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Who is attending the 2011 Truck Driver Convention?



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.


Our Speakers:


  • LEGALTrucking Employment Law
    Paul Taylor (known as “the whistleblower”) of Truckers Justice Center has helped thousands of drivers in many diverse situations
    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 Entertainment – Tony Justice and John DiBattista.

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.

  • 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:

Dancing Skeleton Productions


Hotels4Truckers, LLC

Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers


Lone Mountain Truck Leasing

Trans Products and Services

Trucker iphone App

The Load Post

Driver Source
Restore Solutions, Inc


Aries Manufacturing

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips
Transport Design Inc
Real Women In Trucking
Tarps and Beyond
Trucker Charity, Inc
non profit
Rudolph Foods
Kronos Energy Solutions
The Truckers Report


Who is attending the “First Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention?

The answer: Professional CDL drivers and those individuals, companies, and organizations who support them.

Join us on October 15th 2011 to unite, honor, recognize and support professional CDL drivers!

© 2011, 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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