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02/25/2020 | Learn More About I&E Keynote Speaker Kevin Brown on Being Your Best When It Matters the Most

Kevin Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and life requires anything but conventional thinking. Gain from his inspirational message at the Opening Keynote Luncheon, April 6, at NAFA’s 2020 Institute & Expo. This year’s I&E takes place in Indianapolis and you won’t want to miss it. Learn more and register now!

02/25/2020 | I&E Closing Keynote Will Bowen on Creating a Complaint-Free Environment

Executives, employees, and staff deal with hundreds of complaints daily from both complaining customers and complaining coworkers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could be the change-agent that cuts through the perpetual complaints department? Closing Keynote Speaker Will Bowen will deliver to 2020 Institute & Expo attendees the strategies to do just that.

02/25/2020 | Did You Miss NAFA President Patti Earley’s Recent Webinar?

The members-only webinar, "NAFA - Today and Tomorrow," revealed NAFA’s plans for 2020; what’s new in your NAFA world, and why; plus, the Association's ongoing strategic initiatives. Get up to speed with what’s coming up next for your association with this webinar!

02/25/2020 | Benchmarking to a Safer Tomorrow with NETS at I&E

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) will discuss its annual report at NAFA's Institute & Expo, looking at crash metrics to determine how individual companies compare in terms of crash, injury, and fatality frequencies.

02/24/2020 | The Big 3 at NAFA's I&E: The OEM Panel Returns to the Main Stage

NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces the return of the well-received OEM Panel presentation at NAFA’s 2020 Institute and Expo, April 6-8, Indianapolis, Indiana. This presentation, taking place on Wednesday morning, April 8, will feature Frank Dankovich, Director of Fleet Sales at Chrysler Group; Edward Peper, Jr., U.S. Vice-President at General Motors Fleet; and John Ruppert, General Manager - Commercial Vehicle Sales & Marketing at Ford Motor Company.

02/24/2020 | Networking is Necessary for Success, and NAFA's I&E is Fleet’s Premier Networking Event

NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces an impressive roster of networking opportunities at NAFA’s 2020 Institute and Expo, April 6-8, Indianapolis, Indiana. NAFA’s I&E is the premier annual fleet event for networking, and is the industry go-to when it comes to getting connected with industry leaders, colleagues, and peers. Combining vital, next-gen education with the biggest networking agenda in the fleet/mobility sector, NAFA’s I&E provides the tools for 360-degree professional success.

02/19/2020 | CAFM Live at NAFA's I&E: Educational Live Event Raises the Industry Standard

NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces CAFM Live, a certification-focused in-person educational event designed to lead to professional success and advancement. CAFM Live is a three-day learning program for advanced fleet education that covers all certification modules and prepares attendees for CAFM exams -- presented in conjunction with the 2020 NAFA Institute and Expo, April 5-9, Indianapolis, Indiana. CAFM-certified professionals earn up to 27% more income across their fleet careers, based on Monster.com Certification Report, 2018.

02/18/2020 | Leading by Example

Leadership has become more complex in a high-tech industry such as fleet management. This is particularly true for managing today’s ambitious next-gen employees. They come to the workplace with a different set of values. Monetary reward is driven by being recognized for making meaningful contributions and, on a larger scale, trying to improve the world. They look to their managers as role models and want to learn from them how to become effective leaders.

02/18/2020 | Fleet Employees Respect Leadership with Experience in the Trenches

No matter what a fleet manager’s pedigree, employees reserve their respect for supervisors who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and work alongside them when necessary. While it’s true that communication is one of a fleet manager’s primary functions, it’s easy for fleet managers in high-stakes fields — such as those managing ambulance response teams or police or fire engine dispatch — to lose sight of one of the key principles of employee retention during high-octane day-to-day work of doing their job.

02/18/2020 | Fleet Employees Respect Leadership with Experience in the Trenches

No matter what a fleet manager’s pedigree, employees reserve their respect for supervisors who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and work alongside them when necessary. While it’s true that communication is one of a fleet manager’s primary functions, it’s easy for fleet managers in high-stakes fields — such as those managing ambulance response teams or police or fire engine dispatch — to lose sight of one of the key principles of employee retention during high-octane day-to-day work of doing their job.

02/18/2020 | The Next Gen Wants a Seat at Your Table: Try Reverse Mentoring

The key factor that divides generations is familiarity with new digital technology. Unlike older generations, millennials and Gen Z are digital natives who understand technology intuitively. Business Leader predicts that this year the workforce will be composed primarily of Gen X (35%) and millennials (35%), with Boomers making up only 6% of the overall workforce. So what can you do if you as a fleet manager find yourself lost in cyberspace and your younger employees are light-years ahead of you technology-wise?

02/18/2020 | The Truce: Fleet and Procurement in Partnership

Change is baked into the DNA of smart business practices. In the spirit of letting go, the once-tense relationship between key operational departments has finally thawed in the past three years, but this change has not yet spread across the industry. What are forward-thinking fleet managers doing to break down barriers between fleet and procurement? It wasn’t all that long ago that fears of procurement departments making fleet management obsolete were very real and very destabilizing. But things change, and in many organizations, the category management working model redefined procurement to ensure it is more collaborative.

02/11/2020 | NAFA Fleet Excellence Awards Submissions Close with Strong Showing from Nominees

NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, announces the nominations process for the 2020 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY) is now closed, with one of the strongest groups of potential finalists the program has seen in five years. FLEXYs are a well-respected fleet management industry award and a valuable opportunity to reward innovation and solutions that yield strong results.

02/10/2020 | Jonathan Smoke's Remarketing Strategy - February 2020

Wholesale Prices Start Year Strong in Stabilizing Environment
by Jonathan Smoke
Cox Automotive

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 0.39% month-over-month in January. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 141.6, a 4.6% increase from a year ago, setting a record high for the Index.
 
Following a normalizing trend in weekly Manheim Market Report (MMR) prices at the end of 2019, January saw steady prices as expected. Three-year-old vehicle values in aggregate were down 0.2% for the month. Non-luxury vehicles in aggregate saw no decline, while luxury vehicles in aggregate saw a decline of 0.7% for the month, which is in line with historical performance. This January’s normal trend for prices was a marked improvement over last year’s declines.

02/07/2020 | FLEXY nominations END TONIGHT, with no extensions planned.

Be a part of the FLEXYs today with your winning submission. https://www.nafainstitute.org/About-IE/FLEXYAwards.aspx
This form closes tonight, February 7, so don't pass on your last chance to be in the running for the 2020 FLEXY Awards.

NAFA Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY) are prestigious peer awards…and they matter. FLEXY winners are innovators and problem solvers and winning a FLEXY brings great recognition to your organization. Nominees are not required to be Members of NAFA Fleet Management Association and are not required to have a CAFM® certification. Submitting is quick and easy and there is no cost for submissions.
 

02/04/2020 | The Value of Lifelong Learning

Katherine Vigneau, CAFM, NAFA's Director of Professional Development:  Until I joined NAFA in 1999, I was a career Army Officer with fifteen years of Logistics experience and had no plans to specialize in fleet. Around this time, I was promoted to Major and given the responsibility of overseeing our national fleet program. Feeling that my training and experience to date were not up to the task, I took the Certified Automotive Management Program (CAFM®) program in 2000, and the rest is history.