At first glance, it’s easy to see why a business executive might assume all of Europe managed their vehicle fleets the same way.
There’s a tendency to group European countries into a single entity and the creation of the European Union only furthered that concept; however, while many countries have adopted the Euro as a common currency, Europe is still a market that exhibits major differences from country to country and the management of vehicle fleets is a perfect example. NAFA’s International Fleet Academy will point out the differences throughout Europe and then traverse the globe to explain what businesses need to know about managing fleets in China, Mexico, Brazil, and Australia as well as other countries.
NAFA’s 3rd Annual International Fleet Academy is a 3-day conference designed specifically to meet the unique needs of those who manage fleets of vehicles outside of the United States and Canada. The conference will take place October 21–23, 2013 at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ with a stellar roster of leading global fleet professionals that includes former NAFA President Gayle Pratt (recently retired from her position as Director, Global Fleet Sourcing for Ecolab); Joe LaRosa, NAFA’s current International Vice President and Director of Global Fleet Services for Merck & Co.; Joe Carreira (the 2012 International Fleet Manager of the Year) EMEA Fleet Manager, MSD; Lutz Hansen, Purchasing Fleet Management Services for Bayer Business Services GMbH; Giovanni Tortorici, President of the Italian Association of Managers Buyers and Used Cars — AIAGA; Steven Saltzgiver, Vice President — Fleet Operations, North America for Coca-Cola; and Kevin Fisher, CAFM, Vice President Strategic Fleet Operations, ARAMARK.
In addition to the aforementioned session – “Differences Among the World: Europe, China, Mexico, Brazil, Australia” – the conference contains over 15 additional sessions, including topics such as tax issues around the globe, aligning suppliers in multiple countries, the international RFI-RFQ process, and understanding and managing a fleet’s Total Cost of Operation.
In addition to the educational sessions, NAFA’s International Fleet Academy offers exclusive networking opportunities and a cocktail reception and dinner each night. Registration costs are $799 for NAFA members and $1,550 for non-members. Fleet professionals may save $200 off the registration costs by joining NAFA as they register.
Attendees receive several value-added educational items to take back to the office including a ready-to-use executive summary; free subscription to International Fleet World magazine; the newly published NAFA’s Global Fleet Guide; and valuable checklists for policies, RFIs, and RFQs. All total, it’s a resource package valued at $2,500 — well worth the registration costs alone.
Get all the details at – the newly launched official website for the annual conference.