Featured Speakers

McLeod Software features nationally recognized speakers on the basis of providing helpful insight and information on trucking and transportation, as well as customer speakers who share how they manage and improve the efficiencies of their companies using our software products.

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Dr. Kevin Elko, Ph.D. - Monday Lunch Featured Speaker

Dr. Kevin Elko, Ph.D. is a nationally renowned sports psychologist, performance and career-enhancement consultant, author, and professional motivational speaker.

Kevin’s appeal in the sports world translates directly to the corporate arena. Dr. Elko has consulted with and presented to hundreds of companies, including Travelers Insurance Company, the Young Presidents Organization, Smith Kline Beecham Consumer Brands, Abbott Diagnostics, Prudential Securities, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Pioneer Investments and Tyson Foods.

Kevin has been a performance coach for the University of Miami Football team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints, the Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Elko’s presentations have a major impact on the performance objectives of these and other major sports organizations.

Kevin’s compelling new book, Nerves of Steel, addresses life-changing concepts by explaining the step-by-step processes necessary to guide you through life.

Thom Albrecht, CFA - Tuesday Lunch Featured Speaker

Thom Albrecht has covered transportation since 1988.  Since the fall of 2016 he has been President of Sword & Sea Transport Advisors, focused on market research, growth strategies and capacity overviews for carriers and shippers.  Prior to that he was a Managing Director at BB&T Capital Markets for 12 years. Coverage included TL and LTL carriers, intermodal, selected equipment companies, freight brokerage and freight forwarding.

Thom has been quoted on the industry by the national media including the Wall Street Journal, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, and the Journal of Commerce. Albrecht is a 7-time Wall Street Journal All-Star, per its analyst rankings, and he has been a featured speaker at several American Trucking Associations conferences, Food Shippers of America, RILA, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, CSCMP, SMC3, Transplace, Truck Trailer Manufacturers, Truckload Carriers’ Association, IANA, TCA Refrigerated Carriers and other events.

He has provided advice and insight to numerous companies, including public and private carriers’ teams and their boards of directors, as well as shippers’ teams.

Ellen Voie

Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, and currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s President & /CEO. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.

Ellen's prior role was Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider, Inc. Her background in the trucking industry began in 1980, when she earned a diploma in Traffic and Transportation Management while employed as Traffic Manager for a steel fabricating plant in central Wisconsin.

In 2015 Ellen was appointed to serve a two year term on the FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association and is a member of the Wisconsin DOT’s Motor Carrier Advisory Committee. She holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives. In July 2012 Ellen was honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovators Champion of Change. She earned her Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) in 2008. She also holds a private pilot certificate and a motorcycle license.

Robert A. Voltmann

In June of 1997, Bob was named President & CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association. TIA is the only organization representing the interests of North American transportation intermediaries of all disciplines: brokers, domestic freight forwarders, air forwarders, international forwarders, logistics management companies, intermodal marketing companies, and perishable commodity brokers.

Prior to joining TIA, Bob was the Director of Policy for the National Industrial Transportation League. Before his NIT League position, Bob was appointed by President George Bush to serve as Chief of Staff to Interstate Commerce Commissioner Ed Emmett. Prior to coming to Washington, Bob worked for two economic development and area planning associations in Houston, Texas. Bob has also worked as staff director for a committee of the Texas House of Representatives, and as a political consultant.

Bob has been actively engaged in all of the major policy and legislative initiatives during the past 20 plus years in Washington, DC.


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