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Keynote Speakers


Additional Speakers to be Announced

ATD Chairman Address

Dick Witcher
Walpole, MA

Saturday, January 25,  2014 - New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 




Industry Message
Philip Byrd
ATA Chairman

Sunday January 26,  2014 - New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

President and CEO, Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, SC

Phil Byrd is president and CEO of Bulldog Highway Express, Charleston, S.C., a 50-year-old, for-hire truckload and intermodal carrier.

Byrd is a two-time chairman of the South Carolina Trucking Association and has served as chairman of the South Carolina Maritime Association and the Charleston Motor Carrier Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Association and the Truckload Carries Association. He also serves on the advisory board of American Transportation Research Institute.

Byrd has been honored as the Motor Carrier Executive of the Year Award for South Carolina, and the 2004 NTW Transportation Leader of the Year. He is a 1976 graduate of the Charleston Southern University where he now serves on the Board of Visitors and was selected as their 1999 Alumnus of the Year.

Byrd and his wife have two sons and four grandchildren. He is regular lay speaker in churches throughout South Carolina. He is a member of Reevesville Baptist Church where is serves as a Trustee, a Deacon and a Sunday School Teacher.


Keynote Address

Lt.General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)
Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and Global Preparedness Authority

Monday, January 27, 2014 - New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Lieutenant General Honoré is a native of Lakeland, Louisiana.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971.  He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College, an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Stillman College, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Stillman College.   

Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina, leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. As Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and, as the Commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, United States Northern Command, General Honoré’s focus was Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.

For four of the past six hurricane seasons, he supported the Department of Defense planning and response for Hurricanes Floyd in 1999; Lilli and Isidore in 2002 (both hit the Gulf Coast); Isabel in 2003; and Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004. General Honoré also planned and supported the United States military response to the devastating flooding which swept Venezuela 1999 and Mozambique in 2000. As Vice Director for Operations, he led the Defense Department’s planning and preparation for the anticipated Y2K Millennium anomaly. As Commander of SJFHQ-HLS under NORTHCOM direction, he planned and oversaw the military response to the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy and the DC Sniper Shootings. Additionally, General Honoré participated in three TOPOFF (Top Officials) exercises as well as the United Endeavor series of Homeland Defense exercises.







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