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Expert in Transportation, Safety, Driver Training, Driver Behavior, Business Financial & Accident Investigation

Expert ID: 733971 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert provides very strong subject matter in the following:
▪ command in motor carrier industry practices and regulatory compliance
▪ truck-related accidents
▪ transportation economics
▪ warehousing and distribution management
▪ independent contractor and broker operations
▪ hazardous materials transportation
▪ freight loss and damage prevention
▪ loading and unloading
▪ dock and shipping operations
▪ safety
▪ driver training

Expert's career in the above suite of fields spans over 40 years.

Expert is a transportation Expert Witness, with a focus on Safety, Driver Training, Driver Behavior, Business Financial and Accident Investigation. Her transportation career started over 40 years ago working for her family’s two businesses, where she not only gained first-hand experience, but good business-sense and a strong, solid work ethic. Over the years, Expert has had a variety of roles in the industry - - including loading and unloading, local deliveries, line haul, school bus driving, driver/safety training, and managing a small trucking company.

Besides being a Driver Safety Trainer, Expert has a bachelor’s degree in Business, as well as several accreditations, including being a Certified Director of Safety (CDS) and a Certified Driver Trainer (CDT). Expert has over 26 years and 2 million miles of accident-free driving and still drive part-time to stay current in the industry. Expert continuously takes every opportunity to enhance my skills and background either through first-hand experience or by attending courses such as Accident Investigation.

As an Expert Witness, she has worked with top expert witness firms and is pleased to currently be working, providing sound consultation to attorneys through report writing, depositions and successful trial appearance.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Allentown, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Scranton, Pennsylvania - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2019 Degree: CDT Subject: Certified Driver Trainer Institution: North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI)
Year: 2019 Degree: CDS Subject: Certified Director of Saftey Institution: North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI)
Year: 1990 Degree: BS Subject: Business Administration: Marketing Institution: State University of New York College at Fredonia
Year: 1988 Degree: AAS Subject: Business Administration Institution: Erie Community College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner, Driver Safety Trainer, Driver Trainer, Consultant, Expert Witness Department: Responsibilities: Using a ‘peer talking to a peer,’ first-hand experience approach, advise drivers of current/changing rules, regulations, trends in the transportation industry, and how to perform their work safely. Transportation and safety education/training in multi-state areas via classroom setting, online and/or on-site. Consult transportation businesses regarding streamlining of their operations, driver recruitment and retention, regulations, and safety. Also assist companies with employee handbook updating or development. Provide consultation to attorneys and insurance companies regarding rules, regulations, safety and standards of the transportation industry for transportation-related accidents; report writing, depositions and trial testimony.
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Driver, Trainer, and Safety Director Department: Responsibilities: As part-time, fill-in driver, Expert safely operated double and single trailers in the Northeast for Line Haul operations and local P&D work. She was responsible for maintaining proper DOT paperwork and for operating electronic logging devices (ELD's). She also trains newly hired drivers, including doubles training. Safety director- oversee company safety and developed in house monthly driver safety training sessions exceeding Fedex Ground's standards - which received recognition and accommodation and has been effective; Expert is the one who conducts the monthly safety meetings.
Years: 2015 to 2018 Employer: Terry Morgan Inc. Title: Expert Witness and Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert provided consulting and expert witness services in motor carrier industry practices, truck-related accidents, distribution management (physical), loading and unloading, dock and shipping operations, and regulatory compliance. She leveraged additional insight and experience in transportation economics, dump and tanker truck operations, warehousing and distribution management, refrigerated goods, independent contractor and broker operations, hazardous materials transportation, motor carrier and driver standards of safety and care, and freight loss and damage prevention. Expert did report writing, depositions, and had trial experience.
Years: 2014 to 2016 Employer: YOU Safety and Consulting, LLC Title: Safety Trainer and Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Advised drivers of current/changing rules, regulations, trends in the transportation industry and to think about doing their work safely by focusing on the individual. Conducted classroom training sessions in a multi-state area. Consulted businesses regarding regulations and safety. Assisted companies with employee handbook development. Regularly attended trade shows, seminars, safety forums and did speaking engagements.
Years: 2004 to 2014 Employer: Ron Hartman Trucking, LTD (FedEx Ground) Title: Manager and Driver Department: Responsibilities: Expert safely operated short doubles nightly in a line haul capacity, including frequent adverse conditions, and conducted local P&D work. She maintained daily DOT paperwork and procedures during this time while operating electronic logging devices.

During this time, Expert managed a small trucking company, where her responsibilities included overseeing daily and nightly operations; maintenance; scheduling and routing; breakdowns and rentals; health benefits; personnel files; payroll; new equipment purchasing; employee issues and workers' compensation; OSHA; Homeland Security; and DOT required paperwork for business, including fuel tax and other considerations. She also aided in the development of the Employee Handbook; wrote monthly safety newsletters; developed training and procedure materials; interviewed and road tested perspective new hires; oversaw the safety program; and trained newly hired drivers on company policies/procedures.
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: Orchard Park Central School Title: School Bus Driver Department: Responsibilities: Expert safely transported children ages K–12, including special needs, and performed proper pre-trip and post-trip procedures.
Years: 1993 to 2003 Employer: Yellow Freight; Consolidated Freightways; Line Haul Driver, P&D, Dock Worker Carolina Freight; Roadway Express Title: Line Haul Driver, P&D, and Dock Worker Department: Responsibilities: She safely operated double, triple and tandem (long doubles) trailers in interstate commerce, braving fluid and adverse conditions throughout the process. She developed and leveraged a deep knowledge of hazmat, DOT paperwork, and international customs regulations. She attended safety meetings and employed significant skill in local P&D, dock work and loading and unloading procedures.
Years: 1993 to 1993 Employer: Midland Asphalt Materials, Inc. Title: Driver and Laborer Department: Responsibilities: Expert drove liquid asphalt truck and commercial company vehicles to the work site. Additionally, she assisted in work area setup, also prepping road surface and applying liquid asphalt sealer for repair. She served as flagman for traffic control as well.
Years: 1990 to 1993 Employer: Columbus McKinnon Corporation, Superior Lubricants, Inc., and National Fuel Gas Corporation Title: Marketing Assistant Department: Responsibilities: Expert assisted the President and Vice President in creating questionnaires, summarizing results, and analyzing market trends. She summarized reports and presented results; corralled and designed new company programs; trained department personnel; and supervised and assisted a host of marketing support departments at the international and national levels.
Years: 1990 to 1990 Employer: State Attorney’s Office Title: Facilitator Department: Consumer Frauds Division Responsibilities: She mediated complaint cases and advised consumers on Consumer Protection laws and guidelines.
Years: 1976 to 1976 Employer: Country Ice/D.K.C. Refrigeration Title: Delivery Driver and Assistant Department: Responsibilities: Expert assisted with all aspects of this family-owned manufacturing and private carrier businesses. Fields included packaging, delivery, loading and unloading, purchases, business paperwork, maintenance, and customer service.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
▪ Member of NATMI (North American Trucking Management Institute)
▪ Member of PMTA (Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association)
▪ Member of OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association)
▪ Member of WIT (Women In Trucking)
▪ Member of ATA (American Trucking Association)
▪ Participant (multiple years) in NYSMTA (New York State Motor Truck Association) Driving Championships
▪ Participant with Trucker Buddy school enrichment program
▪ Volunteer for community enrichment programs (i.e.: nursing homes, schools, etc.)
Awards / Recognition
Expert has driven over 2 million accident-free miles over her 26 year career. Her awards include:
▪ Awarded for Accident Free Driving – all consecutive years at CF and FedEx
▪ Colleague Nominated candidate for NYSMTA America’s Road Team
▪ Clean CDL Class A with Doubles/Triples, Hazmat (past), Tanker, Passenger & School Bus Endorsements
▪ Consistently pass and maintain 2 Yr DOT medical certification and all random drug & alcohol testing
▪ Knowledgeable of FMCSA Safety regulations, including HazMat
▪ Triples Certification [expired] in Ohio and Indiana
▪ Certified forklift operator
▪ Qualified for Erie County Sherriff’s candidate program – scored in top 15% on exam
▪ Certified Member of National Association of Bail Enforcement Agents
▪ Qualified as NYS Security Guard [past]
▪ National Rifle Association Firearm Safety Course - - NYS & PA Licensed Pistol Permit holder

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has Written Report, Deposition & Trial experience ... List available upon request
Training / Seminars
Education/Specialized Training:
▪ CDT (Certified Driver Trainer) - - NATMI – 2019
▪ CDS (Certified Director of Safety) - - NATMI – 2019
▪ Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation, Session Three: CMV Fleet Crash Investigation - - CLEE (Center for Law Enforcement Education) – Certificate of Completion 2018
▪ Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation, Session Two: Crash Scene Evidence - - CLEE (Center for Law Enforcement Education) – Certificate of Completion 2018
▪ Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation, Session One: Evidence at the Crash Scene - - CLEE (Center for Law Enforcement Education) – Certificate of Completion 2018
▪ P.A.C.A. (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act) Online Certification Course - 2017
▪ Monthly/Yearly Safety Classes, including Hazmat - - all transportation employers
▪ Continuous training/updates/seminars regarding current rules, regulations and changes in the transportation industry
▪ Certified forklift operator
▪ Smith System Driving Course
▪ Working familiarity with flatbeds and Conestoga trailers and safely securing loads
▪ CPC-A, BS - Certified Medical Coder & Biller [expired]
▪ Took Medical Billing Auditor's exam
▪ Registered Security Guard [expired] - - NYS Department of Licensing
▪ CDL Class A License - - Graduated with highest score of class and school
▪ B.S. - Bachelor of Science - Business Administration, Marketing (minor - Psychology & French) - - SUNY Fredonia
▪ A.A.S. - Associate of Applied Science - Business Administration - - Erie Community College

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