By Sandi Soendker, Land Line managing editor
The deadline for getting into the first trucker social media gathering is less than a month away. Sept. 1 is the deadline for reservations to attend the First Truck Driver Social Media Convention to be held Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at the Gold Strike Resort and Casino in Tunica, MS. Seat costs are $89 and the attendance will be limited to 550.
The event will be hosted by OOIDA members Donna and Allen Smith of “The Truth About Trucking, Live” – an Internet radio show and their web blog, askthetrucker.com.
“The convention is an opportunity for drivers to unite and be able to discuss with industry experts,” says Donna Smith. “The most needed and crucial areas of concern are: Trucking Law, Regulations, Owner Operator Business Management, Trucking Careers and Employment, and of course Social Media.”
It will be an all day event, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and will feature full breakfast buffet, full dinner buffet, cash and prizes. Live entertainment will include the Keystruckers, Jim and Jan McCarter. There will also be a special plaque and $500 awarded to the person who has made the biggest difference in trucking.
The Smiths have announced the lineup of guest speakers. Austin Walsh will share his expertise on how convention attendees can reap the benefits of using the power of social media. James McCormack, an expert on career planning and job placement, helps drivers find good jobs with Trucking Careers of America LLC. Richard Wilson is a safety and regulatory manager, consultant and trainer with Trans Products & Trans Services. Trucking employment law attorney Paul O. Taylor has been defending truckers for more than 20 years through his law firm at Truckers’ Justice. He will be speaking on trucker’s rights under the law. Speaker Eddie Gichuhi offers a bookkeeping service – Trip Sheet Central – for small to medium sized truck fleets, business owners, owner-operators and company truck drivers.
The Smiths say the convention will not only be full of valuable information, but will include a three-hour open panel for Q&As, for drivers who want to step up to the podium and ask the panel questions.