2018 ATA Annual Convention & Meeting – Sandestin, Fla.

Join your colleagues and friends for the Alabama Trucking Association’s 2018 Annual Convention & Meeting, set for April 26-28 at The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in beautiful Destin, Fla.

Convention Contact:

Jane Nixon, ATA Events Coordinator


To register, call 334-834-3983 to register with an ATA staff member or download the registration packet below. Carefully review and complete all forms and fax or email them to Jane Nixon at 334-262-6504 or jnixon@alabamatrucking.org.

Full Registration Packet

Hotel Reservations

Please note: As of March 8, 2018 our block room rate is completely booked out. Full price rooms are still available with the hotel. Call the Hilton reservations office directly at 850-267-9500 or your room can be reserved online here.

Meantime, we have arranged additional discounted accommodations with an adjacent property, the Luau Condominium Association, 5000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550, for rates starting as low as $175 per night for a studio apartment (Complete rate and booking information is available here).

If you call in your reservations, be sure to identify your affiliation with the Alabama Trucking Association Convention to receive the special group rate. Availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: ATA staff cannot assist with lodging reservations.

Events + Activities

This year’s lineup includes two nationally known speakers, Steve Gilliland and Commander Rorke Denver, who will give presentations on Friday, April 27 on maximizing potential with business and person leadership skills. These programs are aimed to give attendees a better understanding of the art and nuance of overcoming obstacles in our lives to consistently achieve success.

Mr. Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation — plus an interactive and entertaining style — Mr. Gilliland shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to more than 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker.”

Mr. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His New York Times bestseller, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. In his second book Worth Dying For: A Navy SEALs Call to a Nation, which was released in April 2016, Rorke tackles the questions that have emerged about America’s past decade at war–from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us. Rorke was most recently seen on FOX’s American Grit. The series followed 16 of the country’s toughest men and women as they face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness.

On Saturday April 28, current American Trucking Associations Chairman of the Board Dave Manning will deliver his assessment of the industry’s potential and projected outlook for the next 12-18 months. Armed with some of the most comprehensive industry indicators and statistics, Mr. Manning’s presentation will be the most important programs of this year’s meeting. You will not want to miss this presentation.

Chairman Manning is president of TCW based in Nashville. TCW was founded in 1948 as a small family-owned warehousing business serving the finished tobacco industry. After joining TCW in 1985, Dave was instrumental in leading the growth of the company from a single terminal to a diversified transportation enterprise with more than 600 employees and revenue of $80 million. Today TCW offers a network of diversified transportation services throughout the southeast. Services include intermodal operations, consolidation and distribution, dedicated transportation, specialized transportation, and warehousing. TCW is still family owned and operated by the third generation of the George family. Dave has served in many roles in the Tennessee Trucking Association, the American Trucking Association, and the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).  He currently serves as Chairman of ATA, co-chair of the Truck Pac for TTA, and as the Treasurer of IANA.  He also has served for more than a decade as a member on the nine-member Committee which administers the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement; the standard interchange agreement for the intermodal industry.  Dave serves as the Chairman and President of the newly formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative.

Later that evening, the Association will hold a dinner honoring current ATA Chairman of the Board Terry Kilpatrick of Billy Barnes Transportation. Who has lead this Association for the pat year with integrity and vision. His term as Chairman has been among the most successful in recent years.

Capping the event will be an introduction of the Alabama Professional Driver of the Year and ATA’s highest award for a member, the H. Chester Webb Award. Afterwards, the Birmingham-based band Chevy 6 will perform.

2018 Convention Program



Convention Sponsorship

Show your company’s support for the Alabama Trucking Association. Sign up today to become an official ATA 2016 Convention sponsor.

There are three levels of sponsorship available:

  • Act I – $5,000
  • Platinum – $2,000
  • Gold – $1,000

Sponsorship Pledge Form

Each sponsorship level offers exclusive benefits and special recognition before, during and after Convention. Every sponsor is listed on the ATA Convention website; the onsite printed program; and in wrap-up coverage in Alabama Trucker magazine. Depending on the level of your sponsorship, your firm’s logo will appear on the aforementioned items and at select locations and events during Convention. Sponsorship fees must be paid in full by March 17, 2016. A single sponsorship cannot be split between two (or more) companies.

Please note: We no longer offer print advertising for sponsors in the convention program.

Thanks to the following firms for sponsoring our event:

Presidential Sponsor

McLeod Software Corp.

Major Event Sponsor

ATA Comp Fund

ACT 1 Sponsors

AAA Cooper Transportation
B.R. Williams Trucking, Inc.
Billy Barnes Enterprises
Birmingham Freightliner LLC
Buddy Moore Trucking, Inc.
Church Transportation & Logistics, Inc.
Cummins Sales and Service
Fitzgerald Peterbilt
Fontaine Trailer Company
Greenbush Logistics, Inc.
Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc.
J & M Tank Lines
McGriff Tire Co.
Southland International Trucks and Trailers
York Risk Services Group
Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors

Absolute Data
Action Truck Center, Inc.
B & G Supply Co., Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BBVA Compass
Benny Whitehead, Inc.
Boyd Bros. Transportation
BXS Insurance, Inc.
Carrier Transicold South
Century Dedicated, Inc.
Coffman International, Inc.
Coleman Worldwide Moving
Davison Fuels & Oil
Deep South Freight
Eaton / Roadranger
EFS – a WEX Company
Equipment Solutions KLLM – FFE
Evergreen Forest Products, Inc.
Evergreen Transport LLC
Four Star Freightliner
Great Dane
Great West Casualty Co.
Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co., Inc.
Industrial Warehouse Services, Inc.
Kenworth Truck Co.
Love’s Travel Stops, Inc.
Mack Trucks, Inc.
Mid State Thermo King
Montgomery Transport LLC
National Bank of Commerce
Navistar – International Truck
Nextran Truck Centers
P & S Transportation
Palomar Insurance Corp.
People’s United Equipment Finance Corp.
Pilot Flying J
Progress Bank
R. E. Garrison Trucking, Inc.
RangeWay Carriers LLC
Robbie D. Wood, Inc.
ServisFirst Bank
Southeast Logistics, Inc.
Storey Trucking Co., Inc.
Suit, LLC
Thompson Carriers
TMW Systems, Inc.
TnT Hauling
Transport Enterprise Leasing LLC
Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama, LLC
Vertical Alliance Group
Volvo Trucks North America LLC
Ward International Trucks, LLC
Warren Averett Companies LLC
Watkins Trucking Co., Inc.
Wiregrass Construction Co., Inc.
Wright Transportation, Inc.
WTI Transport

Gold Sponsors

Alabama Motor Express
Aon Transportation and Logistics Practice
Assured Partners
Austill, Lewis, Pipkin & Maddox, P.C.
Baggett Transportation
Baldwin Transfer Co., Inc.
Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak
BMO Transportation Finance
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions
Capital Volvo Truck and Trailer
Carlisle Medical
Columbus Tire Co., Inc.
Continental Tire the Americas
Dunn Building Company, LLC
Empire Truck Sales, LLC
Farris Evans Insurance Agency, Inc.
Heritage Freight Warehouse & Logistics, LLC
Highland Technical Services, Inc.
Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, PC
Hornady Transportation LLC
J. J. Keller & Associates
Long-Lewis Truck & Tractor
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
Meritor, Inc.
Michelin North America
Omnitracs, LLC
Ox Bodies, Inc.
Perdido Trucking Service, LLC
Pitts Media
Premium 2000+ Warranties
Quantum Logistics, LLC
Regions Insurance
Renasant Bank
Richway Transportation Services, Inc.
Ross Neely Systems, Inc.
Rushing Enterprises, Inc.
Service One Transport
Shoreline Transportation of AL, LLC
Summerford Truck Line, Inc.
TLS – Transportation & Logistical Services
Transport Trailer Center
Travel Centers of America
Turner & Hamrick
W. H. Thomas Oil Co.
Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc.
Yokohama Tire Corp.


Avondale Trucking
ErgoScience, Inc.
Fuller Wraehouse & Gin, Inc.
Godwin Material Service, Inc.
J P Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC
PR Companies
Willis Towers Watson