3rd Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention

Kansas City - Missouri · October 11 - October 13 · Hosted by Allen & Donna Smith


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**The 2013 Convention Has Been Postponed Until 2014**

Inspired People Generate Positive Action

The Trucking Social Media Convention ( TDSMC) is a “one-of-a-kind” gathering of those within the trucking industry who understand the importance, impact and value of the online social media platform, creating trust and awareness to their audience within the trucking community . TDSMC connects professional CDL drivers, companies, organizations, and industry professionals who believe that through honesty and transparency they can stand out, honor, and reach our more than 4 million CDL drivers, being recognized as a Supporter of Professional Drivers.


The Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention will be held October 11-13  at Harrahs Hotel and Conference Center in Kansas City, MO
Address the issues of most concern, network together, build relationships and be a part of this trusted trucking community. 

Be a part of  bringing general awareness to the issues facing professional drivers and the industry. Have the opportunity to  exchange thoughts, ideas and solutions with one another.
Event Highlights Include:  Speakers, Awards, Fellowship, meals, prizes, welcome reception, and more!

The Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention was founded on the principle of uniting, recognizing and honoring our nation’s truckers for their daily task of “keeping America moving.” 


Inspired People

Social Media is a Branding of Trust

Reaching a targeted audience is a major goal for all those who have a message, product, or service to share.  Based upon trust, Social Media is increasingly becoming “the way” to Stand Out with that message and then have that message go VIRAL

The TDSMC creates a positive atmosphere of trust between professional drivers and their supporters within the trucking industry,  encouraging knowledge, relationships, networking, and communication.  When your audience believes in you, your message to them is then shared through the hundreds of SM websites….thus the power of social media.

 The 2013  TDSMC is an opportunity for drivers and the industry to be informed and educated about the issues, including: The Power of Social Media,  The Truck Driver Shortage, Truck Driver Wages, The Truck Parking Shortage, including the presentation of results for this year’s National Truck Parking Survey which thousands of drivers have taken already.

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TDSMC attracts those who:

  • Honors and desires to Stand Out to over 4 million CDL drivers, being recognized as a Supporter of Professional Drivers!
  • Understand that honesty and transparency should be priority when reaching targeted audiences
  • Desires to be a part of positive change, sharing their knowledge and experience
  • Wishes to network with like-minded people
  • Believes that based on TRUST,  Social Media is the major platform to share you message, product or service, potentially having the power to be shared to millions



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A 3 day event which combines a learning and networking experience with the power of  social media relationship building.

Tickets include: Friday evening Welcome Reception, meals, refreshments, speakers, awards, prizes and contests.

For 3 years attendees have experienced a tremendous enthusiasm for those joining the Social Media Phenomenon at the Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention. By learning and applying the power of social media, the event allows and encourages the industry to network together while honoring the professional driver, the “driving force” of the trucking industry.

The Power of Social Media has expounded as those attending TDSMC realize how trust and transparency builds relationships and businesses, allowing a passionate message to be shared with hundreds of thousands of targeted listeners, including the media and general public

The convention gathering  discusses and informs those within the industry about the issues of most concern, encouraging an interactive Q&A session among attendees.



Key Features

•   Social Media Q&A  (Be a trusted element in the trucking community)
•   Honor and Recognition for our Professional CDL Drivers
•   Actively participate in discussions regarding issues and solutions concerning the trucking industry
•   Receive valuable information from experts in various fields of trucking
•   Socialize, network, dine and be entertained
•   Establish important contacts with  drivers and like minded industry professionals

Experience the “Jason Rivenburg Making a Difference Award” awarded to those within the trucking industry who have displayed their dedication and selfless commitment and efforts for the benefit of others within the trucking industry.

Meet Allen and Donna Smith-TESTIMONIALS


Allen Smith is a 36 year trucking veteran. He is the host of the blog, Ask The Trucker and hosts, along with his wife Donna, the popular internet talk radio show, Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”

Their company, Truth About Trucking LLC, has been a driving force within the trucking industry and has utilized the many Social Media opportunities by educating, informing, and explaining numerous obstacles and challenges that continually face us all.

Allen and Donna Smith have dedicated themselves to provide drivers and industry leaders alike with; informative research, blog posts, radio shows, and social media updates, continually reaching those who desire to be a part of their goal of “Raising the Standards of the Trucking Industry.”

In 2011 a first of its kind event took place at the Gold Strike Resort in Tunica, MS as Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention. The event was geared towards uniting and honoring the professional truck driver with industry leaders, companies, organizations, and those who support them. The 2011 Trucking Social Media Convention was a huge success and is now in its 3rd year, the last two years  being held at Harrah’s in Kansas City, MO.



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Reservations for the Truck Driver Social Media Convention are by RSVP only. Register early – seating is limited

harrah-1Registration for two day event costs $99.00 and includes:

Friday Evening Welcome Reception
•   4 buffets and refreshments
•   Speaker Presentations
•   Q&A Sessions
•   Free Truck Parking
•   Driver Prize-Give-Aways
•   Truck Contest Entry and Awards

The Truck Driver Social Media Convention is held at the Harrah’s Hotel & Conference Center in North Kansas City, Missouri

Harrah’s Convention Center
1 Riverboat Drive,
North Kansas City, MO 64116

There are a limited # of Rooms Discounted at Harrah’s for the Truck Driver Social Media Convention
To reserve a room

CALL  1-800-427-7247.
When asked “Which property?”  Reply “Harrahs North Kansas City”
Tell the operator you have have a group code at NKC.
The group code is S10TDSM.

Rates are $89.00 for Thursday & Sunday/Night
$139.00 for Friday & Saturday/Night

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Think Like a Black Belt and the Power of Social Media
Jim Bouchard


Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception from former drug abuser and failure to successful entrepreneur and Master Black Belt. In 2004 he was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year. As a speaker and author of Amazon bestseller, Think Like a Black Belt, Jim tours internationally presenting his philosophy of Black Belt Mindset for corporate and conference audiences and how he continues to move forward by utilizing the power of Social Media.

Recognized as one of the country’s leading motivational speakers, he is a regular guest on TV and radio programs including FOX News, BBC Worldview and FOX Across America. Regardless if you are beginning a new business, seeking to grow your business or facing major obstacles as in the case of professional drivers, Mr. Bouchard has proven that any hardship can be overcome when you can “Think Like a Black Belt.”

Truck Parking Shortage and Jason’s Law
Hope Rivenburg

For 3 years, Jason Rivenburg’s widow, Hope, refused to give up on her efforts to secure professional drivers with more safe and adequate truck parking. Hope Rivenburg was no stranger to Washington DC as she made many trips (at her own expense) lobbying for the nations truckers.  She knocked on individual Washington doors, sharing her message of the importance of the much needed bill, “Jason’s Law.”
Jason’s Law in now part of MAP 21, ensuring that funding be available for those states in most need.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko first introduced the original bill “Jason’s law” to the House in April of 2009. The bill was introduced shortly after the March 5, 2009 fatal shooting of a Schoharie County OTR driver, Jason Rivenburg. Jason had parked to rest at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina before his early morning delivery.

This year Hope leads the charge with a Nationwide Truck Parking Research Study, collecting data from professional drivers nationwide.  The study is in addition to the truck parking survey which was mandated in MAP 21, to be conducted by DOT.  Hope continues to meet with DOT officials and Congressman Tonko regarding her survey.

If you want to know why you should take the survey, watch the first part of the video created in 2010. The video was dedicated to Jason’s Law by Richie Acosta of East Coast Large Cars. Thank you Richie. Thank you Hope for all your dedication. Thank you everyone for taking the survey to help secure funding for Jason’s Law….which is now Law.

Truck Parking Survey

Andy Warcaba

Andy is Director of Business Development for AireDock which is one of the leading companies providing stationary truck idle reduction equipment at trucker resting facilities.  He is also president of Andrew J. Warcaba & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm located in the Chicago, Illinois Area.  As a Management Consultant, Andy has the opportunity to engage in a broad range of assignments. Over the years, he and his cadre of associated Architectural, Engineering and Subcontractor Companies have helped to reshape the Motorist Service Plaza Industry along our Nation’s Interstate Highway System. Mr. Warcaba has worked on several service plaza improvement and re-development projects that have become very successful on North America’s Interstate System.

In all of his design and planning efforts, Andy has always tried to take into consideration specifications that would improve parking conditions for truckers visiting rest areas and travel plazas.

Richard Wilson

Trucking Social Media welcomes back for the 3rd year Richard Wilson as a speaker for the 2013 convention. Rich is the President and CEO of TCRG, LLC- Transportation Compliance Resources Group.

Since 1976 Rich has been a driver, Owner operator, Small Fleet owner, Dispatcher, Broker, Fleet Operations and Safety Manager as well as a Safety & Regulatory Manager and Consultant.
Rich writes, and develops new training manuals, does on site carrier safety training programs and acts as a safety management consultant. He is a regulatory researcher who is experienced in on-site compliance review and corrective actions. Rich has acted as a regulatory representative for Owner operators, small fleets, large fleets, as well as Transportation Compliance consulting for International clients. He is familiar with accident investigation, insurance loss pay and cost lost analysis.

Truck Driver Wages and the Driver Shortage
Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker is an 18-year OTR veteran driver with over 2 million safe miles as well as a columnist for LandLine Magazine since 2005. Jeff has had many roles in his trucking career including a Heavy Truck and Transport Refrigeration Mechanic, a company driver, and an owner operator.  Mr Barker is also concerned about safety and availability of truck parking and  has created the FaceBook page, Support Better Independent Truck Stops. He is  a regular Guest Speaker on many trucking-related radio shows, continually voicing his ideas and opinions joining the many who desire to “Raise the Standards of the Trucking Industry”

Jeff is an devout believer in Truck Driver Health and Wellness. He is also an avid cyclist and creator of the Ride and Roll program which teaches drivers the health benefits of bike riding and how to carry a bike with them on the road. He is also an advocate for improving the overall image of the truck drivers to help them earn a higher level of respect. His Presentation for this years event will be, “More Respect and Wages- How bad do you want it?”

Special Guests
Kylla Leeburg

Kylla Leeburg- Social Media Coordinator for Truckers Against Trafficking

Kylla is the grassroots activist who co-founded, along with Kendis Paris and Lyn Thompson, Chapter 61 Ministries and is also one of the originators of the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) organization (2007).  Kylla also helped to co-found OATH, Oklahomans Against Trafficking. Ms. Leeburg was named national social media coordinator for the TAT 501(c)3 organization in 2011. Her effective use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the organization mission has helped educate the entire trucking community about human trafficking more rapidly than she could have thought possible using traditional networking events alone.

By recruiting the men and women on the front line of the trucking industry to act as modern day abolitionists, TAT has helped improve the public image of truck drivers and been effective to mobilize broad support using social media.

Desiree Wood


Desiree Wood – Founder of “REAL Women in Trucking” and a co-founder, along with Sandi Talbott, Shelle Lichti, and Alison Morris of the Women Truckers Social Media Network.
The www.REALwomenintrucking.com blog has grown into a community called the “Women Truckers Network” (WTN), hosting a bi-weekly free phone conference and new blog talk radio program. The mission of the REAL Women in trucking group is to network female professional drivers with friendship and to provide accurate information to woman entering trucking so they are able to make knowledgeable choices when they enter the industry.

Desiree Wood continues to be an instrumental and valued part of the truck parking research group, working with Hope Rivenburg, Andy Warcaba, and Richard Wilson, for the truck parking survey and OTR driver focus group  to be presented at the 2013 trucking social media convention.

Language Interpreters
Kristy Chaney


Kristy Chaney is the daughter of Kerry Chaney, a member of Face Book’s: Deaf Truckers United group.

Kristy will be attending the convention as our Sign Language Interpreter. She has been our sign language interpreter for the last 3 years at the Truck Driver Social Media Convention.

David Shumate

David Shumate is known throughout the Trucking Industry for his creative and quality photography. Mr Shumate  and his brother Howard are credited for the majority of photos taken at the 2012 Truck Driver Social Media Convention.

Sample PICS of 2012 Trucking Social Media Convention
and More PICS
Videos of 2012  Trucking Social Media Convention
Video 1 Highlight
Video 2 Highlight


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Sponsors understand and desire to build relationships through honesty, trust and transparency.

Have your support for professional drivers stand out, reaching over 4 million CDL drivers
TDSMC Sponsor Benefits include:

  • Be acknowledged by the vast driving community as one who recognizes and is empathetic regarding the many challenges that are being faced today.
  • Have your support visibly stand out to our nation’s drivers and then shared virally
  • Have heightened social media visibility as one who honors and supports professional drivers
  •   Create a “Community of Trust” for quality information, products and services you provide.
  •    Increase driver, general public and customer relations

ATTEDNING TDSMC- Sponsor/ Company Benefits

  • Engage in personal relationships through a close interactive environment, being an active part of today’s pressing issues and concerns for both drivers and the industry.
  • Be a part of a trusted and interactive community who provides ideas and/ or solutions that can aid in those concerns.
  • Display your support for both CDL drivers and the trucking industry as a whole.
  • Network with like-minded individuals within the trucking industry
  • Be recognized as an influence for positive interaction and change by sharing your knowledge and experience.

Learn more about our Sponsorship Packages.

Contact Allen or Donna Smith   352–465-7476



Jason Rivenburg-Making a Difference Award
Pride In Your Ride
Non Profit Organizations


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Jason Rivenburg Making a Difference Award

Sponsored by GoTruckStop.com

Winners of Making a Difference


History of Award

The “Making a Difference” award was started in 2011 during the 1st Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention. The 1st year winner was Hope Rivenburg, who inspired and encouraged thousands by displaying strength, courage, and commitment, as she fought tirelessly to secure the passage of “Jason’s Law” for Safe Truck Parking into the 2012 Transportation Bill.

The addition of Jason’s Law will alleviate the multi decade problem of inadequate safe truck parking for the professional driver.

In honor of Hope and Jason Rivenburg, the award is now called  the “Jason Rivenburg – Making a Difference Award”

Candidates for this years’ award were nominated by their peers via Social Media Websites.

The Candidates were nominated based on any ONE or more of the following criteria:

•  Timeless Effort for charities involving the trucking community
•  Volunteers their time helping others (related to trucking)
•  Has created a group or organization to help with the betterment of others (trucking)
•  Spends hours sharing their knowledge and answering questions to those who ask
•  Spends hours researching Trucking Legislation, lobbying, or informing others by writing letters and/or making phone calls to Washington

The following people are candidates for this years award




Kathy Cass

Kathy Cass-Robert Cass

Kathy Cass is the wife of a truck driver, an advocate for drivers, and an individual who shares her compassion for drivers and their families. Being the wife of a driver, she understands the difficulties that are involved and the effects caused by the challenging and demanding lifestyle. Drivers are many times separated from their families for weeks at a time, away from their partners, children, friends and loved ones.

Kathy started a page on FaceBook, “Advice Page for Drivers and Their Families” to aid, give advice and console with the stress that those involved experience.

Ms. Cass is also involved as an Administrator with other Social Media Pages, seeking those in need and offering advice, direction, and compassion.

“Trucking Space” on FaceBook
“Slow Down-Give Us Room To Work” on FaceBook
Kathy is also an active member of ATruckersWife.com, a place where trucker’s wives meet and share!
Richard Wilson

Richard WIlson

Rich writes, and develops new training manuals, does on site carrier safety training programs and acts as a safety management consultant. He is a regulatory researcher who is experienced in on-site compliance review and corrective actions. Mr Wilson has acted as a regulatory representative for Owner operators, small fleets, large fleets, as well as Transportation Compliance consulting for International clients. Rich gives muck of his time to  others, answering countless questions  on social media websites and emails. He is active on radio shows, answering questions drivers and companies may have regarding CSA, PSP, New Rule Making, violations, audits, and so many regulatory concerns the industry faces.

This is Mr Wilson’s 3rd year presenting at the Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention. He has presented the past 2 years on topics such as the truck driver shortage, CDL training standards, and CSA.


Randall Doane

Randall Doane

Randall Doane was born deaf and decided to enter the labor market so he could learn“hands on”, being a visual learner as so many deaf people are.

He has had various jobs including:  construction helper, dump truck driver, automotive mechanic, welding, assembly/test machinist (journeyman tool maker), plant electrician, self-employed auto repair shop, and OTR truck driver (until his hearing aids were unable to maintain the threshold of 40 dB or better)He then decided to continue his education and received an AA degree in Welding.

Because of his years of OTR driving experience, Bruce Dunn and other administrators from Deaf Truckers United (DTU) invited Randall into the group on FaceBook. He has been actively involved within the group, advising others about trucking related issues, creating learning videos, and being available to answer questions.

Randall was one of many within DTU who were also instrumental in the FMCSA decision to issue 40 drivers out of 45, hearing exemption letters. He continues to fight for the deaf, including the language in FMCSA, 391.11(b)(2)

Randall has stated, “Without this important social media tools, DTU wouldn’t be standing as of today where we have 400+ members and they are growing every day.”


Voting for the candidates were collected using “Survey Monkey” via social media websites.

The winner of the award will receive a plaque, presented by Hope Rivenburg, and a $500.00 cash prize sponsored by Go TruckStop.com.

The runners up for this contest will also receive certificates of achievement from Allen & Donna Smith of the Truck Driver Social Media.



Pride In Your Ride Truck Contest

Sponsored by Rigs & Rides online Magazine


2013  Pride in Your Ride

On behalf of Dan Harman and Rigs and Rides Magazine we would like to welcome you to the 2013 Pride in Your Ride Truck Contest.

Along with this year’s convention, bringing you exciting and important information that will change you as a professional driver, this year the convention is in Kansas City and as always, we want to welcome the professional drivers to our back yard.

Rigs & Rides prides itself in caring about the truckers and what they have to say. With that in mind, we are going to offer the drivers coming to the convention a “Pride in Your Ride” contest, offering:

Cleanest Overall Rig
Best Overall Maintenance
Best of Show Working Class
Best of Show Towing Class
Best of Show Dump Class


This is a contest for the drivers attending the convention and is part of your registration ticket. As you arrive at the convention, a member of the Rigs & Rides Family will be outside the convention by the truck parking and will be looking for rigs that have been registered ( tickets) to the convention. 

Show our staff your registration and you will be given an I.D. to place on your front window. After all the trucks have arrived, we will be walking around looking at the outside of your rig looking for the most pride. We are not looking for chrome or any special features just those who can keep even an everyday road tractor looking good with some TLC.

Category winners receive a trophy from Rigs & Rides and prizes from Cobra Electronics.

In addition, the winners will receive recognition in the winter edition of Rigs & Rides Magazine.



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Friday, October 11th
6:00 PM
Welcome Reception


Welcome Reception is held in Harrah’s famous VooDoo Lounge.

Domestic cheese montage with a variety of specialty breads and crackers
Gourmet vegetable crudite with chef’s selection of dips
Seasonal gourmet fruit display

Hors D’Oeuvres

Swedish Meatballs
Crispy Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard or BBQ Dipping Sauces
Fried Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce

Saturday, October 12th
7:30 AM
The Gathering

Doors open. Pick up your Registration Name Tags and your coffee!

8:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet

Sliced Fresh Fruit and Seasonal Berries

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito

Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Breads and Muffins

Accompanied with Preserves and Butter

Fresh Brewed Coffee, Hot Tea and Chilled Fruit Juices

9:00 AM

Welcome by Allen & Donna Smith.

9:30 AM
Sponsor Messages
Senior Vice President, Product & Market Strategy

XRS Corporation – 2013 Gold Sponsor

Christian Schenk

Christian Schenk XRS

Director of Marketing Services

Cobra Electronics – 2013 Gold Sponsor

Chris Kooistra

Gold Sponsor for 2013 TDSMC Chris Kooistra


11:30 AM
Think Like a Black Belt and the Power of Social Media

Think Like a Black Belt and the Power of Social Media presented by Jim Bouchard.

12:30 PM
Luncheon Buffet

Sautéed Chicken Parmesan Topped with Fresh Parsley and Parmesan Cheese
BBQ Smoked Beef Brisket Served with Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce·
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Pan Fried Rice
Fresh Vegetable Medley
Red Cabbage Pear Salad
Cheese Tortellini Salad
Chef’s selection of Cakes and Pies

Freshly Baked Rolls, Tossed Salad, Iced Tea, Water and Fresh Brewed Coffee

1:30 PM
The Truck Parking Shortage and Jason’s Law

The Truck Parking Shortage and Jason’s Law presented by Hope Rivenburg, Richard Wilson, and Andy Warcaba

3:00 PM

Time for sponsors, industry representatives, and  fellow drivers to communicate and network together

4:00 PM
The Driver Shortage and Truck Driver Wages

The Driver Shortage and Truck Driver Wages presented by Jeff Barker

Sunday, October 13th
8:00 AM
Sunday Morning Gathering and Breakfast Buffet


Assorted Fruit Juice
Assorted Breakfast Pastries
Fresh Whole Fruit
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
Buttermilk Biscuits with Country Gravy
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Breakfast Potatoes
Apple Crepes with Cinnamon Raisin Sauce

Orange Juice and Fresh Brewed Coffee.

Snacks and Refreshments

Petite Cheesecakes
Chocolate Iced Brownies
Bagels with Cream Cheese
Assorted Homemade Cookies

9:00 AM
Prize Drawings

Almost $10,000.00 of prize drawings presented by Cobra Electronics, GoTruckStop.com, and Video Dash Cam

10:00 AM
The Jason Rivenburg Making a Difference Awards

Awards presented to winners by Allen & Donna Smith & Hope Rivenburg – Jason Rivenburg Making a Difference Award
Prizes presented by TJ Graff of GoTruckStop.com

11:00 AM
“Pride In Your Ride” Truck Contest

Judging and Winner Trophies Sponsored by  Dan Harman of Rigs and Rides Magazine
Prizes Awarded by Cobra Electronics.



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If you would like more information about attending or sponsoring the event, please fill out the form below.

Stay in touch

Allen & Donna Smith
P.O. Box 2628
Dunnellon, Florida 34430

Phone: 352-505-8162
Email: info@truckingsocialmedia.com