DSAA 2018 Baltimore Conference Program

Subject to Change

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8 am to 2 pm

Board Meeting

2:30 pm to 5 pm

Mazda Field Trip to the Port: See the first few hours of a Mazda's life as it enters the US.

3:30 pm to 6 pm

 Exhibitor Set Up and Registration

6:30 pm to 9 pm

Opening Reception with the Exhibitors

Exhibition open to all Attendees

Registration for Attendees

Thursday, October 11, 2018

8:00 am to 9:30 am

Thomas Fitzgerald Opening Breakfast sponsored by AAA

8:00 am Opening remarks: Thomas Antkow

8:05 am Speaker: Dr. Bill VanTassel, AAA Manager of Driver Training Programs

8:10 am breakfast served

8:40 am Keynote Speaker:  

9:20 am Q & A

9:25 am Closing remarks: Thomas Antkow



9:30 am to 10:45 am

Panel Discussion: MDOT/MVA

Toward Zero Deaths

  •  Understanding Maryland's unique Highway Safety Plan, advances in vehicle technologies and requiring driver's education for all ages.

10:45 am to 11:45 am


Modern Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Driving School

  •  Provides a couple of take-aways that you can implement right away.

11:45 am to 12:00 pm


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

April Rai and Isabella Diecidue: National Organization for Youth Safety

Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Social Media Content Creation

  •  Branding, Marketing and Reaching Youth.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

  • Lunch with Exhibitors Presentation



1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Ian Mcintosh: Red Driving School UK

From Failed Business to Market Leader

  •  How RED Driving School Became the Largest School in the UK.

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Prince Boparai: Teach Safe

The Art of Hiring Instructors

  •  Full time vs part time, online job posting, free vs paid platforms, filtering the right candidates and The Interview. Find out if your candidates can teach before you hire them.

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Break- Exhibitors Soap Box


4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Steve Wallace: Wallace Driving

How to Promote your Business

  •  Maximize your results.

7 pm

Social Event 

Friday, October 12, 2018

 7:30 am to 9 am

 Exhibition hall open and Registration

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Dr. Bill Van Tassel: AAA National Office

Got Sleep? The Critical Importance of Sleep in Driving Safety

  •  Exploration in how the body and risk are affected by drowsy driving. How much sleep do we really need? Includes classroom instructor resources that can be utilized the next day.

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Mike Whelan: Trainer of Trainers at College of Southern MD

Conducting Parent Orientations

  •  How to help parents understand their role as a supervising driver.

11:00 am to 11:15 am


11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Johnathon Ehsani: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Supervised Practice Driving Study

  •  An examination in the effectiveness of GDL programs and distracted driving policies on crashes and injuries.

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch On Your Own



1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Darren Tesesitore: Foundation for a Drug-Free World

Effective Drug Education

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Ravonne McCray: Mature Driver Program Coordinator at Baylor Scott & White Health

Car Fit

  •  Making sure your driver is as FIT in the car as they are to drive!

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Break/Snack/Visit Exhibitors

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Debbie Jennings and James Bahouth: Chesapeake Region Safety Council and Impact Research

Developing and Supporting Traffic Safety Programs at the Local Level

  •  Work with local stakeholders and bring traffic safety initiatives and education programs to your community.

4:30 pm to 5 pm

 Round table discussions: topics include both teaching and ownership struggles and successes.

7 pm

Formal Dinner- Awards Banquet

Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Bridget Johns and Prince Boparai: DSAA

Ready, Set, Action - Video Production Workshop

  •  Make a short video during this workshop to promote your business, train your staff or enhance your curriculum.