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CTA Annual Membership Conference Recap

Amidst the scenic backdrop of the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA, the Annual Membership Conference of the California Trucking Association (CTA) convened from January 17th through the 20th, drawing together industry leaders, stakeholders, and partners to discuss the many issues impacting trucking in the state.

As an Executive Circle Club partner of the CTA, Downs Energy was honored to participate. A myriad of critical topics were explored from regulatory compliance and technological advancements to sustainability initiatives and workforce development strategies.

One of the central discussions revolved around the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) initiative, which has been put on pause pending the EPA’s ruling on clean fleets. This decision underscores the intricate interplay between industry stakeholders and regulatory bodies in shaping environmental policies.

CTA Attendees

From Left to Right: Brian Henderson, Ron Skelskey, the President of CTA Devon Ades, Robert Baker, and Edward Lopez.

Zero Emission Trucks emerged as another focal point of discussion, with concerns raised about the lack of infrastructure and the prohibitive costs associated with transitioning to this technology. The affordability and practicality of zero-emission trucks remain key considerations for businesses navigating this transition.

Addressing the national political landscape, Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Association, provided insights into the challenges posed by the current divide in Washington. Despite the hurdles, there was a call to action for truckers to engage with representatives and advocate for policies conducive to the industry’s growth and sustainability.

On a lighter note, we hosted a membership appreciation party during the conference, providing an opportunity for networking and camaraderie among the attendees. The event featured raffle prizes donated by Allied Committee Members and offered a festive atmosphere for members to unwind and connect. The Allied Committee Members play a crucial role in supporting the mission of the CTA, serving as a liaison between non-carrier members and the broader trucking community, and contributing to the continued growth and prosperity of the industry in California.

The Committee will host its Allied Conference Annual Golf Tournament, scheduled for March 11, 2024, at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. This event presents another occasion for industry professionals to come together and forge meaningful connections while enjoying a round of golf and most importantly, raising funds to continue to work toward a better future for California truckers.

Reflecting on the conference, Eric Sauer, CEO of the CTA, expressed gratitude for the invaluable support and engagement from Allied Partners stating, “CTA had a tremendous Annual Membership Conference (AMC) this year. We have enjoyed a fantastic partnership with Downs Energy for many years and appreciate the energy that they continue to bring in supporting the AMC and the CTA at large.”

Looking ahead, the dates and location for next year’s AMC have already been set. Scheduled to take place from January 29 through February 1, 2025, once again at the picturesque setting of the Omni La Costa Resort, the event promises to be another pivotal moment for industry stakeholders to converge, collaborate, and chart the course for the future of trucking in California and beyond.