NAFA’s 2014 Institute & Expo Comes To Red Hot Minneapolis In April

Fresh off one of the most suc­cess­ful con­fer­ences in recent mem­o­ry, NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion is bring­ing its annu­al Insti­tute & Expo to Min­neapo­lis, MN, one of the hottest trav­el des­ti­na­tions in the Unit­ed States.  The annu­al con­fer­ence, which takes place April 8–11, 2014, brings fleet pro­fes­sion­als from through­out the Unit­ed States and Cana­da togeth­er for 4 days of net­work­ing, edu­ca­tion, and an expo floor that fea­tures more than 250 exhibitors with the lat­est prod­ucts and ser­vices in the indus­try.  Online reg­is­tra­tion is now open, and fleet pro­fes­sion­als can get incred­i­ble dis­counts through spe­cial ear­ly-bird reg­is­tra­tion rates from now until Decem­ber 31, 2013.

“Min­neapo­lis is hav­ing a moment,” said Travel+Leisure Fea­tures Direc­tor Nilou Motamed on NBC’s Today Show when she includ­ed Min­neapo­lis as the only U.S. des­ti­na­tion on the world’s best list of 13 hot trav­el des­ti­na­tions in 2013.  Acco­lades for the City didn’t end there.  In fact, Min­neapo­lis was ranked high­ly on 133 dif­fer­ent trav­el des­ti­na­tion lists includ­ing those from Lone­ly Plan­et, Forbes, bon appetite, Food & Wine, CNN, Frommer’s, and Yahoo. Read­ers of Travel+Leisure ranked Min­neapo­lis high in such areas as Best Air­ports (#1), Clean­est Cities (#1), America’s Green­est Cities (#3), and Best Cities (#5).   Forbes named it America’s Safest City; Sherman’s Trav­el list­ed it as its sec­ond best Fam­i­ly Trav­el Des­ti­na­tion to watch in 2013, Lone­ly Plan­et picked Min­neapo­lis Saint Paul as its eighth top U.S. trav­el des­ti­na­tion in 2013, and Yahoo! Trav­el even named Min­neapo­lis as an Unex­pect­ed­ly Roman­tic U.S. City!

“NAFA is excit­ed to bring our annu­al con­fer­ence to Min­neapo­lis,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE.  “The City is easy to get to from any­where in North Amer­i­ca with flights from most of the Unit­ed States cur­rent­ly avail­able for under $300.  In fact, Sun Coun­try Air­lines, which is head­quar­tered in Min­neapo­lis, offers great rates in places like New York, Cal­i­for­nia, Texas, Wash­ing­ton, Illi­nois, Flori­da, Mass­a­chu­setts, and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Ari­zona.”

Some of the high­lights for 2014 include the return of the Fleet Excel­lence Awards Open­ing Night Par­ty which was a tremen­dous suc­cess last year; new net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties includ­ing a “Hap­py Hour” sched­uled for the final hour of the Expo Floor with com­pli­men­ta­ry beer and wine, prize draw­ings, and oth­er attrac­tions; an Alt-Fuels Dri­ve Expe­ri­ence at the GE Test Track (lim­it­ed avail­abil­i­ty, advance reg­is­tra­tion required); promi­nent Keynote Pre­sen­ta­tions by two inter­na­tion­al best­selling authors and lead­er­ship experts (Simon Sinek and Peter Shea­han); an open­ing day Chap­ter Recog­ni­tion Lun­cheon; and the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Tues­day through Fri­day pat­tern that worked so well in 2013.  

“There’s always a lot going on dur­ing the I&E, but the focus remains on pro­vid­ing the best edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram avail­able,” said Rus­so.  “This year’s pro­gram address­es the crit­i­cal issues fac­ing fleet man­agers today and the issues they’ll like­ly face in the future.  The con­fer­ence con­tains over 60 hours of edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions geared towards cost-sav­ings, safe­ty, tech­nol­o­gy, and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment.”

Ear­ly-bird reg­is­tra­tion is just $499 for NAFA/NCSFA Mem­bers or Affil­i­ates; $569 for NAFA/NCSFA Cor­po­rate Col­leagues; and $779 for Non-Mem­ber Fleet Man­agers or Ser­vice Providers.  In addi­tion to the com­plete 4-day all access pass (which includes 4 break­fasts, 4 lunch­es, dai­ly coffee/refreshment breaks, awards par­ty, and expo recep­tion), fleet man­agers may also reg­is­ter for 1 and 2 day all access pack­ages and can attend one day of the expo for free.  The ear­ly-bird rates end on Decem­ber 31, 2013.

For more infor­ma­tion on the con­fer­ence or to reg­is­ter online vis­it  Com­pa­nies inter­est­ed in exhibit­ing can find com­plete exhibitor infor­ma­tion at 



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