TTMA Annual Convention 2020

TTMA 78th Annual Convention

  • April 22-25, 2020
  • La Cantera Resort & spa, San Antonio, Texas 


Jeff "Odie" Espenship
USAF Fighter Pilot and Founder, Target Leadership

While Jeff originally hails from Lake City, FL., he spent most of his childhood among the kudzu and red clay of Georgia. Jeff chose the University of Georgia for his higher education and enrolled in the prestigious Air Force ROTC program.

Due to his demonstrated leadership and officer skills in cadet corps officer training, Jeff was awarded a full academic scholarship and a USAF pilot training slot. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Jeff spent a year cheating certain death and destruction earning his USAF pilot wings. He won the coveted “Commanders Trophy” as the overall top graduate of his pilot training class. Jeff also won the pilot training T-38 Talon’s “Hard Charger Award” for overall dedication to excellence and training. 

Jeff became a USAF fighter pilot flying the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as the “Warthog.” He was stationed with the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.

While there, he qualified as one of the youngest 4-ship flight leaders in the entire squadron. He served as an instructor and was also combat search and rescue qualified. He won numerous Top Gun awards for air-to-ground bombing and gunnery. Odie was selected to attend The Air Force’s formal leadership training college for young officers, Squadron Officers School. Odie graduated in the top 7% of the entire school of over 400 officers. 

Due to Jeff’s outgoing, personable, always smiling, eager to please personality, his squadron mates quickly gave him his call sign “Odie ” aptly named after the popular cartoon Garfield’s sidekick. Now, few people know Jeff by his first name…but simply call him “ODIE.”

After 6 years of dedicated service in the Air Force, Odie decided to fulfill another lifelong dream by becoming an airline pilot. He began his career with Delta Air Lines in 1992. He qualified on The Boeing 727, 757, 767, and McDonnell Douglas MD-11. He also was a line-oriented flight engineer instructor on the Boeing 727. He completed numerous Crew Resource Management Courses, including “Cockpit 2000” given to pilots by United Parcel Service. Odie continues to hone his flight skills as an international airline pilot, flying the Boeing 777. 

Amid his tenure as an airline pilot, Odie also flew a 1943 T-6 “Texan” on the airshow circuit. A  tragic accident took the life of his brother, as well as the life of the pilot. This significant event in Odie’s life ignited the spark that helped create what Target Leadership is today. From those humble beginnings in 2003, Odie and his team have grown Target Leadership into a well recognized brand for Culture-Leadership-Safety training among the nation’s top Fortune 500
companies including ExxonMobil, The Southern Company, John Deere, and Chevron. 

Jim Meil
Principal, Industry Analysis, ACT Research

Jim Meil has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist and planner for over 30 years. At ACT Research, he is responsible for analysis and forecasts on the North American economy, and comments on the links of goods-producing sectors, freight conditions, and truck and trailer demand.

He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic Indicators and The Wall Street Journal U.S. economic forecast monthly survey, and is frequently quoted in national and transport industry press.

Meil has received first-place recognition in the Wall Street Journal’s forecasters survey and placed in the top 10 of USA Today’s “Top Economic Forecasters” for accuracy.

Prior to joining ACT Research, Meil spent 30 years in the planning department of Eaton Corporation, retiring as Vice President and Chief Economist in 2014.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Business Economics, the professional trade group of business economists, and worked for Chase Econometrics and for Burroughs Corporation before Eaton.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in economics from the University of Chicago. 

Since its inception in 1986, ACT Research has become the leading source of North American commercial vehicle and capital equipment data, forecasting, and analysis. 

Don Rheem
Author and CEO of E3 Solutions

Don Rheem is CEO of E3 Solutions, a provider of employee workplace metrics which allows organizations to build
engaged, high-performance cultures. Rheem focuses on using science-backed research to consult with leaders at all
levels within an organization. His passion for delivering truly outstanding improvements in business performance conveys
quickly to the CEOs and key executives he works with.

A former science advisor to both Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rheem shares with clients
a grounded and empirically validated methodology to get employees more engaged and better positioned for success
targeted at the bottom-line.

Rheem and his team at E3 Solutions show business leaders how to create the workplace conditions that trigger hard-wired motivators that improve employee performance. These intrinsic drivers of human behavior increase engagement in ways that improve productivity, team alignment, morale, and retention.

A popular speaker, author, and thought-leader, Rheem lectures on employee engagement throughout North America and Europe helping thousands of CEOs understand the key drivers of exceptional workplace behavior. His recently released ForbesBooks publication, Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures lays out the neurological underpinnings of human behavior that distinguish Don’s company from conventional leadership consulting. As a featured TEDx speaker, Don recently presented some of his most popular content in Can Work Save Our Relationships? at TEDxBYU.

He has more than 30 years of experience helping organizations derive more value and impact every day. Don’s clients have included Honeywell, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Jiffy Lube, Major League Baseball, Bank of America, The Discovery Channel, and Green Mountain Coffee. He has coached more than 30 U.S. Senators, royalty, as well as hundreds of CEOs and senior executives in the private and nonprofit sectors in a variety of industries.

A former White House correspondent, Rheem is also an award-winning journalist and public affairs executive. He served as a technical consultant to the Committee on Science, Space & Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising members on public policy issues and basic scientific research.

Don comes from a long line of entrepreneurs; his great grandfather was president of Standard Oil and his grandfather was the founder of Rheem Manufacturing, one of the largest suppliers of water heaters and air conditioning equipment in the world.

Rheem lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Kathryn Rheem, and enjoys spending time with his family and writing in his free time. For more information, please visit

Chris Stirewalt
Politics Editor, FOX News

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for the Fox News Channel and one of the liveliest commentators covering politics today. Working in FNC’s Washington bureau since 2010, Stirewalt helps coordinate political coverage across Fox platforms, contributing articles, video segments, an extremely-popular newsletter, a weekly podcast with co-host Dana Perino, and regular appearances on Fox’s most popular programs to the network’s lineup. Stirewalt’s daily newsletter, Fox News Halftime Report, boasts nearly 200,000 subscribers, and his podcast I’ll Tell You What was so successful that it was spun off into a television show of the same name leading up to the 2016 election, an industry first. 

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Stirewalt is an expert storyteller and astute speaker who keeps audiences engrossed with his trademark humor while breaking down complex political issues. He offers candid and witty insights on the current political climate and the latest happenings on Capitol Hill and in the White House, as well as a breakdown of how our political party system reached its current state of polarization and what he sees coming down the pike in Washington and across the nation. Stirewalt is a quickly rising star on cable news and within political circles whose speeches offer the perfect balance between meaty and hard-hitting takeaways and entertaining personal and professional anecdotes.

Stirewalt makes daily appearances on multiple Fox network programs, including America’s Newsroom, Outnumbered, Special Report with Bret Baier, and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. He is also a part of the Fox News Decision Desk team, where he has called races on election nights over the past four electoral cycles, and hosts the feature video series Power Play on He is also the author of the book Every Man a King: A Short Colorful History of American Populists.

Prior to joining FNC, Stirewalt served as political editor for The Washington Examiner where he wrote a twice-weekly column and led political coverage for the newspaper. He also served as politics editor at the Charleston Daily Mail and West Virginia Media. Stirewalt began his career at the Wheeling Intelligencer in West Virginia. 

He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.