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It’s All About Connections

For those in sales, the phrase “building your book of business” is likely a familiar phrase. But even if you’re not in sales, you have a “book” too. Ultimately, our book is the list of people we know and interact with; they might be prospects, customers, colleagues, acquaintances, industry experts you’ve met, mentors, and the list goes on. 

Two of the biggest in-person events in the automotive industry just took place – Work Truck Week and NADA. Hopefully you were able to attend at least one, and you had the chance to make new connections.

While in-person industry events can build our respective books, it’s not always feasible to travel to these shows. Luckily, there are many other ways available. Just one example is something Coach Ken frequently talks about – joining local chapters of various organizations. 

Another great avenue is by registering for the upcoming free virtual Spring Commercial Vehicle Business Summit presented by Work Truck Solutions, along with sponsors Escalent, Mitsubishi HC Capital America and Comvoy. The speaker lineup includes many heavy hitters in the commercial vehicle ecosystem, plus there are even several scheduled networking sessions. 

Don’t wait, start making those connections and building your book today!

The mission of the CVBNetwork is to be the toolbox of resources for the entirety of the commercial vehicle ecosystem:

  • To support the entire network of businesses in the ecosystem and increase their connectedness through the exchange of ideas with peers;
  • To offer education plus exposure to resources, procedures and best practices being used by others in the industry;
  • To be a meeting place and hub of resources, information, stories and breaking news.

Commercial vehicle industry shows up and shows off at Work Truck Week® 2024 

Record-setting event brings together 15,790 attendees, 536 exhibitors FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (March 18, 2024) — Work Truck Week® continues to grow. A verified 15,790 industry professionals from 29 countries and all 50 U.S. states gathered March 5–8 at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for Work Truck Week 2024, breaking last year’s attendance record of 14,885. Work Truck Show exhibit space was sold out, with 536 companies filling the exhibit hall and New Exhibitor Pavilion with the latest commercial vehicles, equipment and technology.              Work Truck Week is...


Jake Obert, Senior Director of Sales and Kim Mathers, Vice President Product Marketing and Strategy, REE Automotive sat down with us the last day of Work Truck Week 2024 and discussed the P7C Cab Chassis, first time showing in the USA, as well as the highlights from their attendance!


Kaitlyn Deleary, Assistant Marketing Director and Clay Okabayashi, Director of Sales at Mullen Automotive sat down on the last day of Work Truck Week 2024 to showcase new and existing products and highlight the needs to come out to shows. Be sure to check out Mullen on NuPropel!

Daimler Truck North America’s First Battery-Electric Freightliner eM2 Box Trucks Hit the Road

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 14, 2024) — Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) announces the delivery of its first battery-electric Freightliner eM2 trucks, after the start of series production of the medium-duty electric vehicles at the end of 2023. The Freightliner eM2, manufactured at DTNA’s plant in Portland, Oregon, has since been distributed to customers across the country. PITT OHIO, a leading transportation, warehouse, and logistics services company, is the first to deploy the eM2. The two Freightliner eM2 Class 7 trucks, which PITT OHIO is integrating...

LISTEN: WTW24 | MOTIV PS | Jim Castelaz

Kristean von der Heiden, met up with Jim Castelaz , Founder and Chief Technology and Revenue Officer, Motiv PS at the 2024 Work Truck Week – Last year was such a great podcast, we sought out a recap of Motiv PS’ last year and more from Jim on why it is so important to come to Work Truck Week.

WATCH + LISTEN: WTW24 | Your Digital Toolkit for Success | Work Trucks Solutions Fireside Chat

The Fireside chat, “- Your Digital Toolkit for Success” with Work Truck Solutions at 2024 Work Truck Week– with industry experts Jim Press, Kathryn Schifferle, AJ Hewitson,  Alicia Von Bokel, and Rene St.Hilaire! The panel discussed issues relevant to commercial sales, with a range of fantastic topics covered- Struggles with CRMs and the ever looming “Back to Normal” after the Covid pandemic flipped the supply and demand model were just of a few of many. was glad to have been covering the event- A definitively important tool in our industry toolbox!

WATCH + LISTEN: WTW24 | U.S. Upfitters, a Division of Driverge | Feature Focus

Dan Shelhamer, Vice President of Sales at U.S. Upfitters, a Division of Driverge speaks with Sean Meredith, Director of Business Development, Driverge and Kristean von der Heiden, at the 2024 Work Truck Week in regards to US Upfitters solutions for smaller vehicles and their impressive locks.

WATCH + LISTEN: WTW24 | Driverge Vehicle Innovations | Merging Strengths

Sean Meredith, Director of Business Development, Driverge and Dan Shelhamer, Vice President of Sales at U.S. Upfitters, a Division of Driverge, reflected on Driverge/US Upfitter’s merger with Kristean von der Heiden, at the 2024 Work Truck Week. Sean goes on to speak to the Driverge’s upfits for smaller vehicles to fill the void the lack of smaller work truck vehicles from the OEMS.

WATCH + LISTEN: WTW24 | Adrian Steel | Kevin LaBrecque

Kevin LaBrecque, Director of Marketing, Adrian Steel spoke to Steve Henning, at the 2024 Work Truck Week, unveiling Revolutionary Truck Solutions with incredible build times. Walk through the whole solution with Kevin and Steve.

WATCH + LISTEN: WTW24 | Knapheide | Mandar Dighe

Mandar Dighe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Knapheide spoke with Kevin Kinell, CTO, Work Truck Solutions at the 2024 Work Truck Week- nailing home the importance of coming to the show, highlighting their impressive portfolio of work truck solutions, and rounding out their 175th+ year in business.