Annual Spring Conference

Our Annual Spring Conference held in June 2021 was a big success. Thank you to all our members and participants for making it possible.

Information concerning our next Spring Conference will be posted in early 2022.

Join us for an information-packed agenda over two mornings.

The 2021 TAM Annual Spring Conference will be held online on June 1 and June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Opening remarks from Kevin Weeks start each day at 9 a.m., with a recap scheduled for the last 10 minutes of each day.

Event Schedule

June 1

  • 9 a.m. – Kevin Weeks, TAM Executive Director introductory remarks
  • 9:10 a.m. – Ed Rodricks, TAM Board Chairman welcoming comments
  • 9:20 a.m. to noon – See scheduled speakers below

June 2

  • 9 a.m. – Kevin Weeks, Welcome and update on TAM activities
  • 9:40 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – See scheduled speakers below
  • 11:45 a.m. – Closing comments and adjourn meeting

Tuesday Speakers

Richard Bates [Bio]

Tuesday at 9:20 a.m.

FMCSA Division Administrator

FMCSA Regulatory Update

  • Drug and Alcohol Clearing House
  • Entry-Level Driver Training
  • Hours of Service

Bob Costello [Bio]

Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.

American Trucking Associations Chief Economist & Senior Vice President

Economic trends and the impact on the trucking industry.

  • This will include retail sales, manufacturing activity, and construction and how each of those will perform in 2021 and beyond.
  • Latest trucking freight trends as well as industry supply.
  • Insights on the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

State Senator Bruce Tarr [Bio]

Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Senator Tarr, a long time supporter of the trucking industry, will provide us an overview of current “happenings” at the State House as well as an overview on what to expect in the future.

Chester Osborne

Photo of presenterTuesday at 11 a.m.

Mass DOT Director of Transportation Management & Operations (TSMO)

How Mass511-Traveler Info can support commercial truck mobility

  • Overview of Mass511
  • Recent enhancements to freight traveler information within Mass511

Greater Boston Food Bank (Cheryl) and Hope and Comfort (Jeff)

Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

TAM expands its efforts to assist the Greater Boston Food Bank and Hope and Comfort

  • Utilizing our industry expertise to HELP!
  • Volunteer opportunities

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, GBFB distributed 98.8 million pounds of nutritious food through 550 distribution sites serving 190 cities towns in Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB is committed to increasing food distribution to support the mission to End Hunger Here.

Hope & Comfort’s mission is to provide essential hygiene products to support and improve the health, self-esteem, and hygiene education of school-aged children and young adults in need within Greater Boston.

Neil E. Boudreau [Bio]

Neil BoudreauTuesday at 11:50 a.m.

Assistant Administrator for Traffic and Safety, MassDOT – Highway Division

  • Status of COVID Traffic Impacts Statewide
  • Metro-Boston Construction Impacts
  • I-90 /Central MA Construction Project Impacts
  • Statewide Truck Parking Improvement Study
  • New “Hold Harmless” Law

Wednesday Speakers

Chaitra Sanders [Bio]

Wednesday at 9:40 a.m.

Photo of Chaitra SandersAssociate Director of Health Connector for Business

Health insurance options available to small businesses and their employees through TAM’s partnership with the MA Health Connector for Business.

  • Coverage options for small employers through Health Connector for Business
  • Flexible Employee Choice models
  • Exclusive cost-saving benefits through the Health Connector for Business such as the ConnectWell rebate program and the Small Business Tax Credit

Lt Thomas Fitzgerald [Bio]

Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Commanding Officer of the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section

Massachusetts safety snapshot a look at carriers safety performance in 2020 and new challenges for 2021.

  • Crash/accident updates
  • Roadside inspections
  • Regulatory changes

Sharon Weber  [Bio]

Photo of Sharon WeberWednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Mass DEP Deputy Division Director for Air and Climate Programs

Massachusetts DEP Clean Air Initiative

  • Multi-State Medium and Heavy Duty (MHD) Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding
  • Planned MassDEP Adoption of California MHD Regulations including:
    • Advanced Clean Trucks
    • One-Time Large Entity Fleets Reporting
    • Heavy-Duty GHG
    • Low NOx Heavy-Duty Omnibus

Joshua Bruckner 

Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Learn about the invasive insect spotted lanternfly and how it can use the transportation industry to spread. Learn how to identify and report this insect and what you can do to prevent it from impacting our state.

David Willis Esq. [Bio]

Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

MG+M The Law Firm

Understanding the impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry

David will moderate a roundtable of experts in an open discussion on this important topic.

  • The average verdict size for a lawsuit above $1 million involving a truck crash has increased nearly 1,000% from 2010 to 2018, rising from $2.3 million to $22.3 million.
  • “Nuclear verdicts” — where a jury awards over $10 million — are driving up insurance rates for trucking companies
  • What is being done and what can/must you do

TAM does need help from sponsors to fulfill their mission to support the trucking industry in Massachusetts. Please consider becoming a TAM member, corporate sponsor, or sponsoring this event. Contact Kevin Weeks to discuss how you can support TAM.