June 17 - 20, 2019 // New Orleans, LA

Schedule

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Last updated: February 28, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Registration sponsored by


Foyer

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Coming to a show for the first time can be daunting. This session will give you one-on-one time with other first time attendees, the GFX show organizers, and magazine writers. Get an inside look at the schedule and show highlights. Think of us as your personal tour guides for the show.

Emcee: Za Farley


Room 273

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This event within an event will be a mix of ride and drives, hands-on training, experiential learning, and a technology showcase. Plus, a fun street fair atmosphere with food, drinks, games and prizes.


Lot F

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Prepping your Fleet for a Natural Disaster
From fires, to floods, to hurricanes, these last few years have wreaked destruction across the U.S., and municipal fleets have been right in the middle of it.  This session features fleet managers who have had to “adapt and overcome” to continue providing support for their agencies, and will provide solid takeaways to help you prepare your fleet for a natural disaster.   

Back to Basics—Maximizing your Shop’s Productivity
Resources are thin, but fleet departments must continue to provide high-quality services to their customers.  Learn how to maximize what your technicians produce through improvements in shop workflow, monitoring, parts support, and floor-level management.  It’s not only how much direct time you can bill, it’s also how fast vehicles get back in your customers’ hands!


Room 394

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have you heard of major fleet initiatives and thought that you don’t have the resources — financial or staffing — to do the same thing? Mahanth Joishy spent 16 years working at the largest municipal fleet in the nation — New York City — before stepping into the fleet manager role at the City of Madison. Joishy talks about how he applied what he learned at New York to a comparably smaller city, how to turn big-city ideas to more manageable projects for your operation, and how to prepare your fleet for the future with the resources you do have.

Keynote Speaker: Mahanth Joishy, Superintendent, City of Madison Fleet Service


Room 394

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for small bites, drinks, and conversation with your peers.

 

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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This evening is set aside for exhibitors and sponsors who choose to invite existing and potential customers for dinner meetings.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration sponsored by


Foyer

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Resilient Leadership: Prepare Today to Prevail Tomorrow 
From global and domestic terrorist threats to natural disasters, we encounter new risks to our individual, community and economic security each day. And while we can’t predict what’s around the corner, we can prepare—because when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, it is strong leadership guided by clarity of purpose and practical tactics for overcoming adversities that drive us to prevail—better prepared and more resilient. In his book Don't Get Stuck on Stupid! General Russel Honoré expertly connects his 3+ decades of military leadership—including his crucial role in managing New Orleans’ relief efforts post Hurricane Katrina—to the natural disasters and man-made tragedies dominating global headlines to reveal critical strategies for transforming individuals into leaders and helping organizations and communities effectively prepare, react, rebound and unify.
Keynote Speaker: Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, Global Preparedness Authority

*The keynote address will begin at 8:30am following a hearty buffet breakfast, including coffee and drinks.


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Room 394

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Are you a new fleet manager, looking to step into the role, or need a refresher? This session will touch on topics such as replacement policies, fully burdened labor rates, staffing concerns, technologies such as fleet software and telematics, and other topics that all fleet managers need to know.


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Room 265

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Resources are always stretched. Rather than buying a purpose-built machine for occasional work, what if you could make the machines you have do double duty? Learn creative ways fleet managers across the country have completed tasks using what they have. Come prepared to learn new ways of doing things and to discuss your own problem-solving.
Presenter: Bob Shoop, Caterpillar


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Room 267

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Join the conversation about telematics implementation, successes, and challenges with subject matter experts and other fleet managers facing the same issues. Whether it’s union buy-in, painful lessons from implementation, or how to get a return on investment, attendees steer the discussion in this interactive roundtable on vehicle tracking.
Moderator: Eric Bearly, Bobit Business Media
Subject matter experts: Neil Garrett, Geotab; Michelle Hardy, AT&T Fleet Complete; Tyler Mortensen, GPS Insight


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Room 273

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Enjoy a buffet lunch in the exhibit hall.

 

3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

Many aspects of fleet management are becoming more automated, freeing fleet staff up for other tasks. At the same time, there are new jobs being created due to technological changes, including ones to oversee the massive amount of data that fleets now produce. Understand how automation is changing the fleet management industry, how you can benefit from it, and what to expect in the near future.
Presenters: Marc Canton and Bradley Kelley, Mercury Associates Inc.


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Room 265

3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

In 2018, after 22 years of outsourced maintenance, the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., brought fleet maintenance back in house. Fleet Manager Larry Campbell provides a frank look at why the city made this move and what the major transition entailed.
Presenter: Larry Campbell, City of Fort Wayne, IN


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Room 267

3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

What’s the best way to choose a software system? How do you excel an audit? What’s a big mistake many fleet managers are making? Get your questions answered by a leading fleet consultant. 
Presenter: Steven Saltzgiver, Mercury Associates Inc.


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Room 273

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Writing exceptional specifications for vehicles and equipment will result in the purchase of the best possible units for the job at hand. Learn about the different types of specifications, when to use them, how to build comparisons for different makes and models, and effective methods to purchase equipment.
Presenter: Jeff Tews, City of Milwaukee, WI

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Room 265

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

When is leasing a good idea - and when is it a bad one? And how can you overcome the government mentality of leasing? Whether it’s budgeting issues, maintenance problems, or transitioning to electric vehicles, panelists will discuss when leasing is a good option, and when it’s not.                                                                                                

Moderator: Keith Leech, County of Sacramento
Panelist: Bob Crowe, Acme Auto Leasing LLC; Dain Giesie, Enterprise; Maria Neve, Merchants Fleet

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Room 267

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Many fleets have motor pools for internal agency use, but today’s technology solutions allow for more than simple vehicle checkouts. Discuss the advanced mobility solutions available today, how to increase utilization and decrease fleet size, as well as other options to improve employee mobility with fellow fleet professionals and subject matter experts.
Subject Matter Expert: Rudy Six, INVERS Mobility Solutions​

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Room 273

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Following a 25-minute reception, the awards ceremony will begin with a presentation of the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO). Government Fleet magazine will recognize the 50 Leading Fleets, announcing rankings for the top 20, and the top fleets in three size categories. The magazine will also honor the Public Fleet Hall of Fame inductees, the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and announce 2019 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.


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Room 394

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Honors Celebration Photo Shoot

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Registration sponsored by


Foyer

8:00 AM - 9:50 AM

What are your biggest challenges? Whether it’s fuel management or budgeting concerns, this interactive session gives you a chance to discuss these topics and more with your peers and brainstorm solutions. Then, learn from the rest of the group as other fleet managers share the best solutions their groups found.

A full continental breakfast will be served from 8:00am - 8:30am along with coffee and drinks.  


Room 394

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Can employee incentive programs work for your fleet operation? City of Baltimore created a program to incentivize fleet employees to make individual changes to their performance, with the avoided costs shared with them in the form of a bonus.  Over a six-month pilot, the team saw increased employee ownership of processes and more than $400,000 in the avoidance of certain projected costs without negatively impacting the quality of service provided.
Presenters: Berke Attila and David Martin, City of Baltimore - Department of General Services


Room 265

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Garbage trucks running their usual routes can mine data to send to city planners. Vehicles with telematics systems can be turned into mobile smart sensors that map road quality and hyper-local air quality. Connected vehicles can help drivers enhance vehicular safety, improve pedestrian mobility, and provide high quality data of the traffic flow and of first responders for traffic operations. Learn how new technologies available today can transform your vehicles’ capabilities as well as the role of fleet managers, and how they can help public agencies make better policies.   

Panelists: Michael Allegretti, Rubicon Global; Neil Garrett, Geotab; Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, OH     


Room 267                            

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Electric vehicle range is increasing, and there are more vehicle options than ever before. But what does it take for an agency to add a significant number of electric vehicles to their fleet? Bring your questions and experiences to this roundtable to discuss vehicle options and applications, going with and without grant funding, charging infrastructure, costs, and more.
Facilitators: Kevin Devery, City of Tempe, AZ; Mark Stevens, City of Sacramento, CA


Room 273

11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Enjoy a buffet lunch in the exhibit hall.

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM

While in the exhibit hall, drop in on our micro-training sessions. Designed to get straight to the point in a less structured setting, this presentation will feature maximum take-home value.

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM

While in the exhibit hall, drop in on one of our micro-training sessions. Designed to get straight to the point in a less structured setting, these presentations will feature maximum take home value.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Fleets are seeking solutions to reduce the cost and headaches associated with parts acquisition and inventory. Discover how transitioning the parts and inventory operation to a “just-in-time” parts consignment process helped one city in cost savings, increased fill rates, no obsolete parts, and a more efficient parts management operation.
Presenter: John King, City of Ocala, Fla.


Room 265

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

There are numerous ways for fleet managers to inspire and retain their staff. These could be a mentoring program to train a future fleet manager, a program to create pathways for technician advancement, or a partnership with a technical school to train a new generation of technicians. Learn how these programs can help you hire and retain staff members, and what you need to do to start one.

Speaker: Tim Calhoun


Room 267


 

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Before you say goodbye, join us for good conversation and drinks to round-out your GFX experience.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Learn about the latest features in AssetWorks’ FleetFocus fleet management software, as well as the FuelFocus fuel management system, KeyValet automated motor pool solution and integrated GPS. AssetWorks senior project management staff will review all the great features in the current release, discuss what is in the pipeline for the next release, and help with all functionality questions. Interact with other AssetWorks users to learn how they cope with the business challenges you face every day. Lunch will be included.


Room 265 and 267

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This session will include an overview of FASTER Web including the business intelligence and FASTER’s Web add-ons including: motorpool reservation and dispatch; VIN decoder; inventory import utility; and more. Then the session will include an overview of FASTER Win including reports and system switches, and we will remind users of general tools that are often forgotten.


Room 279

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Testimonials

“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

“GFX is the only place on the planet where you'll find the best government fleet minds all assembled at one location.”

-Craig Croner, Administrative Services Manager, City of Boise, Boise, ID

“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 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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

“Right place, Right people, Right time. We'll be back next year!”

-Rocky Rock, Sales Operations Manager, PureForge, Poway, CA

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

Mark Stevens

“I can shamefully admit that after nearly 40 years as Fleet Manager this was my first GFX, but happy to report not my last! I loved the "Campfire" sessions & how they were able to address specific situations and challenges."

-Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

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

“This conference is by far the most informative for government fleet professionals. I have brought back new ideas to implemented in our shop every time I have attended."

-Paul Colell, Fleet Service Manager, Town of Castle Rock, Castle Rock, CO

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