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Women in Fleet Launches Mentor Program

Women in Fleet Management (WIFM) announced the launch a new and engaging mentorship program for fleet professionals. All AFLA members, male and female, are both welcomed and encouraged to participate in this program.

The More Things Change, The More They Actually Change

As we approach another NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute & Expo (I&E) — my 20th — it seems like a good time to pause and reflect a bit on how the event and the industry have changed over the years.

Fleet Women Laud New CEO of GM

General Motors' appointment of Mary Barra as the first female CEO of a global automotive company in December instantly ignited discussion about the role of women in the male-dominated boardrooms of the automotive industry.

100-Plus Most Important Events in Fleet

As John F. Kennedy once said, “History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

2009 AFLA Conference Delivers ROI to Commercial Fleet Professionals

This is an exciting time for the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) as it gains widespread recognition as a strong voice for the commercial fleet management industry. For the past five years, AFLA has experienced year-over-year growth in membership and conference attendance. As its president, I'm especially proud of AFLA's growing stature and believe its best years are still ahead of it. The upcoming 2009 conference epitomizes the ROI that AFLA offers commercial fleet managers.

AFLA 2008 Conference A Hit with Commercial Fleet Managers

Featuring the first-ever Fleet Hall of Fame ceremony, strategic presentations by industry experts, and a display of green concept cars, AFLA’s annual conference drew nearly 300 attendees, one of the group’s largest audiences.

Branded Fleet Vehicles Puts Drivers in Conflict with Homeowner Associations

When a company decides to brand vehicles with either logos or full-vehicle advertising wraps, it may inadvertently create a situation that puts employees in conflict with homeowner association restrictions on the parking of commercial vehicles in common areas. Most homeowner associations allow commercial vehicles as long as they are garaged, but not all fleet vehicles can fit in a garage due to height or length. An estimated 50 million Americans live in homeowner association communities.

Strategic Fleet Management Focuses on Management by Objective

The greatest challenge facing the future of fleet management is how we see ourselves as a profession. Are we administrators of a fleet or are we managers? Do we manage from a tactical level – putting out day-to-day fires – or from a strategic level focusing on specific long-term objectives using metrics to benchmark progress? In the future, you will need a strategic focus to succeed in fleet management; otherwise you run the risk of fading into irrelevancy.