More speakers added to upcoming Zonar conference

Annette Sandberg and Steve Keppler are among the speakers that have been added to Zonar’s The Zone 2013 conference lineup. The Zone is scheduled for May 14-16, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt River Walk in San Antonio, TX.

Sandberg, past Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administrator and Keppler, executive director at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), will be joined by Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy at the American Trucking Assns. (ATA)

Michael Martin, executive director at the National Assn. of Pupil Transportation (NAPT),

Gary Petty, president & CEO at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC), and Tom Moore, senior vice president of education at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC).

The new speakers added are part of Zonar’s efforts to ensure attendees of The Zone have access to the latest safety information and are up-to-date on recent safety-related chances to federal regulations.

The Zone will also focus on ways to improve fleet efficiency through technology.

“Maintaining safe and compliant fleets has always been paramount for fleet managers,” said Chris Oliver, Zonar chief marketing officer. “As such, we’ve dedicated an entire learning track to transportation safety and regulatory compliance. The Zone brings together some of the top vehicle safety experts in the country so attendees can get a head start in preparing for regulatory changes.”

According to Zonar, attendees will The Zone with a greater understanding of possible future legislation and ways to improve their operation today. The event features three keynote presentations and 72 breakout learning sessions providing fleet professionals an ideal opportunity to network and gain insider knowledge from industry professionals and leading fleet executives. Session topics include the latest trends in fleet management, impending transportation regulation, operational safety, driver retention, fuel efficiency, management best practices and more.

The Zone will also feature keynote speakers including motivational business speaker and entertainer, Mike Rayburn, noted business author, David Goldsmith and internationally popular comedian, John Pinette. In addition, attendees will hear best practices from leading fleets representing a variety of industries.

“Zonar business partners, industry organizations and transportation experts are all helping make The Zone one of the most valuable events of the year,” continued Oliver. “The Zone is not just for Zonar users. Any fleet executive interested in improving their operations through technology will walk away with new insights, best practices and valuable relationships that will help them immediately make improvements and better prepare for the future. We are pulling out all the stops to provide the information and tools fleet managers need to develop top performing fleets.”

Registration for event is now open. To learn more and register at, visit

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