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ATD kicks off 50th year in Orlando this weekend

Jason Cannon February 7, 2013

Medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers will meet this weekend in Orlando, Fla. for the 50th annual American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Expo.

The lineup of speakers includes Troy A. Clarke, president and chief operating officer of Navistar; Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations; Dennis Snow, a former Walt Disney World executive trainer and ATD Chairman Richard Witcher.

As part of the convention, ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine will announce the National Truck Dealer of the Year. Nominees include Steve Bacalis, president and CEO of Tom Nehl Truck Co. in Jacksonville, Fla.; Sheila M. Horwith, CEO of Horwith Trucks in Northampton, Pa.; Andrew G. Linn, Jr., president of Southland International Trucks in Homewood, Ala.; Scott E. Oliphant, president of Kenworth of South Louisiana in Gray, La.; Todd Schaub, dealer principal of S & S Volvo in Lima, Ohio; and Brad Wilson, president of Peterbilt of Sioux City in Iowa.

The winner will be announced during the opening session Saturday, Feb. 9.

Winners of the ATD Commercial Truck of the Year will be announced Sunday, Feb. 10. Nine trucks were nominated for the award, which recognizes the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories. .

The heavy-duty (Class 8) truck entries are Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (equipped with Detroit DT12 transmission), Kenworth T680 76-inch sleeper with Paccar MX Engine, Peterbilt Model 579 and Western Star 4700SF. The medium-duty (Class 3-7) nominees are Ford F-650, Hino 195h, Isuzu Reach, Kenworth K370 Cabover and Peterbilt 337 Extended Day Cab.

Trucks were judged on innovation, cab comfort, noise levels, design, ease of maintenance and safety.

For more information, visit www.atdconventionandexpo.org.

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