T. Boone Pickens to Speak at Work Truck Show’s Green Truck Summit

Texas billionaire, energy activist and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens will give the keynote address at The Work Truck Show 2009 Green Truck Summit on Tuesday, March 3, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) announced.

The NTEA also reported that booth space for The Work Truck Show 2009 is sold out and that registration for the Show is running 7 percent higher than at the same time last year.

The Work Truck Show 2009, North America’s largest work truck event, is held in conjunction with the 45th Annual NTEA Convention March 3-6, 2009 (show floor opens March 4) at the McCormick Place West Building in Chicago, IL.

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Texas billionaire, energy activist and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens will give the keynote address at The Work Truck Show 2009 Green Truck Summit on Tuesday, March 3, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) announced.

The NTEA also reported that booth space for The Work Truck Show 2009 is sold out and that registration for the Show is running 7 percent higher than at the same time last year.

The Work Truck Show 2009, North America’s largest work truck event, is held in conjunction with the 45th Annual NTEA Convention March 3-6, 2009 (show floor opens March 4) at the McCormick Place West Building in Chicago, IL.

The Green Truck Summit, sponsored by International Truck, is an intensive, full-day program, kicking off with Pickens’ presentation at 9 a.m. The keynote is followed by four general sessions and 18 breakout sessions covering alternative fuels, hybrid vehicle technology, fleet experiences with existing technology, and the latest product and technology developments. The Green Truck Summit is held on Tuesday, March 3, from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.. Registration is required.

Pickens is on a mission to break the “stranglehold” of foreign oil on the United States economy. After 35 years of lobbying the federal government to form a comprehensive energy policy for the country, he introduced his own plan in July 2008. The Pickens Plan calls for building wind farms to provide up to 22 percent of the country’s electricity, developing a 21st century backbone electrical grid and using domestic natural gas as fuel to power fleet vehicles and heavy-duty trucks. He has spent over $58 million promoting the plan, which is detailed at www.pickensplan.com.

Pickens started his career as an oilman, founding Mesa Petroleum with a $2,500 investment, and building it over 40 years into one of America’s largest independent natural gas and oil companies. After retiring from Mesa Petroleum, he bought its natural gas holdings and established Clean Energy, a major provider of natural gas (CNG and LNG) for vehicles, including those in the refuse, trucking and municipal fleet markets. He served for nearly three years as chairman of the National Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, traveling the country advocating the merits of natural gas. Another of his companies, Mesa Power LLP, is in the process of building the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle. Pickens is chairman and CEO of BP Capital Management, which operates energy-focused investment funds.

“T. Boone Pickens will offer Green Truck Summit attendees a unique, business-oriented perspective on the value of alternative fuels based on his incomparable experience with both traditional and alternative energy sources,” says Jim Carney, NTEA executive director. “It will be an insightful and thought-provoking kickoff to the event.”

To register for The Work Truck Show 2009 and the Green Truck Summit, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-NTEA (6832).

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