Make connections at NTEA’s Executive Leadership Summit

This article was published in the July 2018 edition of NTEA News.

NTEA’s 2018 Executive Leadership Summit is all about connections — dynamics between people, places and things in the work truck industry. This annual event will be held Oct. 16, 2018 at a new location — Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.

Industry professionals in any leadership capacity will receive critical insights from notable experts and peers. The Summit highlights the most important trends influencing the commercial vehicle community, bringing them to the forefront and encouraging constructive dialogue and collaboration.

Discussion topics 

  • Economic and industry outlook
  • Workforce development
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Organizational culture

Featured speakers 

  • Scott Curtis (coach and trainer)
  • Cyndi Gave (management and leadership advisor)
  • Steve Latin-Kasper (market data strategist)
  • Mark Vitner (economic forecaster)
  • Matthew Wallace (augmented and virtual reality expert)


Training Within Industry (TWI) is a concept that, applied correctly, engages employees and creates a competitive advantage. It’s been around for a while — an outcome of lessons learned when inexperienced workers came to U.S. shipyards and factories in support of World War II. Following this method, Scott Curtis, president and CEO of TWI Institute, will show attendees how to take staff training to the next level. He will explain the fundamentals of successful leadership and how to build a skill-based culture that elevates your team’s productivity and output quality.

Culture is the central theme for Cyndi Gave’s presentation at Executive Leadership Summit. The Metiss Group president will make the case that culture is even more powerful than organizational strategy. Her innovative approach to defining culture will prove refreshing and insightful. Ensuring core values and culture support business objectives is vital to operational alignment. Attendees will learn how to differentiate between these two forces and get tips for preserving employee and customer relationships.  

The event program features a North American macroeconomic forecast, evaluating significant links between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo Securities LLC will lead the conversation, explaining how anticipated economic progress in North America, as a whole, heavily influences vehicle demand and the vitality of the commercial vehicle industry. He will share perspective on financial sector patterns and communicate growth expectations by country.

Different economic factors come together to dictate the market performance of work trucks. NTEA’s Steve Latin-Kasper will explain the intricacies, share how the industry is faring overall and outline what’s anticipated by weight class. His overview will span key end-use application markets, including construction, utility, public works, agriculture, and cartage and delivery. Attendees will find this level of granularity critical to their strategic planning efforts.

More and more, companies are relying on augmented and virtual reality to shape their processes. As a recognized expert in practical, cost-effective business uses of virtual reality, Matthew Wallace, VRSim president and CEO, will give participants greater awareness of this unique technology and its capabilities. This tool can be applied to a variety of organizational functions, streamlining and improving workflow. Attendees will hear about its power to transform small and mid-sized companies.

NTEA is accredited by International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue IACET Continuing Education Units for participation in events like Executive Leadership Summit.

See more event details at Register by Sept. 17, 2018 for advance pricing ($399 NTEA member/$599 nonmember). After this date, rates increase to $499 NTEA member/$699 nonmember.

A special NTEA group rate of $215 per night at Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor is available to all conference attendees. Book by Sept. 17, 2018 to receive this discounted rate. Visit for hotel reservations. Mention NTEA Executive Leadership Summit if booking by phone (410-528-1234).