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Updated Aug 25, 2020

Updates to this story are current as of August 25, 2020. 

Two experts on owner-operator business practices will be featured in an Overdrive’s Partners in Business online presentation tonight, Aug. 25, the second in a weeklong series of Overdrive’s GATS Week events.

Trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford has presented dozens of Overdrive‘s Partners in Business seminars.Trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford has presented dozens of  Overdrive‘s Partners in Business seminars.

Kevin Rutherford and Gary Buchs will spend most of an hour-long session answering questions submitted in advance and during the program as it’s streamed live via Overdrive‘s Facebook page. Send your owner-operator business questions, whether about a scenario you’re looking for advice on or a broader question about the trucking business, to Todd Dills via this email link.

Rutherford is a former owner-operator, small-fleet owner and owner-operator accountant. He’s the longtime host of “Trucking Business & Beyond,” a five-day weekly program on Sirius XM, the owner of LetsTruck.com, a former Overdrive columnist and longtime presenter at Partners in Business seminars.

Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ columns for Overdrive can be found at this link.Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ columns for Overdrive can be found at this link.

Buchs was named the 2016 Owner-Operator of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive. A former Landstar contractor, he received many Landstar Star of Quality awards. Buchs’ community involvement earned him the TravelCenters of America Citizen Driver award in 2015.

Now retired as a driver, Buchs is an owner-operator consultant and regular contributor to the Overdrive Extra blog.

The online PIB session will begin at  8 p.m. EST Aug. 25.

Overdrive’s Partners in Business is sponsored by TBS Factoring Service.Overdrive’s Partners in Business is sponsored by TBS Factoring Service.

In addition to the panel discussion, GATS Week is featuring other evening events during the same week the Great American Trucking Show was scheduled, Aug. 24-28, before it was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. All events will be streamed on Overdrive‘s Facebook page, starting at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST).

One of those events will be an Aug. 26 presentation and Q&A on the new hours of service rule with Joe DeLorenzo, director of enforcement and compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

You can register to receive timely reminders for any or all of the events via this link.

The first evening’s Partners in Business seminar featured the following presentation by and Q&A with Todd Amen, president of ATBS, detailing second-quarter income/revenue benchmarks for owner-ops to weigh their own business performance — as well as forecasting for the remainder of the year. Prepare for the downside, Amen said, and if there is an upside, it’ll take care of itself in the form of better profits.

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Posted by Overdrive Magazine on Monday, August 24, 2020