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2013 Speakers


Robert Bryce, energy expert and critically acclaimed author

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Robert Bryce is one of America’s most prominent energy journalists. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Washington Post, among others. Bryce’s first book, Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron, was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly. Upon the publication in 2008 of Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of “Energy Independence,” a New York Times reviewer called him “something of a visionary and perhaps even a revolutionary.” His fourth book, Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future, was published in 2010. A Wall Street Journal reviewer called it “precisely the kind of journalism we need to hold truth to power.”


Jeff Davis

Fleet Safety Services

“CSA: The New Next Step”

Davis is the principal of Fleet Safety Services, which specializes in safety regulation compliance and CSA safety management plans. With more than 25 years of motor carrier safety and compliance experience, Davis has served as chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association’s Safety and Security Division as well as the Ohio Trucking Association Safety Council.

Brett Hoffman

Senior equipment appraiser for J. J Kane

“Getting the most out of your equipment appraisal”

One of three staff certified senior appraisers at J.J. Kane Apraisal Services. Hoffman has more than 30 years of experience in providing equipment valuations as a third party independent appraiser for contractors, equipment distributors, rental operations and financial institutions. He is a member of the American Society of Appraisers and the North American Equipment Appraisers Association.

Michael Taylor

Director of Autogas Business Development Propane Education & Research Council

“Using propane to fuel your pickup”

For the past four years, Taylor has served as Director of Fleet Management at Heritage Propane, one of the top 50 fleets in the country. He has been past chairman of PERC’s Engine Fuel Advisory Committee and co-chairman of the association’s Research and Technology Development Working Group.

Joel Oliva

Manager, program development and administration, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators

“OSHA’s coming truck crane rules: Better safe than cited”

How will OSHA’s coming service crane truck safety rules affect your operation? Plan now to get your mechanics certified.

Howard Chesneau

President of Fuel Quality Services

“Is ethanol contaminating your fuel tanks?”

President of Fuel Quality Services Chesneau has more than 30 years experience examining a broad range of fuel-based issues, including fuel additives, microbial detection, distillate fuel problems, fuel filtration and tank remediation. He has extensive knowledge and field experience of microbial contamination and detection and is considered an international expert in fuel related issues.

Max Fuller

Chairman and CEO, U.S.Xpress

“The dollars and sense of telematics”

Max Fuller, chairman and CEO of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, and is widely respected as a true innovator. Following more than 10 years in various executive leadership positions with Southwest Equipment Rental, Fuller and Patrick Quinn formed U.S. Xpress in 1985. Through their leadership and experience, U.S. Xpress is recognized as a service, safety and technology leader in the trucking industry, and is the second largest privately owned truckload carrier in the United States, with more than 8,000 tractors and 22,000 trailers. Owned by Fuller and the Quinn family, since 2004, U.S. Xpress has achieved $1 billion in annual revenue. In 2007, U.S. Xpress was named to the Forbes Platinum List as one of America’s 400 Best Big Companies. A respected entrepreneur, Fuller has founded a number of successful business ventures outside the transportation industry. He serves on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank, Chattanooga, N.A. In 2004, he received a Congressional appointment from Rep. Zach Wamp to serve on the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Center in Chattanooga. He is a past member of the Chancellor’s Round Table at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A native of Athens, Tenn., Fuller graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1975 with a B.A. degree in Finance and Business Administration. – See more at: