Transportation Director Summit

Enjoy two days of focused higher learning and networking experience that blends together school district leaders, private fleet managers, industry suppliers and OEMs. Participants will network with peers, off-site at The Chateau at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, prior to the start of the regular STN EXPO conference. Discussing the newest innovations and best practices that impact your school transportation operations now. We invite you to come together for this event at no cost to qualified decision makers. Be a part of the community of pupil transportation directors and executives that are making a difference in our industry.

July 12—13, 2024

Peppermill Resort, Reno
The Chateau at Lake Tahoe

What is the Transportation Director Summit?

Lets Talk. Be part of a unique two day experience that blends together school district leaders, private fleet managers, industry suppliers and OEMs.

Do you have trust in your employees? Do they have trust in you? How do you even build trust?

This year’s Transportation Director’s Summit will deliver the strategies you need as a leader to instill trust throughout your organization with a highly engaging expert who literally wrote the book on how the values of honesty and integrity translate to the business world. Roundtable discussions will follow that focus on how to implement the lessons learned into everyday life as a transportation director.

If you are a registered STN EXPO full conference attendee, there’s no additional cost to you, your municipality or your organization to participate! Apply now for one of the limited 100 spots. Meals, snacks and participation expenses are covered by STN.

Launched in 2017, the Transportation Director Summit at STN EXPO is a signature event designed exclusively for qualified transportation directors. Participants will network with peers throughout two days, starting prior to the start of the regular STN EXPO conference. Successful applicants will gain high-level insights from experts within the student transportation industry and beyond on how to implement true leadership and innovation practices into their local operations.

Have a question about the Transportation Director Summit? Contact Ryan Gray at or Tony Corpin at

Schedule at a Glance

(subject to change)

Day 1  |  Friday, 7/14

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Peppermill Resort
Welcome & Introductions

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ice Breaker, Transportation Director Discussions & Networking Mixer

Day 2  |  Saturday, 7/15

7:00 a.m.
Buses Depart for The Chateau at Lake Tahoe

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Continental Networking Breakfast

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Leadership Training with Traci Brown  (Part 1 & 2)

Transportation Director Discussions

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Leadership Training with Traci Brown (Part 3 & 4)

Transportation Director Discussions

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Mixer: Appetizers & Drinks

5:45 p.m.
Buses Depart for Peppermill Resort

Featured Speaker

Christine Cashen

Christine Cashen


Saturday, July 13

Are you tired of feeling tongue-tied in tricky situations? Are you dreaming of a team that works like a well-oiled machine? Sick of personal and professional drama dragging you down? Fear not, Christine is here to help you level up your success game!  During this session, you’ll discover creative techniques to tackle problems like a boss, and you’ll learn phrase tactics to keep you’ll get a crash course in different personality styles, so you can communicate like a pro with anyone and everyone. You will build up the confidence needed to face even the toughest confrontations head-on. Armed with the perfect words, you’ll achieve the results you want and build stronger relationships along the way.


 Christine Cashen is more than just a speaker – she’s a force of nature. With over two decades of experience entertaining crowds, Christine has earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. 

Her talent for finding the humor in everyday situations is unmatched, and her ability to turn those moments into something magical is nothing short of amazing. Whether she’s delivering messages of positivity and productivity or just making people laugh, Christine’s unique perspective on life is both refreshing and insightful. 

Christine is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Certified Virtual Presenter (CVP). She is also one of the few individuals to meet the rigorous induction criteria of the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. 

But Christine is more than just a speaker – she’s also an accomplished author. Her award-winning books, THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness and It’s YOUR Business: Good Stuff for Your Personal, Professional, and Funny Business, are must-reads for anyone looking for a healthy dose of humor and inspiration. 

Despite her success, Christine remains grounded and humble. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in Adult Education, and in 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University. Before becoming a speaker, she worked as a university admissions officer, corporate trainer, and broadcaster. 

But above all else, Christine is a survivor. As a cancer survivor, she knows what it takes to overcome adversity and come out stronger on the other side. She’s a mother of two, wife of a “hottie engineer,” and a true inspiration to anyone looking to live their best life. 


The Transportation Director Summit at STN EXPO is a signature event that is designed exclusively for qualified transportation directors. Join the industry’s leading pupil transportation directors and private fleet executives for an immersive two days of higher learning. The Transportation Director Summit will be offered  to transportation directors and private fleet executives who have ultimate decision-making power. Successful applicants will gain access to engaging, high-level meetings with peers and representatives of leading industry suppliers to brainstorm opportunities amid the current challenging student transportation environment. The goal is to implement true leadership and innovation practices into local operations.

This free event is opened to all qualified transportation directors and supervisors, assistant transportation directors and supervisors, superintendents, financial directors, purchasing agents, fleet managers, and private contractor executives.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

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Have a question about the Transportation Director Summit? Contact Tony Corpin at or Alice Sabedra at


How will transportation directors be selected?

Conference attendees will register like normal, identifying their interest in participating at the TD Summit. Then the STN team will carefully vet all applicants to validate their credentials, since we have a 100 person maximum limit.

When will our two reps talk to the transportation directors?

During the event, your reps will be engaged at the ice breaker and also during the problem solving-portion of each speaker discussion and interaction. It will take place within the mini-groups, with the networking breaks also providing interactions. 

What is going to keep the directors there?

The content, speakers and peer discussions. It’s more about a team problem solving experience with focused meaningful content. Additionally, food and beverage will be provided during the breaks and cocktail hour.

Are our reps required to attend all of the sessions?

Yes, they are an important part of the discussion, problem solving and networking.

How do reps interact with the transportation directors during these sessions?

Discussions will take place within small mini-groups of three to four transportation directors and one assigned vendor partner. Each group of transportation directors rotates after each speaker from table to table, providing guaranteed time together. Your two reps would be assigned a specific table, such as #1 & #7.

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