Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of American Trucking Associations (ATA) has been confirmed as the keynote presenter for the 23rd Annual NTDA Convention. The Convention will be held Oct. 9-11, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, FL. Graves served as the 43rd governor of Kansas from 1995 until 2003. Graves will share insights from Washington, DC, and will touch on challenges facing the trucking industry. Through its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and other organizations, ATA represents an industry that delivers nearly 70% of the nation’s freight before all branches and levels of government. Graves has been involved in the trucking industry his entire life. For 70 years, members of his family have operated fleets, including Graves Truck Line. In addition to his duties at ATA, the national trade and safety organization of the U.S. trucking industry, Graves serves on the board of the International Speedway Corp., the leading promoter of motorsport racing in America.
General Session Presenter:
Kenny Vieth, President and Senior Analyst of ACT Research Co., LLC, will present “Navigating Economic Cycles: The Underlying Fundamentals That Will Continue to Support Healthy Trailer Demand in 2014” during the NTDA Convention. In his capacity as the principal heavy vehicle market analyst at ACT, Vieth has become an advisor to the commercial vehicle OEMs and suppliers, the investment community, and other businesses affiliated with the industry. In 2012, Vieth was named as the consulting economist to the National Private Truck Council. Since its inception in 1986, ACT Research has become the leading source of North American commercial vehicle market data, forecasting, and analysis.
Concurrent Session Presenters:
Dave Durand began his industry aftermarket career with Fruehauf Trailer in 1979. After a few years with both Fruehauf and Trailmobile, he moved to Denver as the Director of Aftermarket Parts with Timpte Trailer. In 2006, Dave was hired by Great Dane Trailers to head up their Aftermarket Parts Division. He has since been promoted to Vice President Aftermarket and has responsibility for Aftermarket Parts, Branch Service & Parts Operations, Dealer Support and Fleet National Account Programs. Dave and his wife Shawn live in Savannah, GA, and have three beautiful daughters and two grandsons.
Doug Liljegren, NeuNet Consultants, has over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, business management and data systems. He is a Salesforce.com Certified Consultant and has helped more than 100 companies implement CRM solutions.
Special Session Presenters:
Allen Phibbs, CPA is Professional Advisor, conducts educational workshops for NTDA and ATD, dealerships, manufacturers and associations encompassing all facets of commercial dealership operations. He is ASTD Certified and is an ATD Academy instructor and graduate (2004). Allen was General Manager for a large Mid-Atlantic commercial truck and trailer dealer group, and also has experience as a controller, CFO, director of finance and with public accounting.
Anita Baker, CPA, CEBS
Anita Baker is the managing partner of the employee benefit plans practice at CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) where she specializes in providing assurance, tax and consulting services to plan sponsors and third party administrators. In her position, she is responsible for CLA’s national employee benefit plans practice and is a leading consultant on the impact of health care reform on group health plans and employers. Anita is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) and the Western Pension and Benefits Conference (WP&BC). Anita has been a speaker to numerous groups including the AICPA and state societies and associations and has authored articles for national employee benefit plan publications.Anita is the past chair and a current member of the Executive Committee of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. Anita is currently serving on the AICPA Technical Standards DOL Subcommittee and is a board member of the ASCPA and the WP&BC.
Mrudul Sharma, CPA
Mrudul is a manager in the dealership group for CliftonLarsonAllen. He is responsible for planning and managing financial statement and tax engagements for dealership clients. He joined the firm in January 2004 after graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mrudul serves a wide variety of privately-held dealerships from single point stores to multi-store mega dealer groups across various franchises. His experience includes managing the delivery of corporate audit, review and tax services. He also provides internal control consulting to dealerships. Mrudul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.