Last updated: January 17, 2018
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Ride & Drive
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Coming to a show for the first time can be daunting. This session will give you one-on-one time with 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.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Do you worry about highlighting your fleet operation for fear of failure? Become more comfortable acknowledging setbacks and overcome anxiety in order to accentuate your fleet’s successes. Learn how to develop valuable talking points and soundbites that you and your staff can use to deliver your fleet’s message. The “secret sauce” in the fleet management world isn’t always about how you do it, often times, it’s having the ability to explain the compelling reason why.
Keynote Speaker: Craig Croner, City of Boise, ID
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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.
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Millions have been inspired by the movie Rudy; now let the man behind the movie inspire you. GFX would like to introduce you to Rudy Ruettiger, the inspiration behind the movie Rudy. He’s brought his message to corporate America, colleges and universities, schools grades K -12, sports teams, fundraisers, churches, and community events across the country. Rudy will share a dynamic presentation, choreographed to a video production, which tells his story and will inspire you to dream big and never quit!
Keynote Speaker: Rudy Ruettiger, Author and Motivational Speaker
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
An Outsourcing Journey: How Staff Won the Battle to Keep Their Jobs
In 2014, large a city embarked on a managed competition project, with city employees competing to keep parts management in house. Learn how and why management pushed for an outsourcing initiative, as well as steps taken by employees that led to their victory, saving them their jobs. Attendees will learn that sometimes organizations can be their own worst enemies and that positive, collective action can lead to substantive and positive change.
Presenter: Bob Stanton, Stanton Consultants
Sounding the Alarm: New Patrol Vehicles, Safety Features and Innovative Uses
In the past year, Ford has released three new police vehicles, while General Motors and FCA have added officer safety features to their police offerings. Join the discussion about the new vehicles, in-vehicle features, and what else may be coming from the OEMs. In addition, find out the latest about police motorcycles and fleets using non-traditional vehicles for police work.
Panelists: David Callery, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Tony Gratson, Ford Motor Company; Dana Hammer, General Motors Fleet; George Petropoulos, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Dig into Data: What to Track and How to Use It
What are the biggest challenges related to new and growing sources of data, and what can you do about it? Discuss what data needs to be collected from fleet and external sources, how to make decisions based on this data, and how to develop and implement processes and policies based on what the data is telling you.
Facilitator: Maggie Laird, Dossier Systems
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
3:05 PM - 4:05 PM
Facility Construction & Renovation: What Every Fleet Manager Should Know
Are you working on building a new fleet facility, renovating one, or curious about process and features of new buildings? Fleet managers that have recently opened new facilities will share their experiences and lessons learned. Whether your present building is on its last legs, or you’re being pushed to another location, learn about the challenges of building or renovating a new facility.
Presenter: David Worthington, County of Sonoma, CA
Electrification the Easy Way: New EVs, Upfits, and Deployment Best Practices
To meet sustainability requirements, more and more government fleets are seeking electrified vehicle solutions. Some of these are OEM vehicles from established automakers or even startup OEMs, while others are outside the OEM box, including aftermarket upfits. Join a discussion about deploying electrified vehicles, what “fleet-ready” means when it comes to electrified upfits, and new options available for fleets looking to electrify.
Panelist: Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids
The Good, the Bad and The Ugly: An Honest Discussion About Fleet Tracking
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the benefits, and disadvantages, of telematics systems. In this interactive discussion, subject matter experts will be available to answer questions and give examples of real-world telematics implementation from public fleets, including successes, challenges, and shortcuts to smooth deployment.
Facilitator: Eric Bearly, Government Fleet Magazine
Subject Matter Expert: Chris Jackson, BSM Technologies; Gary Oldham, Telogis/Verizon Telematics
4:05 PM - 4:25 PM
4:25 PM - 5:25 PM
What It Takes To Be an Effective Fleet Leader
In today’s fast-paced fleet environment, competent leadership is one of the most important factors for an organization’s success. But what is effective leadership at the fleet level, and how can you motivate your employees to perform at their best? Learn the five basic traits of a leader and how to use those traits to get the most out of your employees, as well as five things you can do immediately, every day, to see improvement in your organization. Lastly, learn simple leadership philosophies that are unique to a fleet environment that you can implement in your organization.
Presenter: Todd Richardson, City and County of Denver, CO
Prevent Brain Drain: How to Create an Effective Succession Plan
As more baby-boomers retire and exit organizations, it’s becoming essential for organizations to capture institutional knowledge before they experience “brain drain.” Lack of a succession plan can hamper the employee replacement transition, drive up costs, and impact customer service. Learn how to design an effective succession plan and how other fleet managers have successfully tackled this challenge before exiting their organizations.
Presenter: Steven Saltzgiver, Mercury Associates Inc.
Additional session coming soon!
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Government Fleet magazine will recognize the 50 Leading Fleets, announce rankings for the top 20, and the top fleets in three size categories. The magazine will also name the 2018 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year recipient and honor the Public Fleet Hall of Fame inductees. The Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA) will present Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) awards and Fleet Masters Operation awards.
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Night on the Town
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Utilizing Internal Service Fund Rates to Modify User Behavior
Rate development and internal service funds aren’t just cost recovery methods, they can be used as a tool to improve operations. In this advanced session, discover how to use various aspects of rate development to drive proper behavior at the end-user level, resulting in more efficient operations and less impact to the fleet customer.
Presenter: Brent Wahl, Pasco County, FL
Sink or Swim: Navigating the Deep Waters of the Procurement World
Fleet professionals are realizing that being experts in their domain is not enough. They need to understand strategic sourcing in order to lend their expertise to the process and ensure their needs are being met. In order to have a voice in the process, a little procurement knowledge goes a long way. Understand the key terms from the procurement world, the ideal roles of stakeholders in the supply chain, and how to best cooperate with procurement specialists for optimum results.
Leasing or Financing: When Are These Options Right for You?
When faced with diminished budgets and extended miles and maintenance issues, what other acquisition tools are available to government fleets? Learn about the differences between purchase, lease, finance, and cooperative purchasing, and how to determine the best option for your fleet. Discussion will also include alternative-fuel and clean fleet vehicles and how to take advantage of various federal tax credits.
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM - 2:25 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, these “fireside” presentations will feature maximum take home value.
Your Ideas: The 8 Best Efficiency Ideas from Fleets Nationwide
Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn tried-and-true ideas? Government Fleet staff present the best ideas for operational improvement, collected from fleets around the country. Learn what has worked for others and may also work for you, followed by a discussion with your peers.
What Fleets Need to Know About Vehicle Hacking
As more advanced technologies are added to vehicles, the threat of vehicle hacking grows. Learn about whether fleets should worry about vehicle cybersecurity, as well as the steps the automotive industry has taken to secure vehicles.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Streamline Workflow in Your Shop
Is your facility streamlined for peak shop efficiency? Learn how to improve the flow of repairs in your shop by optimizing your shop's advantages and eliminating the disadvantages. Case studies will allow attendees to gather tips to reduce or eliminate repeat repairs.
Presenter: Mike Cleary, Owner/Curriculum Developer/Trainer; Automotive Technical Support Services
Key Issues Impacting Your Off-Road Equipment Fleet
Description coming soon!
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Farewell Happy Hour
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
AssetWorks Customer Training
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
FASTER Customer Training
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Hear from Rudy Ruettinger, author and motivational speaker of the Rudy Foundation and inspiration for the movie Rudy
Register by May 18 and Save $100 on your pass.
Take a look at the GFX 2017 recap video!