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

NAFA‚Äôs Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Fleet Acad¬≠e¬≠my (IFA) is tak¬≠ing place Novem¬≠ber 5‚Äď7 at Rosen Shin¬≠gle Creek in Orlan¬≠do, FL. It is designed specif¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly to meet the needs of those who man¬≠age fleets out¬≠side of the Unit¬≠ed States and Cana¬≠da, and offers fleet pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠als the tools to gain under¬≠stand¬≠ing, and the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to dis¬≠cuss the prob¬≠lems and chal¬≠lenges they‚Äôre fac¬≠ing with some of the bright¬≠est minds in glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠age¬≠ment.

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 Wednes¬≠day, Novem¬≠ber 5, Joe LaRosa, CPA, NAFA Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Vice Pres¬≠i¬≠dent and Direc¬≠tor of Glob¬≠al Fleet Ser¬≠vices, Mer¬≠ck & Co. presents the ses¬≠sion ‚ÄúGlob¬≠al Pol¬≠i¬≠cy Struc¬≠ture and Gov¬≠er¬≠nance.‚ÄĚ  LaRosa will lead a dis¬≠cus¬≠sion on fleet cen¬≠tral¬≠iza¬≠tion ver¬≠sus region¬≠al¬≠ized struc¬≠ture, stan¬≠dard¬≠iza¬≠tion of goods and ser¬≠vices, staffing, how to iden¬≠ti¬≠fy and vis¬≠it the right region¬≠al peo¬≠ple, and more. An ear¬≠ly adopter of glob¬≠al¬≠ized fleet man¬≠age¬≠ment, LaRosa will share his expe¬≠ri¬≠ence in deal¬≠ing with bud¬≠get chal¬≠lenges when start¬≠ing a glob¬≠al ini¬≠tia¬≠tive and why hav¬≠ing a sound trav¬≠el bud¬≠get allo¬≠ca¬≠tion is crit¬≠i¬≠cal to suc¬≠cess.

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 Thurs¬≠day, Novem¬≠ber 6, Jeff Schlesinger, Man¬≠ag¬≠ing Direc¬≠tor for GE Com¬≠mer¬≠cial Finance, presents a ses¬≠sion that is sure to help glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers, new and expe¬≠ri¬≠enced alike, ‚ÄúGlob¬≠al Fund¬≠ing Dif¬≠fer¬≠ences Using Finance Leas¬≠es, Oper¬≠at¬≠ing Leas¬≠es, and Cap¬≠i¬≠tal Allo¬≠ca¬≠tion Strate¬≠gies.‚ÄĚ Schlesinger explains dif¬≠fer¬≠ences between glob¬≠al avail¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty of fund¬≠ing for dif¬≠fer¬≠ent¬≠ly struc¬≠tured leas¬≠es.

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 Fri¬≠day, Novem¬≠ber 7, Mod¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tor Peter Egan, Part¬≠ner, Fleet Vision, will engage a pan¬≠el of respect¬≠ed fleet lead¬≠ers on the sub¬≠ject ‚ÄúImple¬≠ment¬≠ing a Glob¬≠al Sus¬≠tain¬≠able Dri¬≠ve Chain.‚ÄĚ

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.

‚ÄúNAFA is whole-heart¬≠ed¬≠ly com¬≠mit¬≠ted to sus¬≠tain¬≠able fleets,‚ÄĚ said NAFA Chief Exec¬≠u¬≠tive Offi¬≠cer Phillip E. Rus¬≠so, CAE. ‚ÄúIt goes far beyond geo¬≠graph¬≠ic bor¬≠ders. How fleets address this now has a direct impact on the future for us all. NAFA‚Äôs Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Fleet Acad¬≠e¬≠my is an affir¬≠ma¬≠tion of that com¬≠mit¬≠ment and I encour¬≠age all fleet man¬≠agers to take part in this pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tion.‚ÄĚ

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 con¬≠fer¬≠ence is a ‚Äúmust‚ÄĚ for com¬≠pa¬≠nies and orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tions with glob¬≠al fleets, as well as cor¬≠po¬≠rate glob¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers; cor¬≠po¬≠rate fleet direc¬≠tors; pro¬≠cure¬≠ment spe¬≠cial¬≠ists; cor¬≠po¬≠rate exec¬≠u¬≠tives with report¬≠ing respon¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty for their organization‚Äôs fleet oper¬≠a¬≠tions; fleet per¬≠son¬≠nel who assist fleet man¬≠agers and direc¬≠tors in their glob¬≠al fleet oper¬≠a¬≠tions; and fleet man¬≠agers, direc¬≠tors, and exec¬≠u¬≠tives who want to learn more about mul¬≠ti-nation¬≠al fleet oper¬≠a¬≠tions.

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

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