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, June 6, 2020
9 to 10:30 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 of 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.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard

CSP, CPAE: Funny Motivational Speaker

Laughter Becomes You!

Sunday, June 7, 2020
4 to 5:30 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 transportations 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 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 using appropriate workplace humor.

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

Ross Bernstein

Friday, June 5

“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

Here is who spoke in 2019.

Stay tuned for an updated speaker list for 2020.

Yousif “Joe” Abulhassan, Ph.D.
Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Murray State University

Kathy Anneken
Easy Way Safety Systems

Jeff Cassell
Safety Consultant

Marshall Casey

Bus Inspection & Maintenance Consultant

Denny Coughlin
School Bus Training Company

George Davis
Bus Shop Supervisor
Fayette County (Ga.) Schools

Darla Dicken
Director of Transportation
Oakwood (Ill.) CUSD #76

Denise Donaldson

Editor & Publisher
Safe Ride News

Bob Downin
Director of Transportation
Clark-Pleasant (Ind.) Community School Corporation

Richard Fischer

Christian Flores
Director of Transportation
Lake Central (Ind.) Schools Corporation

Derek Graham
Transportation Consultant

Matt Griswold
People Centric Consulting Group

Betheny Gross
Associate Director
Center on Reinventing Public Education

Ryan Hahn
Transportation Consultant

Don Harkey
People Centric Consulting Group

Joshua Hinerman
Supervisor of Transportation
Robertson County (Tenn.) Schools

Grace Kelly, SPHR
RC Kelly Law Associates, LLC.

Zach McKinney
Director of Transportation
Southeast Hamilton Township (Ind.) Schools

Patrick Mulick
Autism Coordinator
Auburn (Wash.) School District

Elizabeth O’Neal
Post-doctural Research Scholar
University of Iowa

Joseph O’Neil, M.D. 
Riley’s Children Hospital in Indianapolis

Joe Scesny
Bus Inspection Consultant

Joseph Schwieterman, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Policy
DePaul University

Eric Smith
Director of Transportation
Seneca (Mo.) R-7 Schools

Kayne Smith
Director of Transportation
Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas) ISD

Annie Sovcik
Program Director
Busing On the Lookout

Charles Vits
Child Passenger Safety Board

Jeff Vrabel
Director of Transportation
Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools

Patricia Waites
Assistant Director of Transportation
Southeast Hamilton (Ind.) Township Schools

Bobby Williams
Bus Inspection & Maintenance Consultant

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