It’s hard to believe this year’s road trip across the calendar has driven us to the point where the mile markers for 2022 can almost be seen through the windshield. Before we reach the end of 2021, a year that has seemed to roll as quickly as a trip down the open highway, Spotlight News would like to dedicate some time to looking in the mirror at what was a memorable year for the ES Community and the trucking industry.
So, as we approach the holidays as well as the season when some trucking professionals need to pack snow caps with their equipment, Spotlight News would like to offer you our recap summary of highlights and events that took place within the ES Community during 2021.
Looking back at 2021, it was a year where the trucking industry and the world began to take the first significant steps toward in-person events and a new normal in the wake of a global pandemic. ES served as the presenting sponsor for the return of the Expedite Expo, which celebrated the event’s 20th anniversary with a strong turnout making the trip to Fort Wayne, Ind. in mid-July. The IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo, which was hosted by ES, drew a record crowd during the first day of the 2021 Expedite Expo.
ES was also front and center during the in-person event return of the Women In Trucking Association’s Accelerate Conference, which was held in Dallas during November. This year’s edition of Accelerate marked the fourth anniversary since the launch of the 150 Business Challenge, a collaboration between ES and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) to assist in the creation of 150 women-owned businesses within the transportation industry. As the 150 Business Challenge prepares to enter its fifth year, the overall total of the new businesses created through this glass-ceiling-shattering program has now reached 130.
Some of the outreach efforts that ES launched in 2020, with the pandemic creating the need to pivot, continued forward in 2021. During the past year, ES hosted five editions of the IN-SITE Webinar Series. While the IN-SITE webinars covered a variety of timely topics and shared valuable perspectives, the primary focus was placed on what current and aspiring entrepreneurs need to consider when starting or growing a trucking business.
The Success In Trucking Podcast Series was also a part of the outreach efforts by ES during 2021. In addition to bringing listeners updates and perspectives from members of the ES Team, the Success In Trucking podcast offered the opportunity to hear from members of the ES Community who have utilized the programs and support available from ES to start and grow their own trucking businesses. The Success In Trucking Podcast also featured some special editions with replays of radio appearances by members of the ES Team. In 2021, ES was asked to participate in featured interviews on the Dave Nemo Show, which is broadcast on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146. The replays, which were provided courtesy of Radio Nemo and Road Dog Trucking Radio, provided an opportunity for people who missed the live broadcast or who may not have a SiriusXM subscription the opportunity to hear interviews with members of the ES Team.
As you can see from what Spotlight News has collected for our readers here, 2021 has been a busy and fast-paced year within the ES Community. If you missed any of the highlights from 2021, we wanted to give you the opportunity to take a last look back before the year came to a close. We have organized our collection of highlights into groups and you can use the topic header listed below this story to take you to a specific set of highlights.
IN-SITE Dinner at The Expo
Featured Speakers: Jason Williams and Jeff Tacker
As part of our coverage from the 2021 Expedite Expo, ES recorded the presentation program that was made at the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expedite Expo. This event, which took place on Day 1 of the Expo, brought together a crowd of more than 180 audience members who heard the latest insights on the trucking industry as well as details on the services, programs and opportunities that are available for professional drivers through ES. ES Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tacker and ES President Jason Williams were the featured speakers during the IN-SITE Dinner Program.
2021 Expedite Expo Video Interviews
Expedite Expo Conversation 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 was the first in-person trade show event in the trucking industry since the global pandemic.
Expedite Expo Conversation With Women In Trucking Association Founder Ellen Voie
With the Expedite Expo celebrating its 20th anniversary and the return of the event this year, 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, the 150 Business Challenge program developed by ES and WIT as well as many other trucking industry topics of interest.
Expedite Expo Conversation With OnTime Media President Monte Stetler
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 the first major in-person trucking event since the global pandemic. 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 title sponsor.
Introduction of New Program
Details on New Lease to Own Program from ES and Panther Premium Logistics
ES and Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest, have developed a revolutionary lease-to-own truck program that provides professional drivers with the opportunity to achieve true truck ownership with access to competitive market-rate financing and the full support of two of the most respected organizations in the trucking industry. Frank Tufano, the Director of Owner-Operator Recruiting for Panther, talked with us at the Expedite Expo about the relationship he has built with the team at ES and he also offered an overview of the new program.
IN-SITE 2021 Webinar Series
IN-SITE 2021 Webinar 1 –
Start Your Own Trucking Business: Why Now Is The Time & This Is The Place
As part of the company’s ongoing effort to provide helpful insights and real solutions to entrepreneurs and trucking business owners, the Start Your Own Trucking Business webinar will examine the current conditions in the trucking market. We will discuss the opportunities that are available for starting and growing a trucking business, and this webinar will also address the range of challenges that today’s entrepreneurs will face. As with our previous webinars, ES has secured subject-matter experts who can address the key issues and current conditions in the trucking market.
IN-SITE 2021 Webinar 2 –
Start Your Own Trucking Business: Where The Rubber Meets The Road – Spotlighting Panther Premium Logistics
With this edition of the IN-SITE 2021 series from Expediter Services, we are going to begin a series of webinars highlighting the partner motor carriers within the ES Community. Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest, will be the first motor carrier in the spotlight during IN-SITE 2021’s Start Your Own Trucking Business Where The Rubber Meets The Road Series. As we will do with all our motor carrier spotlights, this webinar will be focused on the key considerations owner-operators, independent contractors and aspiring entrepreneurs should review during the carrier recruiting process.
IN-SITE 2021 Webinar 3 –
Start Your Own Trucking Business: Where The Rubber Meets The Road – Spotlighting Forward Air
Forward Air will be the next motor carrier in the spotlight during our IN-SITE 2021 Series. As we will do with all our motor carrier spotlights, this webinar will be focused on the key considerations owner-operators, independent contractors and aspiring entrepreneurs should review during the carrier recruiting process.
IN-SITE 2021 Webinar 4 –
Start Your Own Trucking Business: Connecting Dispatch With YOU!
In this edition of the IN-SITE 2021 Webinar Series from Expediter Services, we will be exploring how comprehensive support and the services trucking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs receive as part of the ES Community ensures that you will Never Stand Alone. You’ll meet two members of the Services Coordinator team at ES, Senior Service Coordinator Patrick Bertrand and Service Coordinator Lee Burkhalter.
IN-SITE 2021 Webinar 5 –
Start Your Own Trucking Business: All Treats & No Tricks
The focus of the IN-SITE 2021 Fall Webinar examined the trends within the trucking industry during 2021 while also looking at what is ahead for the final portion of this year and what’s on the horizon for 2022. Jason Williams, the President and Co-Founder of ES, and Jeff Tacker, the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of ES focuses on issues impacting aspiring trucking entrepreneurs and current small trucking business owners.
2021 Podcast Releases
Preview of IN-SITE Webinar Series: An Interview With Moderator Leah Shaver
Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute, once again served as the moderator for the IN-SITE Webinar Series. Prior to the presentation of the first webinar in February, Leah talked with the Success In Trucking Podcast to talk about the upcoming series and key industry issues as 2021 got rolling.
IN-SITE 2021 Podcast Series: Preview
Industry Veterans Ken & Jessica Horn Finding Career-Best Success as Part of the ES Community
Earlier this year, Spotlight News introduced our readers to Ken and Jessica Horn, long-time veterans of the trucking industry who were searching for a fresh start as owner-operators when they connected with ES. This week, Spotlight News is providing an update to the Horns’ story through a recent interview that is being featured on the IN-SITE 2021 Podcast Series. On the podcast, you will hear directly from Jessica and Ken about their experience as part of the ES Community since they were first contacted by ES Director of Recruiting Meghan Turner. The Horns had been referred to ES by Forward Air, and Meghan encouraged Ken and Jessica to enter the ES Path To Ownership (PTO) program.
IN-SITE 2021 Podcast Series Sponsored By Stoops Freightliner
Expo Series Interview with Danny Vernon
In this edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast Powered by ES, Danny Vernon talks with us about what the ES Truck Sales Team will be doing in their dedicated booth at the upcoming Expedite Expo. Danny also gives us an answer to the question, “Is now a good time to buy a truck?”
Success In Trucking Podcast Expo Series: Interview With Danny Vernon
Expo Series Interview with Jeff Tacker
In this edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast Powered by ES, Jeff Tacker talks with us about the return of the Expedite Expo, the two booths that ES will be featuring on the show floor, the IN-SITE at the Expo Dinner and much more.
Success In Trucking Podcast Expo Series: Interview With Jeff Tacker
Expo Series with Steve Kochensparger
In this edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast Powered by ES, Steve Kochensparger looks back at his career of working with professional drivers seeking to become owner-operators. Steve also discusses the ownership programs from ES, access to financing through ES and how the ownership opportunities from ES stand above any offering he has seen during more than 20 years in the trucking industry.
Success In Trucking Podcast Expo Series: Interview With Steve Kochensparger
Expo Series Interview with Jason Williams
In this edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast Powered by ES, Jason Williams, the President of ES, looks ahead to the return of the Expedite Expo and its 20 anniversary edition. Along with providing perspective on the current trends within expedite and within the overall trucking industry, Jason spends in this interview some time looking back at the first time ES made the trip to the Expo as an exhibitor at the event. Jason’s memories from those early years illustrate just how much both ES and the Expo have grown over the years.
Success In Trucking Podcast Expo Series: Interview With ES President Jason Williams
2021 Media Coverage
ES President Jason Williams Looks Back on 2021 During His Latest Interview on the Dave Nemo Radio Show
In mid-November, ES President and Co-Founder Jason Williams made his second appearance of 2021 as a guest on the Dave Nemo Show, which is the morning drive program featured on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146. Just a few days ahead of the segment on the nationwide radio broadcast, Jason and Dave had both attended the Women In Trucking Association’s annual Accelerate Conference in Dallas, and their time at Accelerate created a point of reference that made the segment very conversational.
Success In Trucking Podcast Special: August Radio Nemo Interview with Jason Williams
ES Programs & Ownership Opportunities Highlighted on SiriusXM & the Dave Nemo Radio Show
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.