conference speakers

Keynote: Ross Bernstein

Keynote: Ross Bernstein

Author, The Champions Code

Friday, October 1

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


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.

Keynote: Tim Gard

Keynote: Tim Gard

CSP, CPAE: Funny Motivational Speaker

Sunday, October 3

Laughter Becomes You!

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.

Additional Speakers

As of 10/1/21. Subject to change.

Martha Allen
Assistant Director of Transportation
MSD of Wayne Transportation

Kathy Anneken
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Easy Way Safety Systems

Benjamin Bernhart
Assistant Transportation Supervisor
Exeter Township School District in Pennsylvania

Clint Bryer
Director of Sales, Pupil Transportation
Safety Vision

Denny Coughlin
Maintenance & Safety Consultant

Lori Desautels
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Butler University

Greg Dettinger
Assistant Director of Transportation
South Bend Community School Corp. in Indiana

Denise Donaldson

Editor & Publisher
Safe Ride News

Alan Fidler
Fleet Manager
Metropolitan School District of Lawrence in Indiana

Derek Graham
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

Billy Huish
Director of Transportation
Farmington Municipal Schools in New Mexico

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

Ryan Lisek
South Shore Clean Cities

Miriam Manary
Lead Engineer in Research
Chair, RESNA Committee on Wheelchairs and Transportation
UMTRI – Biosciences

Zachariah McKinney
Director of Transportation
Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Indiana

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

LaShone Mosley
Director of Transportation
Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa

Joseph O’Neil, M.D. 
Riley Children’s Hospital
Indiana University of Health



Nathan Oliver
Director of Transportation
Monroe County Community School Corp. in Indiana

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

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

Amy Rosa
Director of Transportation
Wa-Nee Community Schools in Indiana

Ryan Stanley

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

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

Dwayne Vandiver
Fleet Manager
Noblesville Schools in Indiana

Charles Vits
Child Passenger Safety Technician

Jason Ward
Technology Specialist
South Bend Community Schools Corporation in Indiana

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