2016 Agenda

2016 Annual Conference to be held at the
The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington

June 12, 2016 - June 14, 2016

The Edgewater

$229 per night (plus taxes, fees, and parking) – Please mention ”NCLC Group” to receive our Rate
($309 per night for waterview side of the Edgewater)
Cut-off for rate – May 2, 2016

2016 NCLC Conference Agenda

Seattle, Washington June 2016
Date / Time / Room Event
Sunday, June 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Seattle Bus Tour
4:00 - 6:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 pm Registration and Reception
Monday, June 13
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks by Co-Chairmen

Curtis Jones, Corporate Transportation Manager at Tootsie Roll Dan Horgan, Vice President of Operations at East Coast Warehouse & Distribution

15 Seconds for Each Attendee to Extol the Virtues of their Company

8:30 - 10:00 am
Everybody into the Pool!

Short presentation detailing what pool distribution is (for those not familiar) followed by breakout groups – shippers/truckers and warehousers jointly in 3 groups to discuss relevant topics:

  • Shippers only wanting temp controlled equipment in the summer months
  • Pallet quality and the block pallet providers
  • Reverse logistics: What to destroy and when
  • Safe quality food
  • Best practices at avoiding fines, multiple seals for LTL loads/pallet quality/on time delivery
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:00 am Presentation of Group Reports
Given by NCLC Attendee Representative
11:00 am - Noon
Where's My Next Driver

New Regs, New Demographics, New Sources

Martin Garsee*

Martin Garsee, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS)
Martin is currently Program Director for Transportation Training for Houston Community College, for over 20 years he has been an experienced professional in driver training and safety. Houston Community College is one of largest publicly funded commercial driver training schools in the nation with over 1,000 graduates per year. In 2015 he served on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Advisory Committee to help write a proposal for mandatory entry level standards.

Martin has held positions with the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools since 2000, board member, vice president, president, past-president and now executive director. He is currently a member on the board of directors for The Texas Trucking Association, and Truckload Carriers school and education committee. Garsee is board member for Kidz Harbor that provides temporary shelter for abandoned, abused & neglected children, and it also operates a therapeutic group home that provides a permanent place for children.

Martin holds a BAAS and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls TX.

, Executive Director
National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) and Program Director for Transportation Training for Houston Community College. Member, FMCSA Entry Level Driver Advisory Committee

Don Lefeve*

Don Lefeve is President & CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), overseeing all operations at CVTA and is the chief advocate before Congress, the White House, and federal regulatory agencies. Lefeve joined CVTA in 2013 and brings over 15 years of government relations and political experience to his post.

Lefeve was formerly the Director of Government Affairs at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) where he was the principal day to day liaison between APSCU and Members of Congress. Lefeve also designed and led APSCU’s grassroots efforts.

He has held senior government relations positions in industry and served on the legislative staff of former United States Senator John Warner. While working for Senator Warner, Lefeve handled Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, and Small Business policy issues. Additionally, Lefeve has worked on several Congressional, Senate, and Presidential campaigns.

Lefeve holds a B.A. in History from Randolph-Macon College, a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and was a 2006 Fellow at the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (University of Virginia). Mr. Lefeve is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

, President & CEO
Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) Don has over 15 years of government relations and political experience.

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Noon - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Government Says I MUST/CAN'T Hire that Driver

The Conflict Between DOT and Employment Laws (ADA, EEO, etc.)
How to Avoid Employment Lawsuits

Jeff Pincus*

Jeff’s practice focuses on the defense and trial of catastrophic losses in the trucking and transportation industry. He also handles matters involving high exposure construction accidents, claimed product defects as well as those matters stemming from municipal and premises liability, medical and dental malpractice, nursing home liability and vehicular negligence.

Jeff is a member of Lewis Johs’ Catastrophic Loss Response Team. He acts as advisory counsel to companies involved in the transportation industry, either directly or through their insurance carriers.

Jeff started his career as Assistant District Attorney where he handled all phases of criminal prosecution. From there, he joined a boutique law firm concentrating his practice in anti-fraud litigation. He considers himself privileged to have tried cases for over twenty years.

Jeff was admitted to practice in New York in 1990. He is admitted to the United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau Suffolk Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Former Assistant District Attorney’s Association of Nassau County, as well as the Hauppauge Industrial Association and Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Jeff was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, which recognizes the top 5% of lawyers in the region.

Jeff has lectured to corporate clients, insurance organizations and attorneys on a variety of issues, including the presentation and cross examination of expert witnesses, the implication of the internet age on employer’s responsibilities, catastrophic loss response, preservation of evidence as well as crisis communication planning. He has also lectured to attorneys and representatives of municipalities on the access to public information. He has lectured for the Transportation Lawyers Association on numerous occasions.

In 1989, Jeff Pincus received his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law where he served as Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1986.

Jeff Pincus was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Transportation Lawyers Association.

, Esquire, and Thomas Dargan*

Tom Dargan’s practice focuses on the representation of commercial clients in transportation law and complex civil litigation. He defends numerous corporate and commercial clients in state and federal courts involving commercial litigation and casualty defense litigation, including catastrophic trucking accidents, construction accidents, employment matters, products liability, dram shop actions and premises security. Tom is a member of the Lewis Johs Catastrophic Loss Response Team.

Tom represents self-insured trucking companies and transportation companies directly and through their insurance carriers. He advises commercial specialty units of several insurance carriers with respect to topics including first and third party claims, personal injury and negligent security claims, regulatory compliance issues, environmental concerns, long-haul trucking claims, cargo and product liability matters. He is experienced in assisting clients during the critical early hours of trucking accident investigations. He developed the Catastrophic Loss Response Manual for the benefit of the firm’s clients.

Tom has lectured to corporate clients and insurance organizations on a variety of topics, including transportation losses, employment law, crisis communications planning and investigation procedures for significant casualties. Additionally, he acts as regional counsel to an international insurer for the trucking industry as part of their catastrophic loss response team. Tom specializes in counseling the firm’s clients with respect to crisis management and communications strategies.

Tom was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1997 and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1998. He is an executive committee member of the Primerus Transportation Practice Group and he frequently speaks at the Primerus Transportation Law conference. He is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”). He is a member of DRI’s Trucking Committee. Tom is active with the Three Village Chamber of Commerce. He performs pro bono work on behalf of the Baldwin Union Free School District and the New York School Bus Contractors Association. His articles have been published both in the Nassau Lawyer and Suffolk Lawyer publications.

In March 2013, Tom was named and featured in Long Island Pulse Magazine’s 2013 Top Legal Eagles List for his tremendous results and experience in the field of commercial litigation. Additionally he has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers New York Metro Area in 2013 and 2014. Tom’s legal article entitled School Bus Safety: What Can Our Schools Do To Protect Our Children was published in the December 2014 volume of The Transportation Lawyer. The Transportation Lawyer is a monthly publication of the Transportation Lawyers Association.

In 1996, Tom Dargan received his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as the Research Editor of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. In 1993, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, in English Literature from Providence College.

Law Firm of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

Members – Lewis Joh’s Catastrophic Loss Response Team, Defense Research Institute and advisory counsel to companies in the transportation industry.

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3:00 - 4:00 pm
Drones, Driverless Trucks and The Rest of the Future

What Could Go Wrong

Michael Ogborn*

Mike grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota and received a BA and JD. He has been a resident of Denver since 1984, and formerly practiced law.

Mike and his wife of 45 years, Jill, have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

Mike provides strategic planning and initiatives for business growth. He is involved in public relations and the preparation of media releases, drafts and correspondence on behalf of the many organizations that he serves.

Prior Professional Experience

  • 1991 – July 2012 OmniTRAX, Inc. ("OmniTRAX") – Executive Vice President and Managing Director
    OmniTRAX is one of North America's largest private transportation and railroad management companies with 19 regional and short line railroads in 12 states and three Canadian provinces. He served on the Senior Leadership Team and was primarily responsible for regulatory matters, administrative matters, government relations, labor relations, and public relations for OmniTRAX and the railroad, terminal, and transportation companies OmniTRAX manages and served on the acquisitions team, as the senior advisor on labor relations matters and on the negotiating team.
  • 1989 – 1991 Harding & Ogborn, LLC law firm – Member and Managing Director in its Denver, Colorado office
  • 1988 – 1989 Heron, Burchette, Ruckert & Rothwell law firm – Partner and Managing Partner in its Denver, Colorado office
  • 1974 – 1988 Nelson, Harding law firm – Partner and Shareholder – Managing Partner/ Managing Director in its Lincoln, Nebraska office and in its Denver, Colorado office
  • 1972 – 1974 All-American Transport, Inc. and Midwest Coast Transport, Inc. – General Counsel Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (1994 – present) – Chairman and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors (2010 – present); Vice Chairman (2007 -- 2010); Legislative Policy Committee member (1994 – present and Chairman 1999); Central Region Vice President (1990); Responsible for revising the ASLRRA Constitution (2001 and 2010)
  • Colorado Freight Advisory Council (2015 – present, Vice Chair) – advises Colorado Department of Transportation on freight matters
  • Rail-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (2010 – 2016) – Appointed by the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board ("STB") to advise the STB, Department of Transportation, and Congress on transportation policies, legislation, and regulations
  • Rail Industry Working Group (1994 – 2000 and 2004 – present) – Committee made up of large and small railroad representatives to foster understanding and resolve problems within the industry
  • Colorado Transit and Rail Council and its predecessors (1998 – present) – advises Colorado Department of Transportation on rail freight matters and assists the Department with the development of the state transportation plan
  • Colorado Freight Advisory Council and the Colorado Interim Transit and Rail Committee (1998 – 2012) – Gubernatorial appointment to advise Colorado Department of Transportation on transportation issues and policies
  • Union Pacific Short Line Advisory Group (2006 – 2013); Chairman (2006 – 2013)
  • BNSF Caucus (2010 – 2011)
  • NS Caucus (2010 – 2011)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (1976 – 1990 – President – 1988)
, Ogborn Consulting Group
Advisor to Colorado DOT, US DOT, and the US Congress on transportation policies, legislation and regulations. Chair of American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. Past President – Transportation Lawyers Association

OCG provides consulting services to the transportation industry including strategic advice and counsel on Surface Transportation Board and Federal Railroad Administration matters, government relations, public relations, management labor advice, and arbitration services.

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4:00 - 4:30 pm Wrap-Up
6:30 - 10:00 pm Reception and Dinner
GKG Comments
Tuesday, June 14
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 11:00 am Members Meeting / Business Discussion
Discussion of Industry Topics


Marty Bourque
Lindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc.
(603) 501-9627

Dan Horgan
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution
(908) 351-2800 Ext 211

Jerry Gimmel, General Counsel NCLC
 (301) 840-8565