TIDA 2022 Annual Seminar

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About the TIDA 30th Annual Seminar

Get ready to join your fellow TIDA members and other industry professionals as the planning committee gears up to present excellent educational sessions you won’t want to miss. The TIDA 30th Annual Seminar is set for October 12 - 14, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.  

We are excited to reunite again this year and continue to celebrate the resiliency of our rapidly changing industry and the exciting new possibilities on the horizon. Attendees can look forward to a showcase of the latest products/services in our exhibit hall, a variety of educational sessions and networking events, and unique opportunities to discuss hot topics and best practices. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

**Hotel Update After Hurricane Ian**

The hotel is fully operational after Hurricane Ian and we except the 30th Annual Seminar to move forward as planned. Safe travels to Orlando!

For additional information about the Annual Seminar, use the "TIDA22 Quick Links Menu" above, which includes information about sponsorship, scholarships, golf, and more!

Introducing TIDA's Keynote Speaker

While we all aspire to live bravely in the face of life's significant challenges, few of us are tested to live bravely before the guns of hostile Somali pirates who threaten our leadership and authority, our lives, and the lives of our colleagues. Before Somali pirates hijacked his cargo ship and held him captive for five days, making him the center of a riveting international drama which played out live on television, Captain Richard Phillips was as normal as each of us doing our best at work and home. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from this extraordinary captain and be lifted by his inspirational message.

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. 

The hostage drama began on Wednesday, April 8th when a small band of pirates swung grappling hooks and climbed ropes from their skiff onto the Maersk Alabama, a container ship ferrying food aid to East Africa. Firing into the air as they leapt aboard the ship, many of the crew members scrambled into a designated safe room aboard the vessel.

On the bridge, the pirates held four sailors at gunpoint, but the crew of 20 outnumbered the four attackers. They managed to wound the apparent leader of the pirates in the hand with an ice pick and regain control. The crew demanded the other pirates leave the ship, but the pirates had scuttled their own small boat. They demanded an escape boat, fuel and food.

To protect his crew, Captain Phillips made a conscious decision to put himself directly in harm's way, knowing full well that he might pay the ultimate price for his decision. Amid the standoff, he offered himself as a hostage.
Once the pirates settled into one of the ship's covered lifeboats, the crew attempted to trade the pirate they had captured for Captain Phillips. After they released their captive, the pirates refused to honor the agreement and fled with nine days of food rations and Captain Phillips. Held hostage as a human shield in a small lifeboat with three pirates, he had little to hope for or cling to — except the knowledge that he had done absolutely everything he could to save the lives of the 20 sailors aboard his ship.

The U.S. Navy responded to the scene, and negotiations were ongoing between the pirates and the captain of the USS Bainbridge. On Friday April 10th, Captain Phillips jumped out of the lifeboat and managed to swim a few yards toward the nearby destroyer, but the pirates went in after him and managed to haul him back in. The standoff dragged on until April 12th, when Navy SEAL snipers saw one of the pirates aim his AK-47 machine gun at Capt. Richard Phillips's back and concluded he was in “imminent danger.”

President Barack Obama, who spoke with Captain Phillips by phone after he was freed, said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans."

Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was also transformed into an Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips, which hit the big screens in fall of 2013.

Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009. Captain Phillips married Andrea Coggio in 1987. They have two children, Mariah and Danny and reside in Underhill, Vermont.

What's the Buzz?

Take a look at what attendees had to say about the last in-person Annual Seminar:

"A great gathering both for networking and learning. Worth the trip!"

"We exhibit at many events and the TIDA event is one of the best! It's a great opportunity to reconnect with current clients and introduce our company to many new ones. Thank you TIDA!"

"The TIDA Annual Seminar is truly a meeting for anyone that is involved in the trucking industry. It provides education, networking, and philanthropic opportunities for the attendees. Through TIDA, I have developed a strong professional network while also making lifetime friends."

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