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Industry at Sea Event To Promote Trucking Partnerships

Industry at Sea

Industry at Sea

Hosted by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition, (“SBTC”), 2014 will mark the 2nd year for the Industry at Sea event which works to bring together trucking professionals from all areas of the industry including truck drivers, property brokers, freight forwarders and shippers, agents and motor carriers.

Designed to promote a “transparency” business model among all parties of the industry, the event, a three-day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, is sponsored by DOT Authority and 12PL, a property broker stating their mission as:

“To provide quality and affordable logistics services for shipper clients by formulating partnerships among the players in the supply chain through an ethical policy of transparency in transportation.”

Transparency, ethical business practices and an overall trust-respect partnership between all parties of the industry is something that Truth About Trucking, LLC and this blog has been promoting since its inception in 2000. It was our main theme behind the Truck Driver Social Media Convention as well.

In order to build a lasting, professional business relation among drivers, brokers, carriers, shippers and all parties involved, action must be taken by each individual group. At some point, the “constant rhetoric and arguing” must stop and the “action” to be taken is meeting, sharing and networking together as a “team” with all working together toward the same goal: a successful career for all.

I recently had the opportunity to correspond with a planned attendee of the event, Tim Taylor, Executive Chairman of Network FOB, a leader in logistics and freight forwarding. The following is an article by Mr. Taylor which for me, establishes the mindset which all in the industry should be focusing upon. It is a great example of the caliber of people who will be attending the Industry at Sea conference:

Donna and I have already booked our cabin and are attending the Industry at Sea event in September. We look forward to discussing important driver issues with all attendees, including a tentatively scheduled guest from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

To join the event, please visit: and we look forward to meeting everyone there.

© 2014, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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