Annual Conference

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

The 2020 TAM Annual Conference will be held online on June 23 & 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

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

Speakers

Lt Thomas Fitzgerald [Bio]

Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

Commanding Officer of the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section

Motor Carriers and Massachusetts Marijuana Law

  • Recent developments in Massachusetts marijuana law.
  • Returning driver to work made easy.

Driver Qualification file requirements

  • FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Issues

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Drug testing exemption explained

Brad Jones [Bio]

Tuesday at 10:50 a.m.

Massachusetts House of Representatives Minority Leader

Minority Leader Jones, a past recipient of TAM’s Legislator of the Year award and a strong supporter of our industry, will speak to us about Massachusetts legislative activity in light of COVID-19. It goes without saying that so much has and will continue to impact legislative activities across the board it will be great to have Representative Jones provide us with that insight. He will also talk a bit on the Rolling Stock initiative that TAM has been working on and what that might look like moving forward.

Louie Greek [Bio]

Tuesday at 11:10 a.m.

Truckers Against Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking recognizes that members of the trucking and busing industries are invaluable in the fight against the heinous crime of human trafficking. As the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, they are in a unique position to make a difference and close loopholes to traffickers who seek to exploit our transportation system for their personal gain.

Mr. Greek’s presentation will inform us of the basic issues involved in human trafficking, signs to recognize, and a summary of ways we can help save lives. TAM support TAT and promotes its activities wherever possible , please be sure to listen to this valuable presentation.

Bob Costello [Bio]

Tuesday at 11:35 a.m.

American Trucking Associations Chief Economist & Senior Vice President

Bob will take a look at the economy and how COVID-19 and other factors are affecting both the short-term and long-term outlook for the industry. In his presentation, Bob will highlight the current economic environment and what it means for your business.

Discussion Topics

  • The Economic Recession
  • Impacts from COVID-19
  • Truck Freight Volumes
  • Trucking Supply Trends

Richard Bates [Bio]

Wednesday at 10:10 a.m.

FMCSA Division Administrator

Rich will discuss the recent Hours of Service changes which will be effective this coming September.

Randy Guillot [Bio]

Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.

American Trucking Associations Chairman

Randy is the current chairman of the American Trucking Association. He has more than 33 years of experience working in the trucking industry and is president of Triple G Express, Inc. and Southeastern Motor Freight, Inc. Since 1983, Randy has carried on the family tradition of trucking by working for Southeastern Motor Freight, which his grandfather, Aswell Pitre, founded in 1945.

Randy will give us a perspective on COVID-19 at a national level and will also brief us on ATA’s ongoing efforts regarding legal reforms, specifically tort reform and the impact “nuclear verdicts” are having on the trucking industry.

Neil Boudreau [Bio]

Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.

Assistant Administrator for Traffic and Safety | MassDOT – Highway Division

There is always a tremendous amount of construction projects happening throughout Massachusetts. This year and next year is no different. We are fortunate to have Mr. Boudreau available to summarize these projects for us. He will be discussing various issues with us including the following.

  • Statewide Exit Renumbering
  • Metro-Boston Construction Impacts
  • I-90 /Central MA Construction Project Impacts
  • Route 9 Connected Corridor – Stakeholder Engagement

Doug Marcello Esq. [Bio]

Wednesday at 11:50 a.m.

Law Partner at Marcello and Kivisto

Doug is a trucking defense attorney with a CDL. He represents trucking clients across the country, having been specially admitted for cases in 35 states. His firm works with companies to prepare for accident response, respond 24/7 when accidents occur, and aggressively defend lawsuits against trucking companies and their drivers.

Doug has a very interesting presentation. Lessons from Pandemic Preparedness that will help us to be prepared for a “2nd surge” or “next time” event.

Event Sponsors

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.