“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
This quote by Benjamin Franklin captures the essence of what you can expect by attending Expedite Expo 2018. That’s because a two-day investment at the Expo will pay dividends in terms of expanding your industry knowledge and network to help you grow your business—whether you’re a driver, owner-operator, or fleet owner.
Launched in 2001, Expedite Expo is the only trade show in the world geared exclusively to the expediting trucking industry. And today, the Expo—which runs July 20 and 21 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky.—has grown to attract attendees across North America, where they come to learn about the newest trucks, career and business opportunities, and products.
The investment? Only your time. Registration is free—and so is truck parking.
But your time is valuable. So, why you should register to attend Expedite Expo and expect a high return on your two-day investment? Here are seven reasons.
#1. Expand your business knowledge.
Take advantage of educational workshops that are tailored to your role on the expedite journey and led by industry experts and peers who know how to succeed in this business. So, whether you’re a driver, owner-operator, fleet owner, or just exploring whether the expedite life is right for you, there are workshops designed specifically for you.
The Expo workshops are scheduled for the morning each day—from 8a.m. to 11a.m. Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21—before the show floor opens. Some of the topics include:
- How to Prepare Your Finances to Buy a New Truck
- Practical Solutions to Improve Your Business
- Fleet Ownership: Getting started
- Tips from Successful Van Drivers
- So you want to be an owner operator
- Behind the Scenes with Successful Team Drivers
- How to Outfit Your Van
- Fleet Ownership: A Guide to a Rewarding Future
- How to Find Success in Trucking
- Straight Talk from Recruiters on Getting into the Industry
- Women in Trucking
#2. Learn from peers.
If you want to take your career to the next level, then surround yourself with people who can help push you to work harder, smarter, and faster. And in the expedited trucking business, Expedite Expo is the only venue where you can find and meet those people—all under one roof.
Besides informal networking at the various events at the Expo, you can also sign up on-site for more structured networking “roundtables,” where you sit with your peers and discuss topics that will help you to be more successful in your business.
#3. Find business opportunities.
Interested in getting into the expedited trucking business but don’t know where to begin? Meet fleet owners and trucking carriers who could help you get your start. There will be numerous opportunities for you to meet and talk with carriers and fleet owners who are looking to sign on trucking professionals like you—and help put you on the road to expedited trucking success.
#4. Recruit drivers.
One of the biggest challenges for fleet owners is finding good drivers. If you’re a fleet owner, Expo gives you an opportunity to meet new prospective drivers who can help you grow your fleet.
#5. Gain industry insights.
The industry is changing so fast. How do you keep up with the latest trends so you can take advantage of the new trends and not get blindsided by them?
On Saturday, July 21, at 10:00am there will be a session titled “Industry Outlook: The Future of Expedited Trucking” that brings together a panel of experts who have their finger on the pulse of the industry, including John Elliott (Load One), Stu Sutton (Full Circle TMS), and Ellen Voie (Women in Trucking).
This will be an engaging roundtable discussion for all stakeholders in the expedited trucking industry—including fleet owners, owner-operators, carriers, and drivers—giving you greater insights into the road ahead to help you make smarter business decisions.
#6. Discover new products and services.
It can be intimidating trying to research and keep up with the latest developments on trucks, equipment, new software, and important service offerings that impact your business and career—especially when you’re spending so much time out on the road.
That’s why Expedite Expo brings those products and services to you all in one place—to save you time. It’s a forum where you can discover what’s available and then focus your time and energy talking with vendors who best meet your needs at that moment. Show floor is opens Friday and Saturday from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
#7. Get inspired to become the next “Expediter of the Year.”
The purpose of the Expediter of the Year award is to recognize those hard-working, professional and safety-conscious expediters on the road today who strive to make the expedite industry better and are deeply involved in serving and making a positive impact on their community.
The top finalist will receive $500 cash for travel, one-night hotel accommodations provided by ExpeditersOnline.com, and the Expediter of the Year plaque. The Top 3 finalists (to be announced soon) and their carriers will be honored at our closing announcements on the show floor at the Expo on July 21.
Last year’s “Expediter of the Year” was Robert Burton, an owner-operator leased to V3 Transportation, who was nominated for the award by his wife and co-owner Christy.
Meet this year’s finalists and the winner to be inspired by their experiences on what it takes to become “Expediter of the Year.”
Two-Day Investment = Road to Success for 2018
Your time is valuable. That’s why the Expo has been designed to help you maximize the return on your time investment. So, whether you’re a driver, owner-operator, or fleet owner, you can expect to come away with something—new insights, relationships, ideas—to help put you on a smoother road to success in 2018.
To learn more and register for free, visit https://www.expediteexpo.com/.