Freshman Orientation

HNI Headquarters

Join Us on August 16, 2023 at HNI Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI.

About

Take a Day to Align Your Business and Go the Extra Mile

Join us in Milwaukee, WI for the next session of Freshman Orientation August 16, 2023 at HNI Headquarters. This one-day course is a packed day addressing the needs of new linehaul contractors. Our instructors represent years of experience in the contracted trucking industry. Learn from the experts how to avoid pitfalls and maximize your revenue as you embark on your linehaul journey.

When and Where

Wednesday August 16, 2023
Join us in Milwaukee, WI at HNI Headquarters.

Who

Contractors just getting started or about to get started, and managers/BCs new to linehaul.

Registration

Registration includes the full day course & materials, lunch, breaks, and an evening dinner.

Registration also includes admission to the REL Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at the Harley-Davidson Museum. 

Registration: $750 per attendee

 

Hotel

Attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodations. There are several hotels near the REL headquarters.

We suggest staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Downtown Milwaukee. You can get the discounted rate by calling the hotel at 414-291-4122, just let the front desk know that you’re with the Rolling Equity Leasing group. The recommended dates are August 15th-18th if you’re attending both events. If you have already booked your stay for the REL Customer Appreciation Event,  you can call the front desk to adjust your reservation.

 

Event Schedule

Classes will start at 9:30 am and run until 5:00 pm, with coffee service and lunch provided during the day.

Students and faculty are invited to a networking dinner following the course.

Course Topics

FXG Overview and Expectations 
Navigating FXG Sites
New Company Stand Up
Equipment & Maintenance
Tractor Compliance & Activation
Recruiting
FADV and Onboarding
Driver Training, Safety, & Company Culture
Operations Management
Settlement Analysis & Payroll
Accounting and Finance

Future with FXG

REL Customer Appreciation Event

REL will be hosting their customer appreciation event at The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI. This will be taking place on Thursday, August 17, 2023.

Students are invited to come and enjoy a chance to meet the entire REL Team and take part in informational sessions, food, games, and
a Cocktail Hour.

Team

Faculty

David Cooper

David Cooper

President - HaldiTech Services

David has been an entrepreneur longer than he’s been driving, owning and operating various businesses before turning to logistics in 2016.

David’s a graduate of Purdue University and lives in Southern Indiana with his three children and his dog. When he’s not working you’ll find him chasing his kids or a little white ball around a course.

Steve Crawford

Steve Crawford

HaldiTech Services

Steve is a 50+ year veteran of the trucking industry. Recently, he passed the 35-year mark with FedEx/RPS. Steve started his career in South Dakota, working for his father’s trucking company. He spent that time learning all aspects of the business, including dock work, driving, administration, and sales.

Steve moved to the St Louis area in 1988, working with Roberts Express (now FedEx Custom Critical) as a recruiter. He left corporate employment in 1991 to begin his company. Starting with RPS in 1995, Steve grew the business in several markets, experiencing both organic growth and expansion by acquisition.

Steve’s passion is to see others succeed and to bring new ideas, concepts, and perspectives to our industry.

John Davis

John Davis

Linehaul Central

John Davis is the safety director for multiple linehaul contractors. His career spans 33 years in safety and risk management. John owns several businesses providing safety and compliance services to motor carriers inside and outside the FXG linehaul network.

John leads a dedicated team of professionals handling linehaul contractors’ safety and compliance programs and creates customized safety training programs and solutions for drivers, lead drivers, and BC managers.

Johns’ team focuses on reducing accidents, roadside violations, and VEDR events through training and one-on-one driver coaching. Safety Beyond All Else requires constant monitoring of the safety program, frequent adjustments, and daily driver coaching.

Becky Dockter

Becky Dockter

Linehaul Central

I am the fractional CFO/Controller for  several companies in a range of industries  including trucking and FXG linehaul. I have over 30 years of experience helping businesses grow to their full potential.

We have a dedicated accounting team that is focused on helping contractors get the most out of their financials by developing a standard profit and loss statement that highlights the areas that are most
important to contractors.

Kenneth Eichenberger

Kenneth Eichenberger

APS Logistics Management

From my 2002 graduation in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, I jumped into sales and engineering automation in North Carolina before returning back to the southern Indiana area in 2005.   I have a wonderful wife, 4 amazing children, a very large and supportive family, and a terrific work team.  My personal motto is lead by example, try not to accept “NO”, and rid your known definitions of the word “Can’t”.  Delighted to be on the faculty and to serve the FedEx Ground Linehaul community with the idea that we can all work together to make life smoother and end results more fun to obtain.

John Haldi

John Haldi

HaldiTech

John first got into the linehaul space nine years ago when a friend bought a linehaul business and asked for his help making sense of the info he was getting from FXG.  A few years later another contractor saw the software he’d built, and HaldiTech was born.

John’s a graduate of Duke and lives in Atlanta with his wife and two dogs.  When he’s not working you’ll find him on the golf course or flying a small plane just for fun.

Pat McKay

Pat McKay

REL

Pat enjoyed a 17-year career at FedEx Ground from early 1992 through 2008 in various operations roles ending as a Division Managing Director on the East Coast.  Pat spent an additional 13 years in 2 national trucking firms with leadership roles in asset and fuel procurement, recruiting, maintenance and lease purchase programs before starting REL with his partner Tyler Tattum.

Pat is passionate about saving costs for TSP’s and providing an unparalleled customer experience in all of their service offerings.

Jessica Meadows

Jessica Meadows

Square One Recruiting

My name is Jessica Meadows.

You know the cliché saying “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”? Well, that’s recruiting for me. I come from a sales background and never really enjoyed selling objects that weren’t a necessity to the customer. Don’t get me wrong, I was good at my job, but I wanted to do more. 

Enter recruiting. I was presented with the opportunity to work for a contractor in Nashville, TN, as the Director of Recruiting and instantly fell in love with the job. I was selling careers to those in need and ultimately bettering the lives of them and their families. Over the past 8 years of recruiting within the FedEx network, I have created a system that works, every time. Thus, the idea for Square One Recruiting was born. 

Alvin Sheely

Alvin Sheely

Extra Mile Trucking

I started into the transportation world in 1993 as a truck driver. Over the next 30 years I’ve worn nearly every hat in the trucking industry from driver, dispatcher, owner operator and most recently the co-owner with my wife Michele, of Extra Mile Trucking Inc. For the last 10 years we have successfully grown this from 1 truck 1 driver to nearly 30 trucks in 4 different markets. In my free time I like to go deep sea fishing and spend time with my 5 grandkids. I love sharing knowledge I’ve gained and helping others to be successful.

“Great things happen when you go the Extra Mile.”

Michele Sheely

Michele Sheely

Extra Mile Trucking

My first love has always been in the healthcare field. I’ve spent most of my 26 year career working to help people as a physical therapist assistant. For the last 10 years of my career, I was an instructor teaching physical therapy to students at a local community college. I am a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte with a Masters of Heathcare Administration. With the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic. i chose to resign from this field and turn my attention to helping my husband advance our business, Extra Mile Trucking. I’ve been working behind the scenes to ensure our success for the last 10 years. We’ve always tried to go the “Extra Mile”

I enjoy spending time with our grandchildren, traveling and attending country music festivals and concerts. I get great satisfaction by serving others in my church and community.

Tyler Tattum

Tyler Tattum

REL

 Tyler enjoyed a 17-year career at FedEx Ground from early 1991 through 2007 in various operations roles including LH/Hub Manager and Managing Director within FedEx Ground. Tyler spent an additional 13 years in 2 national trucking firms with leadership roles in asset and fuel procurement, recruiting, maintenance and lease purchase programs before starting REL with partner Pat McKay.

Tyler is passionate about relentless support and providing an Industry best experience through REL, our vendor partners and the services we provide.

Dave Tomasch

Dave Tomasch

Square One Recruiting / DTI

Dave started driving trucks in Florida when he was eighteen years old.  After spending 4 years in the Navy, he worked in various capacities on racing teams. At the end of 2002, the racing world was in a big decline, and Dave decided it was time to look for new opportunities.  Now 20 years later with 130 employees and 95 semi tractors we have been blessed more than I deserve. I have an awesome team of drivers and staff that do an amazing job everyday providing excellent service to FedEx Ground in Indiana, Florida and Dallas, Texas. My wife Denise and our kids live in Indianapolis.

 

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