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Tuesday, October 1 | 1:30-2:15pm

Driver Health & Wellness: Challenges, Solutions

Nearly 50% of drivers today have a chronic condition like hypertension, diabetes or obesity that limits their DOT certification to one year or less. Drivers leaving the workforce due to health issues significantly impacts driver turnover and exacerbates the driver shortage more than any other factor. This group of expert panelists will discuss the most common driver health issues; health and wellness challenges that drivers experience; and solutions to help drivers live a healthier lifestyle on the road.

About the Panelists

Mitch Strobin is SVP Relationship Management for UrgentCareTravel, responsible for managing the company’s channel and strategic partner relationships.  UrgentCareTravel operates a growing network of walk-in medical clinics located at Pilot Flying J, focusing on Chronic Care Management for professional drivers.  48% of professional drivers receive a restricted CDL of 1 year or less due to chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Strobin also works with the UrgentCareTravel corporate team to define and execute the UCT’s marketing and business development initiatives, and open new clinic locations. Prior to UrgentCareTravel Strobin worked as a marketing and business development consultant for several early stage healthcare companies.  Strobin also worked in the telecom industry in various marketing and corporate strategy roles. Strobin holds a Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration, Marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. He plays competitive baseball and has been a little league baseball coach since 2001.

Bob Perry is the Founder of Health in Transportation, and Executive Director for CDL Meals. Recognized as The Trucker TrainerTM by professional drivers nationwide. Bob brings a unique perspective to the transportation industry. Bob is the son and brother of career drivers from NE Ohio for the last 60-years, and has personally devoted his entire career to the wellbeing for Professional Bus & Truck Drivers. Bob has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the ATA Health & Wellness Working Group from 2007 until 2013. Bob still re-mains active on the ATA wellness group, ABA & TCA Safety Councils, and now WIT Member. He has been featured in Transportation Topics, New York Times, Drug Store News, WSJ.com, CBS news radio, ABC News Night-Line, RedEye Radio, Dave Nemo Radio, Mark Willis Show, The Doctors Radio Show and Land Line Radio. To enhance the drivers ability to have access to fitness, Bob Co-Developed with FreightLiner the first In-Cab-Gym known as the FIT System. Bob has now partnered with Espyr to bring the first EAP product for CDL Drivers. Fit-To-Pass is intended to help drivers enhance their opportunities by providing CDL Wellness Coaching prior to DOT re-certification exams. Bob’s mission has always been to show drivers how to make simple changes to maintain their livelihoods and get home safe to their families.

Norman Winegar is the Chief Clinical Officer of ESPYR, formerly EAP Consultants, LLC in Marietta, GA, a national Employee Assistance Program and Behavioral Health company. In this executive role, he oversees clinical policies, clinical operations, product development and provides account management services. Mr. Winegar has over 30 years of professional experience in behavioral healthcare. Winegar is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. He has been a Member of the national Academy of Certified Social Workers for over 25 years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a nationally Certified Employee Assistance Professional, a U.S. Department of Transportation Qualified Substance Abuse Professional, and a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II. Prior to joining ESPYR in 2003, Winegar had been with Magellan Healthcare and CIGNA Behavioral Care serving in Executive Director, President and Clinical Director roles. He began his career as a counselor in a not-for-profit agency serving homeless substance abuse clients and later worked in the community mental health system in Tennessee. His Master of Social Work degree is from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated with honors having served his internship at the Medical College of Virginia’s substance abuse hospital. Winegar has also served in leadership positions with various professional organizations and licensure boards. A published author of four books and numerous articles concerning behavioral healthcare, Winegar has been a frequent presenter at professional conferences and meetings.  

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