Tradeshow Event

What Did You Do In 2020?

Oh right, you spent it indoors. 2020 grounded the entire country and left us all with little social interaction and enough family time to make our heads spin; and while we are thankful to have lounged around and worked on home projects, we are ready to get of the house and interact with familiar and new faces.

While we are not out of the clear just yet with COVID-19 threats, we hold onto hope that we will be in a better place soon. That’s why more associations around the continental United States are feeling good about re-opening tradeshows to the public. Here are top five in-person trucking conferences that are planned for 2021 that you won’t want to miss.

1) TMC: Technology and Maintenance Council

This conference changed their schedule from a March show to a Fall meeting for the safety of their guests. The new in-person conference will be held on September 12-16 in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference will hold regular seminars discussing vehicle maintenance and design “planned by fleets, for fleets.” Registration is not open; but will be available on their website soon as the meeting coordinators monitor Coronavirus news and updates.

2) TCA’s Truckload Show

Four days of educational sessions, networking and Las Vegas as a location – what more could you ask for in a tradeshow? This conference from the Truckload Carriers Association will be held on April 17-20 featuring hundreds of exhibitors and lectured topics focusing on Operations; Safety and Compliance; Human Resources; Finance and much more! Oh, and did we mention that Shark Tank’s Daymond John is the keynote speaker this year?

For those that wish to attend, but not in-person, this conference will offer an online component. Check the website for details.

3) NPTC Annual Education Management Conference

Event attendeesBoasting over 1250 attendees and 165 exhibitors, the National Private Truck Council’s annual meeting is like no other. The show website confirms that “more than 75 top fleet practitioners will serve as speakers and panelists at 23 workshops “plus there will be 30 best practice breakfast roundtable sessions where attendees will learn challenges and opportunities that fleet owners face daily. “The ROI for participating in the NPTC annual conference and educational materials has always paid back very quickly. Every year, I come away with many new ideas and suggestions on how to improve our fleet operation.” Registration will open on March 1, 2021.

4) North American Commercial Vehicle Show

This is a must-see B2B tradeshow for fleet owners! This year’s conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia from September 28-30 and feature some of the world’s leading manufactures and technology providers. Fleet operations personnel will have days of educational seminars that will put their fleet in the fast lane! Registration for this fall’s event will open soon.

5) MCE 2021

Calling all trucking leaders! The American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition will bring top trucking leaders together under one roof. This in-person trucking conference, scheduled for October 23-27, will be held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Now’s your chance to learn new technology, new happenings, and the future of the trucking industry!


2021 is the year conference organizers are rolling up their sleeves and getting the dirty job done to safely re-envision in-person annual meetings. So, get ready to learn; meet people and have fun (just remember to bring your hand sanitizer)!