Conference Overview


(As of 9/15/21. Subject to change)

Friday, October 1
12 p.m.

Opening General Session &
Keynote with Ross Bernstein
“The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability, from the Sports World to the Business World”

2 p.m.

Safety & Security
The Child Psychology of Riding the School Bus with Bruce Henderson
Maintenance & Fleet
Understanding the Importance of Maintenance Training with Jason Johnson

3:15 p.m.

Management & Technology 
Changing Bell Times with Ryan Hahn + Greg Dettinger, Joshua Hinerman & Janet Petrisin
Safety & Security
Developing Crisis Communications Plans for the School Bus Environment – Deb Hileman with Patti Waites & Martha Allen
Maintenance & Fleet
Implementing Electric School Buses with Ewan Pritchard, Ph.D, PE + Todd Hawkins & Nathan Oliver

4:45 – 6:45 p.m.

TD Summit Day 1 (JW Marriott)

7 – 9 p.m.

STN EXPO Indy Welcome Party at High Velocity
Sponsored by Opti-Luxx

Saturday, October 2
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NHTSA Hands-On Training (5.5 CEUs)
*Off-site at SafeGuard/IMMI Campus (Transportation provided)

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

TD Summit Day 2 + Reception
*Off-site at Topgolf Fisher (Transportation and Lunch provided)

Sunday, October 3
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

General Session
Sunday Morning Service

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

General Session & Keynote with Tim Gard
“Laughter Becomes You!”

1 – 2:15 p.m.

General Session
The Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the School Bus Ride By Lori Desautels, Ph.D.

2:30 p.m.

Maintenance & Fleet
Obtaining Grant Funds to Purchase Clean Energy Vehicles & New Equipment with Ryan Lisek + Greg Dettinger & Amy Rosa
Management & Technology
Managing the ROI of Bus Technology – Derek Graham with Zach McKinney & Nathan Oliver

4 p.m.

Maintenance & Fleet
The Impact of Fuel Choices on Maintenance Operations with Denny Coughlin & Jason Johnson
Management & Technology
Identifying Potential Solutions to the Driver Shortage with Ryan Hahn + Benjamin Bernhart, Joshua Hinerman & Amy Rosa
Safety & Security
Seatbelt Adoption – Derek Graham with Matt Miles & LaShone Mosley

Monday, October 4

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

STN EXPO Indy Trade Show + Lunch on Trade Show Floor
Indiana Convention Center

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

General Session Town Hall
Sponsored by First Student
Transformations in Pupil Transportation Health, Safety & Efficiency (Lessons Learned from COVID-19) – Derek Graham, Zachariah McKinney & Nathan Oliver

3 p.m.

Maintenance & Fleet
Addressing a Shortage of Mechanics in the Bus Garage – Denny Coughlin with Jason Johnson
Safety & Security
The Complex Relationship Between School Buses & Railroad Crossings with Benjamin Bernhart

3 – 9 p.m.

STAI Indy Day
(STAI Members Only)

4:30 p.m.

Management & Technology
Utilizing the Emergency Connectivity Fund to Implement Wi-Fi with Denny Coughlin, Clint Bryer, Greg Dettinger, Billy Huish & Ryan Stanley

Conference Concludes

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