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New IN-SITE Presentation Offers Look Inside Comprehensive Services Available Through The ES Community

August 9, 2022

In mid-July, Jeff Tacker from the ES Leadership Team made the most of an opportunity he had to speak about all the programs and support services that are available inside of the ES Community. Though he stood behind a podium, Jeff, who is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer for ES, made sure that he kept things conversational while clearly showing the company’s passion for helping professional drivers and aspiring trucking entrepreneurs. 

For those in the capacity audience who were learning about ES for the first time, Jeff’s presentation not only provided a closer look at the comprehensive set of services and opportunities that ES has developed in looking at the industry from the truck level up, but, most importantly, the information and inspiration Jeff shared through his words offered a view into the future and how success in trucking is achieved as part of the ES Community.

For those people in the audience who are already a part of the ES Community, Jeff’s presentation during the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo served as a great reminder of how ES has evolved and grown through the years to help independent contract drivers, owner-operators, fleet owners and truck entrepreneurs meet the challenges of running a successful business within an ever-changing trucking industry.

Jeff’s remarks served as a fitting exclamation point on the first day of the Expedite Expo, which was held this year in Fort Wayne, Ind. Just as the company had done in past years, ES hosted the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, bringing together current ES Community members with newcomers to the event who expressed an interest in learning more about the wide variety of programs and services available from ES.

Spotlight News was also on the ground at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo. The Spotlight News video team recorded the presentations by the evening’s speakers, and our video team has put together a streamlined edition of Jeff’s presentation to share with you through Spotlight News.

Jeff told the packed house that, without question, there are a lot of challenges and uncertainty in the world today. But, as you’ll see through the video, Jeff was able to offer those in the audience (and those who watch the video) a sense of hope through the comprehensive offerings available through the ES Community. What Jeff shares through the video is another example of the deep sense of dedication that ES has to helping professional drivers and trucking entrepreneurs to Never Stand Alone and to help them realize their dreams while achieving greater levels of success in trucking.

Spotlight News invites you to watch our Highlights From the 2022 IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo featuring Jeff Tacker, the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer for ES. If you are inspired by the video and want to grow your business give the team at ES a call at 877-349-9303 or contact us.


Conversations At The Expo Can Lead To New & Growing Opportunities

August 2, 2022

Over the past few weeks, Spotlight News has placed a strong focus on the annual Expedite Expo. For those of you who have never had the opportunity to attend the Expedite Expo over the past two decades, we wanted to provide you with some insights on why this event has become an important gathering place for the expedited trucking community since it was first launched.

The Expedite Expo, which is hosted by On Time Media, offers countless opportunities for conversations to begin.

And many of the conversations that are started at the Expo will lead to opportunities for business growth for those who attend the event. This is one of the many reasons that ES has served as the presenting sponsor of the Expedite Expo for several years now, and it’s among the leading reasons that ES has featured the largest booth presence at the Expo as well.

During this year’s Expo, Spotlight News had a video crew onsite to record some of our conversations with Expo attendees. Our recording sessions especially focused on people within the ES Community and those who are connected to the ES Community through their companies and organizations.

As you’ll see from the first video that we are sharing from our time at this year’s Expedite Expo, we are able to highlight the power of conversation and the connections that can be made when people are able to gather together in a community setting. One of the best features of our first video from our time at this year’s event in Fort Wayne is that it is presented to speak to those people who were not able to attend this year’s Expo.

Through the video featured below, you’ll hear from a collection of people who were at the Expo discussing how conversations that were started with ES over the years have led to new opportunities and business growth. For example, we feature a portion of our interview with Ellen Voie, the President and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). Ellen highlights the impact that has been made through the 150 Business Challenge, the collaborative initiative between ES and WIT to create 150 women-owned businesses in transportation. This program, which has created more than 140 women-owned businesses to date, is on track to reach the goal of 150 before the end of 2022.

Our latest video also provides some perspective on what’s happening in the truck market and how ES is well-positioned to assist new entrants to the programs from ES as well as current members of the ES Community. You will hear part of our interview with Nate Meyer, who is part of the Equipment Sales Team at Stoops Freightliner. Nate has worked with ES for many years, and Stoops Freightliner & Truck Country is one of largest truck dealerships in North America. Nate’s comments in the video are very timely and they outline quite well the advantages of working with ES through the Path To Ownership and other programs available from ES.

For those of you who would like to see some perspective from current ES Community members who have utilized the programs from ES to grow their business, this video will bring you the observations of Joe and Carol Shelton. While Spotlight News did an extended interview with Joe and Carol to hear their story of how ES was there for them at the start of their trucking careers, the comments from the Sheltons featured in the video show the path that’s possible when working with ES. As you will hear, the Sheltons, in becoming part of the ES Community, went from being contract drivers to building a business and now owning a small fleet of expedited trucks.

David Withers, the Senior Director of Operations & Recruiting at ES, summed up the power of the conversations that began at the Expo by noting that a conversation can be the beginning for the start of a lasting relationship. As David explains in the video, ES is always reaching out to people in the industry and those who are interested in the industry. As David points out in his closing comments, this video can be a conversation starter of its own. After you watch the video, you may be inspired to reach out and give the team at ES a call at 877-349-9303.


We Enjoyed Connecting with You at the 2022 Expedite Expo & IN-SITE Dinner At The Expo

July 20, 2022

Thanks for Attending!

The 2022 Expedite Expo provided countless opportunities over the tradeshow’s two-day, mid-July run for those attending to both network and to explore what is possible within the expedited sector of the trucking industry. Inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., professional drivers, independent contractors, owner-operators, fleet owners, industry vendors, motor carriers and those considering entering the industry came together to see what’s happening inside of the expedited trucking.

One of the highlights of the event was provided by ES, which served once again as the presenting sponsor of the Expedite Expo. The IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, hosted by ES, attracted a full house of nearly 200 people within one of the event hall rooms in the Fort Wayne conference facility. The IN-SITE Dinner gave everyone in attendance an introduction to the ES Community in a relaxed atmosphere with great food and conversation, while also sharing a deep look inside of expediting as well as what is on the horizon across the overall trucking industry.

The IN-SITE Dinner event, with its presentation of information and guest speakers, offered a strong overview for the options and support that are available for achieving greater levels of success in trucking as a part of the ES Community. Jeff Tacker, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer for ES, served as the master of ceremonies for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo. Jeff provided the audience with a historical overview of expedited trucking while also sharing how ES company co-founders Paul and Jason Williams entered trucking and launched Expediter Services.

The 2022 edition of the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo was truly an exploration of possibilities within expediting, highlighting the paths that are available within the ES Community. Jeff welcomed representatives from FedEx Custom Critical and Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest, to the podium to each greet the audience. FedEx Custom Critical and Panther Premium Logistics are two of the motor carriers within the ES Community, and both companies had a significant booth presence on the floor at the Expo.

The IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo also featured some timely remarks from Joe Kalafat, who is part of the ownership group for On Time Media – the company that developed the Expedite Expo and has hosted the annual event for more than 20 years. The audience also received an insightful update on what’s happening in the new equipment market from Nick Lengacher, who is the General manager for the New Haven, Ind., location of Stoops Freightliner and Truck Country.  As part of one of the largest truck dealerships in the country, Nick was able to relate the realities regarding the availability of new trucks as well as how Stoops and Truck Country work with the ES Community.

Before the event closed with a door prize drawing that included cash, Jeff took some time to talk about the programs and the support services from ES and how the company was built with a focus on looking at the industry from the truck level and up – always seeking to support the people behind the wheel within their respective operations. Jeff explained the ES motto of Never Stand Alone and how those words come to life within the ES Community. Jeff also shared what can be possible as a member of the ES Community by telling the audience:

“We’ve had people start inside our program with one truck and grow to 100-plus trucks. We’ve had other people decide they want to drive as an independent contract driver and not explore ownership, because that’s what they wanted to do. You have the ability to determine your path. The ES Community is here to help you pursue and achieve your dreams within this industry,” said Jeff. “With ES, we believe there is an opportunity for everyone in this room.

“Whether you’re an independent contract driver, an owner-operator or fleet owner, whether you’re a motor carrier, or, whether you’re a vendor, there’s an opportunity for everybody in this room,” Jeff added. “Through what we have shared with you at the IN-SITE Dinner, we want to make sure you get a glimpse of a vision that’s taking place in this industry and within our ES Community. We want you to know what’s possible, and that you can achieve new levels of success in trucking that are better for you and your family.”

If you missed us at the Expo, connect with us now by calling (877) 349-9303 or click here for more info. 


Expo Week Is Here! Act Quickly, Limited Seating Remains for the IN-SITE Dinner At The Expo

July 11, 2022

Can you believe the Expedite Expo is almost here? Have you made your plans to join Expediter Services for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo this Friday? If you are making the trip to Fort Wayne, Ind., for Friday’s opening of the Expo, you need to take a moment right now and register for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, a free event hosted by ES that offers attendees key insights into what’s happening in expedite as well as what’s on the horizon for the trucking industry.

The IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo also offers those who attend the event an opportunity to meet the team from ES in a relaxed setting as well as an introduction to the programs and services available through the ES Community. The response that ES has received to this year’s IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo has been very strong, and the event only has a very limited number of seats available. Make your IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo registration right now by clicking here.

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne will serve as the host site for the 2022 Expedite Expo, and Expediter Services will once again this year be serving as the presenting sponsor for this annual event. The Expedite Expo brings together companies and people from across the entire expedited trucking sector. ES will have the largest booth space on the floor of the Expo, and Expo attendees will have the opportunity to climb aboard and look inside a shiny new truck. ES will also have team members present at the Expo who can speak to you in detail about the truck ownership opportunities that are available through ES.

As part of our final countdown to this year’s Expedite Expo, Spotlight News is bringing you a podcast conversation we had with Danny Vernon, the Director of Truck Sales and Finance for Expediter Services. We connected with Danny for the latest edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast Powered By ES.

In this edition of the podcast, Danny looked back at his many trips to the Expedite Expo over the years, while looking ahead to this year, discussing the trucks that ES will have onsite at the Expo beginning this Friday. As you can hear through the podcast, Danny talked about the programs that ES has available for anyone interested in truck ownership. Danny also shared his observations on the networking that takes place during the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo. You can hear the podcast and access the registration information for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo by clicking here.

As we have shared with you in previous editions of Spotlight News, ES will be providing a delicious buffet-style meal at the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, with each attendee receiving a gift bag from ES at the door. At the dinner, those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet some of the ES Community members who have utilized the services and support from ES to build their own successful trucking businesses.

The speakers who are scheduled to be part of this year’s IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo will include the following:

  • Jason Williams, the President and Co-Founder of ES.
  • Jeff Tacker, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of ES.
  • Joe Kalafat, Member of the On Time Media Ownership Group
  • Other Special Guests to be announced at the event.

For 2022, ES has put together an impressive collection of door prizes that will be drawn and handed out during the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo.

The 2021 edition of the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo had a large fun crowd who enjoyed the networking opportunity (not to mention good food). As Spotlight News highlighted at the top of this report, ES has received a large number of reservations for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, and a limited number of seats remain. If you are planning to be in Fort Wayne and you would like to join ES for this free dinner event, you need to act fast. Register today for the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo by clicking here.

Podcast Series Part 2: Danny Vernon Talks About Trucks & Opportunities With ES

In this episode of the Success In Trucking Podcast, we will hear from Danny Vernon, the Director of Truck Sales and Finance for Expediter Services. Through this edition of the podcast, we covered a number of interesting topics Danny related to the current truck market and the truck ownership opportunities available through ES. We also talked with Danny about the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo that ES will be hosting on July 15th.

Expedite Expo Final Countdown: IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Replay With Panther Premium Helps To Set The Stage for July 15-16

July 6, 2022

It’s hard to believe that the Expedite Expo is just a matter of days away from taking place in Fort Wayne, Ind. on July 15-16. As you have seen through our posts, ES and Spotlight News have been counting down to the Expedite Expo now for several weeks now.

One of the highlights of our countdown was the June 21st edition of the IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Series, an online event that placed the spotlight on Panther Premium, a Service of ArcBest. Our live webinar event and our video replay has been designed to give everyone the opportunity to meet two of the key people overseeing the recruiting process at Panther Premium Logistics, which is one of the carrier partners in the ES Community.

Panther Webinar

Through the June edition of the IN-SITE, we heard from Frank Tufano, Panther Premium’s Director of Owner-Operator Recruiting, and Cory Robertson, Account Manager-Fleet Recruiting. Frank and Cory provided a detailed look inside the opportunities that are available at Panther as well as how the Panther team works to support trucking professionals running under Panther’s authority.

The ES Team was represented on the webinar panel by David Withers, Senior Director of Operations and Recruiting for ES, and Danny Vernon, the Director of Truck Sales & Finance at ES. David, with his experience in operations and recruiting, spoke to the overall scope of the offerings available from ES while also highlighting the strong working relationship with the team at Panther. Meanwhile, Danny served as a great resource for discussing the current state of equipment and the truck market while also addressing truck financing from ES. The webinar was moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute.

During the June IN-SITE Webinar, Frank and Cory highlighted Panther’s collaborative initiatives with ES over the years as well as how ES and Panther work together to support independent contract drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners utilizing the programs available from ES. One of the programs discussed during the webinar was the revolutionary non-traditional lease-to-own program that ES developed in collaboration with Panther Premium Logistics.

As Frank and Cory noted during the webinar, they will be onsite and in person with their team from Panther throughout the 2022 Expedite Expo, which will take place July 15-16 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

Spotlight News and ES, as part of our countdown to the opening of the Expedite Expo, would like to share the video replay of the June edition of the IN-SITE 2022. If you watch the webinar replay, you will have a strong overview of what’s possible through ES and Panther. For those people planning to come to the Expedite Expo, this webinar will provide an introduction to Frank, Cory, David and Danny – who will all be onsite and available to chat with you at the upcoming Expedite Expo.

To access previous webinars and to stay up to date on the latest from the IN-SITE 2022 Online Series, please visit https://essuccessintrucking.com/insite2022/.


Expert Panel
Leah Shaver
Leah Shaver
President & CEO
National Transportation Institute
Frank Tufano
Frank Tufano
Director, Owner-Operator Recruiting
Panther Premium Logistics, A Service of ArcBest
Cory Robertson
Cory Robertson
Account Manager-Fleet Recruiting
Panther Premium Logistics,A Service of ArcBest
David Withers
David Withers
Senior Director of Operations
Expediter Services
Danny Vernon
Danny Vernon
Director of Truck Sales & Finance
Expediter Services

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