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Talking Solutions at the 100 Best Fleets Seminar

August 4, 2011

(L-R) Tom Johnson, creator of the 100 Best Fleets program; John Clements of the City of San Diego discusses managed competition; Mike Antich of Government Fleet talks about fleet trends; and Rick Longobart of Santa Ana discusses fleet goals.
(L-R) Tom Johnson, creator of the 100 Best Fleets program; John Clements of the City of San Diego discusses managed competition; Mike Antich of Government Fleet talks about fleet trends; and Rick Longobart of Santa Ana discusses fleet goals.

SANTA ANA, CA - Tom Johnson led the 100 Best Fleets seminar that took place at the City of Santa Ana, Calif., on August 2, focusing on solutions to the top 10 challenges public sector fleet managers face. These one-day seminars take place throughout the country.

John Clements from the City of San Diego, Calif., and Jeffrey Hart from the City of Oceanside, Calif., provided updates on their fleets' managed competition and auditing/outsourcing. Drawing from experience of managed competition at San Diego County, Clements also shared a list of points that may lead to considerations for outsourcing.

Mike Antich, editor of Government Fleet, discussed trends in public sector fleet management, elaborating on issues such as how the new CAFE standards will affect fleets, zero-growth budgets, operating cost trends and resale value forecast, staff and morale issues, and sustainability initiatives.

The 100 Best Fleets seminar hosted by the City of Santa Ana, Calif., took place August 2.
The 100 Best Fleets seminar hosted by the City of Santa Ana, Calif., took place August 2.

Industry suppliers spoke about technology solutions for the top 10 challenges public sector fleets face, and how these solutions can result in cost savings. Presenters included: Chris Merrill, Trimble Mobile Resources; Rush Akin, DriveCam; Rudy Six, Invers Mobility Solutions; Kelly Tidwell, Pure Power; Bob Sparks, AssetWorks; Norma Havens, Fleet Solutions; Greg Wible, SoCal Pro Lube; Jim Hardesty, NAP

The meeting included networking breaks, allowing time for fleet professionals to discuss their concerns and solutions.
The meeting included networking breaks, allowing time for fleet professionals to discuss their concerns and solutions.
A/IBS; and Nate Hendrie, Coda.

Joe Lane of Property Room explained the benefits of the online auction and showed attendees a live online vehicle auction.

Jon White of CST Fleet Services discussed "What if...?" modeling for fleet management, where the company uses fleet data to forecast possible scenarios in order to find money-saving changes.

Greg Hanlin of the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) stressed the money-saving results various public sector fleets saw from eliminating RFPs and using the collective buying power of the alliance.

Rick Longobart of Santa Ana, and president of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) gave attendees an update of the fleet as well as goals the department is looking to accomplish.

The meeting included lunch and networking breaks, and concluded with a tour of Santa Ana's facility and a ride-and-drive of the CODA electric sedan.

CODA provided an all-electric sedan for attendees to test drive after the event.
CODA provided an all-electric sedan for attendees to test drive after the event.

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