May 23-26, 2022 | Huntington Place (Formerly known as TCF Center), Hall B | Detroit, MI

First Time

How to Get the Most Out of Your First Time at GFX

Attending a conference for the first time can be a daunting experience, with unfamiliar faces, unfamiliar session formats, and perhaps an overwhelming number of suppliers to learn about.

That’s why the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), the largest gathering of public fleet managers in the nation, developed a First Timers’ Orientation for first-time attendees to talk to conference organizers, plan out their schedules, and meet with other first timers.

Additionally, here are 4 TIPS for those new to GFX from Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento, who attended GFX for the first time in 2018 and became a 2020 advisory board member:

TIP #1

Review the schedule to understand what topics are being discussed and focus on attending breakout sessions

TIP #2

Challenge yourself and attend sessions you believe may not be attainable for your operation, such as sustainability. You might be surprised how establishing goals in a different direction may reduce your operating costs

TIP #3 

Ask questions, and not just at sessions. There is no other organization where professionals exchange ideas and information as freely and willingly as the government fleet profession.

TIP #4 

Have fun! Meet other professionals and exchange ideas and contact information. You never know when you might need someone else's expertise. 

Plan out your conference experience and connect with other attendees at GFX’s First Timers’ Orientation, which takes place on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.