Release date: 5/21/2019
NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo Featured a Variety of Fleet Industry “Firsts”
Fleet’s Largest Event Draws More Than 1,000 Industry Professionals
PRINCETON, N.J. (May 21, 2019) – 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.
I&E – the largest gathering of fleet professionals in the industry – brought together more than 1,000 fleet professionals for three full days of education sessions, awards, networking events, and a busy trade show floor filled with more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest fleet industry innovations. The conference returns April 6-8, 2020, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Among the “firsts” established at the 2019 I&E
The inaugural I&E “Mobility Day” featured numerous educational sessions built around this theme – of moving people and materials more efficiently – which is what many see as the future of fleet. Mobility Day, held on the final day of I&E, featured international mobility expert Lukas Neckermann’s keynote on the major trends. It was followed by eight mobility sessions, focused on topics ranging from mobility as a service, to autonomous vehicles. (Note: NAFA will be releasing training videos of selected mobility sessions, in the Advancing Into Mobility series, in early June through www.NAFA.org)
I&E also included the new CAFM U certification study program. Named for the industry-leading Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) designation, this university-style event helps jumpstart fleet careers by offering six days of “boot camp” classes focusing on fleet’s best practices, study tips, networking events, and pre- and post-event testing. More than 80 participants took part in this comprehensive addition to I&E, which also featured access to all of I&E.
Supplier Education Track:
In addition to the networking, Expo floor, and industry education that fleet industry suppliers enjoy at I&E, 2019 featured the first-ever training track specifically created for fleet service and product providers. Created by suppliers for suppliers, this educational track featured six educational sessions including fleet decision-making, customer retention, RFP responses and presentations, service level agreements, and more. (Note: NAFA will be releasing training videos of all supplier track sessions, in the Selling Into Fleet series, in early June, also at www.NAFA.org.)
The 2019 I&E also featured stellar presentations from futurist Chris Riddell, Tom Johnson’s rankings of the 100 Best Fleets of the year, and an all-star fleet management company executive panel. The new three-day event format provided enhanced networking opportunities throughout the event, many incorporating the Louisville culture and venues that have made the city famous.
“This year’s redesigned I&E brought new layers of training and networking to the fleet industry,” said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, NAFA’s Chief Executive Officer. “These ‘firsts’ were developed specifically to add more value to the overall I&E experience, and give our industry a broader variety of opportunities to build their industry knowledge and contacts, while advancing in the industry.”
About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements and vehicle fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes; and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.6 million vehicles that drive an estimated 50 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well in excess of $100 billion each year.
For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
About NAFA’s Institute & Expo
NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo conference is the largest gathering of fleet and mobility managers. The event program, created by fleet managers for fleet managers, features fleet training sessions, education, and workshops; and an Expo floor with more than 250 companies showcasing their products and services. I&E returns April 6-8, 2020, in Indianapolis, Ind.