This year is quickly coming to an end—and as we wrap it up and look ahead to 2019, having an understanding of what resonated the most with our readers gives us an idea of what interests them the most. For starters, there was a lot going on in 2018 when it came to future trends in transportation, which will eventually shape the fleet industry. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles—companies that are keen on keeping up with these trends as they progressively become a reality should ideally start thinking about ways to adopt them in the future so that they’re able to run more efficient and cost-effective fleets.
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We recently exhibited at this year’s CFMA Annual Conference & Exhibition, which took place from June 23 - June 27, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, a beautiful venue, on the beach in Miami. Packed with classes and workshops for the attendees, the conference provided valuable educational opportunities—these included general sessions, mini-conferences, breakout sessions, advanced sessions, and dawn peer groups. The five-day conference schedule was organized to allowed attendees to view the exhibition area on three of the conference days, and specific hours set for attending classes and workshops.
I’ve been in Fleet Management for five years now—having started out in Inside Sales, where I pretty much covered the entire country, then going into an Account Executive role, leading up to my current role as Regional Sales Manager. My territory right now is Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas—this is a pretty large territory, where everything is really spread out geographically.
I have been in the fleet management industry for a while now. I’ve seen the industry develop from the acceptance of leasing as way to financing a company’s fleet, through the efficacy of partnering with a Fleet Management Company. When I first began as a fleet manager, very few businesses knew about applying the leverage of a lease to help accommodate their company’s growth. Today, most mid to large size companies finance their fleet with operating or capital leases. Additionally, most allow professional Fleet Management Companies to manage that portion of their business.
I’ve been in the fleet management business for around 20 years, having worked my way up from rentals to sales. Right now the states in my region are: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Wyoming. I’ve been in this region throughout most of my career, and it’s a huge plus that they are all well-connected to Texas where I’m based. The biggest industry footprints in this region are oil and gas, energy, construction, manufacturing, and healthcare. Each of these sectors presents both opportunities and challenges for our customers, who run fleets of vehicles for their employees.
Every year, NAFA hosts an event for professionals in fleet management to access the information, tools, and networking opportunities they need to continue being successful and to increase their industry knowledge. This year’s event was no different—those from all areas of the industry had a great time networking (we know we did!) and learning about some of the new and upcoming technologies in the industry. It’s always good to see new products, meet new vendors, and generally get a glimpse of what’s going on in the industry.