2014 International Fleet Academy Headed to Orlando

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.




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