NAFA‚Äôs Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Fleet Acad¬≠e¬≠my (IFA) is tak¬≠ing place Novem¬≠ber 5‚Äď7 at Rosen Shin¬≠gle Creek in Orlan¬≠do, FL. It is designed specif¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly to meet the needs of those who man¬≠age fleets out¬≠side of the Unit¬≠ed States and Cana¬≠da, and offers fleet pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠als the tools to gain under¬≠stand¬≠ing, and the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to dis¬≠cuss the prob¬≠lems and chal¬≠lenges they‚Äôre fac¬≠ing with some of the bright¬≠est minds in glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠age¬≠ment.
Here is a sam¬≠pling of the dynam¬≠ic edu¬≠ca¬≠tion¬≠al ses¬≠sions offered at NAFA‚Äôs Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Fleet Acad¬≠e¬≠my:
IFA Plugs Into Glob¬≠al Pol¬≠i¬≠cy Struc¬≠ture and Gov¬≠er¬≠nance
Ever tried plug¬≠ging an Amer¬≠i¬≠can appli¬≠ance into a Euro¬≠pean pow¬≠er out¬≠let? Or how about drop¬≠ping a domes¬≠tic DVD into a machine over¬≠seas? These may be broad analo¬≠gies, but it is clear: just because things appear to func¬≠tion the same, that doesn‚Äôt mean they will. When glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers struc¬≠ture their poli¬≠cies for inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al pur¬≠pos¬≠es, all the vari¬≠ables of cul¬≠ture, region, and eco¬≠nom¬≠ics are brought to bear. There is no sin¬≠gle solu¬≠tion that fits all prob¬≠lems, or one plug that will work in every out¬≠let world¬≠wide.
On Wednes¬≠day, Novem¬≠ber 5, Joe LaRosa, CPA, NAFA Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Vice Pres¬≠i¬≠dent and Direc¬≠tor of Glob¬≠al Fleet Ser¬≠vices, Mer¬≠ck & Co. presents the ses¬≠sion ‚ÄúGlob¬≠al Pol¬≠i¬≠cy Struc¬≠ture and Gov¬≠er¬≠nance.‚ÄĚ LaRosa will lead a dis¬≠cus¬≠sion on fleet cen¬≠tral¬≠iza¬≠tion ver¬≠sus region¬≠al¬≠ized struc¬≠ture, stan¬≠dard¬≠iza¬≠tion of goods and ser¬≠vices, staffing, how to iden¬≠ti¬≠fy and vis¬≠it the right region¬≠al peo¬≠ple, and more. An ear¬≠ly adopter of glob¬≠al¬≠ized fleet man¬≠age¬≠ment, LaRosa will share his expe¬≠ri¬≠ence in deal¬≠ing with bud¬≠get chal¬≠lenges when start¬≠ing a glob¬≠al ini¬≠tia¬≠tive and why hav¬≠ing a sound trav¬≠el bud¬≠get allo¬≠ca¬≠tion is crit¬≠i¬≠cal to suc¬≠cess.
IFA Shows Glob¬≠al Fleet Man¬≠agers Impor¬≠tant Leas¬≠ing and Fund¬≠ing Strate¬≠gies
Glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers have a wide range of dif¬≠fer¬≠ences between the regions and fleets they over¬≠see, but one task is fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tal in every sin¬≠gle one of them: you have to get the vehi¬≠cles for the dri¬≠vers to dri¬≠ve. That‚Äôs going to cost mon¬≠ey, process¬≠es will vary, and the dif¬≠fer¬≠ences between fund¬≠ing alter¬≠na¬≠tives on a glob¬≠al scale often lead to con¬≠fu¬≠sion.
On Thurs¬≠day, Novem¬≠ber 6, Jeff Schlesinger, Man¬≠ag¬≠ing Direc¬≠tor for GE Com¬≠mer¬≠cial Finance, presents a ses¬≠sion that is sure to help glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers, new and expe¬≠ri¬≠enced alike, ‚ÄúGlob¬≠al Fund¬≠ing Dif¬≠fer¬≠ences Using Finance Leas¬≠es, Oper¬≠at¬≠ing Leas¬≠es, and Cap¬≠i¬≠tal Allo¬≠ca¬≠tion Strate¬≠gies.‚ÄĚ Schlesinger explains dif¬≠fer¬≠ences between glob¬≠al avail¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty of fund¬≠ing for dif¬≠fer¬≠ent¬≠ly struc¬≠tured leas¬≠es.
Atten¬≠dees will explore issues such as the log¬≠ic of self-fund¬≠ing and oth¬≠er mar¬≠ket-based con¬≠sid¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tions. Schlesinger will also pro¬≠vide an update on pend¬≠ing Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Account¬≠ing Stan¬≠dards Board changes and the lat¬≠est antic¬≠i¬≠pat¬≠ed impact on U.S. lease account¬≠ing.
IFA Leads Dis¬≠cus¬≠sion on Imple¬≠ment¬≠ing a Glob¬≠al Sus¬≠tain¬≠able Dri¬≠ve Chain
Respon¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty is not con¬≠fined to one coun¬≠try or one hemi¬≠sphere. An effec¬≠tive sus¬≠tain¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty cul¬≠ture, like an effec¬≠tive cor¬≠po¬≠rate cul¬≠ture, extends from the top of the lad¬≠der down to every rung. There is, after all, only one shared atmos¬≠phere and the bur¬≠den to main¬≠tain it rests upon every con¬≠sci¬≠en¬≠tious busi¬≠ness enti¬≠ty. And still, old habits die hard, and old ways may not be prone to change. How does the inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al fleet man¬≠ag¬≠er address the sub¬≠ject of the glob¬≠al sus¬≠tain¬≠able dri¬≠ve chain with author¬≠i¬≠ty and respon¬≠sive¬≠ness?
On Fri¬≠day, Novem¬≠ber 7, Mod¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tor Peter Egan, Part¬≠ner, Fleet Vision, will engage a pan¬≠el of respect¬≠ed fleet lead¬≠ers on the sub¬≠ject ‚ÄúImple¬≠ment¬≠ing a Glob¬≠al Sus¬≠tain¬≠able Dri¬≠ve Chain.‚ÄĚ
CO2 reduc¬≠tion require¬≠ments adopt¬≠ed around the world con¬≠tin¬≠ue to chal¬≠lenge glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers to meet dif¬≠fer¬≠ing needs based on ter¬≠ri¬≠to¬≠ries, vehi¬≠cle car¬≠go, and func¬≠tion¬≠al require¬≠ments, size of fleet, and more. And yet, many world¬≠wide fleets rely on fixed selec¬≠tor lists, stick¬≠ing with the same make and mod¬≠el over time. What they may gain in con¬≠sis¬≠ten¬≠cy, you might be los¬≠ing in oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties to run a clean¬≠er fleet.
‚ÄúNAFA is whole-heart¬≠ed¬≠ly com¬≠mit¬≠ted to sus¬≠tain¬≠able fleets,‚ÄĚ said NAFA Chief Exec¬≠u¬≠tive Offi¬≠cer Phillip E. Rus¬≠so, CAE. ‚ÄúIt goes far beyond geo¬≠graph¬≠ic bor¬≠ders. How fleets address this now has a direct impact on the future for us all. NAFA‚Äôs Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Fleet Acad¬≠e¬≠my is an affir¬≠ma¬≠tion of that com¬≠mit¬≠ment and I encour¬≠age all fleet man¬≠agers to take part in this pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tion.‚ÄĚ
NAFA‚Äôs Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Fleet Acad¬≠e¬≠my helps atten¬≠dees build the spe¬≠cial¬≠ized skills need¬≠ed for the expand¬≠ing and chang¬≠ing fleet envi¬≠ron¬≠ment across diverse world mar¬≠kets. Atten¬≠dees will leave with a stan¬≠dard of excel¬≠lence for their deal¬≠ings with¬≠in and out¬≠side their orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion, with cus¬≠tomers, sup¬≠pli¬≠ers, and dri¬≠vers among oth¬≠ers.
The con¬≠fer¬≠ence is a ‚Äúmust‚ÄĚ for com¬≠pa¬≠nies and orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tions with glob¬≠al fleets, as well as cor¬≠po¬≠rate glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers; cor¬≠po¬≠rate fleet direc¬≠tors; pro¬≠cure¬≠ment spe¬≠cial¬≠ists; cor¬≠po¬≠rate exec¬≠u¬≠tives with report¬≠ing respon¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty for their organization‚Äôs fleet oper¬≠a¬≠tions; fleet per¬≠son¬≠nel who assist fleet man¬≠agers and direc¬≠tors in their glob¬≠al fleet oper¬≠a¬≠tions; and fleet man¬≠agers, direc¬≠tors, and exec¬≠u¬≠tives who want to learn more about mul¬≠ti-nation¬≠al fleet oper¬≠a¬≠tions.
For a lim¬≠it¬≠ed time, atten¬≠dees who reg¬≠is¬≠ter before Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber 30 can take advan¬≠tage of ear¬≠ly-bird pric¬≠ing. More infor¬≠ma¬≠tion is avail¬≠able at: www.nafafleetacademy.org