Learn Something New at GFX 2017

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

The conference is a short walk from many landmarks, including the Alamo. Photo: visitsanantonio.com, Bob Howen
The conference is a short walk from many landmarks, including the Alamo. Photo: visitsanantonio.com, Bob Howen

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) is entering its 10th year of connecting public fleet professionals. The annual gathering attracts fleet managers from all over the country to discuss daily challenges with peers, get public fleet-specific training, and learn about the latest vehicles and technology.

Lori Noyes, statewide procurement manager for the State of Arizona, attended GFX for the first time in 2016. She found it especially beneficial to talk to peers facing similar challenges.

“It’s nice to know we’re not alone in most of our most difficult situations, and there are people out there who can relate and offer successful guidance,” she said.

For 2017, GFX returns to the City of San Antonio. Walk down the cobblestone and flagstone pathways along the San Antonio River and discover historic villages, Spanish colonial missions, and museums.

Trade Show Executive magazine named GFX one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in 2014 and 2016, The 2017 conference includes more than 20 hours of education, five hours of networking opportunities, and 7.5 hours of exhibit hall time over four days.

GFX 2017 will take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Photo: visitsanantonio.com
GFX 2017 will take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Photo: visitsanantonio.com

Find a New Approach

Between the sessions and the exhibit hall, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new. The educational sessions address trending topics such as vehicle replacement programs, contract management, and adopting alternative fuels.

Back by popular demand, Mike Wiederkehr, assisted integrated waste administrator for the City of Glendale, Calif., will give the opening keynote address about leadership styles and the benefits of viewing your organization from a broader perspective.

Additional sessions cover millennial fleet managers, new methods for tackling contracts and asset life cycles, and viewpoints from fleet professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

The schedule includes many opportunities to network with fellow fleet professionals, allowing attendees to connect and share their experiences.

“Fleet managers from large fleets, medium fleets, and small fleets across the whole nation come here,” said Don Walker, fleet manager, Ada County Sheriff in Idaho. “These managers are always ready and willing to share their stories and what they’ve done to be successful in this difficult and challenging industry.”

The conference includes the Honors Celebration and Reception, where Government Fleet will recognize the 50 Leading Fleets, name the 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year, honor the Public Fleet Hall of Fame inductees, and name the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award winner, as well as recognize certified fleets.

GFX will take place June 12-15, 2017 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Visit www.governmentfleetexpo.com for more information.

Photo: Events Coverage Nashville
Photo: Events Coverage Nashville

5 Notable Sessions at GFX: 

  • The new realities of fleet management software
  • What fleets need to know about the self-driving future
  • Unique financing options for backlogged vehicle replacements
  • Remarketing: how you are leaving money on the table
  • Designing application-specific truck and van upfits using data.

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