Events & Education

Three days full of education, entertainment, and networking events to further your career and connect with the industry.

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Education

PRO TALKS Education Series

40+ education sessions covering current industry topics...

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Opening Night Celebration

Join us for a festive evening of live entertainment refreshments, and a ...

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MATS Beer Garden

Join us at the Beer Garden to celebrate the show’s 50-year legacy with special games and music.

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Entertainment

MATS
Concert

Join us Friday night for the official MATS Concert featuring Clay Walker

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Veterans in Trucking

Join us in honoring our country’s heroes and welcome them ...

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Truck & Tractor Pulling Event

Saturday night in Freedom Hall, MATS hosts a Pro Pulling Event...

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PKY Truck Championship

The PKY event kicks off the show truck season...

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Convoy Lounge NW202

Take a load off, play games, win prizes, free merch, demo the app...

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Truck Parking Community

More than 30 acres of FREE truck parking...

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Exhibitor Opportunity

Call for Speakers

We are always looking for dynamic presentations and world-class content to provide the insights and education our attendees need to grow their businesses. Qualified speakers gain national exposure and position themselves as leaders in their field.

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Daily Schedule

Schedule will be updated each week as more events are finalized.

    10am - 6pm
    Thursday
    • PKY Truck Beauty Championship

    • Presented By: EMA
    • Lot J Behind West Wing

    The annual PKY Truck Beauty Championship kicks off the show truck season with the largest grouping of show trucks in the country, all vying for honors in the country's premier truck beauty show. The event, which has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrates North America's heavy-duty, working show trucks. Look for the trucks in Lot "J" behind the West Wing

    11am - 11:30am
    Thursday
    • Shifting Lanes with Driver Health

    • Presented By: Hope Zvara, CEO Mother Trucker Yoga
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    The health and longevity of a trucking company depend on the health and longevity of its drivers.
    This session is all about how trucking companies can easily shift from drivers being a liability to an asset. Hope shares real strategies and solutions companies can get behind that don't cost a lot and drivers can immediately implement them into their lives for success they can feel. Plus get a little taste first-hand as to how simple this type of programming can be. Let's all shift lanes towards real profitable solutions.

    11:45am - 12:45am
    Thursday
    • How We Grew From 0 to 20 Trucks in 5 Months

    • Presented By: Hans Galland, Natasha Martinez, Kay Makishi (moderator)
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Learn the 3 keys to success on how LaGrange Express grew their fleet from 0 to 20 trucks in under 5 months including how to: (1) manage work without paperwork, (2) manage cash flow, and (3) make smarter operating decisions. Presented by owner of LaGrange Express Hans Galland and operator Natasha Martinez who used to manage 3,000 drivers at United Natural Foods.

    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Thursday
    • Negotiating from the Driver’s Seat: Expert negotiation tips that will help put you in control of your truck.

    • Presented By: Robert Rouse, Product Manager, DAT and Chad Boblett, Rate Per Mile Masters.
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Learn how to get the highest lane rate per mile so you can grow your business. Live Q&A from some of the best in the business. One-on-one coaching to follow at DAT booth 65216. Limited seating – be one of the first 20 carriers to the workshop and get a free gift!

    1pm - 1:45pm
    Thursday
    • Trucking Tech Changes & Your Career

    • Presented By: Mike Roeth, Executive Director of NACFE
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Some in the truck industry are concerned that new technologies will eliminate jobs. There should be just as much concern about all of the new jobs and opportunities that new technologies create. What types of jobs are they, how will people get trained and how might the industry be different and better in the future? If your current job isn’t the one you really want, there are future opportunities that you haven’t heard about yet!

    1:45pm - 2:30pm
    Thursday
    • The Value of Veteran Drivers

    • Presented By: Matt Roland, Veterans In Trucking/CDLLife | Kevin Ridings & Larry Pope, Clean Harbors | Josh Mecca & Ken Mateer, American Central Transport | Brad Bentley & Dave Harrison, FASTPORT
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Veterans In Trucking is committed to helping our nation’s heroes apply their skills as they transition into trucking careers. Please join us in honoring their service both in the military and over the road, as we address strategies and actionable ways to amplify your veteran hiring program.

    2pm - 3pm
    Thursday
    • Going the Extra Mile from Driver to Carrier

    • Presented By: Chad Boblett & RPM Masters
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    From company driver to a carrier, I will tell you how I did it and what I learned along the way. I will introduce services that I use and make the process simple. Most successful carriers' biggest regret is that they did not get their authority sooner.

    2:45pm - 3:45pm
    Thursday
    • The Pathway to Independence and Profits

    • Presented By: Brent Hutto from Truckstop.com and Special Guest
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Understanding your owner-operator business and the market numbers are key to enjoying a successful trucking operation. Come hear industry expert Brent Hutto from Truckstop.com and special guest to talk about building your business and putting your money back where it belongs…in your pocket.

    3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Thursday
    • From Mad Men to Moneyball: Using the Right Metrics to Win at Shop Management

    • Presented By: Jacob Findlay, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Fullbay
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Running a repair shop is hard work, and it’s nearly impossible if you go on instinct alone. In this session you’ll learn about the critical business metrics your shop should track to ensure growth. Don't look at batting average when you should be looking at on-base percentage. Don't look at gross revenue, look at net profit. In this session you’ll learn how to take your business from operating from the gut like Mad Men to playing Moneyball.

    4pm - 5pm
    Thursday
    • AI Dashcams: How technology can help promote safety while maintaining your privacy

    • Presented By: Page Trucking, Keep Truckin', and More (TBA)
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    This session addresses one of the more controversial topics in the industry today: driver privacy and dashcams. This roundtable discussion features the product and legal representatives from KeepTruckin, executives from Page Trucking & owner-operators as they discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by ELD and Cameras for trucking companies, drivers & vendors alike.

    4pm - 10pm
    Thursday
  • 4146 Park Blvd, Louisville, KY 40209, Enter GATE D

    FREE truck parking for class 7-8 trucks (no hook-ups), regular shuttles to and from the convention center, hot showers, portable restrooms, and more.

    4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Thursday
    • Tire Retreading: Myths and Misconceptions

    • Presented By: David Stevens, Managing Director, Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB)
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Are your views on retreading outdated? If our discussions with attendees at past MATS shows are any indication, they likely are! Come to this session to learn how retreading can save you and your fleet thousands of dollars without sacrificing performance. We'll also tackle those outdated and inaccurate myths about the safety, reliability, and performance of modern retreaded tires.

    5:15pm - 6pm
    Thursday
    • Wheel End Assembly Tips & Tricks

    • Presented By: Brian Beathard, RevHD Wheel End Components
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    This course covers all aspects of proper wheel end maintenance utilizing the latest TMC guidelines regarding; Safety, Bearing Adjustment, Diagnos
    tics, and Problem Solving Tips surrounding the hub, spindle, bearings and wheel seal. The goal of this course is to bring technicians up to speed
    on the latest product changes as well as providing tips and tricks that will allow for:

    • Longer Life of all Components
    • Less Liability
    • Lowering Costs
    • Less Downtime
    • Increased Efficiency
    6pm - 8pm
    Thursday
    • MATS 50th Opening Night Celebration

    • Presented By: Convoy and Trucker Path, benefiting St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

    Reunite with colleagues and make new connections over drinks and food as we celebrate MATS 50th. The event will feature Live Music, $1 beers, free food, a photo booth, and a fundraiser for St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.

    8pm - 9:30pm
    Thursday
    • PKY Light Show

    • Presented By: EMA
    • Lot J Behind West Wing

    The PKY light show is a spectacle like no other. Competitors light up the night with a wide array of colors displayed on their custom trucks.

    10am - 10:30am
    Friday
    • How to easily book loads with technology

    • Presented By: Tracy Neill, Trucker Tools and Trucker G
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    How technology can help carriers easily search for and book loads, without having to make a ton of phone calls to brokers.

    10am - 11am
    Friday
    • FMCSA Information Session

    • Presented By: FMCSA
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Join FMCSA leadership to discuss the new National Roadway Safety Strategy, the Biden-Harris Administration Trucking Action Plan, and other key trucking-related policy updates.

    10am - 6pm
    Friday
    • PKY Truck Beauty Championship

    • Presented By: EMA
    • Lot J Behind West Wing

    The annual PKY Truck Beauty Championship kicks off the show truck season with the largest grouping of show trucks in the country, all vying for honors in the country's premier truck beauty show. The event, which has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrates North America's heavy-duty, working show trucks. Look for the trucks in Lot "J" behind the West Wing.

    10:45am - 11:30am
    Friday
    • Real Visibility = Live Supply Chain

    • Presented By: Andy Dishner, COO, Konexial and Ken Evans, CEO, Konexial
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Real-time visibility has been a supply chain and logistics buzz phrase for the last couple of years, but what does it actually mean? Transportation technology companies have different standards when it comes to "real-time." Fleet management platforms can now provide LIVE Supply Chain visibility - meaning instant and continual visibility into your fleet's operations. This event will focus on LIVE Supply Chain and why fleets are depending on technology to optimize fleet operations and reduce operational costs.

    11am - 12pm
    Friday
    • FMCSA and U.S. Department of Labor Joint Session

    • Presented By: FMCSA and U.S. Department of Labor
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    FMCSA has partnered with the Department of Labor to lay the groundwork for focusing on the next generation of truck drivers. This session includes emphasis on the potential of Registered Apprenticeship programs in the trucking industry and will feature a panel discussion of industry leaders who took the Administration’s 90-Day Apprenticeship Challenge in partnership with FASTPORT to utilize this powerful recruitment and retention tool for drivers at this critical time.

    11:45am - 12:45pm
    Friday
    • Do you have what it takes to be an Expediter?

    • Presented By: Caffee Team Drivers - Bob and Linda Caffee
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle; Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure; Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job; Expediting isn't just a job, it's a business.

    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Friday
    • Why Every Trucker Needs to Think Like an Entrepreneur

    • Presented By: Tobenna Arodiogbu, CEO of CloudTrucks
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Why every trucker needs to think like an entrepreneur: Join CloudTrucks CEO and founder Tobenna Arodiogbu and industry influencer Clarissa Rankin for a discussion on the current paradigm shift happening within the transportation and freight-tech industries. Business tools that have traditionally been reserved for mega-carriers are now in reach to every owner-operator in the contiguous United States. The potential to maximize revenue, lower costs, and improve cash flow is more accessible than ever with CloudTrucks’ ‘business in a box’ solution for independent truckers and small fleet owners.

    1pm - 1:45pm
    Friday
    • Don’t send me down the wrong road! Trends in Truck Navigation and Routing

    • Presented By: Ivan Sheldon Vice President, Product, Rand McNally
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Professional drivers are needed now more than ever. As a result, companies are investing millions in new technologies to help pro drivers better navigate their routes – making them more efficient and safer. From increased driver assistance technologies to real-time traffic and weather down the road, we’ll go through the latest trends in navigation from around the globe and focus on what drivers can expect here at home. And what’s the deal with self-driving trucks?

    1:45pm - 2:45pm
    Friday
    • Partners in Business: Owner-operator business performance benchmarking and Q&A with Overdrive and ATBS

    • Presented By: Mike Hosted, Vice President, ATBS
      Todd Dills, Editor, Overdrive
      Gary Buchs, Overdrive contributor and owner-operator business coach
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    The long-running Partners in Business program is a coproduction of Overdrive magazine and the owner-operator business consultants and tax specialists at ATBS. The owner-op business-focused program here launches the 2022 update of its in-depth business manual and returns live for a presentation and Q&A with ATBS Vice President Mike Hosted and Overdrive Extra contributor and owner-op coach Gary Buchs. Hosted will present short- and long-term business trends with year-end 2021 revenue, cost and income performance derived from ATBS owner-operator clientele in independent and leased dry van, refrigerated and flatbed segments. The numbers provide benchmarks against which to measure your operation, also providing a springboard for discussion of business best practices – never more useful in a time of both rising rates and big inflationary pressures on costs all around. Maintaining the delicate balance between the two will be key to continued success.

    2pm - 2:30pm
    Friday
    • How to get Drivers on Board with In-Cab Cameras

    • Presented By: Jon Morgan, Sales Enablement Manager, Netradyne
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    The National Transportation Safety Board states that cameras in commercial vehicles are now one of the most wanted road safety upgrades. However, a top concern for fleet safety managers is addressing driver pushback around installing in-cab cameras. Most drivers, understandably, feel that this would be a “big-brother” scenario – a major invasion of privacy. The good news is that nearly all drivers come around to acceptance. Based on real-world cases, we’ve outlined some best practices to help drivers get on board with cameras.

    2:45pm - 3:45pm
    Friday
    • Improve Your Lifestyle (How a group of peers will help each other)

    • Presented By: Trucking Solutions Group - Henry Albert, Joel Boelman, Vince Crisanti, Mark Heggestad, Shane Rizzuto, Stephan Halsted, Sandy Goche, Randy Saunder, Bob Caffee, Linda Caffee, Henry Albert, Joel Boelman, Vince Crisanti, Mark Heggestad, Shane Rizzuto, Stephan Halsted, Sandy Goche, Randy Saunder, Bob Caffee, Linda Caffee
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Why creating a formal group will benefit all members. How the Trucking Solutions Group has stayed together while meeting weekly for 14 years.

    3pm - 4pm
    Friday
    • Driving a Richer Life as an Owner-Operator

    • Presented By: Brent Hutto of Truckstop.com and Todd Amen of ATBS
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Come join Brent Hutto of Truckstop.com and Todd Amen of ATBS to learn what it takes to become the 1% of truck drivers who achieve their dream of starting their own owner-operator business. This one-hour session provides insight to help you bring home more money.

    4pm - 4:45pm
    Friday
    • Set Your Trucking Operation up for Success by Improving These 4 Areas

    • Presented By: Jeff Jenkins, RTA
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Is your trucking operation not performing to the level you know it can be? Learn how improving your Stakeholder Satisfaction, Intentional Culture, Resource Efficiency, and Risk Management can set your fleet up for success.

    4:15pm - 5:15pm
    Friday
    • Purchasing the Correct Lowboy Trailer

    • Presented By: Kevin Sassaman, Product Manager, E.D. Etnyre and Company
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Covering how to spec the correct truck to go with the correct trailer for the type of loads that will be moved.

    5pm - 6pm
    Friday
    • Money Money Money: How to make more money in trucking

    • Presented By: James Poston and Raye Ackerman
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    10 important tips for running a profitable and successful trucking business.

    4pm - 10pm
    Friday
  • 4146 Park Blvd, Louisville, KY 40209, Enter GATE D

    FREE truck parking for class 7-8 trucks (no hook-ups), regular shuttles to and from the convention center, hot showers, portable restrooms, and more

    7pm - 9:30pm
    Friday
    9am - 4pm
    Saturday
    • PKY Truck Beauty Championship

    • Presented By: EMA
    • Lot J Behind West Wing

    The annual PKY Truck Beauty Championship kicks off the show truck season with the largest grouping of show trucks in the country, all vying for honors in the country's premier truck beauty show. The event, which has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrates North America's heavy-duty, working show trucks. Look for the trucks in Lot "J" behind the West Wing.

    9:30am - 11am
    Saturday
    • Truck to Success: Taxes and Business Structure

    • Presented By: Lewie Pugh, Executive Vice President of OOIDA
      Barry Fowler, Enrolled Agent, President & Founder of Taxation Solutions, Inc.
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Taking that next step, whether buying a truck or moving to get your own authority, is a big decision. While it definitely opens the door for more income and opportunities, it also presents a greater risk for potential failure. Before you make that final decision, it is important to consider which business structure will work best for your type of operation and what taxes you will be responsible for. Barry Fowler, an enrolled agent and CEO of Taxation Solutions, will answer these questions and more in order to help both those who are looking to become an owner-operator and those who already are an owner-operator.

    10am - 12pm
    Saturday
    • PKY Awards Ceremony

    • Presented By: EMA
    • South Wing Conference Room B101

    The custom trucks have been judged, now it’s time to celebrate these works of art and crown the winners. All attendees are invited to Awards Ceremony where the winners of each class will be announced, along with Best of Show, People’s Choice, and other awards.

    10am - 11am
    Saturday
    • Calling All Small Fleets: How to Win Freight, Save Time and Make More $$$

    • Presented By: Grant Goodale, Carrier Experience Officer and Co-Founder of Convoy
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Small fleets and owner-operators are the lifeblood of America. These important carriers transport the goods we rely on, but they still face problems every day. Learn how we’ve designed a way for these vital small businesses to thrive now and in the future.

    11:15am - 12:15pm
    Saturday
    • Using Your Log for Maximum Miles

    • Presented By: Mark Rumps, Trucking Answers
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    Split sleeper is a huge concern in the industry. Drivers seem to not fully understand it and therefore don't use it. I will cover what it is and how to use it to maximize the miles a truck gets while running 100% in compliance with all regulations.

    11:15am - 12:15pm
    Saturday
    • Premium diesel fuel and how cleaner fuel and oil will reduce emission system maintenance and related downtime

    • Presented By: Bobby Sulfridge – Midwest Logistics Systems, Jason Wilder – Midwest Logistics Systems, Jim Sanderson Jr – Flint Trucking, Clint Braunel – Clean Air Fleet, Kurt Braunel – Clean Air Fleet
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    Clean Air Fleet will host a roundtable discussion with industry professionals who have effectively deleted their maintenance issues related to poor quality fuel by using premium spec diesel fuel and high efficiency fuel and oil filtration systems.

    With fleet managers discussing before and after effects on downtime by upgrading to premium fuel and filtration, with real results of how fuel and oil cleanliness and quality affect engines and emission systems, and bottom line profitability.

    12:30pm - 1pm
    Saturday
    • Business tips for Owner Operators: How to find and make connections on the road

    • Presented By: Tracy Neill, Trucker Tools with Jacinda Lady Truck'n and Larry Cothran
    • ProTalks Theater (Room B104)

    As an owner operator, you spend a lot of time on your own while out on the road. So how do you find and make connections to build your book of business or feel a sense of community with other drivers?
    In this session, we will hear stories from other owner operators on how they build connections with other drivers to feel connected on the road, how they connect with brokers build their broker network and secure more loads, and the role technology can play in helping to form connections and build relationships.
     

    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Saturday
    • Move from the Driver’s Seat- 4 Movements Every Driver Should Be Doing Daily

    • Presented By: Hope Zvara, CEO Mother Trucker Yoga
    • ProTalks Stage (Booth 24155)

    As a truck driver, you cannot get away from the need to be sitting. You cannot get up when you want and stretch your back or legs. Learn 4 vital moves every driver needs to be doing to keep their body happy, mobile, and pain-free.