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GFX 2012: The Fleet Manager's Conference in Review

July 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

More than 600 fleet professionals convened in Denver for the 5th annual Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) on June 18-20.

Fleet managers attended the show’s 15 educational sessions, checked out a packed exhibit hall, kicked tires and tested the seats of 28 vehicles and pieces of equipment, and attended the show’s keynote presentations and awards ceremonies.

Additionally, networking night-on-the-town events allowed attendees to explore the restaurants of Downtown Denver.

New features of this year’s show include “New Products” badges to direct attendees to recently released fleet solutions, a tour of the nearby Boulder Electric Vehicle plant led by CEO Carter Brown, and a technician training track, allowing local technicians to attend class while still getting a flavor of fleet management.

Technician Training

For the first time, GFX offered two days of training for Denver-­area technicians, who could attend one or both days. Twenty-five technicians took advantage of the opportunity to learn from industry experts.

Tuesday’s class, taught by Mike Kershaw of Raytheon Professional Services for GM Fleet and Commercial Training, focused on advanced electrical system diagnosis. Kershaw discussed the basic principles of electricity within a vehicle, followed by instruction on electrical schematics, parasitic load management, and electrical diagnostic service information.

At a second class on Wednesday, Kerry Brock, ECD product manager for Parker Hannifin Corporation, taught technicians about the basics of electronic control of hydraulic systems. The all-day class focused on electronic controls, hydraulic schematics, software programming, and troubleshooting systems.

In addition to the all-day classes, technicians attended networking breaks, keynote addresses and awards presentations, and the exhibit hall to learn about the latest tools and technology.

To see a photo gallery of the event, click here.

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