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Minnesota PFS Draws Regional Fleets

October 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

Attendees of the Minnesota Public Fleet Summit were able to learn from leading fleet professionals as well as local ones.
Attendees of the Minnesota Public Fleet Summit were able to learn from leading fleet professionals as well as local ones.

Public Fleet Summits (PFS) conducted its first two-day fleet management educational summit of the year on July 29-30 at the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemont, Minn. The event was attended by 53 fleet and public works professionals and represented 32 state, county, city, and university fleets within Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa. Dakota County Fleet Management, a nationally recognized leader in both green fleet and fleet management operations, hosted the sold-out Minnesota PFS.

PFS was created in 2013 after recognizing that often fleet and public works professionals lack the fleet management education and resources necessary to effectively manage fleet financial, business, and maintenance operations in today’s demanding environment. The two-day summits are designed for public employees in the government fleet industry and focus on their professional growth and improving operations.

PFS was formed by Greg Haglin, president of Government Solutions Team, and Dave Seavey, former fleet director for the City of Seattle, in partnership with Government Fleet magazine. Its principal speakers include nationally ­recognized fleet managers.

A Cost-Effective Learning Opportunity

Attendees of the Minnesota PFS spanned the entire spectrum of current and emerging fleet and public works ­leadership ­including fleet managers, supervisors, ­technicians, administrators, public works directors, and superintendents. The regional educational events provide local fleets a cost-effective opportunity to learn best industry practices, work closely with other regional fleet professionals to solve local issues, and directly network with top government fleet managers and vendors without having to travel to costly ­national conferences and events.

Educational sessions are designed to not only teach the latest fleet management best industry practices, but also to provide practical road maps and strategies to implement them. Featured Minnesota PFS session topics included: 10 Essential Non-Fleet Related Skills for Successful Fleet Managers and How to Attain Them; Why Does a PM at Fleet Cost $100 When the Same Service at Jiffy Lube Costs $19.95?; and How to Convince Your Organization to Hire New Staff.

Kevin Schlangen, Dakota County’s fleet manager and host of the Minnesota PFS event, presented on how the county’s implementation of telematics, coupled with computerized calibration equipment on plow trucks, reduced its usage of snow-event material by 25%.

Roundtable discussions and emerging technology sessions provide an opportunity for fleet professionals and vendors to discuss and solve issues associated with fuel management, technician recruitment and retention, procurement, providing quality technical training, selling a fleet project to public agency leadership, fleet management information systems, and compressed natural gas (CNG) operations.

During the two-day event, attendees had an opportunity to participate in a tour of Dakota County’s fleet management facility, led by the award-winning fleet management team.

Two remaining PFS events this year take place in Denver Oct. 13 and 14 and in Fort Wayne, Ind., Nov. 4 and 5.

To learn more about the schedule and agendas or to host an event in your region, visit www.publicfleetsummits.com.

What Attendees Said

“I would highly recommend attending this summit whether you are new or experienced in fleet management. Being new to fleet management myself, this summit was an excellent opportunity to learn from very experienced and professional fleet managers. Also, the opportunity to network with local fleet professionals was extremely beneficial. I’m looking forward to the next time this summit is in Minnesota.”

— Chuck Autio, Building/Equipment Services Superintendent, City of Hopkins, Minn.

“This was the best fleet-specific, two-day training session I’ve been exposed to in a long time. The speakers were awesome. We all came away with fleet-specific education that was spot on. We were provided real-world solutions and networking opportunities.”

— Dan Solheid CAFM, Fleet Supervisor, City of Woodbury, Minn.

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