March 3, 2017
by PurchasingB2B Staff
The North American Fleet Association’s annual Institute & Expo will be held in Tampa, Florida this year. Image: Thinkstock
From the February 2017 print edition
The North American Fleet Association (NAFA) is holding it’s annual Institute & Expo (I&E) this year at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida from April 25 to 28. NAFA’s I&E is the fleet management industry’s largest event and offers the chance to get the tools needed for success and to increase networking power.
The I&E provides ample opportunity to: network; peruse the show floor for the latest services and products; get cutting-edge education and training; attend special events and hear from keynote speakers; and more. Those who manage fleets for corporations, organizations and public agencies across a broad spectrum attend the event.
Monday, April 24
The conference kicks off on Monday, April 24 with pre-conference events including the International Fleet Academy, held from 11am to 5pm. The academy serves to help build a global community of peers working towards global fleet best practices, NAFA says. The academy also helps attendees gain advice from colleagues, share challenges and discuss the importance of culture in global operations and aspects of the markets in Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Russia, the UK and other locations. Also happening that day are the Sustainability Pre-Con and Law Enforcement New Product Showcase & OEM Service Concerns.
Tuesday, April 25
The following day is also packed with education and networking opportunities. On April 25 the education begins with a keynote presentation from 9-10am. The day also features several breakout education sessions, including the Canadian Fleet Workshop—Award-Winning Solutions North of the Border (4pm-5:30pm). This session deals with matters of importance to fleets operating in Canada and explores some of the diversity of climate, geology and language and how it affects today’s fleet managers. Award-winning approaches to meeting those challenges will be discussed. The workshop is followed by the Canadian reception (5:15-5:45pm) and then the FLEXY Awards, which honours excellence in fleet management—the best and the brightest of the field.
Wednesday, April 26
Sessions on I&E’s third day begin at 8am with the CAFM/S Boot Camp: Vehicle Fuel Management session. This session focuses on selecting the best commercial program for your fleet, the basics of conventional and alternative fuels and other topics. Other highlights of the day include Prepare for the Worst Emergency and Keep Your Job (10:15-11:30am). This session looks at strategies for dealing with an emergency. From 11:45am-12:45pm is Generational Reflections on the Transitional Roles of a Fleet Manager, looking at how to prepare for changes in responsibilities, leveraging knowledge and getting what you want while being viewed as a team player. The Canadian Legislative Update takes place from 2pm-3:15pm.
Thursday, April 27
On April 27, the General Session features a panel discussion from 9am-10am. Education sessions that day include Fleet Disrupted: Innovations in the Sharing Economy and Their Lessons for Fleet (2pm-3:30pm). This session will look at the future of auto sharing and the potential impacts on fleets, such as new pool fleet technologies. From 4pm-5:30pm, Exciting Opportunities to Lower TCO investigates ways to lower total cost of ownership, align strategies with assets and further efficiency. The expo is open from 10am-2pm.
Friday, April 28
The Hot Topics Breakfast kicks off at 8:30am, followed by workshops—including ones on corporate; pharmaceutical; utility; government; and university fleets—from 10am to 12pm. Afternoon CAFM/S boot camps (12:45pm-3pm) cover business management and risk management.
Saturday, April 29
This day features CAFM testing from 8am-5pm.