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GFX 2011 to Focus on Fleet Efficiency

Educational presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking events provide fleet managers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals ways to improve fleet efficiency.

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) brings together public sector fleet managers for education and discussion on current topics most important to the industry. Presented by Government Fleet magazine, this year's conference will take place at the San Diego Convention Center June 6-8.

Take-home Benefits of GFX
Conference attendees will each receive a flash drive of valuable information to take home and implement in their fleet operations. Documents include:
  • Business plans.
  • Bid and job specifications.
  • Requests for Proposal (RFPs).
  • Policy and procedure manuals.
  • Advanced Excel spreadsheets with time-saving formulas.
  • GF's industry benchmarking study to be unveiled at the show.

From fuel strategies to technology and rightsizing, fleet managers can take advantage of 19 results-oriented educational sessions targeted to the challenges of public sector fleet management. In addition, six pre- and post-show workshops can help provide ideas to improve fleet efficiency.

During a vehicle manufacturer panel, automakers will address short- and long-term plans for traditional and alternative-fuel vehicles used by public fleets. In addition to an inspirational keynote presentation by all-star pitcher Dave Dravecky, Denton Cinquegrana from OPIS will give a keynote presentation on the state of the fuel market, including what causes volatility, a prediction for the near term, and methods to shield fleet from price fluctuations.

At a networking power session moderated by Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher of GF, fleet managers and suppliers will break out into groups to discuss the biggest challenges the fleet industry faces. Each group will brainstorm ways to overcome these challenges and present their best ideas. By utilizing collective thinking, fleet managers can share successful methods and best practices with their peers.

More than 525 fleet professionals attended the 2010 GFX in Austin, Texas. "After listening to many of the presentations, it reinforced many of the things that we are doing right with our fleet, and I came away with some new ideas to explore and possibly implement to become even better," said Paul Hanson, director of State Fleet Services, North Dakota Department of Transportation, of the 2010 conference.

Networking opportunities abound, both at the convention center and during three nights out at San Diego's famous Gaslamp District. "You get the opportunity to network in a different backdrop than you would normally," said Thi Dao, associate editor of GF.

"As always, GFX provided a forum to network with some of the greatest minds in fleet management," David Renschler, vehicle maintenance manager, City of Fairfield, Calif., said after the 2010 conference. "GFX allows me to learn new, different, and better ways to keep the wheels rolling in our fleet in the most efficient manner."

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