Peter Egan: Mastering Global Fleet Management

“NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my got start­ed a cou­ple of years ago when NAFA CEO, Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE, reached out to a group of com­mer­cial fleet man­agers and asked them what NAFA could do for them to make their jobs eas­i­er and more pro­duc­tive,” said Peter Egan, part­ner at FleetVi­sion and a co-spon­sor with NAFA for the Academy’s devel­op­ment. He con­tin­ued, “one of the things at the very top of their lists was glob­al fleet man­age­ment. What do I do when I have to man­age vehi­cles, dri­vers, pro­grams, and fleets that are based out­side of North Amer­i­ca? And from that came the first Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my.

“This year, NAFA will hold its 4th Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my (IFA) July 14–16 at the beau­ti­ful Rosen Shin­gle Creek Resort in Orlan­do, Flori­da. Dur­ing the course of the Acad­e­my you can expect to attend work­shops on the dif­fer­ences among fleets in North Amer­i­ca and the rest of the world. There will be experts in atten­dance from Latin Amer­i­ca, Europe, and oth­er places that are of inter­est to the atten­dees.

“One thing that is real­ly great about IFA is the com­pact size of the group.  There is a great deal of very casu­al inter­ac­tion among fleet man­agers who have actu­al­ly man­aged inter­na­tion­al projects and fleet man­agers who are about to embark on the inter­na­tion­al scene. Time and time again we have seen that the expe­ri­ences that these vet­er­an fleet man­agers bring to the dis­cus­sions are absolute­ly price­less. IFA is real­ly a great place for a new­er fleet man­ag­er to gain con­fi­dence in their ini­tial steps to orga­nize glob­al fleet pro­grams.”

This plan res­onat­ed with the atten­dees at last year’s IFA. Joe LaRosa, US-based Direc­tor of Glob­al Fleet Admin­is­tra­tion for Mer­ck & Co., Inc. and NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Vice Pres­i­dent, said,  “The work­shop set­ting was superb as each of the atten­dees inter­act­ed at the tables as well as moved around and dis­cussed many of the top­ics dur­ing breaks and meals.”

“The Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my is also a great place for peo­ple who have been in the glob­al fleet are­na for a while to get refreshed on the ever-chang­ing trends in terms of tax­a­tion, fleet envi­ron­men­tal issues, vehi­cle offer­ings, pol­i­cy changes, insur­ance, dri­ver sat­is­fac­tion, safe­ty, etc., that go into run­ning a great fleet oper­a­tion.” added Egan.

“We are nev­er too old to learn new things as well as to deep­en our under­stand­ing of the mul­ti­tude of fleet top­ics we are famil­iar with,” said Joe Car­reira, UK-based EMEA Fleet Man­ag­er at Mer­ck & Co, Inc. and 2012 Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Man­ag­er of the Year. ‘This event rep­re­sent­ed an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to improve our fleet knowl­edge and devel­op a wider net of fleet con­tacts as a source of future knowl­edge and assis­tance.”

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