Healthcare Companies Benefit from NAFA’s International Fleet Academy

Gary Wien, NAFA

Prod­ucts that save lives don’t stop at the bor­der and nei­ther do their fleets.  That’s why many of the largest phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and med­ical solu­tion inno­va­tors are send­ing their fleet man­agers to NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my to learn how to man­age fleets around the globe.  The con­fer­ence, which takes place Octo­ber 21–23 at Loews Ven­tana Canyon in Tuc­son, AZ, is designed specif­i­cal­ly to meet the needs of those who man­age fleets of vehi­cles out­side the Unit­ed States and Cana­da. 

“For decades, fleet man­agers have trust­ed NAFA to pro­vide them with qual­i­ty fleet man­age­ment train­ing and edu­ca­tion,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE.  “As we noticed more and more of our cor­po­rate fleet man­agers being asked to man­age fleets out­side of North Amer­i­ca, we began intro­duc­ing glob­al fleet edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions to our annu­al con­fer­ence.  This ulti­mate­ly led to the cre­ation of the Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my three years ago, a con­fer­ence sole­ly ded­i­cat­ed to the unique chal­lenges faced by glob­al fleet man­agers.”

Some of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and health­care cor­po­ra­tions who will have fleet man­agers attend this year’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my include Amgen, Bax­ter Health­care, Boston Sci­en­tif­ic, and Mer­ck.  Dur­ing the con­fer­ence they’ll hear from an all-star line­up of glob­al fleet man­agers includ­ing four with a back­ground in man­ag­ing a glob­al fleet in the health­care indus­try (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 and EMEA Fleet Man­ag­er for MSD; Lutz Hansen, Pur­chas­ing Fleet Man­age­ment Ser­vices for Bay­er Busi­ness Ser­vices GMbH; and NAFA’s for­mer Pres­i­dent Gayle Pratt who recent­ly retired from her posi­tion as Direc­tor, Glob­al Fleet Sourc­ing for Eco­lab).  Addi­tion­al mem­bers of the fac­ul­ty include Gio­van­ni Tor­tori­ci,  Pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian Asso­ci­a­tion of Man­agers Buy­ers and Used Cars – A.I.A.G.A.; Steven Saltz­giv­er, Vice Pres­i­dent — Fleet Oper­a­tions, North Amer­i­ca for Coca-Cola;  and Kevin Fish­er, CAFM, Vice Pres­i­dent Strate­gic Fleet Oper­a­tions, ARAMARK.

“No oth­er con­fer­ence comes close to cov­er­ing all of the mate­r­i­al that this cov­ers or goes into as much detail,” added Rus­so.  “If your com­pa­ny has some­one man­ag­ing vehi­cle fleets out­side of North Amer­i­ca they need to attend the Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my.  The edu­ca­tion learned can save your com­pa­ny mil­lions of dol­lars and hun­dreds of man­pow­er hours!”

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.

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