Automotive Fleet Supplements

AFLA SPIRIT 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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takes notes, and reports board ideas, recommendations, and feedback to AFLA leadership. During the conference calls, members "network in a forum that allows us to confer within the busy timeframes of our work and lives," Miller said. Te group's primary function is to advise the AFLA Board on matters relevant to feet managers and to communicate "what's going on at that time, on the front lines of feet management," according to Miller. Te CFM Sounding Board presents feet management opinions and analyses of current industry conditions and raises issues other AFLA feet manager members "may not have time to share or bring up," Miller said. Te Sounding Board also taps into the AFLA feet manager population to uncover topics, speakers, issues, and trends to address at AFLA's annual conference. AFLA board members discuss current industry conditions in feet management at the Sounding Board forum. Leveraging Networking Opportunities One recommendation Sounding Board members ofered AFLA leadership was to adjust the annual conference's golf tournament schedule. Members suggested the adjustment would allow more networking opportunities, which is a highly valued conference feature for feet managers. Te AFLA Board agreed and amended the conference agenda. Other Sounding Board activities include conducting membership surveys on topics such as benchmarking data or "foating certain ideas to test their feasibility," Miller said. Survey results may be developed and shared in AFLA's White Paper Series. Sounding Board membership is open to any AFLA commercial fleet manager member. "Anyone who has wanted to volunteer has joined the group," said Miller. "We encourage and welcome new members." Sims, "absolutely," encourages new Sounding Board volunteers. "To me, it is part of being a good corporate citizen. It's something we believe in and is a way for us to give back to the industry," he said. ■ AUTOMOTIVE FLEET & LEASING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REVIEW 2013 39

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