2020 NAFC Virtual Annual Conference

Nov 16-20, Now a Virtual Event

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THE 2020 NAFC VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

Although moving the 2020 NAFC Annual Conference to a virtual setting was a big change, one thing remains unchanged – our commitment to provide you with actionable content that covers the biggest challenges facing financial leadership in trucking. As part of moving our event online, we revamped the schedule to include a new session, dedicated a whole day to the economic outlook and increased the number of CPEs!

Going virtual also gives us a chance to make our event accessible to more people than ever before. Our hope is that those who weren’t able to attend the in-person event due to the travel costs and time out of the office required may now be able to participate. Experience this meeting and stay up on the latest information in your field from the comfort of your home or office!

We look forward to bringing together our community of dedicated financial professionals in this new virtual format to learn and connect – register today!

Why attend?
  • -  Take advantage of a great line-up of educational and informative sessions
  • -  Hear solutions, and strategies from experienced practitioners
  • -  Get updates on rules and regulations in settings designed to promote learning and sharing with peers
  • -  Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits

 

 

 

 

What attendees say

Schedule of Events


As of August 12, 2020

Executives Panel

Sponsored by TrueNorth Companies

(CPE Specialized Knowledge – 1.5 Credit)

Panelists:

  • Moderator: Stephen Voorhees, Big G Express
  • Thom Albrecht, Reliance Partners
  • Randy Guillot, Triple G Express
  • Judy McReynolds, ArcBest

Back by popular demand, our kickoff session will feature a panel of industry leaders. NAFC Chairman Voorhees will host a conversation with three executives to discuss how they have navigated the current freight market and economic conditions. Gain insight from industry leaders on top industry concerns, such as increasing insurance rates, which will help you plan for 2021 and succeed in ever-changing business conditions. The audience will have an opportunity to interact with the panel and ask questions in this interactive session.

Get Fed Smart: Updates from the Internal Revenue Service and the Small Business Administration

(CPE Taxation – 1.5 Credits​)

Speakers:

  • Evette Davis, Internal Revenue Service
  • Thomas A. Stith III, Small Business Administration

Representatives from both the IRS and the SBA will provide a high-level overview of available COVID-19 stimulus programs and get you up to speed on the latest government regulations. IRS Tax Specialist Evette Davis will also provide attendees with information on the latest cybercrime trends and recommend ways to protect your firm’s financial information.

Resiliency Planning: Cash Forecasting & Maintaining Liquidity Through Recessions, Pandemics & Elections

Sponsored by EBE Technologies

(CPE Business Management & Organization – 1 Credit)

Speakers:

  • Randolph Smith, Grant Thornton
  • Russell Norris, Grant Thornton
  • Mike Hennessey, Grant Thornton

2020 may be remembered as the year of disruptions. While you cannot control every potential business interruption, you can manage your risk so you come out of the year stronger. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves through its stages with rippling effects to every aspect of society it will cause potential longer-term implications that need to be addressed. Resiliency starts with a commitment to identify and mitigate risk factors that can further disrupt your business. Applying lessons learned from COVID-19 will change expectations in the transportation and logistics industry. Learn how to transform your experience from the 2020 into successful liquidity planning for 2021.

Security & Agility for a Remote Work Environment

(CPE Information Technology – 1 Credit) 

Speakers:

  • Cindy Boyle, BKD
  • Zachary King, USA Truck

The need for a remote workforce in 2020 caught many companies off guard and unprepared. The idea of working remotely was not a consideration for many businesses. When creating a business continuity plan, most businesses considered the possibility of a limited need for remote work for key roles, but probably not for many others—let alone their entire workforce. In addition, many who did consider this need probably did not foresee it becoming necessary for an extended time period. Learn what changes you should consider moving forward to keep your company data secure and to increase employee productivity.
 

Federal COVID-19 Tax Credits, PPP Loans and Other Assistance: Best Practices for Compliance and Recordkeeping

(CPE Regulatory Ethics – 1 Credit)

  • Randy Hooper, Katz, Sapper & Miller 

The economic crisis brought about by the coronavirus required swift federal action to keep many businesses solvent, however, the whirlwind process by which the Family First Coronavirus Response Act and CARES Act created and administered Paycheck Protection Program loans, new sick and family leave requirements and special tax credits, had borrowers scrambling to navigate the various new programs.  Companies were forced to manage this process blindly, with little guidance. Now companies must retain proper documentation to support their loan forgiveness calculations, Employee Retention Tax Credits and COVID-related sick and family leave.  Join us as we discuss some best practices related to PPP record retention and preparing for SBA examinations as well as what elements you should incorporate to bolster your case for forgiveness.

Getting Lean with New Tech: How to Use Artificial Intelligence to Gain Efficiency

(CPE Information Technology – 1 Credit)

Speakers:

  • Rocco Marrari, EBE Technologies
  • Jason Jones, Solar Transport

The transportation and logistics industries have seen massive productivity gains in the past few years, with advancements as AI-powered process management applications replace activities once performed by human labor. Billing and settlements have been reduced to near real-time through automating the indexing of documents at point of delivery, interoperability amongst a transportation provider’s critical systems and the ability to capture data using a mobile device. AI provides the ability to automate many manual tasks within the payables department in order to identify duplicate invoices, indexing of documents, routing to appropriate personnel. As volatility increases and costs rise, transportation providers will have to become more efficient in order to generate additional cash flow.  
 

Presentation of “Finding Affordable Insurance” Guide by Members of ATA/NAFC Joint Working Group on Hard Insurance Market

(CPE Specialized Knowledge – 1 Credit)

Newly added!

During this session, we will present our newly updated “Finding Affordable Insurance For a Trucking Business in A Hard Insurance Market” guide. This key resource is designed to assist motor carriers to navigate the current insurance crisis, including best practices when shopping insurance markets and soliciting quotes at renewal. 

The guide was published by NAFC in the years following 9/11 – during a historically difficult insurance market. But to address the challenges of high-cost and difficulty of navigating the insurance market of the following two decades, a working group of ATA and NAFC motor carrier executives, attorneys and insurance professionals have updated this publication.

Economic Outlook: Road to Recovery Post-COVID

Sponsored by PrePass

(CPE Economics – 1.5 Credits)​

Speakers:

  • Bob Costello, American Trucking Associations
  • Kenny Vieth, ACT Research 
  • Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo 

This panel will take a deep dive into the numbers, providing an updated look at the economy and how COVID-19 and other economic factors are affecting both the short-term and long-term outlook for the industry. The speakers will examine freight volumes, supply trends, fuel prices and explain what the current economic environment means for your business. This session will provide you with the insight you need to plan your capital expenditures for 2021.

Economics Intensive: Housing and Construction Trends

(CPE Economics – 1 Credit)

Newly added! 

Speakers:

  • Ken Simonson, The Associated General Contractors of America
  • Scholastica Coronation, National Association of Realtors

Construction leads to all types of truck freight, such as building materials, paint, furniture, and cement. This panel will be a great gauge of trends in this sector – how has the pandemic and resulting recession affected the construction industry? Get the outlook for general construction, including factories and energy-related fields, as well as home construction.

Economics Intensive: State of American Manufacturing and Factories

(CPE Economics – 1.25 Credits)

Newly added!

Speakers:

  • Chad Moutray, National Association of Manufacturers
  • Emily Sanchez, American Chemistry Council
  • Timothy Gill, American Iron & Steel Institute

The manufacturing sector had just begun to recover from a mild recession when the COVID pandemic plunged them back in. As the pandemic drags on, manufacturers are at continued risk for disruption. Hear directly from the economists how factories have been adjusting to the new normal amidst the pandemic and what effect recurring outbreaks and ongoing recession will have on these sectors.

Economics Intensive: Consumer and Retail Trends

(CPE Economics – 1.25 Credits)

Newly added!

Speaker:

  • Patrick Manzi, National Automobile Dealers Association
  • Jack Kleinhenz, National Retail Federation

Hear from the experts how consumers are spending their money right now, including how lockdowns have created new winners and losers in consumer spending – for example, consumers are spending less on travel and dining out and more on home improvements. What can we expect in 2021 as the effects of the pandemic linger and consumer habits evolve?

2021: Moving Past the Pandemic and Top Industry Issues

Sponsored by TrueNorth Companies

(CPE Specialized Knowledge – 1 Credit)   

Speaker:

  • Rebecca Brewster, ATRI

ATRI’s research has documented a number of impacts from COVID 19 but as states begin to reopen and things return to a new “normal,” what does the future look like for trucking?  What have we learned from this that we can use to improve things for drivers and fleets in the future?  ATRI President Rebecca Brewster will discuss trucking in the new reality.  How will the top industry concerns be changed?  Will new issues emerge?  Brewster will discuss the results of the ATRI Top Industry Issues survey.

 

Conference Registration 

NAFC/ATA Member

$500
Motor Carrier or State Association Employees
$800
Motor Carrier or State Association Employees
Company ALL Access*
$650
Allied
$950
Allied
Company ALL Access*

Non-Member

$650
Motor Carrier
$950
Motor Carrier
Company ALL Access*
$800
Allied
$1100
Allied
Company ALL Access*

 

*New for #NAFC2020:
This year, we are offering a Company All Access. If you choose to purchase this registration option, you will receive a Promo Code in your Registration Confirmation email to share with your colleagues (must be employed by the same employer). Only one registrant needs to purchase the Company All Access in order for ALL of your colleagues to attend at NO ADDITIONAL COST. The Promo Code must be entered at check out for online registration.

 

Sponsors

 

One of ATA’s fastest-growing conferences, this meeting is a highly visible platform to capture the attention of those with buying power and demonstrate your leadership and industry support to trucking finance executives nation-wide. The packages for this virtual event have been enhanced with digital marketing benefits that promote your products and services to the registered attendees.
 

All Sponsors