48th Annual Convention - Educational Sessions


Tuesday, November 14

Educational Session 1: TBA

Michael Turner, Senior Director Store Operations DSD, Dollar General

 (not officially confirmed)




Educational Session 2: Business Succession Planning for the Family-Owned Business

Comprehensive succession continuity planning for the family-owned business is a process, not simply documents and life insurance. Join us for this informative session on planning the successful future of your business.

Roy Dixon, CFP®  Armstrong Dixon

Roy began his career as a Financial Advisor in 1986 and currently serves clients throughout the United States. He specializes in working with Family Owned Businesses, especially those in the automobile industry. He advises business owners in the areas of Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Risk and Wealth Management Planning. Roy presented the Business Succession seminar for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Academy from August 2011 until April 2013. He has published articles on succession planning for the Maryland Auto Dealers Association (MADA) and for Auto Dealer Law. He has been a featured speaker for NADA, MADA, the AutoCPA Group, NADART and various twenty groups.

Joe Breslin, CFP® CRPC®  Armstrong Dixon

Joe assists business owners, executives, and affluent families in the areas of retirement planning, estate planning, business succession planning, and investment advisory services. Joe takes pride in identifying a variety of financial planning options and potential opportunities followed by clear guidance to be sure his clients make the most informed decisions for their business and family. Through speaking engagements on financial planning topics, Joe has addressed trade associations, non-profit organizations, and classrooms to include the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM), Howard Community College, The National Aquarium and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Academy. He is on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Maryland and is a member of the Financial Services Institute (FSI). Joe was a founding co-chairman of the FPA of Maryland's NexGen chapter.

Wednesday, November 15

Educational Session 3: ELD Compliance 101

As a nationally known DOT/FMCSA expert and a 20-plus year veteran of the transportation safety community, John has conducted countless safety seminars, driver safety meetings and mock compliance reviews for motor carriers throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in law enforcement with both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and as a Wisconsin State Patrol Motor Carrier Inspector. John also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Hazardous Material (HM) Specialist; ensuring compliance with applicable HM regulations via all transportation modes of transportation, with a focus on aviation.

John worked closely with the National Drug/Alcohol Technical Advisory Group and the National ELD team, and had been recognized as the FMCSA Safety Investigator of the Year for two consecutive years.

John will leverage his comprehensive knowledge and experience to help your organization reach new heights in terms of safety strategy, safety culture, risk assessment, and compliance.

Educational Session 4: Ice Cream Please! Technology & the Ice Cream Industry

An informative talk about the beneficial impacts of technology on the ice cream industry in general. From ice cream truck apps to hybrid ice cream trucks and its benefits to business and community.

Ryan Newton, Ice Cream Please

Ryan Newton is a consultant and advisory board member for the first and only app for ice cream trucks - Ice Cream Please. A current graduate student at Harvard Business School, he worked at Bain Consulting and Microsoft for five years managing teams and client relations. Newton graduated from Cal Tech with degrees in Engineering and Business.



Darren Bentz, Ice Cream Please

Darren Bentz is an entrepreneur from Austin, Texas and founder of Ice Cream Please. He graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a project manager for five years cultivating experience with team management.