The truck ownership opportunities and comprehensive programs offered by ES spent some time under one of radio’s brightest spotlights on September 13th when ES President Jason Williams was welcomed as a guest on the Dave Nemo Show on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146.
Jason had the honor of being the first guest as Radio Nemo kicked off its special coverage of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2021 with a series of feature interviews. As one of the flagship programs on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio, the Dave Nemo Show is a must-listen for professional drivers. With over 50 years as an on-air radio host focused on trucking, Dave is a legend in both the radio and trucking industries.
Jason’s Driver Appreciation Week appearance on Radio Nemo marked the second time that he has been interviewed by Dave.As you can hear through the radio replay podcast featured within this edition of Spotlight, Dave asked Jason about the history of ES and why ES has chosen to place an intense focus on the needs of professional drivers who are aspiring entrepreneurs as well as owner-operators and fleet owners who are seeking to enhance and grow their trucking businesses.
It was clear that prior to the interview Dave had spent some time on the ES website, as he referenced a number of key points from ES programs, and Dave took a moment to highlight the ES company motto, Never Stand Alone! At one point in the interview, Nemo called the offerings from ES the ultimate business-to-business model.
The interview time on Radio Nemo during Driver Appreciation Week gave Jason the opportunity to share the high level of care and appreciation that Jason and the entire ES Team have for professional drivers and entrepreneurs working to build small businesses in trucking.
ES would like to thank Radio Nemo, SiriusXM and Road Dog Trucking Radio for allowing Spotlight News to share the replay of Jason’s interview on the Dave Nemo Showas a special edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast. For anyone who has a subscription to SiriusXM Radio or the SiriusXM app, the Dave Nemo Show can be heard each morning from 7 am to 11 am Eastern time on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146.
The 2021 edition of the Expedite Expo stood out for a number of reasons. For starters, the Expo gained the distinction of becoming the first in-person trade show gathering for professional drivers since the global pandemic. The return of the event also marked a milestone as host company OnTime Media celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Expedite Expo.
ES served as the presenting sponsor for this year’s Expedite Expo, and ES held a major presence throughout the halls of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Conference Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., the site of the 2021 Expo. ES featured two largest booth areas within the Expo, with one area of the floor dedicated to ES Truck Sales.
At the conclusion of the event’s first day, ES hosted the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo. The dinner was a huge success, drawing a total audience of 185 people who were treated to a tasty buffet meal and an after-dinner presentation filled with valuable information.
The audience gathered at the IN-SITE Dinner paid close attention to the perspectives and insights shared by ES Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tacker and ES President Jason Williams. Jeff and Jason talked to dinner audience about the latest trends in the trucking industry and the key market indicators on the road ahead. They also spent some time offering details on the services, programs and opportunities that are available for professional drivers through ES.
ES brought our video crew to Fort Wayne to capture the happenings at the 2021 edition of the Expedite Expo. For this edition of Spotlight News, we have produced four videos from the Expo that we will be sharing. We would like to invite you to watch the after-dinner program from the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo as well as three of the interviews we conducted during our time in Fort Wayne.
IN-SITE Dinner At The Expo
Speaker comments by Jeff Tacker and Jason Williams of ES on the current state of the trucking industry and opportunities to establish and grow a trucking business through the programs and offerings from ES.
Expo 2021 Interview With Jason Williams
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2021 Expedite Expo, we talked with Jason Williams, the President & Co-Founder of ES. We asked Jason to share some of his observations from this edition of the Expedite Expo, which marked an important return to business in the new normal since the pandemic.
Expo 2021 Interview With Ellen Voie, President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association
ES spent some time with Women In Trucking Association President & CEO Ellen Voie, who has been attending the Expedite Expo since its inception. We talked with Ellen about the return of the Expo and the continuing partnership between WIT and ES through the 150 Women Owned Business Challenge, the program developed by ES and WIT to create 150 women-owned businesses in the transportation industry. We also talked with Ellen about a number of other topics of interest within the trucking industry.
Expo 2021 Interview With Monte Stetler, President of OnTime Media
As part of the effort by ES to capture what took place at the 2021 edition of the Expedite Expo, we talked with OnTime Media President Monte Stetler. OnTime Media launched the Expedite Expo and has hosted the event for 20 years. In addition to marking a milestone anniversary, this year’s Expedite Expo became a trailblazer for in-person events within the trucking industry. Monte took some time as the Expedite Expo was wrapping up to discuss his company’s decision to move forward and host the Expo and the support he received from ES as the presenting sponsor.
As the presenting sponsor of the Expedite Expo, Expediter Services (ES) will be highly visible at this year’s event. ES will also be hosting the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, a special event that will look at current conditions in the trucking industry and the opportunities offered through ES.
ES is pleased to be serving as the presenting sponsor for the return of the Expedite Expo, which will be held July 16-17 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Hosted by On Time Media, the Expedite Expo, which was unable to take place in 2020 due to the global pandemic, is the largest trade show of its kind, bringing together expediters from across North America. The Expo offers a platform for attendees to learn about career opportunities, the latest advancements in equipment as well as products geared specifically for owner-operators, contractors and drivers of medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks.
The 2021 edition of the Expedite Expo will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Conference Center in Fort Wayne, and the return of the event will mark a milestone as the Expedite Expo will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.
“The Expedite Expo has always been an important event for ES because it directly connects with our company’s roots in the expedited sector. This year’s Expo will definitely be special for all of us at ES. We are looking forward to the opportunities that we will have to make in-person connections with the people coming to an event that has become a tradition within expedite,” said Jeff Tacker, Chief Operating Officer of ES. “The Expedite Expo is the perfect size for exhibitors and attendees, and Expediter Services is thrilled to once again be the title sponsor for an event that will be marking its 20th anniversary.
“One of the benefits that we see with the return of the Expedite Expo and our IN-SITE Dinner is that it will give us the chance to talk about the unrivaled advantages that ES brings to the market.” ~ Jeff Tacker, Chief Operating Officer of ES
“On Time Media has done a great job over the years with the development of an event that has valuable programming for professional contract drivers, owner-operators, fleet owners, expedited carriers and the supporting services offered within our industry,” added Tacker, who also serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for ES.
As the presenting sponsor of the Expedite Expo, ES will be highly visible, occuping the largest booth at the show, which will be located center stage on the main floor. In addition, ES will be featured at a second booth within the exhibit hall that will be dedicated to ES Truck Sales. ES will also be hosting the largest event during the Expedite Expo when the company holds its IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo.
Taking place on Friday, July 16, the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo offers a unique opportunity for all current and prospective qualified contractors attending the Expo. This special IN-SITE event from ES begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and dinner being served beginning at 5:00 in Banquet Room B inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Conference Center. Courtesy of ES, the IN-SITE at the Expo Dinner is free to all attendees of the event, and the ES Team has planned a terrific menu for the meal. Space limited and registration is required.Register to attend the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo by calling Expediter Services at 877-349-9303 or click here to register.
The IN-SITE event at the Expo provides attendees with an informal setting where they can get to know members of the ES team, hear informative updates on the latest trends in trucking while getting an introduction to the programs available through ES. Attendees at the IN-SITE Dinner in Fort Wayne will hear an overview of the truck ownership opportunities offered through ES with financing at competitive market rates.
Those in attendance at the dinner will also learn about the strong nationwide fuel network within the ES Community, featuring some of the largest discounts in the industry along with information on other savings opportunities and the business services that ES has provided for more than a decade.
“One of the benefits that we see with the return of the Expedite Expo and our IN-SITE Dinner is that it will give us the chance to talk about the unrivaled advantages that ES brings to the market for owner-operators, independent contractors and fleet owners who are part of where the rubber meets the road in the expedited sector. We have a comprehensive set of programs and offerings that can pave the way for greater levels of success in trucking,” said Tacker. “Most importantly, the 20th anniversary of the Expedite Expo will provide our ES Team with the opportunity to reconnect with people in the expedite community.
“Over the years, we have deeply valued the time we are able to spend getting to know people who have visited our booth at the Expedite Expo. We also are very appreciative of everyone who has joined us for the dinners that we’ve held in past years,” added Tacker. “I can tell you that we can trace many of the relationships that ES has built over the years in expedite back to a first meeting that happened during the Expedite Expo. If you have an interest in expediting and you want to explore opportunities for ownership in trucking, the Expedite Expo is definitely worth your time and the trip to Fort Wayne.”
How To Attend The Expedite Expo & The IN-SITE Dinner At The Expo:
Anyone interested in attending the Expedite Expo can learn more by going to the registration page. Registration for the Expedite Expo is free.
The IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo is a free event with a buffet-style dinner, featuring a fun and informative program. The IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo is open to all current and prospective qualified contractors. Space limited and registration is required. Register to attend the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo by calling Expediter Services at 877-349-9303 orclick here to register.
By Leah Shaver, President & CEO of The National Transportation Institute
I want to take a moment to reflect on 2020 and plant some seeds as you plan for 2021. First, my genuine, heartfelt thanks to all of you for what you are doing to keep our country moving through this difficult time. During the coronavirus pandemic, as professional truck drivers continue to deliver necessities across North America, I am cheering for you, I worry about you, I hope the best for you and today, I am so happy to connect with you!
I own and operate the National Transportation Institute (NTI), where we serve information and support to folks who employ or contract with professional drivers or work with companies that do.We aim to deliver opportunities for fleets to grow, to attract additional workers, and then expand in their marketplace with that appropriately compensated, engaged, and retained workforce.We also help service organizations expand into the trucking industry.I serve as an officer on the board of directors of The Women In Trucking Association, and I work part time as a talk-radio host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio.
Consider their motto – With ES You Never Stand Alone.As a small business owner myself, I know the cost of your time.There are countless hurdles that you must navigate, obstacles to overcome, expenses that must be covered, fires to put out.So many of you have told me how much easier it is to operate with ES behind you.ES does not stop at financing the truck – their community provides support and leverage – they provide carrier advocacy, so business owners can focus on generating revenue, and not on day-to-day issues, and they also leverage their experience and contacts to negotiate and make available a variety of other resources and services to their business community.
ES does what they say they’ll do – At NTI, we tell our customers that numbers tell a story.ES has some of the lowest turnover of any company we survey.Career path is vital, and it’s something that is missing from many professional drivers’ careers.In a traditional workplace, progression from one stage of work to another ultimately peaking in our career is expected.Becoming an Owner-Operator has satisfied that need for drivers historically, and to do so with support at ES, ensures an owner’s extra safety net for success. As you examine your current support system, think about doing the same thing you’re doing now, without that safety net.
Drown out the noise of what is around you – The shortage of qualified workers is real to any company in the business of moving goods right now. What does that mean to you?It means that most companies looking to add capacity are putting their best foot forward in ads, the pitch, the sale, all the while hoping to convert you from interested to sitting in their seat.Most companies eliminated growth plans and overhead from March through May, but by August, I was quite impressed at the number of trailer orders vs truck orders.As companies seek to respond to the demand for capacity, many are targeting Owner-Operators and promoting Lease Purchase.Not every shiny temptation merits investigation.
You didn’t come this far to only come this far – Consider your time and investment and ask yourself:How much have you invested in your equipment?How far have you come on your journey?Why did you start in the first place? You have made a commitment that betters your future so if you walk away, what are you leaving behind?
Decisions have consequences, good or bad – Quick decisions lead to quick deficit – In 20 years of working in this industry, I often find that folks that make quick decisions about their next career stop don’t consider the cost of the move. We’ve been tracking pay outcomes for professional drivers for 25 years.Drivers that switch jobs make 26.2% less in their first year at a motor carrier than full-year drivers at the same company.
Focus on the road ahead – After a rocky start, 2020 has shaped up to prove how vital your role is in North America.It’s the year to thank a trucker and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.The outlook for 2021 and beyond is stellar so do not drop your momentum. Do a self-assessment as you wrap up this year to determine what you can do to improve margins and meet with your service coordinator to communicate your needs, worries, goals and achievements.Meet with your CPA to evaluate plans before you wrap up the year and visualize how you and your business are positioned at the end of next year, and the year after that.
Look inside your circle as you evaluate and reach out to see what growth opportunities exist for you.
Get in on the conversation next week as I’ll be hosting Road Dog Live 12/21-12/23 1600-1900 ET.My holiday plans are cancelled due to COVID so join in and share some holiday cheer!Don’t have SiriusXM?SiriusXM wants you to know just how grateful we are for your ESSENTIAL service with free access just for professional drivers! Feel free to share with your friends! http://www.siriusxm.com/ThanksTruckers#thankatrucker#spreadsunshine #bettertogether
The IN-SITE 2020 Podcast Series from Expediter Services added a fourth episode to our catalog of listings. Expediter Services President Jason Williams returns to the podcast to discuss how ES works with the carriers that are a part of the ES Community.
Through this Q&A with Jason, listeners will get a sense of the approach that ES takes in developing long and lasting relationships with those carriers which join the ES Community. Jason notes how those working relationships, including the continual feedback shared, are part of the ongoing effort to create opportunities for the members of the community. Also in this edition of the IN-SITE 2020 Podcast, Jason discusses how the ES operational model concentrates a primary focus on the placing the people behind the wheel in the best position to succeed.
While this edition of the podcast provides a strong overview on how ES works with carriers, this topic will be more fully explored in the next edition of the IN-SITE 2020 Webinar Series. Spotlight News will have more details on the August edition in webinar series next week. In fact, our next update will include the date and time of the webinar as well as information on how you can register for this online event.
IN-SITE 2020 Debut Webinar Replay Now Available: On July 21, ES presented our debut webinar in the IN-SITE 2020 Series, and we have made a replay of the live event available to you.
Our debut webinar featured an informative discussion by an industry expert panel assembled by ES. The panel discussion included an examination of current market conditions within trucking and developing a business plan that can address the challenges of the trucking market. In addition to looking at the state of the equipment market, the webinar also addressed the top questions to consider when becoming an owner-operator or growing an existing operation. This webinar platform offers anyone watching the replay the opportunity to submit questions about what you are viewing and get answers back directly from ES.
Stoops Freightliner is serving as the title sponsor for the IN-SITE 2020 Online Series. ES will be posting more podcast segments for the IN-SITE 2020 Series. To access the full listings for the podcasts in the series and to learn the latest about IN-SITE 2020, please click here.