MCE 2019

October 5-9, San Diego, CA


All About #ATAmce19

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MCE) brings together trucking leaders from across the country for the one can't-miss event of the year that highlights economic, regulatory, and business trends focused on driving the success of fleets today and in the future. Every year nearly 3,000 of trucking’s top decision-makers come to MCE for:

Policy Discussions – MCE attendees get to hear from prominent industry leaders, government officials, and experts on pending regulatory and political issues.

Educational Sessions – focused on the most important issues facing trucking, MCE Educational Sessions provide opportunities to brainstorm, share challenges, successes and get valuable takeaways.

Networking Opportunities — from our pre-conference kickoff to our stellar closing banquet, MCE provides you with endless opportunities to network with fellow attendees and get exposed to new ideas.

Interactive Exhibits – The ATA MCE exhibit hall features nearly 200 companies from our industry’s top manufacturers and suppliers showcasing their latest products. The exhibition provides networking opportunities and a chance for carriers and suppliers to catch up with their peers.

Hot topics on the agenda include infrastructure funding, trade, the shipper's perspective, workforce and more.

See the schedule below for more details.

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Schedule of Events

As of October 3, 2019 - Schedule now includes educational and general session descriptions.

San Diego Tours

(Optional – additional Registration Fee)

FMCSA Update Session

Special Guest Speaker: FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez
All MCE Registrants Welcome

Interfaith Service

Featuring: LA RAISE Choir

All MCE Registrants Welcome

Augmented Reality for Maintenance

Hosted by ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council
All Registrants Welcome

Panelists: Kenneth Calhoun, Fleet Optimization Manager, Altec Industries and Matthew Johnston, Div. Head, Commercial Solutions, Design Interactive Inc.

This session will present the latest developments in the application of virtual reality/augmented reality technology for trucking maintenance personnel. Panelists will describe how these training advancements can revolutionize the training process, bring greater efficiencies to personnel development and assist in attracting the next generation of trucking technicians.

Cyber Security: Don’t Be the Next Victim!

Hosted by ACT 1 
All Registrants Welcome

Sharon Reynolds, Chief Information Security Officer, Omnitracs
Joseph Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, RunSafe Security, Inc.
Harold Sumerford, Chief Executive Officer, J&M Tank Lines

Ken Craig, Vice President, Special Projects, McLeod Software

Computer security breaches have reached epidemic proportions today, and transportation companies have become primary targets. Learn from the experience of others, current industry best practices, and take away the solutions to be sure that you are not the next victim.

Are You Ready for the ELD Conversion?

Hosted by ATA Safety Policy Department
All Registrants Welcome

Speaker: Wayne Crowder, America’s Road Team, FedEx Freight
Moderator: Daniel Horvath, Vice President, Safety Policy, American Trucking Associations

Industry experts will discuss the timeline implementation for electronic logging devices (ELDs). You will hear about the progress, pitfalls and challenges in converting fleets with ELDs by the December deadline.

The Dynamic Supply Chain: What Shippers Want to Discuss With Truckers Luncheon Sesion

General Session
All Full MCE Registrants Welcome
Moderator: Darren Hawkins, CEO, YRC Worldwide
Panelists: Jess Baumhoff, Strategic Carrier Strategy & Performance Wayfair Logistics
Yone Dewberry, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Bob Welsh, Senior Director, Transportation Sourcing & Procurement, Walmart Transportation

Sponsored by DriverReach

Conference Board of Directors Meetings:

  • Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference
  • Automobile Carriers' Conference
  • Intermodal Motor Carriers' Conference
  • Government Freight Conference

The Big Reveal

General Session
All MCE Registrants Welcome
Sponsored by Idelic

Panelists: Gary Helms, Professional Driver and America’s Road Team Captain, Covenant Transport; James Reed, President, CEO and Director, USA Truck and Bob Costello, Chief Economist and SVP, American Trucking Associations (ATA)
Moderator: Rebecca Brewster, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

Each year the trucking industry ranks its top challenges through the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual Top Industry Issues Survey. Come to this session to learn ATRI’s analysis of the results and hear from this top-tier industry panel on their perspectives of what it means for trucking.  

Truck PAC Gala

By Invitation Only
Sponsored by Lytx

ATA President & CEO Address

General Session
All Registrants Welcome

Sponsored by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Luncheon Session – Legalized Marijuana: What are the Current and Future Challenges to Trucking?

All Full MCE Registrants Welcome

Panelists: Greer Woodruff, J.B. Hunt, Inc., Paul Enos, Nevada Trucking Association, and Dr. Todd Simo, HireRight, Inc.

Moderator: Harold Sumerford, Jr., ATA Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J&M Tank Lines LLC

Award Presentations: 
Highway to Victory
Mike Russel Trucking Industry Image Award, sponsored by HireRight
Truckers Against Trafficking

ATA Spouse/Guest Program

All MCE Registrants Welcome
      Guest Speaker: Major Lisa Jaster
      "Don't Let the Quit In"

Ed Session - FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Industry Update

Hosted by ATA Safety Department 
All Registrants Welcome   

Panelists: Barbara Baker, Transportation Specialist and Gian Marshall, Management Analyst, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration     
Moderator: Abigail Potter, Manager, Safety & Occupational Health Policy, American Trucking Associations 

January 6, 2020 is the compliance date for the long anticipated Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Motor carriers will be required to perform a query in the clearinghouse when hiring a driver and on an annual basis. During this session, FMCSA staff experts will discuss the responsibilities of the motor carrier for complying with this new requirement. Additionally, FMCSA staff will provide an overview of the registration process for drivers and carriers.   

Ed Session - Looking Ahead: Machine Vision & Artificial Intelligence

Hosted by ACT 1
All Registrants Welcome

Speaker: James Taylor, Vice President, Rear DriveTrain, Meritor, Inc.

Attendees will learn how advances in machine vision and artificial intelligence (MV+AI) can help make their fleets safer and more productive. Learn about the basics of MV+AI; applications and limitations of current technology; importance of data quality and variety; measuring effectiveness; evolution of algorithms; and the future of MV+AI.

Ed Session - Improving Back Office Efficiency: Robotic Process Automation

Hosted by ATA's National Accounting & Finance Council
All Registrants Welcome

Speaker: Isaac R. Gastelum-Munoz, Advisory Services Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Robotic process automation (RPA), is the use of a software “robot” that replicates the actions of a human being interacting with the user interface of a computer system. RPA connects multiple systems through automation without changing the existing IT landscape. It is a rule-based system that executes processes without the need for constant human supervision. When applied to the right tasks, RPA can provide significant time and money savings. Some of the key applications of RPA include: back-office tasks in finance, supply chain management, accounting, customer service and human resources, such as data entry and purchase order issuing.

Leaders On The Cutting Edge

General Session
Craig Harper, Chief Operations Officer, J.B. Hunt
                   Panelists: Anna Faford, Vice President of Strategy at C&K Trucking
                   Wes Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Big M Transportation
                   Heath Arnold, Senior Manager, Safety, ABF Freight Systems, Inc.
                   Jeff First, Vice President-Northwest Regional Operations, FedEx Freight
All MCE Registrants Welcome
Sponsored by DriverReach

ATA Annual Reception, Banquet & Entertainment

Featuring entertainment by Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
All Full MCE Registrants Welcome
Title Sponsor: PowerFleet® ​
Table Sponsors: CIMC Intermodal, FedEx Freight,  Lytx® and UPS
Contributors: Pressure Systems International, SkyBitz and Velociti

       Entertainment: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening


ATA MCE Golf Outing

(Optional – additional registration fee)
To register online, add the MCE Golf Outing during the registration process or log back in and add it to your account. You can also complete this form.

Sponsored by TrueNorth Companies

Conference Registration 

See the Travel section for more details on hotel accommodations.

ATA Member

ATA Member
Per Couple


Per Couple

First-Time Attendee

ATA Member
Per Couple


Registration Sponsored by BlackBerry

Please note: In order to attend the conference activities you must be registered for MCE. First-time attendees please email Marsha Barninger, Director of Registration and Housing, at to receive your promotional code for the discounted rate.

If you need assistance with your username and password to register online, please call ATA Registrations at (866) 821-3468 from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET or email us with any questions at





Download the ATA MCE 2019 Mobile App to enhance your experience at MCE! Its features will help you maximize your time, be more productive and stay connected.

With ATA MCE 2019 App You Can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information
  • Receive important real-time communications from show organizers
  • Build a personalized schedule and bookmark exhibitors
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues
  • Interactively locate exhibitors
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on social media


It's free and easy to download. The ATA MCE App is available for iPhone and Android, a hybrid web-based version for BlackBerry, and a web-based version for any smartphone that has web-enabled browser capability. Click on the appropriate icon to access/download the app for your mobile device. Or visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for Android Phones and search for the "ATA MCE 2019" App.  ATA MCE Mobile App sponsored by BMO Transportation Finance.





For more information, please contact Dan Duggan, Director of Sponsorships and Exhibits at or 703-838-1756.

Examples of sponsorship opportunities: 


For MCE sponsorship opportunities and a list of our current sponsors, click button below.





The ATA MCE exhibit hall features nearly 200 companies from our industry’s top manufacturers and suppliers showcasing their latest products. The exhibition provides networking opportunities and a chance for carriers and suppliers to catch up with their peers.

If you are interested in reserving an exhibit booth, please email or call Janine Taylor at 703-838-1923 or Daniel Duggan at 703-838-1756 for more information.

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Truck PAC Gala

Truck PAC is the political arm of the American Trucking Associations. Truck PAC helps elect federal candidates who understand our issues and support the trucking industry. Join colleagues in the industry for the Truck PAC Gala at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception at the Del's famed Vista Walk with the Pacific Ocean as our backdrop. Following the reception, we will move to the iconic Crown Room for dinner. Join us for an evening to remember and a great a cause! The Truck PAC Gala is a ticketed event. 

Sponsored by Lytx®

THE EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Please contact Kathleen Gamble at 202.478.6861 or with any questions. 



ATA MCE Golf Outing 

Wednesday, October 9

Riverwalk Golf Club
Riverwalk 18 Course Shotgun start at 7:30 am
Entry Fee: $235

Proceeds to benefit the ATA Insurance Task Force and Trucking Moves America Forward Separate Registration & Fee Required. You must be an MCE full conference registrant to sign up for the Golf Outing.

Located in the heart of San Diego's Mission Valley, Riverwalk Golf Club offers a full length par 72 course with over 100 bunkers and an array of picturesque water features. This course creates both strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop for a round of San Diego golf. Network and join other attendees at the ATA MCE Golf Outing! The registration deadline is September 20.

To register online, add the MCE Golf Outing during the registration process or log back in and add it to your account. You can also complete the form below for download.

Sponsored by TrueNorth Companies


5K Fun Run/Walk 

Saturday, October 5; 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Marriott Marquis Marina Terrace
Entry Fee - $20

Our third annual 5K Fun Run/Walk is the ideal way to energize your Saturday morning while networking with fellow runners. Enjoy this 3.1 mile route with views of the marina as the course wraps around the boardwalk outside the Convention Center and Marriott Marquis. You can run or walk, bring family or friends. Challenge fellow members and partners to participate and win bragging rights - the company with the most participants will win The Golden Tread Award!

The event will take place rain or shine, with a light breakfast to be served post-race. All MCE Attendees and Guests are welcome and encouraged to participate.

To register, add 5K Run/Walk during the registration process or complete this form

Sponsored by Rolling Strong and Velociti