My name is Wes Koch, and I work over on the truckload team at FreightPros. I’m not a writer, but that didn’t stop me from profiling my recent visit outside the FreightPros office, to a magical little place called Dallas. Big hair. Big money. Big trucks. Hot shipping zones.
Every August, the trucking world migrates to Dallas, TX for the Great American Truck Show (or GATS)
. With over 50,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors taking over downtown Dallas, I knew this was an event we could not miss. So I packed my bag, grabbed our fearless truckload leader, Matt Harrington
, and headed towards The Big D. This year, GATS was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (formerly the Dallas Convention Center) from Thursday, August 21st through Saturday, August 23rd. If you have never been, let me tell you, this place is huge! GATS only uses halls D, E, and F and that was more than enough space to get lost…several times. Luckily, Matt and I arrived early to beat the crowds at registration and got to walk through halls and get our bearings before it got too crowded. Get To Know The Truckload Shipping Seasons!
As you enter the convention, the first thing you are bound to notice is the entrees for Pride & Polish Truck show. Spread throughout the room is over 70 of the best custom trucks the nation has to offer. These trucks were not only awesome to look at, but also served as great networking icebreakers. But it wasn’t just the show trucks that caught my eye. There were also representatives for most of the major brands in the trucking industry. As a broker, we do not get a lot of hands on experience with the equipment we talk about on a daily basis, so attending GATS was a great opportunity to get some exposure to not only all the trucks and trailers, but all the other gizmos and gadgets that our carriers use on a daily basis. It is not everyday you get a tour through Hyundai’s 2014 line of trailers. That’s right, they make trailers now! Have You Had A Look At FreightPros New Density Calculator?
As with all conventions and conferences, “networking” is the name of the game. GATS is no different and it offered a unique opportunity to meet with representatives from carriers and companies from all over the nation. In an industry where the majority of your interactions are over the phone or through email, it is always refreshing to get to meet the people at the other end of the line and put faces to names. An actual handshake can go a long way when you are trying to build business relationships. These sort of relationship building is huge for both FreightPros and our customers. We’re always looking to get more contracts, more drivers, more trucks; and this allows us to save our customers money and time! Overall, GATS was not only a great networking opportunity, but a great way for us to immerse ourselves in all things trucking. It’s not everyday that you get to take a little field trip with your manager, and luckily Dallas is not a bad place to be. At FreightPros, we’re all about cultivating a culture that both helps us and our culture, and The Great American Truck Show was a great example of both!