you’re a company owner, owner-operator, fleet owner, or driver, how can you best prepare to capitalize on the opportunities and navigate around the challenges that lie ahead to take your business to the next level?


  • 12 Historical Fun Facts about the Trucking Industry
  • All truckers know that keeping an eye on the rearview mirror is important. It’s also important to take a glimpse into our past and the history of trucking to take pride in how far the trucking industry has come.
  • Gone are the days of the horse and buggy. We’ve come a long way from riding on solid rubber tires and unpaved roads. Today, freight hauling statistics show semi-trucks as we’ve come to know them haul 72.5% of freight in the United States, a total of 10.23 billion tons in 2020.
  • The future of trucking is looking pretty bright, with over 3.5 million people employed as truck driving professionals, but the history of semi trucks matters as well.
  • How much do you understand about the history of the trucking industry?
  • Let’s take a look some important historical facts that every long-haul trucker should know.
  • 1. Alexander Winton is considered the Inventor of the Semi-Truck
  • The first semi-truck is credited to a Scottish immigrant named Alexander Winton, who sold his first truck in 1899. Based out of Cleveland, the Winton Motor Carriage Company first made passenger cars, but needed a way to deliver these products to their buyers. This need led him to create the first semi-truck, a car hauler, which was used by Winton and other car manufacturers.
  • 2. Railroads Dominated Transportation into the 1930’s
  • It’s easy to take the strength of the trucking industry for granted. While the car took over American roads by the 1910’s, thanks in large part to Henry Ford’s affordable Model T, the shipping and large transportation industry remained the realm of railroads. Heavy-duty trucks started to gain use after the First World War (1918), but didn’t become the masters of freight until the 1930’s. For those who care to learn more about why trucking is better than rail, view an earlier infographic.
  • 3. First National Truck “Roadeo” was Held in 1937
  • The first National Truck Driving Championship was held in 1937, although it was then known as the “National Truck Roadeo.” This annual event pits the nation’s finest truckers against each other in a test of skills, knowledge, and professionalism. The nationwide competition starts with state-level qualifying and culminates in honoring the country’s best. 
  • 4. The Interstate Highway System Got Rolling in 1956
  • The Federal Aid Highway Act, passed in 1956, authorized the creation of 41,000 miles worth of interstate highways. This legislation, championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, put $25 billion in funding towards a 20-year construction plan. Without this law, a fundamental to the history of trucking, and the highways it built, the national trucking industry would be very different today.
  • 5. There Have Been Two Laws Called “The Motor Carrier Act”
  • Ironically, the two acts had opposite goals. The Motor Carrier Act of 1935 restricted practices in the industry, which was unregulated and making significant gains on the railroad up to that point. The goal of the first act was to rein in unstable, cut-throat competition among trucking companies. The Motor Carrier Act of 1980, however, sought to deregulate the industry, giving it more freedom over hiring, prices, and operations.
  • 6. First National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in 1998
  • Held each year in mid-September, the National Truck Driver Appreciation week first kicked off in 1998. Throughout the history of trucking, this event has sought to highlight the work of safe truckers throughout the country, reminding the American public that without truckers, the economy, and our day-to-day lives, would be vastly different. It may not be the most celebrated event of the year, but it’s an important time for everyone to show their appreciation.
  • 7. Regulation of the Transportation Industry Dates Back to the 1800’s
  • While trucks wouldn’t come to dominate the transportation and shipping industry until the 1930’s, there were government regulations long before the first truck was shipping goods. The 1800’s saw large regulations that monitored the railroad companies, preventing them from charging outrageous freight and protecting against unfair competition.
  • 8. 1913 Trucking History – The First State Weight Limits Were Introduced
  • In the early days of the trucking industry, there was no weight limit regulating trucks. The obvious problem: road damage. This damage was especially severe due to the fact that many trucks of the era had solid rubber or even iron wheels. In 1913, four states (Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington) enacted separate weight limits. Every state eventually had their own regulations, but it wasn’t until 1981 that all states adopted a uniform weight limit of 80,000 pounds.
  • 9. The American Trucking Association was Assembled in 1933
  • Before 1933, the American Highway Freight Association and the Federation Trucking Associations of America were two separate entities. When the government passed the Code of Fair Competition, the two groups came together to form the American Trucking Associations, or ATA, which is now one of the most important advocate groups for the trucking industry.
  • 10. First “Hours of Service” Rules Were Seen in 1938
  • The first Hours of Service (HOS) rules were seen in in 1938, limiting drivers to 12 hours behind the wheel and 15 maximum hours on duty. By 1939, they were already being overhauled, with changes to on-duty and off-duty hours. They have been reviewed over and over throughout trucking history and the current hours of service rules will likely change with proposals under review by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association
  • 11. Department of Transportation (DOT) is Created in 1967
  • Everyone’s favorite government organization was created in 1967. Say what you will about their service, but this organization has been crucial in overseeing requirements like driver’s license standards, maximum hours, and monitoring the overall fitness of CDL drivers. Every truck driving job in America is subject to scrutiny, so it is always wise for truck drivers to conduct their own pre-trip inspection each time you head out so make sure you are prepared if you are hit with a DOT inspection.
  • 12. 9/11 Sparked Changes in HazMat CDL Driving
  • One of the greatest shifts in the trucking industry came as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks. After this tragic, world-changing event, the government enhanced security regulations on shipping, especially related to hazardous materials. It’s now harder to get a HazMat license, and you may expect that working for trucking companies that transport hazardous materials will require more testing and background checks, making 9/11 one of the most important events in trucking history.

5 mind-blowing facts about the trucking industry

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March 31, 2023Jack Williams

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The trucking industry has given jobs to over 3.5 million truckers. According to the ATA, the industry itself employs a total of eight million employees. That includes truckers, dispatchers, and office workers for the industry. For those who struggle with math, that’s over 2% of jobs across the United States.

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – trucking moves America.

As a result of the sheer volume of truckers in the United States, you will also notice a plethora of mind-blowing statistics.

Here are 5 crazy trucking facts

1. Around $50 billion is paid in trucking-related taxes each year

One of the aspects of trucking that isn’t often spoken about is also one of the least desirable topics – taxes. I won’t bore you with the details but if you weren’t already aware, truckers pay a lot of taxes just to own a truck. Apparently, this number sits around $50 billion per year. That’s over $3,000 per truck.

2. Over 300 billion yearly miles are registered by truck drivers

There are a handful of numbers thrown around when it comes to distance traveled by truck drivers in a year. The most reliable is 300 billion, according to trucking.org. That number is from 2020, too, which means that it could be even higher in recent years.

3. Over-the-road truckers spend over 240 nights per year away from their families

Trucking is a lifestyle. Plenty of jobs, such as an office job, will tell you that working at their company is a “lifestyle.” Usually, that’s an exaggeration. In the trucking world, it may actually be an under-exaggeration. Truck drivers, live and breathe trucking, as many of them spend weeks away from their families at a time. According to JIT Truck Parts, this adds up to around 240 nights per year.

4. Semi-trucks need three football fields of space to stop

As somebody who works in the industry, this is something that I hear all of the time. At times, it seems repetitive, but the more I drive, the more I notice four-wheelers cutting off big rigs in tight traffic situations. If you do this and get honked at by a trucker, you are the problem.

5. The transportation industry uses over 46 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year

Ever wonder why truckers never complain about regular gasoline for their cars? Currently, they’re paying a dollar more per gallon in a vehicle that has significantly worse fuel mileage.

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