SMC 2023 Spring Seminar


March 29, 2023 through March 31, 2023
Hilton Waco - Waco, TX
Waco, TX

Advance Registration Deadline: March 1, 2023

Topic: group


Presenting: TXTA Services
Title: Great West Casualty Company
Title: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.


SMC's 2023 Spring Seminar - 
March 29-31, 2023 | Hilton Waco

Hilton Waco
113 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76701
Room Reservation: SOLD OUT


Wednesday, March 29
8:00am Golf Outing: White Bluff Golf Resort – 20022 Misty Valley Circle, Whitney, TX 76692
4:00pm SMC Executive Committee Meeting

5:00pm Registration Opens
6:00pm Opening Reception

Sponsored by J.J. Keller & Associates and Great West Casualty Company

Thursday, March 30
7:00am Breakfast / Registration Opens

8:00am Welcome: Angela Lam, SMC Chairwoman

8:30am Industry Update:  John D. Esparza, TXTA President & CEO

9:00am What Jurors Want:  Understanding the Jury Perspective & How To Avoid Nuclear Verdicts:  This session speaks to a new paradigm for defending accident cases.  It is how to defeat the reptile theory utilizing Visual Storytelling.  

10:30am Break – Exhibits: Sponsored by Transafe, Inc.

10:45am TX Dept. of Public Safety Update: Representatives with the TX Dept. of Public Safety will provide attendees an update on trucking issues and initiatives here in Texas including an update on CDL. This session will allow attendees to discuss issues with the officials.

11:45am Certification Presentations

Noon – Lunch

1:30pm US Dept. of Transportation: Representatives will address a number of topics to include Entry Level Driver Training, CSA Changes, Crash Preventability Program, Managing Clearing House Reporting, and other pertinent updates to the regulations.

2:30pm Break – Exhibits:  Sponsored by Transafe, Inc.

2:45pm Managing Safety Within A Trucking Company– Panel Discussion: As the Director of Safety, communicating and working with the various divisions of a trucking company are vital to overall success.  You will need to be able to work with the Owner/President, the CFO, Operations and Maintenance. The Safety Director must also be able to work with company personnel that procure insurance and those that may also serve as brokers for your companies.  All must be on the same page.  This session will focus on tips to help ensure success.

3:45pm Break – Exhibits:  Sponsored by Transafe, Inc.

4:00pm Things To Look For In Selecting An Emergency Response Provider: Learn the top items you need to be aware of in selecting an Emergency Response Provider. What areas are covered? What if I have a spill? Do I need to report? Who makes the report? These questions will be covered along with many more.

5:00pm Adjourn

6:00pm Reception
Sponsored by J.J. Keller & Associates and Great West Casualty Company

Friday, March 31
7:30am Breakfast / Registration Opens

8:30am Driver Shortage: Do You Have Hiring Criteria and Are You Following It: This session will focus on the importance of establishing hiring criteria and most importantly, adhering to the criteria. Learn the ramifications and pitfalls of not following the criteria you set.

9:45am Break - Exhibits

10:00am Texas Hold’em Initiative
Learn what is taking place along the border with regard to the Texas Hold’em Initiative and how this can affect trucking companies and their drivers.

11:00am Adjourn



Conference Registration

Pass Name Description
Full Exhibitor Package Registration Includes all meals with a table and two chairs
Exhibitor Only Registration No meals included - only table and two chairs
General Registration


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