The Brightest Minds in Global Fleet Management

The bright­est minds in glob­al fleet man­age­ment, includ­ing the 2012 Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Man­ag­er of the Year, will lead NAFA’s 3rd Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my this Octo­ber in Tuc­son, Ari­zona.  The first three speak­ers to be announced are for­mer NAFA Pres­i­dent Gayle Pratt, who recent­ly retired from Eco­lab; NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Vice Pres­i­dent, Joe LaRosa, CPA, MBA, Direc­tor of Glob­al Fleet Admin­is­tra­tion for Mer­ck Sharp and Dohme (MSD; and Joe Car­reira, Fleet Man­ag­er at Mer­ck Sharpe & Dohme.

Pratt direct­ed Ecolab’s North Amer­i­can fleet oper­a­tions of 8,000 vehi­cles in sales and ser­vice fleets, and the glob­al fleet of 18,000 vehi­cles in 78 coun­tries.  Respon­si­bil­i­ties includ­ed strate­gic glob­al and region­al sup­pli­er sourc­ing and rela­tion­ships for products/services, fleet bud­gets, and sus­tain­abil­i­ty plans. In 2008, she was among the final can­di­dates for the Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Man­ag­er of the Year award. Pratt retired March 22, 2013, cap­ping a 35-year career in the indus­try.

LaRosa became NAFA’s first-ever Inter­na­tion­al Vice Pres­i­dent in 2012.  He has been work­ing in fleet man­age­ment since 1995, start­ing with Bris­tol-Myers Squibb. He evolved this posi­tion into Glob­al Fleet Man­age­ment in 2001 and would go on to be named Pro­fes­sion­al Fleet Man­ag­er of the Year in 2007.  The fol­low­ing year, LaRosa moved on to join MSD to start the Glob­al Fleet COE (Cen­ter of Excel­lence). In his cur­rent role, LaRosa man­ages 29,000 cars world­wide in over 100 coun­tries with 12 team mem­bers strate­gi­cal­ly placed in EMEA, North and Latin Amer­i­ca, and Asia-Pacif­ic.

Car­reira was named the 2012 Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Man­ag­er of the Year in Cannes, France last Novem­ber.  He is a fleet pro­fes­sion­al with a proven track record for deliv­er­ing a com­plex fleet strat­e­gy to 51 coun­tries in the Europe, Mid­dle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions. Carreira’s respon­si­bil­i­ties at Mer­ck Sharpe & Dohme include region­al pol­i­cy devel­op­ment based on the glob­al guid­ance for local coun­try imple­men­ta­tion; approval of all the indi­vid­ual coun­try poli­cies and car lists in con­junc­tion with human resources; com­pli­ance and over­all gov­er­nance with the region­al fleet pol­i­cy approach; and imple­men­ta­tion of the oper­a­tion mod­el that gives the best ben­e­fits for the com­pa­ny.

NAFA’s 3rd Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my will take place Octo­ber 21–23 at Loews Ven­tana Canyon in Tuc­son, AZ.  This 3-day con­fer­ence was designed specif­i­cal­ly to meet the needs of those who man­age fleets out­side of the Unit­ed States and Cana­da.  In addi­tion to over 15 edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions, the con­fer­ence offers exclu­sive net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and a cock­tail recep­tion and din­ner each night. Ear­ly-bird reg­is­tra­tion is $650 for NAFA mem­bers and $1,105 for non-mem­bers. After August 16, reg­is­tra­tion costs are $799 for NAFA mem­bers and $1,550 for non-mem­bers. Fleet pro­fes­sion­als may save $200 off the reg­is­tra­tion costs by join­ing NAFA as they reg­is­ter.

Atten­dees receive sev­er­al val­ue-added edu­ca­tion­al items to take back to the office includ­ing a ready-to-use exec­u­tive sum­ma­ry; free sub­scrip­tion to Inter­na­tion­al Fleet World mag­a­zine; the new­ly pub­lished NAFA’s Glob­al Fleet Guide; and valu­able check­lists for poli­cies, RFIs, and RFQs.  All total, it’s a resource pack­age val­ued at $2,500 — well worth the reg­is­tra­tion costs alone. Click here for more infor­ma­tion.

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