Automotive Fleet

NOV 2013

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GUEST EDITORIAL 2013 AFLA CONFERENCE IN REVIEW Record attendance, frst-time ever pre-conference sessions, and a wealth of informative and inspirational speakers marked a successful annual conference. BY JOHN DMOCHOSKY AFLA PRESIDENT T he theme of the 2013 Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) annual conference, "Courage, Commitment, Accountability: Driving Fleet Excellence," heralded a successful event, with more than 400 attendees — a new record! I'd like to thank outgoing AFLA President Tom Callahan for his outstanding service and leadership, and all the members of the Conference Committee and Commercial Fleet Manager Sounding Board for their suggestions and insight. In addition, I'd also like to thank Membership Committee Chair Mike Antich and the entire committee for surpassing our membership goal for 2013, which also brought us additional attendees. Another big thank you goes to Ed Pierce and the Communications Committee for promoting the meeting through various outlets, including the monthly Spec Sheet newsletter, the AFLA website, and social media. Teir eforts to get the word out are vital to the success of the conference. Te Education Committee and its Chair, Mark Petersen, deserve another big vote of thanks for providing AFLA members with such great educational material throughout the year by producing valuable white papers and informative webinars. AFLA members acknowledge membership value by actively contributing to the success of the Association throughout the rest of the year. Te Sponsorship Committee, led by Immediate Past President Teresa Belding, secured a high level of support from our sponsors for the conference activities and social events. Tanks to all of our sponsors as well! You 36 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I NOVEMBER 2013 AFLA President are a great team, and kudos to everyone for John Dmochowsky, a job well done! manager of retail I'd also like to thank the staf and editors sales operations for at Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business MeMondelez, welcomed dia for producing the superb magazine, the attendees to the 2013 conference. AFLA Spirit, which was mailed before the conference to AFLA members and Autoing. All three workshops were resounding motive Fleet subscribers as well as handed successes, with overfow attendance at the out at the conference. It was a wonderful WIFM session on "Communicating Your overview of AFLA's history, programs, and Personal Brand" and the Wednesday mornservices. Automotive Fleet also aforded us ing workshops on green feets and generamultiple opportunities to promote our contional diversity. ference in print and online, and was a factor I always hear so many comments about in our record-setting attendance. the wonderful connections and lifelong reTe conference sessions were informative, lationships formed at the AFLA meeting. motivating, and instructional. We will take We truly value our members' input and back many valuable and practical lessons will review the evaluations to make sure for our everyday use. Te keynote speakers we provide members with the best possicovered a wide spectrum of topics from cars ble education and networking opportuniof the future to resale marketing trends and ties in the years to come. legislative forecasting. We also heard a rousWe invite every AFLA member (and noning inspirational call to teamwork from Lt. member — we'd love you to join) to submit Col. (ret.) Rob "Waldo" Waldman. Generyour suggestions and opinions. We also need al Charles Wald provided an in-depth look volunteers willing to serve on our committees. at the critical role energy plays in shaping Please contact Bill Elliott, AFLA's executive America's defense posture, and Margo Oge, director, to ofer your ideas or volunteer. In former director of the Ofce of Transportacase you missed the conference, check out tion and Air Quality at the Environmental the photos and recap at www.afaonline.com. Protection Agency (EPA), provided insight Click on Spec Sheet Newsletter Archives and into the CAFE standards she helped design. look for the September issue. We were proud to have such a powerhouse Tanks to everyone for your support and for attending the AFLA 2013 conference. lineup of speakers on our program. Afer an intensive membership survey Mark your calendar for next year's conferand with input from Women in Fleet Manence, Sept. 8-10, 2014, in Las Vegas at the M agement (WIFM), the Conference CommitResort Spa Casino. I know Brian Barber, the tee and Commercial Fleet Sounding Board, incoming 2014 Conference chair, and the special pre-meeting workshops were held on rest of the Conference Committee will deTuesday afernoon and Wednesday mornsign a wonderful program. See you there! AF

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