We recently attended the TLPA’s annual conference in Las Vegas and were very impressed with the Association, the meetings and presentations. The venue, Caesars Palace, created an opportune environment to learn, network and socialize. While there were a myriad of topics discussed, the overall perception that we came away with was one of professionalism. The transportation industry has long been viewed as not organized, highly fragmented and low on professional standards. We are convinced that Members of the TLPA are the best in class operators, who are serious about their businesses, are serious about the issues facing their industry and are organizing to ensure they are at the forefront of how to navigate the future.
The exhibit hall presented us an opportunity to meet with a variety of other companies who also serve the needs of the industry, from specialized vehicle manufactures, to transportation brokers, to dispatch and monitoring systems and services. It was very apparent that technology has become a critical link to operate effectively and efficiently in this industry, and many suppliers were represented.
The Association has numerous initiatives currently underway ranging from legislative/regulatory (NYC ADA case, MAP-21, distracted driver, etc), environmental (non-profit relations, broker relations, union organization, etc) and TLPA Member image through Operator and Driver of the year awards programs and Community Connections.
We enjoyed getting to learn more about the global issues facing the industry and the TLPA’s role in helping professionally engage the future. We highly recommend that any transportation company wishing to enhance its knowledge, experience and/or image to seriously consider joining the TLPA.
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Author: John Varner