Rave Reviews for NAFA’s International Fleet Academy!

Min­utes after the clos­ing of NAFA’s 3rd Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my (IFA), the rave reviews began pour­ing in from atten­dees, fac­ul­ty, and mem­bers of the media. Held Octo­ber 21–23 at Loews Ven­tana Canyon in Tuc­son, AZ, the IFA offered glob­al fleet man­agers the abil­i­ty to net­work and learn from the expe­ri­ences of those who man­age fleets around the world; and atten­dees clear­ly rel­ished the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do so.

“NAFA’s IFA exceed­ed every expec­ta­tion from all per­spec­tives,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE. “Most impor­tant­ly, the fleet man­agers in atten­dance told me they were absolute­ly blown away by the learn­ing envi­ron­ment, the sub­ject mat­ter experts, and the shar­ing that took place. To a per­son, they said 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. The key to our suc­cess was that the major­i­ty of our ses­sions were led by fleet man­agers them­selves, pro­vid­ing real-life sce­nar­ios and solu­tions. I couldn’t be more pleased. NAFA tru­ly deliv­ered a game-chang­ing expe­ri­ence.”

“My expec­ta­tions were far exceed­ed,” said Joan­na Bowen, Direc­tor, Glob­al Trav­el, Meet­ings and Fleet Admin­is­tra­tion for Bris­tol-Myers Squibb. “I enjoyed the pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions as every­thing was spot on.”

“Attendee fleet managers/administrators as well as ven­dors were engaged the entire time,” said Joe LaRosa, Direc­tor, Glob­al Fleet Admin­is­tra­tion for Mer­ck, Sharp and Dohme, Inc. and NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Vice Pres­i­dent. “Even on breaks, many peo­ple didn’t even leave the room and went to oth­er tables to ask ques­tions, make com­ments etc – [it was] tru­ly a learn­ing and shar­ing expe­ri­ence… Almost every­one exchanged their busi­ness cards and hope­ful­ly the learn­ing and edu­ca­tion will con­tin­ue.”

Jan­ice Sut­ton, Edi­tor-at-Large for FleetManagementWeekly.com agrees. “The IFA was absolute­ly out­stand­ing,” said Sut­ton. “The lev­el of inter­ac­tion in that room was tru­ly impres­sive; net­work­ing at its finest. The enthu­si­asm for par­tic­i­pat­ing was pal­pa­ble.”

That enthu­si­asm and par­tic­i­pa­tion large­ly stemmed from the inti­ma­cy of the con­fer­ence. “From the start, we inten­tion­al­ly kept IFA at an inti­mate lev­el, restrict­ing atten­dance to no more than 40 peo­ple total,” explained Rus­so. “We also want­ed to ensure that the major­i­ty of the audi­ence was fleet man­agers, so they could net­work and learn from each oth­er, as the real prac­ti­tion­ers of glob­al fleet man­age­ment. We accom­plished both goals, with a sold-out con­fer­ence, of which more than half were fleet man­agers.”

Learn more about NAFA and the myr­i­ad ways par­tic­i­pat­ing in this dynam­ic orga­ni­za­tion can work for you!



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