Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California // May 18-21, 2020

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 five 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 is a 2019 advisory board member:

  1. Review the schedule to understand what topics are being discussed and focus on attending breakout sessions
  2. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself by attending sessions that you are familiar with, to see how other agencies operate
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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, June 17 at 9 a.m.

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Testimonials

“The GFX conference was an informative, fun experience. The training session and one-on-one experiences were extremely valuable. There were many networking opportunities as well as excellent product demonstrations. I look forward to the next event."

-Ricky Riojas, Fleet Repair Supervisor, City of San Diego, San Diego, CA

“The Block Party Experience is a perfect way to see new technology in a hands-on setting. So much is changing & the ability to speak directly with the key drivers in our industry & experience it first hand is always the best way to make decisions."

-Mike Lewis, Regional Sales Manager, Club Car LLC, Riverside, CA

“This is the third year we've attended and the show keeps getting better and better. Adding the Block Party that encourages attendees to drive the vendor vehicles was very beneficial to all.”

-Natalie Weimer, Marketing Manager, XL - The Fleet Electrification Company, Brighton, MA

“I am new to running a fleet and didn't even know what I didn't know. This conference provided an excellent education and opportunity to meet other fleet managers facing similar challenges.”

-Brent Hulsether, Fleet services supervisor, Shawnee county Parks and Rec, Topeka, KS

“GFX is a great networking tool and the training sessions are relevant to what most fleets around the country are dealing with.”

-Jade Jones, Lead Technician, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Boise, ID

“GFX was very informative for a fleet professional. It was well organized and probably the best EXPO I had seen in a while."

-Keith Dimont, Automotive Services/Transportation Manager, Elon University, Elon, NC

Tom Keyser

“It was great attending GFX for the first time! I was able to network with my peers, meet new vendors and learn more about topics affecting my operations.”

-Tom Keyser, Fleet Manager, Washington County Oregon, Hillsboro, OR

For years GFX has been the best value for government fleet managers looking to expand their knowledge & network with a large group of their peers at one location/event. If you can only attend one conference per year, GFX should be your first choice.

-Ron Lindsey, Director of Fleet Management, County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

Mr. James L Vincent

“There was a bigger crowd, and conversations were deeper and longer this year."

-Mr. James L Vincent, Federal Fleet Consultant, Teletrac Navman, Garden Grove, CA

“The GFX Conference is the showcase and the pinnacle of the Government Fleet Industry and is a must attended for any Fleet professional. It is a highly educational and critical must-attend event!”

-Carlos Velasquez, Fleet Manager, Contra Costa County Fleet Services, Martinez, CA

Nathan Washington

“GFX is a great event. Having the ability to meet with prospective clients & clients to discover areas where we can potentially help solve challenges within their fleet(s) is extremely valuable to myself & GPS Insight. We truly value GFX."

-Nathan Washington, Government Sales Manager - Southwest Region, GPS Insight, Scottsdale, AZ

Don Walker

“GFX is a good conference to attend for three reasons. 1. Great opportunities to meet and get to know your peers in the fleet industry 2. Good choices in training sessions 3. Lots of good info and networking on the expo floor with vendors.”

-Don Walker, Fleet Manager, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Boise, ID

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