NAFA’s International Fleet Academy – The Global Fleet Event of the Year


By: Kather­ine Vigneau, CAFM, Own­er and Founder, KMVS Fleet + Con­sult­ing

I attend a lot of sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences, both as a speak­er and as an attendee. Look­ing at the agen­da, pre­sen­ters and top­ics of NAFA’s upcom­ing Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my, I can tru­ly say it is in a class of its own. The Acad­e­my, to be held in Tuc­son, Ari­zona, Octo­ber 21–23, is designed for Fleet Man­agers and ven­dors alike whether they are new to glob­al fleet man­age­ment or have been man­ag­ing fleets in sev­er­al coun­tries for many years. Its goal is to present and dis­cuss process improve­ments, mea­sure­ment of the glob­al cost base, uni­ver­sal poli­cies, bet­ter pro­cure­ment capa­bil­i­ty, and glob­al fleet man­age­ment train­ing so that atten­dees can acquire the spe­cial­ized skills need­ed for the expand­ing and chang­ing fleet envi­ron­ment across every world mar­ket.

A brief review of the agen­da shows just the right mix of train­ing ses­sions and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. The Acad­e­my opens at 1 PM on Mon­day, Octo­ber 21st with reg­is­tra­tion and an infor­mal net­work­ing hour and con­cludes on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 23rd with a net­work­ing recep­tion and din­ner. Lis­ten­ing to feed­back from atten­dees of their two pre­vi­ous inter­na­tion­al events, NAFA now offers the option of attend­ing the entire con­fer­ence or pur­chas­ing a Monday/Tuesday or Tuesday/Wednesday pack­age.

The pre­sen­ters have been care­ful­ly select­ed and are the best in the busi­ness. They come from North Amer­i­ca, as well as all over Europe and South Amer­i­ca; and they are the experts in their field. I am real­ly look­ing for­ward to hear­ing from Ross Durkin,  Man­ag­ing Edi­tor of Fleet World Group and Gio­van­ni Tor­tori­ci, Pres­i­dent, Ital­ian Asso­ci­a­tion of Man­agers Buy­ers and Used Cars. The Fleet Man­agers who will be shar­ing their expe­ri­ences run impres­sive glob­al oper­a­tions for orga­ni­za­tions such as Mer­ck & Co, Eco­lab, Coca Cola and Ara­mark Ser­vices, to name only a few.

What dif­fer­en­ti­ates the Acad­e­my from oth­er sem­i­nars is the con­tent. The agen­da is full of chal­leng­ing top­ics that are extreme­ly rel­e­vant to today’s oper­at­ing envi­ron­ment. Some of the many high­lights are:

· Align­ing 51 Coun­tries and 60 Sup­pli­ers: A Case Study in Suc­cess

· Inter­na­tion­al Sourc­ing Strate­gies That Work

· Your Inter­na­tion­al Car Pol­i­cy: A Com­plete Check­list

· Trends and Ben­e­fits in the Inter­na­tion­al Insur­ance Mar­ket

Each top­ic will be pre­sent­ed by an expert with time for dis­cus­sion, mean­ing atten­dees will learn not only from the instruc­tors but also from their peers.

If you work in the glob­al are­na you need to join us in Tuc­son at the Loews Ven­tana Canyon, Octo­ber 21‐23, 2013. For more infor­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, please see



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