2014 SCTA Annual Conference

June 12, 2014

Annual Meeting Focuses on Enforcement, Economics, Social Media & Politics

The SCTA Annual Conference was filled with great speakers – and lots of insight on some pretty interesting topics. Here's a look at what the great line up of speakers and content we had over the weekend. 

Steve Bryan, CEO of Vigillo, offered attendees an in-depth look at current CSA stats as only Vigillo can do on Thursday afternoon. Steve shared what carriers need to look for, and how CSA needs to be changed. He moderated a good Q/A session, and dialogue. 

Jim Newsome, President & CEO of the SC State Ports Authority provided an excellent overview of the Ports' progress. Jim shared what he’s doing for truckers, their turn-times, and forecasted what’s ahead for the carriers that call on the port. He laid out the ambitious plan for the SPA and for Charleston. 

Col. Leroy Taylor of the SC State Transport Police, applauded truckers, and the jobs they perform. He also said they would continue to focus on the life-saving enforcement strategies that have produced results. 

Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group is a brilliant economist - with personality. Anirban delivered a fast-paced, funny review of the world, US, regional and SC economies, and what the prospects are for everything and then some. 

Wesley Donehue, founder and CEO of Push gave a candid presentation on how the world of social media has changed the way we do business - and the way we get our message across to legislators. 

ATA Chairman, Phil Byrd (Bulldog Hiway Express) impressed everyone with the initiatives he has been a part of as ATA Chairman this year. Phil touched on the key issues presently facing the industry - including highway reauthorization, HOS and CSA oversight and touted ATA’s active involvement in voicing the industry’s positions on these issues. 

Byrd also presided over a panel discussion with Congressmen Mark Sanford (SC-1) and Tom Rice (SC-7) where there was candid discussion over the (arguable dysfunction) of the federal government. 

When it came to highway funding, Sanford noted that he is in favor of adding tolled interstate lanes (not tolling existing) through PPPs. Rice did not sign the no-tax pledge, but opposes a fuel tax increase. Both support trucking, and oppose government regulation.