Keynote Speakers

Ross Bernstein

Ross Bernstein

Author, The Champions Code

“The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability, from the Sports World to the Business World”

Saturday,  October 10
8:15 to 9:45 a.m.

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning, peak-performance, hall-of-fame business speaker who’s keynoted conferences for Fortune 500 companies on all seven continents. He has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.

Ross’ program is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. It’s based on a series of books he wrote, for which he was able to interview more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research, he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports were also common among peak performers in business. There are reasons certain teams win consistently whereas others don’t… and Ross explains why. It’s based largely on the “Good to Great” concept of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through servant leadership. They culture  excellence by developing deeper relationships and providing extraordinary customer service. Ross weaves sports stories about the DNA of champions with stories of companies that he has worked with around the world—and shares best practice ideas on ways to overcome disruption, while ultimately building stronger relationships. At the core of his message is the simple fact that we like to do business with people who we trust, who we like, and who just “get it”—CHAMPIONS.

Dr. Stephen R. Sroka

Dr. Stephen R. Sroka

Infectious Disease Expert, Professor & Author

Being Fearless in the Face of Adversity
With the Courage to Lead

Saturday, October 10
5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Stephen Sroka returns to the STN EXPO keynote stage to address an ever-changing world. One that is suffering medically, economically and emotionally from COVID-19, the coronavirus. But his talk to attendees is one of hope. Some of you may have read that he had clinically died on stage several years ago, while speaking at a school training about school safety. He was saved by two school resource officers and a principal. Soon afterwards, Dr. Steve was diagnosed with a fatal disease, cardiac amyloidosis. Today, he is on experimental drugs and doing well.

You may also know that Steve works with infectious diseases and keynoted the 2009 International Swine Flu (H1N1) Conference in Washington, D.C. He is also scheduled to keynote the International Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summit in Washington, D.C., this summer. He has been intensely involved in the the coronavirus crisis, served a frequent medical expert commentator for the news media and has written national op-ed commentaries.
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting “panicdemic” have made Dr. Steve think about how everyone has to make life threatening decisions every day, just like those who work with the responsibility of transporting students to and from school.

His presentation will bring you up-to-date with the coronavirus, including the science and practical strategies to manage the COVID-19 threat in your professional and personal life. He will offer lessons learned about life and death and how to develop your own personal warrior aura to be fearless in the face of adversity with the courage to lead whether it be with the coronavirus, death or making sure the school buses run tomorrow morning.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard

CSP, CPAE: Funny Motivational Speaker

Laughter Becomes You!

Sunday, October 11
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Driving a school bus is a stressful and often-times thankless job. Don’t let the experience drive you or your team crazy. This insightful session will demonstrate how transportation leaders can use and instill humor in their department cultures to combat emotional and mental fatigue suffered by drivers, attendants and other student transportation staff. After all, finding happiness at work isn’t brain surgery.

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a top motivational speaker and corporate entertainer who is known for bringing tears of laughter to audiences worldwide. More than an insightful and funny guy, Tim teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful by using their own comedic style.  As one of the world’s best options when seeking a motivational speaker, Tim also coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity through employee enthusiasm through appropriate workplace humor.

As an internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy- to-implement techniques demonstrate ways to diffuse, deal with, and ultimately avoid stressful encounters. Tim does not make light of serious issues; rather, he shines a light on previously unseen possibilities to overcome challenging situations.

Transportation Director Summit Keynote & Training

Ross Bernstein

Friday, October 9

“Wearing the C: Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Captains and Coaches in Sports”

As a transportation leader in your organization, you wear the “C” on your “jersey” each day, whether you realize it or not. And others are taking notice. They expect you to embody the characteristics of a captain in all you say and do. Selected participants of the Transportation Director Summit are in store for an interactive, humorous and captivating day of training that will help them embrace their inner captain and motivate them to lead the team to victory.


Conference Speakers

As of 3/25/20. Subject to change.

Martha Allen
Assistant Director of Transportation
MSD of Wayne Transportation

Tim Ammon
Co-Founder & Partner
Decision Support Group

Kathy Anneken
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Easy Way Safety Systems

Benjamin Bernhart
Assistant Transportation Supervisor
Exeter Township School District in Pennsylvania

Bret Brooks
Gray Ram Tactical, LLC

Marshall Casey

Bus Inspection & Maintenance Consultant

Denny Coughlin
Maintenance & Safety Consultant

Lori Desautels
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Butler University

Denise Donaldson

Editor & Publisher
Safe Ride News

Tiffany Ellefson
General Manager
DISA Global Solutions

Alan Fidler
Fleet Manager
MSD of Lawrence Township

Richard Gallagher
Director of Transportation
Bayshore Central School District in New York

Derek Graham
Transportation Consultant

Ryan Hahn
Transportation Consultant

Bruce Henderson
Professor, Department of Psychology
Western Carolina University

Deb Hileman
President and CEO
Institute for Crisis Management

Joshua Hinerman
Supervisor of Transportation
Robertson County Schools in Tennessee

Jason Johnson
Equipment Services Manager
Horseheads Central School District in New York

Alfred Karam
Director of Transportation
Shenendehowa Central School District in New York


Don King
Director of Transportation
Rochester Schools Corporation

Dave Meeuwsen
Director of Transportation
Zeeland Public Schools

Matt Miles
Director of Transportation
Metropolitan School District of
Lawrence Township in Indiana

LaShone Mosley
Director of Transportation
Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa

David Murphy
Child Passenger Safety Technician
HSM Transportation

Joseph O’Neil, M.D. (invited)
Riley Children’s Hospital

Janet Petrisin
Director of Transportation
Metropolitan School District of
Wayne Township in Indiana

Ewan Pritchard, Ph.D., PE
Consulting Engineer
Pritchard Engineering

Taryn Richard
School Principal
MSD Wayne Township in Indiana

Joe Scesny
Bus Inspection Consultant

Sue Shutrump
Supervisor of OT/PT
Trumbull County ESC in Ohio

GP Singh
ByteCurve LLC

Trey Stow
Shop Foreman
Fulton County Schools in Alpharetta, Georgia

Patricia Waites
Assistant Director of Transportation
Hamilton Southeast School Corp. in Indiana

Winship Wheatley
Transportation Consultant

Bobby Williams
Assistant Director, Fleet Operations
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas

Charles Vits
Child Passenger Safety Technician

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