What is the Transportation Director Summit?



Join 100 pupil transportation directors


If you are a registered STN EXPO full conference attendee, there’s no additional cost to you, your municipality or your organization to participate! Apply now for one of the limited 100 spots. Meals, snacks and participation expenses are covered by STN.


Launched in 2017, the Transportation Director Summit at STN EXPO is a new signature event designed exclusively for qualified transportation directors. Participants will network with peers throughout two days, starting Friday, July 13, 2018, and continuing all day Saturday, July 14, 2018, prior to the start of the regular STN EXPO conference. Successful applicants will gain high-level insights from experts within the student transportation industry and beyond on how to implement true leadership and innovation practices into their local operations.


Have a question about the Transportation Director Summit? Contact Ryan Gray at ryan@stnonline.com or Tony Corpin at tony@stnonline.com.


Transportation Director Summit
July 13-14, 2018


Friday 7/13

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome, Networking and Introductions


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Influencing Organizational Culture

People Centric Consulting Group


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Mixer

Appetizers and Drinks


Saturday 7/14

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Continental Networking Breakfast


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Keynote: Ryan Avery

Go From A to THE®:
Stop Being A Leader. Start Being THE Leader!


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Safety & Driver Training Strategy w/ Jeff Cassell, School Bus Safety Company


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch & Technology Panel Discussion


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

OEM Powertrain Panel Discussion


4:00 p.m.

Closing Thoughts and Takeaways

Tony Corpin


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Mixer

Appetizers and Drinks


Ryan Avery

Go From A to THE®:
Stop Being A Leader. Start Being THE Leader!


Ryan Avery is one of the Millennial generation’s most profound speakers on generational leadership and strategic communication. At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International.

Ryan has delivered keynotes and trainings on every continent in the world, is an Emmy-award winning journalist, and a two-time best-selling author. Ryan currently lives in the United States with his wife Chelsea and daughter Atlas. He is the highly sought-after headliner at conferences and for conducting companywide trainings on the power of strategic communication and corporate storytelling.


Watch Ryan's recent Keynote

Exclusive Transportation Director Summit Keynote

Influencing Organizational Culture

Matt Griswold & Jarrod Underdown, People Centric Consulting Group


Organizational culture is demanding innovation and new expectations from the workforce. The best cultures have leaders and managers who communicate and motivate their people, and create processes to attract and retain the best talent to build high performing teams. To kick off the TD Summit, Matt Griswold and Jarrod Underdown from People Centric Consulting Group will explain the power and influence of organizational culture, and lead a discussion to address the surprising, yet common barriers that keep us from having THE culture we all want to be a part of.

Jarrod Underdown

Jarrod Underdown is an Engagement Specialist for People Centric Consulting Group. In his role, Jarrod builds relationships and collaborates with organizations to help them create a high performance culture. Jarrod is also an experienced facilitator and trainer, helping organizations develop strategies that are actionable. Before joining the People Centric Consulting Group team, Jarrod worked for 14 years as a corporate trainer for JPMorgan Chase. There, Jarrod traveled the country and trained many different companies, including Disney. He is a self-published writer and has been involved with various community non-profits and organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Development Center of the Ozarks, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Matt Griswold

Matt Griswold is an Engagement Specialist for People Centric Consulting Group. As an Engagement Specialist, Matt facilitates and provides outside insight to help organizations collaborate to reach actionable results and realize their full potential.

Before coming to People Centric Consulting Group, Matt worked for 15 years as a corporate trainer for JPMorgan Chase - one of the largest banks in the world. In that role, he developed a love for working with people to utilize their strengths and helping them understand the power and influence they had on their goals when working strategically together with others. Matt is a natural leader of people and constantly seeks to engage people at a high level.

Powerful Visual Notes Taken at the 2017 TD Summit provided by Ink Factory



What is the TD Summit?

What it’s not is just another “speed dating” event that matches transporters with vendors. Instead, think of a graduate program retreat. It commences with an energized evening kick starter session followed by a full day, of high-level strategy, networking, and idea crowdsourcing that blends the topics of leadership development, organizational culture, disruptive technologies, resource allocation and more to help pave the road forward for the industry’s decision makers. A “summit” by definition is a peak to be crested. It’s a convergence of great minds to wrestle with the day’s most important issues. This is exactly how we view this inaugural experience.


How does the TD Summit fit into the STN EXPO?

The TD Summit is an exclusive event held prior to the official start of the STN EXPO, with an attendance cap of no more than 100 for the full event. It takes place Friday, July 13, 2018, and Saturday, July 14, 2018. This event links thought leaders and participants via presentations, panel discussions and group activities. The event culminates with a re-examination of personal and professional goals.


How do I sign up for the TD Summit?

Register as a main conference attendee, and then click on the box next to "TD Summit Application" in the Optional Session Registration page to identify your interest in participating. You will then answer a few qualifying questions. An individual’s eligibility also requires verifiable proof that s/he is a school administrator-level professional whose main responsibilities include that of directing transportation operations. Titles can range from director of transportation, to transportation manager, to assistant superintendent.


Are there any additional costs to participate in the TD Summit?

No, just your time and desire to be an industry leader. As mentioned above, any registered, full main conference STN EXPO attendee who can demonstrate their day job is that of an official transportation director with their district, or company, and is among the first 100 to sign up, can attend.


There has to be a catch: What do participants have to do to “earn their keep?”

All we ask of participants is that they arrive with an open, solutions-oriented mind. We want everyone to feel free to share ideas that, together, can identify new trails to blaze, that can elevate the student transportation industry to the next level. This requires a decorum of professionalism and collaboration.

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