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            John Drebinger Jr., acclaimed international motivational safety speaker and author has been delivering his dynamic safety presentations worldwide for the past 26 years and is known for injecting humor and passion to engage audiences to help people work safely. John has a Bachelors Degree in speech, and is a Certified Hypnotherapist. A member of the National Speakers Association he has achieved their highest earned designation, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). John is also a member of the famous Hollywood Magic Castle. He is an EagleScout and has been an active member of the Boy Scouts for over 50 years. Some of John’s client list includes: NASA, ExxonMobil, Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Motiva, PG&E, General Electric, Chevron, Bechtel, DIAgeo, all branches of the United State Military, VPPPA, ASSE, NSC, ConocoPhillips, Powder River Coal Co, General Mills, Valero, The FBI, SHerwin Williams, The US Forest Service and many more Fortune 500 companies and associations.

 Helen Van Dam is the director of the Freedom Drivers Project for Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). In this role she uses the TAT mobile exhibit, the Freedom Driver Project, to educate and empower members of the trucking industry and general public about sex trafficking and how the trucking industry is a driving change in this issue. Prior to working with Truckers Against Trafficking in 2015, she was the communications and events manager for iEmpathize, an international anti-trafficking nonprofit. In both positions, she has traveled the United States training various audiences on the reality of human trafficking and how each person has a role to play in combating it. Van Dam received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Affairs. During her course of study, she focused on humanitarian aid and develpment strategies.


Robert Richmond is the founder of the firm. He has an active litigation practice trying cases throughout the state of Alaska. After graduating from Kodiak High School in Alaska, Mr. Richmond workedi n various remote Alaska locations as a commercial fisherman and in the construction industry. He attended college at Georgetown University where he received his undergraduate degree. Between college and law school he served in the United States Army as an interrogator in the Military Intelligence branch. Mr. Richmond’s trial experience encompasses a varied civil practice, focusing on defense of personal injury claims, wrongful death claims, and professional liability claims. He has tried cases in many remote towns in Alaska, where he has successfully defended aviation operators, product manufacturers, corporate professionals, fishing vessel owners and processing plants. Mr. Richmond has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. He has taught numerous classes in trial practice techniques for the ABOTA "Masters in Trial" seminars, and has the designation of Proctor in Admiralty. For five years he has been voted a Top Ten Super Lawyer in Alaska, and is consistently listed in "Best Lawyers" in the field of defense of personal injury claims. He is also active in defense organizations including the Federation of Defense and Corporate counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Additionally, he currently serves on the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots.

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Jim Angel is a transportation industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience.  With expertise in operations, safety, data analysis and problem solving, Jim brings equitable solutions to an operation by utilizing technology and transportation business partners to form strong alliances in the industry.

Mr. Angel brings to PeopleNet a breadth of experience in Truckload, LTL, and Private Fleet Management, Distribution, Safety and Intermodal management. He uses this knowledge to bring practical technology applications to the industry.  Having spent sixteen years specializing in private fleet start-ups, and backhaul operations, Jim has successfully reduced running costs and increased inbound revenue at multiple private fleets. As VP of Video Intelligence at PeopleNet, Jim continues to work to find better ways to leverage technology to increase fleet safety by reducing collisions and increasing productivity. Angel stays abreast with current issues, trends and solutions being involved with several Trucking and Safety associations. 

Being a former loader, driver, dispatcher, manager, and owner of trucks has given Jim a sincere appreciation for the industry that is truly the backbone of our country.

Jim’s goal is to make his mark in the industry that he loves so much

Education: Pacific Coast Bible College

Specialties: Video Solutions, Safety, Accident reduction, Private Fleets, Start-ups, Backhaul, Asset utilization, ROI, Problem solving, using video to reduce collisions, improve business, MPG improvement, and Driver safety analytics


Daniel V. Smith, Director

Dan was appointed to Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Director in May of 2012. He began his work at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in 2003 as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. He serves on the NORPASS Board of Directors and the AMATS Freight Advisory Committee. Dan is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and National Conference on Weights and Measures. A lifelong Alaskan, Dan graduated from Dillingham High School and attended Purdue University studying Aeronautical Technology. His interests include flying and spending time as his home in Bristol Bay commercial fishing. Dan is married and has two sons.

Lyle Johnson, CVE Officer


Sargent Lyle Johnson is with the Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and is the Area Supervisor for Anchorage and Sterling. Lyle joined the division in February of 2015 after retiring from the military after 29 years of service. While proudly serving in the Marine Corp, the Air Force, and the Army as an Army Ranger Lyle has had his fair share of challenges, hardships, and accomplishments that have shaped the leader that he is today. His unwavering pride and dedication are evident in his daily efforts to build a strong team and bridge the gap between industry and the division through education and compliance. Lyle comes from a family of 11 in a small town in southeast Minnesota. His military service has allowed him to travel around the world, but Lyle now calls Wasilla his home. When he is not at work Lyle enjoys hunting and fishing with his wife Amy and son Ryan.

Jess Seward CVE Supervisor


For the past 18 years, Jess A. Seward has worked with the people who are a part of the trucking industry. During that time he has worked in every capacity from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Statewide Supervisor. He also had the distinction of being the Compliance Review Investigator and New Entrant Auditor, servicing the entire state of Alaska by increasing carrier’s knowledge of safety obligations and ensuring adequate safety management systems had been established before the carrier received a permanent FMCSA registration status. When not working Jess can be found fishing, cooking, or spending time with his family, in particular his grandchildren. As a lifelong Alaskan Jess takes advantage of everything the great state has to offer.

Alicia Bedard is the Director of Marketing at BigRoad. Alicia has been dedicated to educating fleets and owner operators on the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and works actively with companies to help make seamless transitions to ELD compliance.




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