NAFA IFA: The Best & Brightest Minds in Global Fleet Management

NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my (IFA) is tak­ing place Novem­ber 5–7 at Rosen Shin­gle Creek in Orlan­do, FL. It is designed specif­i­cal­ly to meet the needs of those who man­age fleets out­side of the Unit­ed States and Cana­da, and offers fleet pro­fes­sion­als the tools to gain under­stand­ing, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss the prob­lems and chal­lenges they’re fac­ing with some of the bright­est minds in glob­al fleet man­age­ment.

Here is a sam­pling of the dynam­ic edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions offered at NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my:

IFA Plugs Into Glob­al Pol­i­cy Struc­ture and Gov­er­nance
Ever tried plug­ging an Amer­i­can appli­ance into a Euro­pean pow­er out­let? Or how about drop­ping a domes­tic DVD into a machine over­seas? These may be broad analo­gies, but it is clear: just because things appear to func­tion the same, that doesn’t mean they will. When glob­al fleet man­agers struc­ture their poli­cies for inter­na­tion­al pur­pos­es, all the vari­ables of cul­ture, region, and eco­nom­ics are brought to bear. There is no sin­gle solu­tion that fits all prob­lems, or one plug that will work in every out­let world­wide.

On Wednes­day, Novem­ber 5, Joe LaRosa, CPA, NAFA Inter­na­tion­al Vice Pres­i­dent and Direc­tor of Glob­al Fleet Ser­vices, Mer­ck & Co. presents the ses­sion “Glob­al Pol­i­cy Struc­ture and Gov­er­nance.”  LaRosa will lead a dis­cus­sion on fleet cen­tral­iza­tion ver­sus region­al­ized struc­ture, stan­dard­iza­tion of goods and ser­vices, staffing, how to iden­ti­fy and vis­it the right region­al peo­ple, and more. An ear­ly adopter of glob­al­ized fleet man­age­ment, LaRosa will share his expe­ri­ence in deal­ing with bud­get chal­lenges when start­ing a glob­al ini­tia­tive and why hav­ing a sound trav­el bud­get allo­ca­tion is crit­i­cal to suc­cess.

IFA Shows Glob­al Fleet Man­agers Impor­tant Leas­ing and Fund­ing Strate­gies
Glob­al fleet man­agers have a wide range of dif­fer­ences between the regions and fleets they over­see, but one task is fun­da­men­tal in every sin­gle one of them: you have to get the vehi­cles for the dri­vers to dri­ve. That’s going to cost mon­ey, process­es will vary, and the dif­fer­ences between fund­ing alter­na­tives on a glob­al scale often lead to con­fu­sion.

On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 6, Jeff Schlesinger, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor for GE Com­mer­cial Finance, presents a ses­sion that is sure to help glob­al fleet man­agers, new and expe­ri­enced alike, “Glob­al Fund­ing Dif­fer­ences Using Finance Leas­es, Oper­at­ing Leas­es, and Cap­i­tal Allo­ca­tion Strate­gies.” Schlesinger explains dif­fer­ences between glob­al avail­abil­i­ty of fund­ing for dif­fer­ent­ly struc­tured leas­es.

Atten­dees will explore issues such as the log­ic of self-fund­ing and oth­er mar­ket-based con­sid­er­a­tions. Schlesinger will also pro­vide an update on pend­ing Inter­na­tion­al Account­ing Stan­dards Board changes and the lat­est antic­i­pat­ed impact on U.S. lease account­ing.

IFA Leads Dis­cus­sion on Imple­ment­ing a Glob­al Sus­tain­able Dri­ve Chain
Respon­si­bil­i­ty is not con­fined to one coun­try or one hemi­sphere. An effec­tive sus­tain­abil­i­ty cul­ture, like an effec­tive cor­po­rate cul­ture, extends from the top of the lad­der down to every rung. There is, after all, only one shared atmos­phere and the bur­den to main­tain it rests upon every con­sci­en­tious busi­ness enti­ty. And still, old habits die hard, and old ways may not be prone to change. How does the inter­na­tion­al fleet man­ag­er address the sub­ject of the glob­al sus­tain­able dri­ve chain with author­i­ty and respon­sive­ness?

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 7, Mod­er­a­tor Peter Egan, Part­ner, Fleet Vision, will engage a pan­el of respect­ed fleet lead­ers on the sub­ject “Imple­ment­ing a Glob­al Sus­tain­able Dri­ve Chain.”

CO2 reduc­tion require­ments adopt­ed around the world con­tin­ue to chal­lenge glob­al fleet man­agers to meet dif­fer­ing needs based on ter­ri­to­ries, vehi­cle car­go, and func­tion­al require­ments, size of fleet, and more. And yet, many world­wide fleets rely on fixed selec­tor lists, stick­ing with the same make and mod­el over time. What they may gain in con­sis­ten­cy, you might be los­ing in oppor­tu­ni­ties to run a clean­er fleet.

“NAFA is whole-heart­ed­ly com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able fleets,” said NAFA Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE. “It goes far beyond geo­graph­ic bor­ders. How fleets address this now has a direct impact on the future for us all. NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my is an affir­ma­tion of that com­mit­ment and I encour­age all fleet man­agers to take part in this pre­sen­ta­tion.”

Learn More about IFA

NAFA’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my helps atten­dees build the spe­cial­ized skills need­ed for the expand­ing and chang­ing fleet envi­ron­ment across diverse world mar­kets. Atten­dees will leave with a stan­dard of excel­lence for their deal­ings with­in and out­side their orga­ni­za­tion, with cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers, and dri­vers among oth­ers.

The con­fer­ence is a “must” for com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions with glob­al fleets, as well as cor­po­rate glob­al fleet man­agers; cor­po­rate fleet direc­tors; pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ists; cor­po­rate exec­u­tives with report­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty for their organization’s fleet oper­a­tions; fleet per­son­nel who assist fleet man­agers and direc­tors in their glob­al fleet oper­a­tions; and fleet man­agers, direc­tors, and exec­u­tives who want to learn more about mul­ti-nation­al fleet oper­a­tions.

For a lim­it­ed time, atten­dees who reg­is­ter before Sep­tem­ber 30 can take advan­tage of ear­ly-bird pric­ing. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able at: www.nafafleetacademy.org

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