2020 Specialized Transportation Symposium

Safety Track: Using Technology for Safer Operations

Thursday, February 20
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Speakers: Brian Fielkow, Jetco Delivery, Dave Merrill, Pahoa Express, Inc.

Brian Fielkow Bio

Fielkow has over 25 years of experience in safety-sensitive industries, and still faces the same daily challenges as you when it comes to running a business. He grew his business dramatically by focusing on growing his company’s safety culture, and now he shares what has worked—and what hasn’t—with audiences internationally. Today, Fielkow shows audiences around the world how to develop and anchor a behavior-based environment that promotes accountability by providing them with hands-on tools to create and sustain a culture of prevention. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Dave Merrill Bio

Merrill serves as the general manager at Pahoa Express Inc. He has over 20 years' experience in the transportation industry. Previously, he worked for Just in Time (JIT) Freight Company and also served as a professional driver in the tow industry. In 2004 he started out as a dispatcher, but quickly moved into many different leadership roles working as the safety director, hiring manager, operations manager, sales representative, and was also responsible for all insurance and permit-related functions. In the 14 years he has been at Pahoa Express, the fleet has grown exponentially, expanding from 15 trucks in 2004, to almost 100 in 2017. As General Manager, he has moved Pahoa onto a TMS System. He has successfully rolled out Omnitracs Electronic Logging Devices and has deployed 45 cameras into the company’s trucks, all without losing a driver in the process.  

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