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.
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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.
The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are some of the most dangerous for drivers in the United States. Summer weather is a major contributor to the number of fatal accidents during that time. Here are some important tips to help your fleet drivers minimize the damage and danger of hot and wet summer weather.
Challenges around selecting the right vehicle for the job have always existed, so fleet management hasn’t really changed too much during my 21 years in the industry—with the exception of vehicles being more expensive today, of course, and also how technology impacts fleets. In California, where I’m based, the fleet industry isn’t that much different when compared to the rest of the states, apart from the higher demand for electric vehicles and attitudes about self-driving technology. The West Coast tends to have more ‘early adopters,’ and so it’s easier for them to pick up on trends like self-driving cars, for instance.
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.
The National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) conference took place last week (April 18-20) at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Hotel in California, and it was such a great opportunity to meet and network with professionals from all walks of the industry. A little unique and different from past conferences I’ve attended, there were no Fleet Managers present at the event, but more auto manufacturer representatives, small leasing companies, as well as banks, other lending institutions, insurance companies, and upfit and equipment companies.
The National Safety Council (NSC) noted that, in 2017, the number of U.S. vehicle deaths topped 40,000, meaning traffic deaths remain a public health crisis. In light of this year's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we want to highlight some of the dangers of distracted driving and provide some tips around promoting safe driving for companies managing vehicle fleets.
The idea that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will change the transportation and mobility industry is not new, specifically the optimization of self-driving technology. But, how will it affect fleet management? At Union Leasing, we embrace technology that helps us deliver more value as trusted advisors and improves the customer experience. And it’s no exception when it comes to AI, which is slowly playing a key role in changing the industry landscape. It’s an interesting space for us to watch as a fleet management company.