(PRINCETON, N.J. - November 07, 2017) – NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces a partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on a new road safety initiative. The Our Roads, Our Safety program has been developed by FMCSA to help raise public awareness – with both professional drivers and consumers – about sharing the road with large trucks and buses. FMCSA’s campaign goal is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving these vehicles.
Few could have predicted from NAFA's previous Alternative Fuels Survey in 2014 the sudden discovery of domestic oil reserves, which increased the global supply of gasoline and, subsequently, depressed its price. The key to experimentation and adoption of alternative fuels has been, historically, that they are an alternative to high-cost gas. However, a comparison between NAFA’s 2014 and 2017 Alternative Fuels Surveys reveals a major shift in opinion on future reliance on alt-fuels types. Speculation concerning which fuel types would wind up at the head of the pack seems similarly contradictory.
Professional media and advocacy groups are in agreement: being certified in specialized skills that pertain to your field makes you a more valuable employee, helps you not only to get a job but keep it, and can increase your earning power.
A 2016 survey conducted by Simplilearn, a professional online certification course provider, found certifications to be a key component to bumps in salary and job fulfillment. This affirms a finding in a 2014 article in USA Today, noting certification in specific professional skills can help individuals make that leap forward.
On Thursday, September 28, NAFA's U.S. legislative counsel Patrick O'Connor and NAFA Vice President Jeff Jeter, CAFM®, met with individuals in Washington D.C. to strategize on legislation that will impact the fleet and mobility industry. This was part of a two-day "fly-in" that concluded with participation in congressional briefings and congressional visits.
People under the influence of drugs will wind up behind the wheel, either while on the job or while sharing the road with your drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracks more than 400 drugs in studies. NHTSA indicated that marijuana accounted for 35% of positive tests reported. Amphetamines accounted for 9% of substances detected, and more than half of the positive tests in the report were caused by “other drugs.” These can include prescription medications including opioids like OxyContin as well as illegal drugs like heroin.
NAFA presents a report from 2016 that details crucial steps individuals and fleets must take when the weather is dangerous. NAFA's prayers go out to the people of Texas and Louisiana, members and non-members alike, who are braving the effects of the unprecedented Hurricane Harvey.
NAFA's influence in global fleets continues to expand. On August 22, representatives of the Association met with Xue-Liang Tao, PhD, Director of Department of Policies and Regulations, National Government Offices Administration, Beijing, China. Accompanying him were 21 delegates from his department (Policies and Regulations) who handle Asset Management, Property Management, and Financial Management. They met with Kate Vigneau, CAFM®, NAFA's Director of Professional Development; and NAFA Treasurer David Hayward.
The first Move Over law in the United States was passed in 1996. Move Over laws are now in force in all 50 states. Even so, many would say they have seen cars roll very close and very quickly past either a traditional work zone area or a first responder event. According to the organization the National Safety Commission, 71 percent of Americans have not heard of Move Over laws, and therefore do not know to comply with them.
(PRINCETON, NJ – JULY 12, 2017) – Procurement executives gave NAFA rave reviews for its presentation on The Economics of Fleet at the recent Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference in Orlando. Nearly 150 supply chain experts attended the fleet-centric session presented by NAFA’s Director of Professional Development, Katherine Vigneau, CAFM®. Using a hands-on exercise directly from NAFA’s best-in-class fleet management tools, Vigneau taught the audience how to apply a lifecycle approach to their fleet and calculate the optimal replacement point for a given vehicle.
NAFA has accepted an invitation from the National Property Management Association (NPMA) to speak to hundreds of asset management executives at NPMA’s 2017 National Education Seminar (NES) in Phoenix later this month. Recognizing NAFA’s best-in-class, standard-setting education and training, NPMA has scheduled NAFA to teach its conference attendees about fleet supplier relations, current challenges in the fleet sector, and creating sustainable fleet options.
Over a six-month period, one identity fraud expert found 5.1 million breached Internet addresses. Another found 12.7 million identity fraud victims. Behind each of those numbers is a frustrated consumer. So why should a fleet professional care? Fleets can hold a significant amount of personal data about drivers, like license numbers and driving records. Then there is corporate data, such as routing and other sensitive information that could be valuable to a competitor. With that much data in hand, how secure is it, really?
(June 28, 2017 – PRINCETON, NJ) – With the final attendance numbers in hand, NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) proudly announces that its 2017 Institute & Expo (I&E), which took place April 25-28 in Tampa, Florida, remains the industry's largest learning and networking event by bringing together the most fleet professionals year after year.
(JUNE 20, 2017 – PRINCETON, NJ)
– NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) has unveiled the new, completely redesigned www.nafa.org
website providing more value to the memberships and visitors. Touting mobile-responsive, easy-to-navigate layout, the website provides users with advanced functionality and enhanced content.
(PRINCETON, NJ – April 13, 2016) – NAFA, the world’s premier not-for-profit association for fleet professionals, will hold its annual Institute and Expo (I&E) in Austin, Texas, April 19-22. The four day event, designed by fleet managers, delivers new information, ideas and important updates on the latest in fleet management.
(APRIL 01, 2016 — PRINCETON, NJ) – NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E), is founded on the mission to educate, inform, and prepare. This year’s conference takes place in Austin, Texas, April 19-22 and has a full roster of education sessions to achieve those goals, including the standout session “The VMT Road Tax Era is Near.”
(MAY 22, 2017 – PRINCETON, NJ) – NAFA Fleet Management Association stands at the forefront of sustainable fleet education and practices. The Association’s commitment remained unparalleled as graduates of its latest initiative, Sustainable Fleet Certificates, received special recognition during the Association’s recent annual conference in Tampa, Florida.
(MAY 17, 2017 – PRINCETON, NJ) – NAFA’s Chapter Appreciation Luncheon, a highlight of the annual Institute & Expo which bowed in Tampa, Florida this past April, featured the presentation of the Chapter Service Awards. This year’s recipients are NAFA Associate Member Pete Mitchell, Executive Manager for Client Relations for CEI, a member of NAFA’s Philadelphia Chapter, and NAFA Regular Member Sister Mary Daniel, a member of NAFA’s Wisconsin Chapter and retiree from her duties with School Sisters of St. Francis, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(MAY 17, 2017 – PRINCETON, NJ) – Honorary Lifetime Membership is one of the highest honors NAFA Fleet Management Association can bestow on an individual. It denotes NAFA’s recognition of an individual’s outstanding professional and personal contributions to the Association. At NAFA’s 2017 Institute & Expo, April 25-28 in Tampa, Florida, two members were recognized for their exemplary dedication: Regular Member Joe LaRosa and Associate Member Ron Lasman.
(PRINCETON, NJ – May 16, 2017) – NAFA Fleet Management Association is proud to announce its Class Of 2016/2017 Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) graduates. Recognized as the industry standard in fleet education, CAFM® designation identifies excellence in fleet knowledge.
(MAY 16, 2017 – PRINCETON, NJ) – The Willard H. DaSilva Student Scholarship is both a reward for a worthy student’s commitment to the fleet profession and a symbol of the support the current generation of fleet provides the next. On April 26, 2017, in Tampa, Florida, the NAFA Foundation continued this tradition by awarding Hayden Gallagher the 2017 Willard DaSilva Student Scholarship during a ceremony held at NAFA’s Annual Institute & Expo.
(PRINCETON,NJ – May 16, 2017) – NAFA Fleet Management Association is proud to announce its Class Of 2015/2016 Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS®) graduates. The CAFS® designation identifies excellence in fleet knowledge and is the first step to the attainment of Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) status.
(April 26, 2017 – TAMPA, FL) – Excitement abounded on the evening of April 25, as the winners of the 2017 Fleet Excellence Awards ascended the stage at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL, and claimed their awards. NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, or the FLEXYs for short, concluded the first full day of the Association’s yearly conference, the Institute & Expo. Close to 1400 fleet professionals enjoyed the presentation.
(APRIL 11, 2016 — PRINCETON, NJ) – Today’s top commercial fleet concerns range from cost-containment mandates to procurement’s growing influence. Taking place April 19-22 in Austin, Texas, NAFA’s Institute & Expo’s program is packed with educational sessions addressing all the top concerns, while bringing together the largest gathering of fleet professionals. With a full roster of education sessions devoted to answering the questions of fleet managers, the I&E agenda hits the target for knowledge and education, for best practices, for regulatory awareness, and for that career edge that is so critical in today’s workplace.
(Princeton, NJ – April 8, 2016) – NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) today announced it is seeking input on changes being considered to the association’s membership qualifications and board structure that would enable a wider audience to join and become leaders of the association.
(APRIL 03, 2016 — PRINCETON, NJ) – NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E), is founded on the mission to educate, inform, and prepare. This year’s conference takes place in Austin, Texas, April 19-22 and has a full roster of education sessions to achieve those goals, including the standout session “DOT Rules And Regulatory Compliance: From Pickups To Big Rigs.”
(APRIL 02, 2016 — PRINCETON, NJ) –NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E), is founded on the mission to educate, inform, and prepare. This year’s conference takes place in Austin, Texas, April 19-22 and has a full roster of education sessions to achieve those goals, including the standout session “Fleet Options For Improving Cash Flow.”
(PRINCETON, NJ – MARCH 30, 2016) – NAFA Fleet Management Association is pleased to announce its next accredited fleet via NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program is the Minnesota Department of Transportation. They join the City of Anaheim, CA; the County of Ventura, CA; Kent Fire Department RFA, of Kent, WA; the City of Austin, TX; and the University of California-Davis; all accomplished, recently accredited fleets.
(PRINCETON, NJ – MARCH 20, 2017) – In early-March, NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) was pleased to learn its 2016 edition of the annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E), earned a spot on the 2016 Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Show List. This honor comes just as NAFA finalizes efforts for the 2017 I&E, taking place April 25-28, in Tampa, Florida.
With driverless cars or no cars at all, fleet managers will still be handling the challenge of managing mobility.
(PRINCETON, NJ – MARCH 14, 2017) – After weeks of intense judging by industry leaders, the finalists for NAFA’s 2017 Fleet Excellence Awards have been chosen. The Fleet Excellence Awards (or FLEXY for short) are designed to shine a spotlight on those who have impacted fleet management in both the corporate and public fleet segments during the previous year. Three finalists were chosen for each of the seven categories. Winners will be announced during the Fifth Annual Fleet Excellence Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 25 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida during NAFA’s annual conference.
(PRINCETON, NJ – MARCH 07, 2016) – After weeks of intense judging by industry leaders, the finalists for NAFA’s 2016 Fleet Excellence Awards have been chosen. The Fleet Excellence Awards (or FLEXY for short) were designed to shine a spotlight on those who have impacted fleet management in both the corporate and public fleet segments during the previous year. Three finalists were chosen for each of the seven categories. Winners will be announced during the Fourth Annual Fleet Excellence Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 19 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas during NAFA’s annual conference.
(March 2, 2017 — PRINCETON, NJ) – The Board of Directors of NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), operating under new bylaws and election procedures adopted in 2016, recently elected the first slate of Officers under its new guidelines.
(FEBRUARY 28, 2017 — PRINCETON, NJ) – On February 9, NAFA Regular Member Sara Burnam, CAFM®, was promoted to Director of the Fleet Management Division for Palm Beach County, Florida. Burnam replaced Douglas Weichman, CAFM®, who has accepted the position of Fleet Management Director for the City of Gainesville, Florida.
(FEBRUARY 8, 2017 — PRINCETON, NJ) – NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) proudly announces that author and strategic advisor Lukas Neckermann will be the Keynote Speaker for the International Fleet Academy (IFA), a pre-conference special event on April 24 in Tampa, Florida.
(PRINCETON, NJ, January 30, 2017) — NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) has extended the deadline to submit nominations for its Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY) from January 20 to February 3. Winners will be announced live on stage in front of hundreds of fleet professionals at NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo in Tampa, Florida.
(JANUARY 25, 2017 — PRINCETON, NJ) – On February 27, NAFA Regular Member Douglas Weichman, CAFM®, will assume the role of Fleet Management Director for the City of Gainesville, Florida. The naming of his replacement as Director of the Fleet Management Division for Palm Beach County is forthcoming. Weichman has been with Palm Beach County for over 26 years.