The following is the agenda from the 2019 IFDA Washington Insight Conference. If you have questions about this event, contact Carolyn West at (703) 532-9400, or by email at

Tuesday, May 7

3:00 p.m.
Registration Open

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
An opportunity for attendees to come together and network with other industry leaders. Following the reception, we have an open evening for dinner on your own. IFDA will provide a list of area restaurants in advance to registrants.

Wednesday, May 8

7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.                      
Welcome – Mark Allen

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.                      
Jon Eisen – Program Opening

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                     
DRIVE Safe Act: Sen. Todd Young, (R-IN)

Senator Todd Young represents the state of Indiana. He currently serves on the U.S. Senate
Committees on Finance; Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Commerce, Science & Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Senator Young introduced the DRIVE-Safe Act to address the urgent shortage of truck drivers affecting the movement and cost of our nation’s commerce.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.                      
Jon Eisen – Issues Overview

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                    

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                
Restaurant Industry Report: Dan Roehl National Restaurant Association

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                 
Workforce Update: Jim Plunkett, Sr. Counsel, Ogletree Deakins

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                 
Morning Closeout – Jon Eisen

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.                      
Group Hill Visits                                                                                                              

1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.                       
Hospitality Available                                                                                                  
6:00 p.m.                                            
Hill Country BBQ (transportation provided)   

Thursday, May 9

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                     
Hill Visit Follow-Up Roundtables

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                      
State Issues Update: Carolyn West, IFDA

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.                    
What Distributors Can Expect from the FMCSA: Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator
Raymond P. Martinez is the sixth Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) since its establishment by Congress in 2000. Nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ray was sworn into office by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on February 28, 2018. The Agency he leads regulates more than 530,000 trucking companies, 12,000 bus and motorcoach operators and approximately 4 million interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.

Under Administrator Martinez, FMCSA has undertaken a number of key initiatives on issues critical to distributors. The agency is expected to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to bring greater flexibility to the hours of service regulations. FMCSA also recently ruled that California meal and rest breaks were preempted by federal law. With these and other important issues on the agency’s agenda, the opportunity to hear from Administrator Martinez will help distributors learn what we can expect from the primary transportation regulatory agency.

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                
Hill Visit Report Out

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.                 
View From Washington: Bill McInturff, Public Opinion Strategies

Bill McInturff is a co-founder and the managing partner of Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation’s largest political and public affairs survey research firms. The firm has been described as a “GOP powerhouse” and currently represents 11 U.S. Senators, six governors, and 46 Members of Congress.
Bill, along with Hart Research Associates, conducts The NBC News/The Wall Street Journal Poll. One nationally recognized political reporter described Bill as “one of the smartest most clear-thinking people in politics.” Another said he “has more influence on Capitol Hill than any other Republican strategist.”
As one of the nation’s leading pollsters, he has been examining public opinion on political issues for more than three decades. During his session, A View from Washington, Bill will use polling data to help attendees understand the current political environment and what is taking place in Washington.  He will also give a preview of what we can expect as the 2020 presidential election begins to impact policy decisions

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                 
Morning Closeout – Jon Eisen

11:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (Grab and Go available)