AMSA Attracts Attendance at Conference

AMSA Attracts Attendance at Conference

Last October, AMSA’s annual Safety and Operations Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas. The conference had nearly 70 participants, breaking attendance records. Coincidentally, it was held in the same hotel as the Claims Prevention and Procedures Council, allowing both groups to network with each other. However, the Safety and Operations Conference was designed to provide practice solutions to every day problems in the moving industry, along with providing the latest and greatest news and innovations in the industry.

In attendance were Joe DeLorenzo, direction of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Ed Heath, transportation safety specialist at TrueNorth Insurance. DeLorenzo led a talk about the issues FMCSA is currently dealing with, and Heath discussed how to prepare for and handle a FMCSA audit.

FMCSA issues were not the only things discussed at the popular conference, though. The benefits of the latest telematics technology were introduced by Mason Meadows, direction of product management for Rand McNally. Bob Stolfo and Tom Cuthbertson of XRS took the topic even further in their focused talk “Enhancing Carrier Performance With Compliance, Safety, and Cost-Cutting Technology Tools.”

During lunch, AMSA’s president and Corporate Executive Officer Linda Bauer Darr reported the most recent legislative news and challenges facing the moving industry.

In order to address the every day solutions, a best-practices panel focused on drivers. Drivers’ qualifications, ratings, and performance are essential for safety of movers and providing high-quality service.

The informative speakers didn’t stop there. Many other speakers gave important information about the moving industry.

The legal issues associated with moving safety were discussed by Bob Henry, a partner with the law firm of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary.

Sgt. Oscar Fuentes of the Division of Commercial Enforcement Programs gave insight into vehicle inspections, while Martin Lesko of loss control for Vanliner Insurance outlined the necessity for insurance.

At the end of the conference, all of the participants came together for a business meeting, where they considered creating a new CSA subcommittee of FMCSA to address improvements to the program.

The information gained by the record-breaking attendance at the Safety and Operations Conference will benefit the entire moving industry as a whole.