NAFA Opens Submissions for 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards

For decades, fleet man­agers watched events like the Acad­e­my Awards and wished they had an indus­try award of their own; one that rec­og­nized the most sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments, inno­v­a­tive ideas, and best prac­tices of their col­leagues.  In 2013, that award was final­ly real­ized when NAFA intro­duced the Fleet Excel­lence Awards (FLEXY).  Open to every­one in fleet man­age­ment, the FLEXYs are award­ed in the fields of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, safe­ty, and over­all fleet man­age­ment achieve­ment.  The sub­mis­sion process for the 2014 Fleet Excel­lence Awards opened this week.

NAFA wel­comes indi­vid­u­als and teams to sub­mit an entry for the 2014 Fleet Excel­lence Awards at http://www.flexyawards.com.  Three final­ists for each award will be cho­sen for both pub­lic fleets and cor­po­rate fleets.  In addi­tion, one award will be pre­sent­ed in the area of fleet lead­er­ship.

The sub­mis­sion dead­line is Jan­u­ary 15.  Final­ists will be noti­fied in Feb­ru­ary and are invit­ed to attend the awards cer­e­mo­ny in Min­neapo­lis on April 8, where the win­ner will be announced live on stage in front of hun­dreds of fleet pro­fes­sion­als.  The awards pre­sen­ta­tion is part of an open­ing night par­ty that cel­e­brates the start of NAFA’s annu­al Insti­tute & Expo.  The buzz sur­round­ing last year’s event and the excite­ment of the cer­e­mo­ny evoked the type of mag­ic long sought by the indus­try.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but the event went beyond our expec­ta­tions,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE.  “We said we want­ed to cre­ate an ‘Oscars Night’ for fleet man­agers and we suc­ceed­ed.  You could lit­er­al­ly feel the ten­sion in the room as each finalist’s name was announced.  This was the awards show fleet man­agers had been wait­ing for; one that treats fleet pro­fes­sion­als as stars in their own right.”

Final­ists are cho­sen from an esteemed pan­el of judges that includes fleet man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als, mem­bers of the media, and indus­try orga­ni­za­tions.  To ensure the legit­i­ma­cy of the awards, judges nev­er see the names of the nom­i­nees nor the orga­ni­za­tions they work for. Vot­ing is 100 per­cent blind; based sole­ly upon the achieve­ments list­ed by the nom­i­nees on their sub­mis­sion forms. This allows for judg­ing by mer­it, not name recog­ni­tion. 

Indi­vid­u­als may nom­i­nate them­selves or some­one else. Fleet sup­pli­ers are free to nom­i­nate their clients as well. Entries in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories are also accept­ed. If addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion for a sub­mis­sion is required, the nom­i­nee will be noti­fied to present fur­ther data.  To sub­mit an entry or to find out more infor­ma­tion on the FLEXY Awards vis­it http://www.flexyawards.com.

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