Exhibitors, organizers happy with first expedite trade show

by René Tankersley, feature editor

Expedite Expo 2001
Detroiter Truck Stop
Woodhaven, MI
August 22, 2001

In spite of the rain, On Time Media couldn’t have been more pleased with the results of its Expedite Expo 2001, according to Lawrence McCord, president and CEO of On Time Media, the organizers of the expediting trade show held Aug. 22, at the Detroiter Truck Stop in Woodhaven, MI. The exposition had more than 40 exhibitors, including the event’s premiere sponsor Freightliner of Knoxville, TN. Because the show was an open event and did not require a ticket, organizers don’t have attendance figures, according to Jeff Jensen, editor of On Time Media’s Expeditersonline.com. Based on this show’s turnout, McCord expects the Expedite Expo will be an annual event and is already planning next year’s event. OOIDA officer and board member Robert Esler manned a booth for the association, visiting with expediters and signing up new members. Despite the damp weather, Esler says it was a “productive day” for OOIDA. “Expediters are a growing segment of the industry,” Esler added. “There are some pretty sharp guys out there, putting their heart and soul into this. We wanted them to know OOIDA is here to help make their business successful.”

“Our exhibitors report they were very happy with the show,” said McCord, “and we even had a great turnout for the Expediter Pride Truck Beauty Show with over 25 entries in three different categories.” In the Expediter Pride Truck Beauty Show, the top three finishers in each category walked away with a trophy and prizes donated by various sponsors. Two of the winning trucks belong to OOIDA members Joseph and Nancy McBride of Olean, NY, and Arthur Scott of Norwood, MA. The McBrides won first place for their truck’s interior and placed third in the straight truck division. Scott placed second in the cargo van category.

Expediter Pride Truck Beauty Show 2001
Straight Truck
1st Patrick & Stephanie Hinnegan of Tri-State Expedited Service - 2001 Kenworth T300
2nd Shawn Rymill of T.E. Smith/Landstar Express America - 1997 Freightliner Century Class
3rd Joseph and Nancy McBride (OOIDA members) - 2001 Freightliner Model 106
Cargo Van
1st Mike Hall of Landstar Express America - 2000 Ford E-350
2nd Arthur Scott (OOIDA member) of Yankee Trucking/Emery Expedite - 1999 GMC
3rd Luther C Rowland - 2001 Ford
1st Joseph and Nancy McBride (OOIDA members) - 2001 Freightliner 106
2nd John P. Wininger - 2002 Freightliner 106
3rd Patrick & Stephanie Hinnegan - 2001 Kenworth T300