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Wednesday, October 2 | 9:15-10:00am

Driver Wages: Can the Industry Afford Not to Transition to a Guaranteed Pay Model?

In a competitive market when retention falters and recruiting wanes, driver wages are the first to be examined. 2018 reflected more announced and implemented pay changes in the tightest pay cycle recorded in NTI’s 23-year history. In this session, attendees will hear from the industry expert in driver wages about a structural pay change that is emerging in response to persistently high turnover and a shrinking qualified driver pool. Leah Shaver, Chief Operating Officer of The National Transportation Institute, will cover how driver Wages aren’t as simple as x/dollars per hour. Learn what attributes to benchmark in order to stay an “above-average payer”, what constitutes a guarantee and how to implement it. In addition, there are leading companies that by far set themselves apart from other organizations. Find out what they’re doing, and why it works.

About the Presenter

Leah Shaver, Chief Operations Officer of The National Transportation Institute, has spent supporting long-term growth and expansion of the transportation industry while reinforcing its best resource – Professional Truck Drivers! Prior to joining NTI (the truckload industry subject matter experts on company driver and owner operator compensation history, changes, and benchmarks), she spent 14 years with a Midwest-based multi-platform truckload carrier. During her tenure there, she served on the Executive Committee and held numerous positions in Driver Recruiting and Human Resources. She specialized in driver selection, hiring, development, wellness, and retention, as well as developing, implementing, and managing an award-winning driver mentoring program for new drivers.

In her current role, Shaver oversees development of all business operations within The National Transportation Institute and also serves on the Executive Committee. NTI provides original economic research on company driver and owner operator compensation history and changes to carriers, insurers, consultants, publishers, shippers, and nearly every equity analyst who follow transportation sector stocks. NTI’s largest subscriber base remains in the transportation sector’s for-hire and truckload fleets, widely used as a tool for fleet executives to understand the direction and velocity of the Class A CDL market wages and emerging pay strategies.

Shaver frequently speaks to industry executives and organizations about driver compensation and strategy as it relates to driver recruiting, retention, and expansion of the driver candidate pool, serves on the board of the Women In Trucking Association, and volunteers in her community. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have worked together for over a decade.

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