Fresh off a highly successful event in October, the Board of NAFA Fleet Management Association voted unanimously to hold the 2014 International Fleet Academy at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL. The three-day conference will take place July 13–15, immediately following the close of NAFA’s Board of Governors meetings, which will be held in the same location. Fleet managers with global responsibilities are urged to reserve the date as they set up their travel budget for 2014. Based on the comments from attendees this year, the 2014 International Fleet Academy is one event they can’t afford to miss.
“The quickest way to implement a global fleet strategy is to attend NAFA’s International Fleet Academy, as it provides both the educational and networking resources to take action,” said one attendee.
“The 2013 International Fleet Academy was well made and the expectations have been completely fulfilled. The organization was excellent,” said another. This was echoed by another who said, “My expectations were far exceeded. I enjoyed the presentations and discussions as everything was spot on!”
NAFA’s International Fleet Academy was created to demystify global fleet management with experts and panel discussions that provide valuable cost-saving strategies, offer strategic overviews of the differences among countries and cultures, inform attendees of the right questions to ask for the RFI-RFQ process, and present valuable lessons on how to decrease corporate liability by avoiding international insurance pitfalls. A leader in global fleet education, this was the third straight year that NAFA has produced the International Fleet Academy.
“We delivered a game-changing experience,” said NAFA’s Executive Director Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “The key to our success was in designing the event around fleet managers. Our concept was simple: gather many of the brightest minds in global fleet management and let them tell their own stories; what went right, what went wrong, what to anticipate, and what to avoid. The fleet managers in attendance told me they came expecting to learn, but they left with more than just knowledge. They left with real-life solutions, ideas that really work, and contacts that will prove invaluable. There’s nothing better than learning from colleagues in your industry that you trust!”
“The IFA was absolutely outstanding,” said Janice Sutton, Editor-At-Large for FleetManagementWeekly.com. “The level of interaction in that room was truly impressive; networking at its finest. The enthusiasm for participating was palpable.”
In addition to global fleet managers, attendees at NAFA’s International Fleet Academy also included companies that provide services to the industry. These suppliers provided valuable resources and perspectives to the hands-on, real-life experiences fleet managers shared. “One of the most important aspects of global fleet management is having a strong team of suppliers in each region,” Russo said. “IFA allows the fleet managers to network with suppliers in both classroom and informal settings, so they can not only learn about the suppliers, but get to know them on a personal level as well.”
For more information on NAFA’s International Fleet Academy visit http://www.nafafleetacademy.org.