In this Transportation Virtual Boot Camp, experts Mark Dixon and Dave Malenfant will help you explore and understand current trends in the trucking sector of the transportation industry. The deep level of insight you’ll gain will prepare you to handle any compliance situation and to make sure your company is updated on the latest regulatory and industry developments. This informative boot camp will cover the four key areas of driver recruitment and retention; auditing protocols, including DOT requirements; freight planning; and truckload pricing strategies. Mark and Dave will use multiple sub-sessions addressing topics – from the styles and methodology of recruitment and retention, and how to create a strong brand that speaks to drivers, use of predictive analytic tools to make planning decisions – that provide a deep dive into methods and practices that will help you maximize your resources and boost your profits, all while staying compliant.
Employer's (Driver vs. Company) Perspective
M. Dave Malenfant currently serves as Director of Outreach and Partnerships and oversees the Advisory Board for the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Texas Christian University. Prior to this appointment, Dave served on the Advisory Board for the center from its inception in 2002. With a passion for talent development and career planning, Dave has helped develop the Executive Apprenticeship Program, judged the LINKS simulation game, and assisted students with internships and case competitions.
Prior to joining TCU, Dave spent over 35 years in a variety of industry roles. As an entrepreneur, Dave was Co-founder and President of Signature Consultants, Inc., (1973) a business, finance, and economic consulting firm that he ultimately sold in 1993. He created and operated a variety of other businesses that are still profitable in Canada today.
In 1993, Dave joined Alcon Laboratories where he steadily advanced through leadership roles such as Purchasing Manager, Materials Operation Manager, and Global Supply Chain Director before becoming the Vice President of Global Supply Chain in 2005. In this role, Dave provided strategic direction for the company’s Global Supply Chain initiatives and created global centers of excellence for Purchasing, Distribution, Transportation, Customer Service, Sales and Operations Management, Data Management, Graphic Design and Artwork Development, and Product Launches. Dave retired from Alcon in 2014. Dave is recognized for the creative development of standardized systems and business processes, and for developing enabling technology throughout the entire supply chain.
During his career, Dave has implemented over 30 different computer systems – WMS, ERP, Finite Scheduling, Product Launch, and Order Entry, among others. Dave serves on the Executive of the DFW CSCMP Roundtable. He is past Chairman of the Supply Chain Council and past member of the Executive Committee of NASSTRAC. Dave is former Executive Vice President of Industry Liaison and Talent Development for the BSMA (Biotech Supply Management Alliance).
Given his vast knowledge of the end-to-end, integrated supply chain, Dave is a frequent speaker on Global Supply Chain Trends. He has consistently demonstrated his passion for Supply Chain management, developing talent, and the need to advance Supply Chain theory and innovation throughout a variety of industries.
Dave holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.Comm. (Honors) in Finance from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.More Info
In 1990, after a successful career in Sales and Sales Management, Mark Dixon changed gears. He left the rat race, dog eat dog world of the sales arena, went to truck driving school, attained a Class A CDL License, and hit the freedom of the open road as an 'Over the Road' truck driver. His children were growing taller, the dogs didn't recognize him anymore, so after 2 years of truck stops and greasy food he accepted an operations position as a dispatcher so he could be at home. Within time, advancements to operations management, compliance, driver training, recruiting, and safety management came Mark's way, serving as the Director of Safety for three different trucking companies. Mark realized that the industry was experiencing many issues that weren't being properly addressed. Driver turnover across company lines was rampant, communication skills within operations was lacking, and driver recruitment was always an uphill battle, not to mention the always present and looming DOT Compliance issues effecting everyone in the industry. It was at that time that Mark ventured off into his own consulting concern researching and developing programs addressing these issues. Mr. Dixon has presented to trucking company professionals extensively in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. From Driver to Operations Management, from Recruiter to Director of Safety, Mark has a firsthand approach to many of the issues and concerns presenting the industry today. His close to 25 year relationship within the trucking industry have imparted a wealth of information to be shared and enjoyed with his audiences everywhere.More Info