NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces details of its annual Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar (EFMS), taking place October 7-9, 2019, in Phoenix, Ariz. Details and registration are at http://nafa.org/efms.
In a world in which vacancies may mean the full-time equivalent shifts to another department or in which a fleet professional suddenly juggles additional responsibilities, having the next hire identified makes sense. And it may prove
more valuable than simply filling the job.
With natural disasters, needs abound. But there’s one thing that fleet professionals consistently discover is more valuable than gold: fuel. Ask anyone who has faced a major event, whether flooding, tornado, hurricane, ice storm, or otherwise, and they’ll say much the same: Any type of disaster preparation simply must include plans for fuel sites, generators, and options for additional resources if needed. It’s also important to consider all types of fuel that are used. Of course, that’s only the start.
At no time in recent history have fleet professionals needed to consider so many shifts to their fundamental work requirements. It’s not a surprise. Each day, the business media buzzes with reports concerning the continued rise of electric and autonomous vehicles, the integration of drone technology into everyday delivery practices, and the implications these changes might have on the tried-and-true business model. The themes of disruptive technologies and mobility were threaded throughout NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo, which took place April 15-17 in Louisville, Kentucky, and culminated in a multi-session track on the last day devoted to “the mobility revolution.”
NAFA has opened the Call for Presentations for the 2020 Institute & Expo, taking place April 6-8, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. We want to hear from all walks of fleet professionals, but especially our fleet managers.
NAFA seeks a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to develop an educational Resource Guide and Associated Study Guides for a Department of Transportation Module related to its Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) certification program. The DOT content should include the following areas: Intro to the DOT, NHTSA regulations, FMCSA regulations, NSC regulations in Canada and DOT program implementation. A full outline of content will be provided to the selected SME.
NAFA seeks a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to develop an updated educational Resource Guide (text book) and Associated Study Guide for the Maintenance Management Module of its Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) certification program. The Maintenance Module content should include the following areas: Vehicle Mechanics, Maintenance Programs, Shop Operations, FMC-Outsourced Maintenance and Performance Monitoring. A detailed outline and copies of the existing Guide and Study Guide will be provided.
Many of the current and near-future vehicle technologies have significant low- or no-emissions factors to them and/or degrees of autonomous functionality – signaling where fleets will also be headed. Plus, the pace of change is fast. Yet, fleet professionals gearing up for this new technology should follow three key approaches, according to Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President of CALSTART, a nonprofit organization working both nationally and internationally with businesses and governments to develop clean, efficient transportation solutions. He previewed some of the innovative fleet advancements at the NAFA 2019 Institute & Expo session, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and How You Can Prepare.
How seriously can cybersecurity affect fleets? One fleet manager had his vehicles hacked and received a demand of $18 million to release them. “How would you react to that?” asked Faye Francy, Executive Director of Auto-ISAC, in Washington, D.C. As deeply competitive as OEMs are, there is at least one area where they are cooperative partners: cybersecurity.
NAFA’s June 2019 Legislative Update now available
- Repeal of the federal excise tax (FET) on heavy-duty trucks
- European and Japanese Auto Imports
- Imports from China
- Canada has joined the Drive to Zero Pledge
- Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Lifted
NAFA CEO Phillip E. Russo, CAE: "I am pleased to share with you my op-ed piece that ran in a recent issue of The Hill Times, a twice-weekly Canadian newspaper covering the Parliament of Canada, the federal government, and other federal political news."
Register now for NAFA's Essentials of Fleet Management (EFMS)! This three-day, live event October 7-9 in Phoenix is your chance to learn alongside a classroom of fleet managers about the fundamental principles of running an efficient fleet. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to build a network of peers who are experiencing the same challenges you are, and can help you find solutions.
NAFA’s Online Buyer's Guide is the most effective way to present and learn about the products and services you use. And with the Online Buyer's Guide's RFP Automator, you can make the process of reaching out to these companies easier and more effective. By clicking on the RFP (request for proposal) Automator link, you can request project bids from the companies or vendors of your choice. You can enter a specific Request for Information, and get private, personalized responses delivered to your inbox.
Although the hotel reservation period for NAFA’s 2020 Institute & Expo in Indianapolis doesn’t start until December, NAFA reminds you that unauthorized housing providers may already be soliciting your business! Be alert for third-party lodging companies, some of which have proven to be scammers, as they attempt to sell you lodging and travel services. Protect yourself and note that NAFA does not work with or authorize any organizations to use the NAFA or I&E names and logos to solicit attendees for lodging, and NAFA does not sell your contact information.
The slate of NAFA webinars for 2019 is online, including "The Electrification Checklist: Making the Right xEV Decisions for Your Fleet," which takes place next Wednesday, June 5. NAFA webinars are available for FREE for all NAFA Members as an exclusive benefit of membership. Registration for non-members is $25. Register now and expand your skillset through these informative education opportunities.
NAFA Fleet Management Association
(NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership organization, announces its 2019 Institute & Expo
(I&E), recently held in Louisville, Ky., featured a variety of “firsts” for the fleet industry. Among them, Mobility Day, CAFM U,
and the Supplier Education Track.
The slate of NAFA webinars for 2019 is online, including "How to Reduce Your Fueling Expenses by More Than 20 Percent with On-Site Fueling
," which takes place this Wednesday, May 22
. NAFA webinars are available for FREE for all NAFA Members as an exclusive benefit of membership. Registration for non-members is $25. Register now and expand your skillset through these informative education opportunities.
A perennial favorite of I&E attendees, the Fleet Management Executive Panel returned once again to I&E in 2019. This session afforded attendees the opportunity to hear directly from the leaders of major fleet management companies as they discussed what they see coming in the near future with regard to procurement, sourcing, inventory, sustainability, global expansion, and much more.
During the Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, April 14, NAFA Immediate Past President Bryan Flansburg, CAFM®, honored Jeff Jeter with NAFA’s Distinguished Service Award. It is the Association's highest form of recognition. Jeter recently concluded his term as Vice President on NAFA's Board of Directors.
At NAFA's Annual Business Meeting on April 14, NAFA President Patti Earley, CAFM, honored Peter Belloli, CAFM, for his commitment to NAFA and its chapters. "Peter has been Chair of the NAFA New England Chapter for more than five years, which is three years more than the average, but there’s a reason for this," Earley explained. "His goal has always been to do what’s best and right for the New England Chapter, and during a time of need for the chapter, he stepped up and took on the challenges that others were not equipped to handle."
NAFA’s Honorary Membership recognizes outstanding service to NAFA, the fleet administration profession, the automotive industry, a community, state, or nation. No one could argue that Mary Sticha, CAFM, is a perfect example of this. "Honorary Membership is awarded to an individual at the end of their fleet career and allows them the ability to stay connected to NAFA," said NAFA President Patti Earley, CAFM, noting that Sticha was about to retire from Element Fleet Management.
Pulling driving privileges from fleet drivers is not one of the more exciting duties of a fleet manager, but it is an absolute necessity at times. When drivers are not driving safely or have bad driving habits, it puts your employees, other drivers on the road, and your company or organization at extreme risk. When evaluating if you should suspend driving privileges from a driver, it is important that you collaborate with other departments in your organization or institution such as Risk Management, Human Resources, and Legal.
"Everyone wants to get home safely at the end of the day," said Raymond P. Martinez, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). "And it’s my job to help make sure that happens by regulating and monitoring motor carriers and enforcing rules related to their operation."
"It is also my job to make sure that the few who have not fully [rallied] to this cause are educated and guided to safer practices or that further measures are taken to mitigate their impacts," he added.
Gasoline-powered automobiles are still the kings of the road. But, as automotive technology continues to advance, vehicles that run on alternative, more renewable fuels are beginning to challenge those powered by traditional internal combustion. More and more automakers are offering hybrid versions of some of their popular cars and trucks, while others are developing cars that run on alternative fuels like electricity, propane, and hydrogen.
What was it like to be an attendee at NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo? Michael Bieger, past President of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), and business partner John Bieger, provide an engaging open letter to NAFA members with a ground-floor view of fleet’s largest event, insight gained, miles walked, and the food.
For the second year in a row, NAFA was broadcasting on Facebook Live from the I&E Expo floor to bring you the latest fleet innovations and expert analysis on current topics. Whether you were able to attend NAFA’s 2019 Institute and Expo, or if you weren't able to make the trip to Louisville and want to check out some of what you missed, these fun and informative videos are a great way to catch a glimpse of what took place on the 2019 I&E Expo floor
Trade Show News Network
, the leading resource for the trade show, exhibition, and event industry, has named NAFA’s Institute and Expo
(I&E) to its list of the Top U.S. Trade Shows
for the fourth year in a row.
The ranking is based on net square footage of trade shows in the United States. I&E ranked number 206 of all U.S. events, coming in at just under 62,000 net square feet. No other fleet industry show made the list. (By comparison, the #1 U.S. show, the Consumer Electronics Show, takes over the entire city of Las Vegas every January and amasses more than 2.7-million square feet!)
Nearly six years ago, New York City was hit by Superstorm Sandy’s sustained winds of 80 mph, tearing through homes and flooding subways and streets. In November, the lights were switched on for Rockefeller Center’s 75-foot Christmas tree, an annual draw for millions of visitors. On this morning, the cars are triple-parked and tractor trailers idle in the middle of the road, waiting for passage while backing up traffic in the process. Somewhere else, a crime is being committed.
The New York City Police Department, like any law enforcement entity, deals with these extremes each day, and its fleet must be at the ready throughout. This is a look into how they do it.
Fleets that set an example for sustainable practices are aware of the big-picture numbers – staggering worldwide numbers regarding carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) output – and commit to do their part to not contribute to those datasets. Pollutants are, however, more than emissions from vehicles alone. They come from garbage dumped in the landfill which generates CO2 and methane. There are also the pollutants that seep into the ground and water supply, stemming from the waste stream fleets can generate.
Fleets can play a significant role in being responsible stewards of their materials, curbing waste stream flows, and recognizing the consequences that mismanagement will bring. It will not be easy, and may take additional effort.
The decision to purchase alternative-fueled and advance-technology fleet vehicles can often come down to available federal, state, and local incentives that make sustainability minded acquisitions fiscally justifiable.
The longstanding fuel excise tax credit of $.50 per-gallon for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane autogas, and the $1.00 per gallon credit for biodiesel has had a significant impact on the makeup of today’s fleets across America. Congress routinely allows these year-to-year tax credits to expire only to extend them again at the last minute. At present, the fates of these credits are hanging in the balance, as they expired at the end of 2017 and have not been retroactively extended through 2018.
However, of all the tax extenders Congress is considering, one with a brighter outlook appears to be the credit for biodiesel fuel purchases, in large part due to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) sustained support for the incentive.
Adam Orth, CAFM, Fleet Services Manager for General Mills Inc., was the proud recipient of 2018’s Fleet Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Corporate Fleet Management. “I was extremely excited to be nominated, but receiving the award was fantastic,” said Orth. “To me, this is an award I highly value and one that is a representation of many years of hard work within the industry. To be both nominated and recognized with/by my peers in this fantastic industry is a great feeling.”
The Safelite AutoGlass Fleet Department was honored as the recipients of the Fleet Excellence Award for Excellence in Corporate Fleet Sustainability Accomplishments at the 2018 NAFA Institute and Expo. Erin Gilchrist, Fleet Director, Safelite AutoGlass, has been in the fleet industry for 12 years and spoke about what this award means to her organization and the effort that she and her team put forth to achieve this recognition.
Marianne Stewart, CAFM, Owner of MSC Corporate Fleet Services, LLC, was the recipient of the 2018 Associate Member of the Year award.
Having been involved in the fleet industry for 18 years, Stewart has also been a member of NAFA’s Old Dominion Chapter for 17 of those years.
“Serving in a volunteer capacity is an honor and a privilege for me,” she said of her experience as a NAFA member.
“I find it personally rewarding to share the passion for this industry; but, I am most honored that industry experts and my esteemed colleagues, from whom I continue to learn, chose me as a recipient of an award that signifies excellence.”
“Sacramento County is designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a severe air quality nonattainment zone for ground level ozone,” said Keith Leech, Sr., Chief, Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise. “Almost 70 percent of the Sacramento region’s ozone pollution problem comes from cars, trucks, locomotives, buses, motorcycles, agricultural and construction equipment.”
Because the Sacramento Valley is shaped like a bowl, ozone pollution presents a serious problem in the summer when an inversion layer traps pollutants close to the ground. “This lid prevents pollutants from escaping into the upper atmosphere causing poor air quality for our residents,” said Leech.
NAFA Fleet Management Association
(NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces the winners for NAFA’s 2019 Fleet Excellence Awards
(FLEXYs), the top honors in the fleet and mobility industry. They will be presented on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Ky., during NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo
NAFA Fleet Management Association announces its 2019 officers and Board of Directors, elected today.
Chosen as Officers for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors are:
- President - Patti Earley, CAFM®, Fleet Fueling Operations Supervisor, Florida Power & Light
- Senior Vice President - Ray Brisby, CAFM, Fleet Manager, Calgary Fire Department
- Vice President - Mike Camnetar, CAFM, Regional Vice President, Business Development, LeasePlan USA
- Secretary/Treasurer - Kathy Wellik, CAFM, Fleet Director, Iowa State University Transportation Services
NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces the return of the Fleet Management Executive Panel to its annual conference, the redesigned and enhanced Institute & Expo (I&E), which takes place April 15-17, in Louisville, Ky.
The recent government shutdown has either directly or indirectly affected many of NAFA’s members. We believe everyone should have the ability to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate to our 2019 Institute and Expo. With that in mind, we have extended the deadline for the Early Bird discount until Friday, February 8, 2019, allowing you more time to gain the necessary approvals and funds to attend our industry’s largest and most comprehensive annual event. Register today.
Are you ready for the mobility revolution? It's coming, so be ready for it with a full day of mobility-related education at NAFA's Institute & Expo, Wednesday, April 17, in Louisville, Ky. Kicking off the mobility learning track will be an informative keynote presentation from Lukas Neckermann, Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London and New York with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact.
How will you embrace the future? On Monday, April 15, at NAFA's all-new Institute & Expo, join fleet peers for an informative keynote presentation from Chris Riddell. An award-winning global futurist and keynote speaker on the future of humanity and digital, Riddell is also a renowned media commentator and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted world.
For the 2019 Institute & Expo, NAFA has brought the popular industry-specific workshops forward to Day One, Monday, April 15. Choose your segment! NAFA's slate of workshops cover a full range of topics which are suited to your needs. From the pharmaceutical industry, to the government segment, universities, utilities, and corporate fleets, each focuses on the challenges and specificity of your fleet makeup. You expect and require information that speaks to the details of your work, and NAFA has you covered.
NAFA’s Law Enforcement Group has developed a targeted session, OEM Law Enforcement Panel: Unique Needs Drive Unique Solutions, to address the special needs of public safety fleets. The session features police fleet leaders from Ford, General Motors, and Dodge providing answers to common vehicle servicing needs, as well as discussing what’s new and soon to come in their police product lines.
Want to become a top performer in fleet but time is tight? Attend CAFM U – NAFA’s week-long university-style program for advanced fleet education, April 13-18, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. In less than a week, CAFM U will grow your expertise and abilities to solve ever-complex fleet challenges – while letting you pursue your Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) or Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS®) certifications, the hallmarks of elite fleet professionals.
This desire to change, to see things from different perspectives, was never more evident than after last year’s annual conference. Despite the overwhelming success of the event (total attendance up seven percent, more than 900 fleet managers, sold out expo hall, higher than anticipated revenue, lower than anticipated expenses), my staff and I knew we couldn’t simply hit the proverbial “rewind” button and do it all again in 2019.
At the all-new Institute & Expo on Wednesday, April 17, join your NAFA peers for an informative keynote presentation from Lukas Neckermann, Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London and New York with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact.
Registration for the 2019 Global Fleet Conference
is now open, and the conference is offering a $100 discount early-bird special for those who register by May 2. NAFA Fleet Management Association is an Association Partner of the event.
Imagine your fleet management office being in almost any location other than your organization’s headquarters.
It’s no secret that many do more than imagine it every day. In fact, for fleet professionals who oversee global or national operations, or work for companies where nearly all the vehicles are decentralized, remote workplaces are necessities.
How can both organizations and fleet employees benefit from working remotely or from home, what must they provide each other to enable or prove their work, and how is the data being protected when it flows from outside of the confines of the office network? FLEETSolutions spoke with individuals who have made these advancements work for them.
In the two previous parts of the Fleet Policy Series, the policy framework and how it is nested in an organization’s strategic plan was covered. Your fleet management manual should describe the guiding principles, responsibilities, and regulations regarding the use of fleet vehicles.
This installment will cover what that manual should look like and will provide a policy outline as well as sample policy statements on various topics.
What do you get when you put together a German family (in which it is the parents’ first time to America), an American family (whose parents are both fleet directors), and a 2001 Ford E-450? An awesome road trip, that’s what, and a story about the evolution of mobility across North America (but I’m getting ahead of myself).
NAFA Regular Member Ron Wirth, Fleet Advance Planning and Sustainability Manager, Fleet Services Division, County of Sacramento, Calif., claimed the top spot in the 100 Best Fleets’ 2018 Green Fleet Awards. The ceremony took place at the Sustainable Technology Conference in Durham, N.C. on August 21, 2018.
“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.” – Microsoft founder Bill Gates
The fleet management industry has seen an evolution in recent years centered on information technology (IT) and vehicle data. With the advent of telematics devices and vehicle tracking systems, fleet managers are utilizing IT more than ever.
The statistics provided by these tools can be used to reduce vehicle downtime, keep up with preventative maintenance, improve driver safety, make informed decisions when selecting new vehicles, and more.
From Preventative Reminders to Predicting Trouble, Diagnostic Capabilities Are Becoming More Reliable and Beneficial
The world of connected vehicles certainly gets the attention. Yes, it is entertaining to think about a driverless car to take you to your next business meeting, or groceries arriving from the store without the need to tip the delivery person.
Some might view these scenarios with excitement, while others, with a bit of fright. Regardless, there is still somewhat of a stagger step between the world of fully autonomous vehicles and now.
The 2019 Global Fleet Conference will add a bonus third day to the agenda, up from its traditional two-day format, now held June 4-6 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, and its schedule is now available online. The Global Fleet Conference
, of which NAFA Fleet Management Association is an Association Partner, will kick off with an overview on the top 10 megatrends that will influence the future of global fleet management, which will be followed by five concurrent deep-dive sessions on topics pertinent to global fleet management, including safety, productivity, mobility, and complex fleet management.
Every fleet management professional is welcome to submit an entry for the FLEXYs, regardless of where in the world their or their clients' fleets are based. Nominees are not required to be Members of NAFA Fleet Management Association and are not required to have a CAFM® certification.
There is no cost for submissions, and you can submit today at this location. NOMINATIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 1, so don't delay!
Do you know a NAFA member who exemplifies the best of leadership qualities? NAFA’s National Award Program allows the Association to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to NAFA or the fleet profession in specific areas or over targeted periods of time. Download the nomination form
and help us identify and honor our best.
The award categories include: Distinguished Service Award, Honorary Membership Award, Excellence in Education Award, and Outstanding Service Award.