Thursday, March 11, 2010

Transportation Leaders Discuss Economic Rebound at Annual AmeriQuest Transportation Industry Symposium

Transportation Leaders Discuss Economic Rebound at Annual AmeriQuest Transportation Industry Symposium

With the economy on everyone’s mind, nearly 200 private fleet, truckload carrier, truck rental and leasing, and transportation supply chain executives gathered at the AmeriQuest Transportation Industry Symposium in Orlando recently to discuss the best ways to nurture and grow companies in challenging times. Experts at the event agreed that economic indicators point to a recovery on the horizon for both the U. S. economy and the transportation industry.

Cherry Hill, NJ (PRWEB) March 14, 2010

The mood was cautiously optimistic as nearly 200 transportation leaders from the private fleet, truckload carrier, rental and leasing, and supply communities discussed signs of economic improvement at the 7th Annual AmeriQuest Transportation Industry Symposium held recently in Orlando, FL.

Each year, AmeriQuest – a leading provider of comprehensive transportation management services – brings together the top minds in the industry to discover the best ways to nurture and capitalize on innovation in the industry. This year’s topics included the state of the economy, “the road ahead” for the transportation industry, financial challenges, and the importance of embracing change and innovation. 

After an undeniably tough 2009, economic indicators for the trucking industry and industry in general are showing signs of a recovery, said Dan North, Chief Economist for Euler Hermes ACI. North took an in-depth look at the current state of the economy, pointing to indicators showing that the recession has ended, and cautioning about other economic challenges still ahead. A nationally recognized expert featured regularly on ABC, CNBC, FOX Business Network, and Bloomberg Television, North is one of the most highly anticipated speakers at the AmeriQuest event.

Keynote speaker Lou Pritchett, former Proctor & Gamble executive and author of "Stop Paddling & Start Rocking the Boat", spoke on "How to Survive and Succeed by Leading Change". He warned attendees that in the decade ahead, the source of corporate strength will be its willingness to change, not cling to stability.

Bill Graves, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, presented an overview of the current economic environment, national and industry policy issues, and an industry outlook. He saw signs of recovery in the uptick in manufacturing output and gross domestic product and its expected positive impact on the transportation industry.

Other speakers included Robert Brands, Innovation Coach, on "How to Deliver Profitable Growth Through Sustained Innovation"; Tom Hutchinson, President Mid American Group, on "Healthcare Reform: What Does it Mean for You?"; Thomas Tray, Aon Trucking Practice, on "Property, Casualty and Liability Insurance"; and Penny Gillespie of Gillespie International Inc., on "Need More Cash? Check Your Financial Supply Chain".

The AmeriQuest Transportation Symposium also included two panels discussing capital and credit markets and industry trends, as well as a showcase of suppliers and products such as MRO supplies, capital equipment, material handling products, and technology solutions.

To learn more about this year’s Symposium, go to www. ameriquestcorp. com/symposium (http://www. ameriquestcorp. com/symposium). Dates and location for the 2011 AmeriQuest Transportation Industry Symposium will be announced shortly.

About AmeriQuest Transportation Services
AmeriQuest, headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, is a leading provider of comprehensive transportation management services. By leveraging the strength of more than 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides supply management services, asset management services, material handling services, financing, technology products, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, integrated logistics, and contract maintenance. More information can be found at ameriquestcorp. com.