As the time quickly goes by, the 2011 Truck Driver Social Media Convention approaches. As we look at the attendees list, guests, speakers, entertainment and sponsors who are supporting the convention, a notable trend is observed: those who want to make a positive difference, not only in trucking, but also in life.
Attendees-Many individuals have already reserved their tickets, others have written and expressed intentions to definitely attend, and still more have signed upon social media sites as “definitely attending” or “maybe attending.” These are the folks who have a desire to improve circumstances for themselves and others within the trucking industry. Most are CDL drivers from the US and Canada ( with 4 attending from Norway!) I received emails from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand in support of the event and expressing their desire to have a similar event in their own countries.
Many speak about the need for more brotherhood and unity. Others talk about how the event will address the need to be more informed. They strongly believe that by being united, informed, and by taking action, they can create a positive influence regarding their careers and the many issues and causes that directly affect them.
Our guests who are attending are those who also have given greatly to the trucking industry and to humanity:
Hope Rivenburg– Chief crusader and lobbyist for Jason’s Law, HR 1803, and widow of trucker Jason Rivenburg. Hope was voted as the winner of the “Making a Difference Award” which will be presented to her at the Convention by The Load Post ( a bronze sponsor)
Kylla Leeburg – Truckers Against Traffickingstarted a grass roots movement with her mother and sisters to bring about awareness to the trucking industry and the human trafficking seriousness existing throughout the country.
David Ayers and Barry Allen-Two songwriters who felt the deep concerns of truckers and the issues they face daily. Their CD “When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll” included songs describing these issues that drivers face with the most popular song right now being “Say a Prayer for Jason” in memory of slain trucker Jason Rivenburg. David and Barry are strong supporters of Jason’s Law ( HR 1803) calling for more safe truck parking. They were also moved by the human trafficking problem and recently wrote the song “Not for Sale” which is displayed on Truckers Against Trafficking’s website.
- LEGAL– Trucking Employment Law
Paul Taylor (known as “the whistleblower”) of Truckers Justice Center has helped thousands of drivers in many diverse situations
- BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Eddie Gichuhi of Trip Street Central, a software engineer who decided to go OTR and then analyzed what Owner Operators needed to make their business SUCCESSFUL, and then designed a program to DO IT!
- TRUCKING JOBS and Careers
James McCormack of Trucking Careers of America– the “trucking job wizard” who has helped thousands of drivers find employment, matching them with the “right” CDL school or company.
Richard Wilson of TranProducts, a regulatory specialist who has helped drivers and carriers understand the new government regulations, petitions and proposals being introduced and how they can effect you: CSA, your PSP report, EOBR’s, speed limiters, HOS, OBMS, etc.
- SOCIAL MEDIA Landon Middleton, a man who understands social media in regards to the trucking industry. His experience both within trucking and social media will benefit all who attend the convention. Landon will share his expertise on leveraging the power of social media that you will be able to apply immediately.
Our sponsors also actively support professional CDL drivers and the issues that are important to them.
Recently two of our Bronze sponsors have a campaign to raise support for Jason’s Law and Truckers Against Trafficking.
- Lone Mountain Truck Leasing is presently running a campaign to donate $1.00 to Truckers Against Trafficking for each Fan that is added to their FaceBook Fan page.
- Hotels4Truckers LLC is offering free membership to all CDL drivers who participate in the National Call in Day to Washington on June 23rd to Support Jason’s Law. They have also paid for advertising in “The Trucker” in support of HR 1803, Jason’s Law.
Our sponsors are supporters and concerned about improving the way of life for professional truck drivers:
The Load Post
Restore Solutions, Inc
Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips
Transport Design Inc
Real Women In Trucking
Tarps and Beyond
Trucker Charity, Inc non profit
Kronos Energy Solutions
The Truckers Report
Who is attending the “First Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention?
Join us on October 15th 2011 to unite, honor, recognize and support professional CDL drivers!
- To Purchase Tickets Deadline to purchase is October 5th
- For Sponsorship inquiries 352-505-8162 firstname.lastname@example.org
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