Automotive Fleet

JAN 2014

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR www.automotivefeet.com a challenge to fnd experienced technicians. The driver risk management program makes this even more challenging since it's in place to ensure that we're hiring the safest company vehicle drivers. For this reason, it's my responsibility to meet with the businesses frequently to determine if there is a way to utilize the company vehicle (even a technician's vehicle) to recruit and retain employees with the experience and safe driving habits that we're after. Fleet must always present itself, and be considered by the business, as a necessary strategic partner to improving business and operations. Author wished to be anonymous Often, in their minds, they have determined remedial actions, made entirely through an emotional state, as well as a complete misunderstanding of the beneft in kind and social tax systems in Europe, of which there are at least 27 variations. It would be good (in my opinion) to have speakers at future conferences that present just how different it is on both sides of the Atlantic. Tony Elliott Managing Partner Wren & Hawksmoor Zurich, Switzerland Very Relevant Fleet management has become a more cerebral job. It's not enough anymore to have been a good driver, dispatcher, or technician to be in line for a feet management position. Infuencing is fast becoming one of the highest traits needed to be successful. Michael Payette Director, Fleet Equipment Staples, Inc. Framingham, Mass. Pascal Vitantonio CEO ALD Brasil São Paulo, Brazil Finger on the Pulse Interaction was Perfect Automotive Fleet magazine does a great job of keeping its fnger on the pulse of the feet industry. Nice job! My overall impression of the Global Fleet Management Conference was positive. The meeting was professionally organized, the timing of the sessions was always on track, and the audience interaction was perfect. Steven Anderson, CAFM Fleet Manager Sentry Insurance Stevens Point, Wis. Misunderstandings Between U.S. & European Fleet Management My impression of the 2013 Global Fleet Management Conference was that the conference was excellent. The event itself was ideally located, wellrun, and the audiovisual electronics were superb. The content of the presentations was excellent, as were the questions asked by the delegates. Europe doesn't really understand the U.S. market and vice versa. I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding and bias between the two sets of management across the pond (both directions). I still have irate feet managers from the U.S. demanding to know just why the European drivers (in their organizations) are driving such exotic vehicles. 8 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I JANUARY 2014 Vice President Group Publisher, FleetGroup Sherb Brown (310) 533-2451 Editor and Associate Publisher Mike Antich (310) 533-2467 Managing Editor Lauren Fletcher (541) 213-2097 Senior Editor Stephane Babcock (310) 533-2414 Associate Editor Chris Wolski (310) 533-2442 The inaugural Global Fleet Management Conference, held Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013, offered a great opportunity for networking and for getting updated about the most recent trends in the industry. I greatly appreciated the expertise and professionalism of all presenters, and I felt that all the topics covered were very relevant to our daily practices. Thank you for making this event possible and all the best for future editions! 'Infuencing' is an Important Trait for Fleet Managers Editor and Publisher Ed Bobit Paul Verkinderen Sales Director Europe Chevin Fleet Solutions Brussels, Belgium Will Attend 2014 Conference The 2013 Global Fleet Management Conference was very interesting and a great environment to network. The share of suppliers/customers was good and the overall attendee number was perfect. I wouldn't aim for more participants as this would impact the general networking. We were very pleased with the setup and overall experience, and I can already confrm we will defnitely be present next year. Sven Van Rossum International Account Director Athlon International Zaventem, Belgium Web Editor Paul Clinton (310) 533-2565 Field Editor Al Cavalli Production Director Kelly Bracken Production Manager Brian Peach (310) 533-2548 Art Director Armie Bautista Subscription Inquiries (888) 239-2455 bobitpubs@halldata.com National Sales Manager Sherb Brown (310) 533-2451 District Advertising Managers Regional Sales Manager Eric Bearly (303) 681-2615 eric.bearly@bobit.com Great Lakes Robert Brown Jr. 1000 W. University Dr., Ste. 209 Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 601-2005 Fax: (248) 601-2004 rbrown8799@aol.com ● Sales & Marketing Coordinator Tracey Tremblay (310) 533-2518 Chairman Edward J. Bobit CEO Ty F. Bobit COO Cyndy Drummey CFO Richard E. Johnson Bobit Business Media 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503-1640 Fax: (310) 533-2503 Printed in U.S.A.

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