OOIDA presents business class at Great American Trucking Show

This free class offers a sample of the content from the Truck to Success course.

July 2019

Mark Schremmer


The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is kicking off a new educational series of classes at the 2019 Great American Trucking Show, Shift into Success, which is aimed at helping truck drivers kick their careers into high gear.

The inaugural class will focus on determining the cost of operations for owner-operators and small fleet owners. Company drivers are welcome to attend to see what lies ahead if they are considering becoming an owner-operator.

GATS, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, is scheduled for Aug. 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Registration to attend the show is free. You can register at TruckShow.com.

OOIDA’s business class will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in room C-147. The two-hour class is free to the public, and drivers do not need to be a member of OOIDA to attend. Participants are not required to register in advance.

“Here at OOIDA, our No. 1 goal is to help drivers be more successful and more profitable in their business,” OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh said. “That is the driving force behind this seminar.”

Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation and Pugh will lead the class at GATS, which will include a segment of the information featured at OOIDA’s Truck to Success course.

The inaugural Truck to Success course, which offers intensive training for drivers ready to take their first steps toward becoming an owner-operator, was in March in Blue Springs, Mo. The success of the course prompted OOIDA to plan a second Truck to Success training course, which is scheduled for three full days from Sept. 10-12 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Blue Springs.

The training is designed to follow a logical path of information for transitioning from a company driver to an independent contractor.

Topics include:

  • Developing a business plan.
  • Equipment, including the decision to buy new or used and financing options.
  • Choosing to be an owner-operator under your own authority or lease to a carrier.
  • Entrant safety audit and compliance review.
  • Drug and alcohol consortium and requirements.
  • Permits and licensing.
  • Taxes and business structures.
  • Broker and factoring.
  • Current issues affecting the industry and how to have input.

Tuition for the Truck to Success course is $495 per person, which includes course materials and handouts, as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks. Each attendee may bring one guest for an additional $34.50 per day or $103.50 for the course to cover food. Sign up by Aug. 1 to get a free year of membership in OOIDA. The final day to register is Sept. 1.

You can sign up for the seminar by going to OOIDAOnlineEducation.com.

OOIDA’s Shift into Success class at GATS will offer a glimpse into the kind of education offered in the Truck to Success course.

“This is one of the many educational segments that will be taught at the complete Truck to Success course,” Pugh said.

Attendance at GATS in 2018 was 19,699. In addition, last year’s show featured 520 exhibitors and 107 trucks.

Among the show highlights are the Pride & Polish truck show, a trucker talent search, entertainment, a health and wellness pavilion, and various seminars on aspects of the trucking industry.

Truck drivers are encouraged to stop by booth

No. 2213 during GATS and meet with representatives of OOIDA. LL

Mark Schremmer

Mark Schremmer, associate editor, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and nearly two decades of journalism experience to our staff.

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