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Spirit of AFLA The Long-time AFLA members share the reasons why they fnd Association membership valuable to their everyday working lives. T he spirit of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) is in its members. Without them, AFLA couldn't ofer the educational and networking opportunities it's best known for. Tat's why the true value of AFLA is best captured by the words of its members. Here's what just a few longtime members had to say about the value of their membership: Donna Bibbo, CAFM Manager, Fleet & Travel Novo Nordisk Member since 2000 AFLA offers value because … AFLA helps me not only to stay educated in the many areas of feet that continually change, but also to gain knowledge in the larger, overarching strategic areas that are important to feet — for example, the economy, the future of the automotive industry, fnancial issues, etc. Additionally, the conference gives me the opportunity to network with feet managers like me and fnd out their best practices and new ideas for their feets. Many of these ideas might also be things that I can use to make my feet more effcient; and, conversely, maybe I have something to share that they can use. It also gives me the opportunity to network with feet vendors that may be of use to me, but that I may not be familiar with. As a volunteer on the AFLA Board, the Association also gives me the opportunity to give back to my profession and the development of those who will follow after me. My favorite thing about AFLA is … The educational and networking opportunities, and the opportunity to give back and hone my leadership skills by volunteering. Another very important component is the fun factor and the relationships and friendships that I've made over the years. 6 Jim McCarthy Director, Vehicle Management Services Siemens Member since 1997 AFLA offers value because… As an educational and networking forum, the experiences and knowledge our employees gain through AFLA conferences and webinars help contribute to the cost-effcient and successful operation of our feets. Without question, there is a bottom-line impact that can be traced back to the effectiveness of AFLA networking and conference experiences. My favorite thing about AFLA is… AFLA offers the opportunity to mix, mingle, and network with many of the industry's top managers and subject-matter experts. The diversity of the AFLA membership offers a very unique "umbrella" view of our industry — from dealers to remarketers and from FMCs to other third-party vendors. Very rarely do you fnd all of these subjectmatter experts in one place at one time, and for two to three days. Speaker profles range from motivational to inspirational to educational, so, no matter what, you always gain a well-rounded perspective of both industry and non-industry issues. Additionally, AFLA offers additional educational opportunities through periodic webinars, and very informative and relevant white papers. Debbie Mize Corporate Services Manager Fleet, Relocations & Travel Hallmark Member since 1988 AFLA offers value because… AFLA is a great tool for networking, benchmarking, and education. It's important to have resources available outside of our company, and it has also enhanced my professional development. My favorite thing about AFLA is… Its size. AFLA allows all members to know one another and beneft from everyone's expertise and experience. Exposure to top-level management of all vendor segments has been so benefcial and enjoyable. Frank Memolo Fleet Manager Panasonic Member Since 2004 AFLA offers value because… It provides a strong, strategic, corporate-level conference, and an opportunity to network with industry executives and entrepreneurs. For a relatively low membership fee, I am able to supply my company with leading-edge information on trends regarding feet, the automotive industry, and business management. Despite all of the demands we have today and seemingly less and less time for all of them, the value of being an AFLA member remains strong. My favorite thing about AFLA is… That we are one group with feet as the common denominator. I'm glad I'm a member because of the other members I've met over the years, the expanded learning opportunities at the AFLA annual conference, and the webinars provided for members. AUTOMOTIVE FLEET & LEASING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REVIEW 2013

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