Convention Brochure



Convention Brochure
Build Your Network Southern Style
Savannah, Georgia • November 9-12
Programs and Events to Foster Networking
State of the Industry & Economic Forecast
Keynote Speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy
Economic Overview, Donald Broughton
Used Truck Workshops
Annual John Gresley Golf Tournament
Special Tours and Guest Activities
Vendor Expo with over 50 Vendors
Awards Dinner
Welcome Reception,
Wednesday Evening
Let the festivities begin! Join fellow attendees on the Harbor
River Lawn at the opening reception to catch up with old
friends and meet new faces.
Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will be held during registration hours on
Wednesday and Thursday. The auction helps raise money for
the UTA Jerome Nerman Family Foundation Scholarships,
which are awarded to deserving students nominated by UTA
members. Please come bid on a variety of great items
donated by vendors and support the scholarship fund.
Workshops, Thursday 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Workshop #1 Auctions • If you have not used auctions as a tool for your business you don’t want to miss this
workshop. A panel of our UTA Auction Vendors will be speaking on the attributes of using an auction to increase your
income. Learn about different types of Auctions (absolute/non-absolute, salvage, online, traditional and public). Learn how
to use Auctions as a remarketing tool for acquisitions, learn about national values and how acquisitions are an effective way
to network with other buyers and sellers. Ending with a Q and A for the panel, this will be well worth 45 minutes of your time.
Workshop #2 Social Media • There was a time that social media like, FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter would
not yield many direct truck sales. That is no longer the case. If you are not using Social Media to increase your customer
base you are losing out on some very inexpensive but potent advertising. Carmenda Laymon from Coastal Direct, LLC
is a well-known expert on Social Media and we are fortunate to have her as a UTA Member. Many of us started our
journey with Social Media because of her professional advice. She has some great tricks of the trade to show us. Not
only does she know her “stuff,” she is also a fantastic presenter. Don’t miss this workshop.
Workshop #3 Networking/Laboratory • OK, the results are in from last year’s Networking session in Texas.
Everyone who was there got a lot out of it and those who did not attend missed out. It has been said that over 100 units
were bought and sold during those 45 minutes. Countless new relationships were also made. It is important to go to the
convention and see all the people you already know. Creating new relationships while at the convention is just as important,
but can also be a more difficult task. This workshop puts you at the same table with buyers and sellers you have not
met. This is how you pay for your trip to Savannah. Take advantage of this workshop.
Vendor Expo, Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm
The Expo starts early and ends early to allow exhibitors the opportunity to spend time with special customers after the event wraps up.
We are again featuring the Best at Expo Award where the attendees
voted for the best booth. The award is presented at the Friday Awards
Dinner. Make sure to grab your Vendor Map at the Expo entrance and
cast your vote!
We will have the return of the Expo Selfie Contest! Attendees take
pictures of themselves with various vendors, email them to a specified address and be entered into a drawing to win up to $300.
Door prizes, Silent Auction winners, and all announcements will be
posted on a video monitor located at the UTA booth.
Grand Finale!
Friday Night Awards Dinner
& Dance
In view of the great response to the agenda last year
we will once again present some of the other awards on
different days, so we can focus on the fine dining,
announcements of your new board members, and the
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Our Keynote Speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy
The real life mother of football star Michael Oher, played by Sandra Bullock in the movie The Blind Side
We’re pleased to announce that Leigh Anne Tuohy will be the Keynote Speaker at the
UTA’s 17th annual convention, to be held November 9-11 in Savannah, Georgia.
Most people know Leigh Anne through the blockbuster movie, The Blind Side, and the
best-selling book of the same name written by Michael Lewis. Leigh Anne’s inspirational
story tells about her family’s devotion to adopting future NFL star Michael Oher when he
was a teenager in need of a family.
In February 2013, Leigh Anne and her husband Sean proudly sat with their other children,
daughter Collins and son Sean, Jr. at the sidelines and cheered for their son Michael. He
was playing for the Baltimore Ravens in his first Super Bowl victory. Now, Michael is an
offensive tackle with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
When Leigh Anne and Sean welcomed Michael as their son it had a profound impact on
the entire Tuohy family. “He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his
life,” she recalls. Today, Leigh Anne is a successful author and inspirational speaker in her
own right. One of the country’s most sought-after motivational speakers, Leigh Anne has
given lectures to a broad range of audiences from religious groups, to town halls, to some
of the country’s largest corporations.
Her most recent book, Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving, challenges
readers to rethink what giving really means. In a five-day-per-week devotional, using
scripture, she encourages readers to think about helping others within their own
communities. She consistently inspires others to see the best in everyone, especially
individuals often deemed valueless in their own communities. Leigh Anne is a dynamic
speaker with a fascinating point of view, and the UTA is thrilled to announce that she will
speak at our convention.
The UTA’s core values closely align with those of Leigh Anne and her family in the areas of
networking, fostering education and knowledge, mentoring, and social leadership. This makes
Leigh Anne a great Keynote Speaker choice to address an anticipated group of almost 900
UTA members and their guests.
In short, you don’t want to miss this year’s UTA Convention. Sign up today at
The Westin Savannah Harbor
Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia, 31421
Phone: (912) 201-2000
Hotel Reservations: (866) 716-8108
Rooms start at $189 per night + tax. To book your room, go
to and click on the convention image on the
home page. Then click on “Book Your Room”. If you don’t
use the hotel link on the website, be sure when you call to
let the hotel know you are with the UTA to get our
discounted rate. The group rate is available until October
18, 2016. Subject to availability.
Hotel Shuttle Service – Enjoy deluxe transportation
accommodations to the Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport.
Call (912) 201-2000 and ask for the Airport Shuttle
$15/each additional person when traveling together
Service currently available one-way only.
Westin’s newest Heavenly Bed®
Heavenly Bath® with dual shower heads, back-lit mirrors
42” flat-panel LCD television
iHome clock radio
Fully-integrated multi-media connectivity system
In-room refreshment center, custom-stocked upon request
High speed Internet access (hard-wired and wireless)
Some rooms contain balconies; rooms without balconies
are slightly larger.
Self and valet parking $18-23/day
Convention Registration
Click on the Convention Registration link
By 8/31
UTA Member Fee: $425
Guest/Spouse Fee: $225
Non-Member Fee: $650
After 8/31
Refund Policy
If you cancel by October 14 – No Penalty
If you cancel by October 24 – $100 Penalty
If you cancel after October 24 – No Refund
Meals Included
Hors d’oeuvres and 2 drink tickets
Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails and Heavy Appetizers
Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails and Awards Dinner
Attire for all sessions is business casual.
Requested dress for the Awards Dinner on Friday
evening is coat and tie for gentlemen, and dress or
pantsuit for ladies.
Wednesday, November 9th
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Meet & Greet Reception
Thursday, November 10th
6:45 am - 7:45 am
7:45 am - 9:30 am
Spouse/Guest Breakfast
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Welcome & General Session
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Keynote Speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spouse/Guest Lunch
and self guided tour
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Auction Sales
Social Media
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vendor Expo
and Silent Auction
Friday, November 11th
6:45 am - 7:45 am
8:20 am - 9:40 am
General Session
8:30 am - 9:30
Economic Speaker
Donald Broughton
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recreation and Tours (Lunch provided)
Annual UTA John Gresley Golf Tournament
Inaugural UTA 5k Walk/Run Challenge
Inland Fishing
Historic Trolley Tour
Savannah Riverboat Cruise
Historic Walking Tour
Lady & Son’s, Paula Deen’s restaurant
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Awards Dinner
Children are welcome to accompany you. Please
note that it is our policy to exclude those under 21
from business sessions and events where alcohol
will be served.
Saturday, November 12th
Name Tags and Lanyards
Name tags and lanyards are provided when you
check in. We ask that you and your registered
guest wear them during group functions.
Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend with
registered attendees, and are welcome to attend all
business functions, meals, and social activities. All
spouses/guests must be registered.
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Breakfast at Aqua Star
and departure
Annual UTA John Gresley Golf Tournament
This year’s golf tournament is at The Club at Savannah Harbor, which is ranked among
the top 100 golf courses in the country by Conde Nast Traveler. The golf course is located
adjacent to our hotel, and it offers excitement for both novice and experienced golfers.
UTA 5K Walk/Run Challenge to
benefit the UTA Jerome Nerman
Family Scholarship Fund
Join us for this inaugural event on a beautiful 5K course
on the resort grounds. Both runners and walkers will
enjoy the camaraderie and exercise! The track is next to the hotel and the Walk/Run will
start and finish at the hotel so it doesn’t get much easier access than this format. This is
a great opportunity to get some exercise and support a very worthy cause so why not
join your friends and walk or run the 5K. Because the Walk/Run will only take a couple
of hours, you will have plenty of time to get some shopping and sight-seeing on the
Savannah Riverwalk afterward. Double the fun!
Savanah Riverboat Cruise
Relax and enjoy a wonderful cruise up the Savannah River
while listening to a fully narrated tour from the boat captain.
The boat will cruise up the river toward Old Fort Jackson and
back. You will be able to observe uniformed soldiers and
witness cannon firing. Lunch will be served on board with a
great assortment of southern food.
Historic Downtown
This leisurely 2.5 hour trolley tour covers
a lot of ground as you explore the city’s
architectural gems and historic landmarks.
This tour includes a stop at an elegantly
restored historic house museum, and a
breathtaking 19th century Gothic Cathedral
of St. John the Baptist. Lunch is included.
Lady & Son’s Restaurant
Enjoy a wonderful lunch at Paula Deen’s
restaurant. Paula is Savannah’s Queen of
Southern Cuisine. You will enjoy special access
to Paula Deen’s world famous restaurant, in
addition to enjoying a great lunch. Plus, you
never know if Paula will be in town!
Inland Fishing
Walk out the back of the Westin and down to
the dock. Captain Brian and his mates will
provide you with a fantastic afternoon of fishing.
The active fish to catch in November is Redfish
and Brian and his team know all the hot spots.
Box lunch included.
Historic Walking Tour
Discover Savannah on foot with this wonderful
walking tour led by Nobel Jones Tours. Enjoy a
stroll through the beautiful squares of historic
Savannah. Discover James Oglethorpe’s plan
for a utopian society and its impact on the city.
You will be enthralled by Savannah’s intriguing
history, and how it has evolved into the
charming Southern city it is today.
Spouses and guests who sign up for this option
while registering receive a $25 gift card for dining,
and exploring anything Savannah has to offer.
at time of printing
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Diamond Level
Peterbilt Motors Company
Diamond+ Level
Daimler Trucks Remarketing
International Used Truck Centers
Kenworth Truck Company
TA Truck Service
TruNorth Warranty Plans of North America
Arrow Truck Sales
CAG Truck Capital
Coldiron Companies
Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers
Platinum Level
Commercial Truck Trader
Cummins Inc.
Manheim Specialty Auctions
National Truck Protection
PACCAR Financial Corporation
RoadRunner DriveAway
TRP, Parts For Trucks, Trailers & Buses
Gold Level
ACT Research
Alliance DriveAway Solutions, Inc.
American Driveaway LLC
American Guardian Warranty
ATD/NADA Commercial Truck Guide
Bennett DriveAway
DEKRA Automotive NA
Dex Heavy Duty Parts, LLC
EPG Insurance Inc.
J & J Drive-Away Inc.
Michelin North America
Premium 2000 Plus Warranties
Road Choice Truck Parts
Russ Darrow Leasing Co.
Second City Leasing
Taylor & Martin Auctioneers
Team Drive-Away, Inc.
Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks
Whitnell Analytics
Housby Auctions
Idealease of North America
IHS Automotive
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC
Mission Financial Services Group
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.
National Inspection Services
RigDig Truck History Reports
Roy’s Trucks & Equipment
Transport Topics
Truck Paper
Williams & Stazzone Insurance Agency
Silver Level
Access Trucks
Balboa Capital Corporation
Commercial Vehicle Inspection Group
DSI Solutions
Fort Wayne Auto Truck Auction
FSX Equipment, Inc.
Bronze Level
Best Used Trucks
Consolidated Truck Sales
Crook Motor Company
Freedom Truck Finance
Hess Auctioneers, LLC
Hino Motors Sales USA
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