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

Speakers

2018

KEYNOTE: Craig Croner

KEYNOTE: Craig Croner

Administrative Services Manager, City of Boise, ID

Craig has worked in the fleet industry for 33 years and has managed private and public fleets since 1992. He has been the fleet manager for the City of Boise since 2008 and helped implement a rapid centralization to the formerly decentralized city fleet. Under Craig’s leadership, the City of Boise Fleet Services was recognized as the # 1 Leading Fleet in 2015.

KEYNOTE: Rudy Ruettiger

KEYNOTE: Rudy Ruettiger

Author and Motivational Speaker, Rudy Foundation

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As fans cheered "RU-DY, RU-DY," he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. Today, Rudy entertains audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He has appeared on various high profile nationally televised talk shows and radio shows across the country, and is featured in national magazine publications. Rudy received the Distinguished American Award, was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, and spoke at the White House during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He co-founded the Rudy Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen communities by offering scholarships in education, sports, and the performing arts.

David Breault

David Breault

Director of Sales, XL Hybrids

David Breault is the Director of Sales at XL with responsibility for Utility, Government and Commercial sectors. David has helped fleets such as the New York City, Stanley Black & Decker, Exelon Corporation, Yale University and many others use hybrid and plug-in-hybrid technologies to reduce fuel consumption and meet sustainability goals. Prior to joining XL Hybrids, David managed new business development for a major alternative energy supplier in New England, and was Sales and Marketing Manager for Curtis Industries, an international manufacturer of compact vehicle cab enclosure systems for work vehicles.

David Brosky

David Brosky

Vice President, Sales, Lightning Systems

David Brosky is Vice-President of Sales for Lightning Systems, responsible for leading the sales and business development efforts in North America. He works closely to secure new business opportunities with customers and partners including fleets, OEMs, dealers/distributors, upfitters/installers and service partners. David has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and program management for leading automotive and commercial vehicle parts and equipment suppliers, including Dana Corporation and Bosch Rexroth Corporation. He joined Lightning Systems in March 2014. Lightning Systems is a leader in efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets around the world. The company’s products include: LightningElectric, a zero-emissions full-electric fleet vehicle; LightningAnalytics, a cloud-based analytics system for fleet vehicles; LightningHybrid, a hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system for large urban vehicles.

David Callery

David Callery

Program Manager - Law Enforcement & Emergency Response Vehicles, FCA - Dodge Law Enforcement

David Callery is the Law Enforcement & Emergency Response Vehicle Program Manager for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles-Fleet Government Sales. In this position, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the brand’s Law Enforcement Vehicle Program. Prior to joining Chrysler in 2010, David was a 24 year veteran of the New York State Police. He retired as Staff Sergeant assigned to the Fleet Management Section where the fleet numbered over 3,700 vehicles. David is also a graduate of the State University of New York with a degree in Automotive Technology and was previously certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence in numerous competencies, before joining the State Police.

Janis Christensen

Janis Christensen

Senior Manager and Director of Corporate Fleet Management Consulting Services, Mercury Associates

Janis Christensen is a Senior Manager and Director of Corporate Fleet Management Consulting Services with Mercury Associates.  She has more than 30 combined years of fleet management experience, first, as a fleet manager in the private sector, and second, providing consulting services to a wide array of private and public fleets, fleet service providers, automobile manufacturers, automotive trade associations, and automotive publication companies. Janis is a past vice president on NAFA’s Board of Directors and since 1984, has served the Association in a variety of national and local positions. In 1999, she was honored with the NAFA’s highest award for Distinguished Service.

Mike Cleary

Mike Cleary

Trainer/Owner, ATSS/Cleary Auto

Mike Cleary has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology from California State University, Fresno. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He currently owns his own shop, Cleary Automotive, specializing in high tech diagnosis and repairs on automobiles and light trucks. An internationally recognized trainer, he presents high tech driveability, electronics, and shop management training for technicians and shop owners worldwide for his training company, Automotive Technical Support Services, in addition to writing automotive diagnostics articles for industry trade magazines. He has many years of experience as an automobile technician and manager in independent shops and dealerships.

Rob Donahue

Rob Donahue

Senior Director, Government, Lytx, Inc.

Rob Donahue has been working in the Fleet Management space for over 11 years with TomTom, Networkfleet, and Lytx. Rob is a Senior Director and the Commercial Leader for the Government practice at Lytx, a San Diego based company providing video based driver risk management that uses analytical data to help risk identify and reduce risk. With Lytx Rob has the pleasure of working with Denver, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Fairfax County, VA. With these organizations the Lytx DriveCam solution has proven to reduce risk, protect the reputation of these organizations and their employees, reduce costs and most importantly save lives.

Tony Gratson

Tony Gratson

National Government Sales Manager, Ford Motor Company

Tony Gratson is Ford Motor Company's National Government Sales Manager. He has been with Ford for over 35 years, in Fleet Sales for over 29 years, and the Government Sales Manager for over 16 years. Tony graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1977. He holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He served in the Army on active duty for over 5 years, and retired from the Army Reserves with 30 years of service.

Dana Hammer

Dana Hammer

Manager, Government Sales, General Motors Fleet

Dana Hammer, manager of Municipal Government Sales, General Motors Fleet, has more than 30 years of experience with GM. He has worked in a number of sales, service and marketing positions at both the corporate headquarters and in the field with Chevrolet division. He was been in this position since 2009 and has been instrumental in the development of the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Silverado SSV. Hammer has an MBA from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and is formerly an ASE Certified Technician.

Sam Houghtaling

Sam Houghtaling

Fleet Operations Manager, City of Seattle, WA

Sam Houghtaling started his career as a mechanic in the late 70’s, worked in private shops and Fleets until he came to the City of Seattle in 1997, started as a mechanic, moved up to Senior Mechanic, then Crew Chief. Became an Automotive Engineer in 2006, and a Senior Automotive Engineer in 2010, and moved up to the Fleet Operations Manager position in 2014. Presently he helps manage the City of Seattle’s fleet of about 3400 vehicles.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Vice President, Government Operations, BSM Technologies Ltd.

Having begun his career in the Government industry over 18 years ago with the 407 Express Toll Route; Chris has always been involved in telematics by leading several successful intelligent transportation system projects, which involved early adoption stages of telematics at the turn of the century. This led to transitioning from being within a Government agency using telematics, to being part of the telematics vendor community working with Government groups across North America in successful implementations of their telematics needs. Chris has also been an active member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for many years, where he leads continuous learning sessions at APWA conferences as well as government fleet associations throughout the United States and Canada.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Vice President, Sales, ChargePoint

Michael Jones leads strategic accounts at ChargePoint, focusing on key companies that shape the transition to electric mobility such as passenger transportation or delivery fleets, electric buses, major commercial real estate holdings, auto OEMs and companies focused on autonomous cars. With more than 25 years of experience, Michael is an entrepreneur with deep knowledge in the formation and operation of companies with innovative products and disruptive business models. Michael’s diverse background includes stints as President of Summit Technology, Chief Technology Officer of Flashcom, Sr. Product Manager for Core Mobility, and Founder of Melior Chemical. At ChargePoint, he has been on the front line of multiple large-scale EV charging programs including ChargePoint America, BMW DriveNow and SDG&E’s Power Your Drive deploying thousands of EV charging stations throughout the United States.

Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Strategic Relationship Manager for the Public Sector, WEX Inc.

A 15-year veteran in the fleet industry, Ryan Kelly serves as strategic relationship manager for the public sector at WEX Inc., where he is responsible for the lasting development of WEX’s strategic and partner relationships spanning widely across the public sector. He joined WEX in 2011 as a regional sales manager, moving into the government line of business in 2014, where he was tasked with growing the government portfolio and its expansion into new states. Ryan also serves as corporate liaison to the NCSFA Executive Committee, where he acts as its corporate membership voice, providing feedback and representation on behalf of members in areas such as membership, sponsorship, advice and communication.

Phillip Kobernick

Phillip Kobernick

Interim Logistics Services Manager, County of Alameda, General Services Agency

Phillip is the Acting Logistics Services Manager for Alameda County GSA, overseeing the vehicle fleet, parking division, commuter program, messenger service, and property and salvage team. For the past 6 years, Phillip has focused on sustainable transportation operations, growing the county’s electric vehicle fleet and EV infrastructure, further developing an employee commuter program, and testing new technology to move the County fleet off of gas.

Maggie Laird

Maggie Laird

Fleet Management Consultant, Dossier Systems

Maggie joined Dossier Systems in 2013 with nearly 36 years of experience in fleet and fuel operations for both public and private fleets.  She provides consulting and training services to ensure success with the Dossier fleet system including recommending system implementation and deployment strategies specific to industry best practices, current processes and procedures, system features, and reporting requirements.  Maggie helps define the use of the system to manage all aspects of the fleet maintenance operations and provides custom training on the use of the system.  She is responsible for conducting database audits and provides solutions to issues identified.  Maggie conducts seminars and workshops on fuel and fleet management and is a frequent guest speaker at National Industry Conferences and Expo Shows, and has been published in industry trade magazines.

Gary Lentsch, CAFM

Gary Lentsch, CAFM

Fleet Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Gary Lentsch CAFM, has been the Fleet Manager for Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) since 2009. For over 35 years, he has worked to make a concretive effort to deploy green technology and sustainability programs, demonstrating his commitment to environment. Along with being recognized by NAFA for his Excellence in Sustainability Accomplishments, his fleet operation has also been recognized as having one of the most Sustainable Fleet Operations in the industry. His comprehensive management experience working with municipal and utility fleet operations has lead EWEB to be renowned as one of the top fleet in the nation.

Bob Mentzinger

Bob Mentzinger

Marketing Manager, WEX Inc.

Bob Mentzinger joined WEX in 2017 as a marketing manager based in South Portland, Maine. He spent 16 years editing newspapers and was named the state's top daily newspaper editorial writer in 2012-13 by the Maine Press Association. Bob also has served as a media consultant on campaigns for congressional and legislative candidates, public referendums, two Maine colleges and several Maine-based energy businesses. He holds an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in journalism and political science from The George Washington University. Bob is also a 2004 graduate of the Kennebec Leadership Institute, University of Maine at Augusta.

Tyler Mortensen

Tyler Mortensen

Director of Strategic Sales, GPS Insight

Tyler Mortensen moved to Phoenix, Arizona after graduating with a Marketing and Management degree from Southern Utah University in 2007. During his time in Arizona he’s raised three kids with his wife Ashley and together they enjoy fitness, the outdoors, traveling and watching their kids compete in sports. Professionally Tyler has worked in software and technology for over 10 years and has focused on helping organizations grow strategically by leveraging technologies that support their corporate initiatives. Currently, in his role at GPS Insight, Tyler and his teams help Enterprise and Government Organizations reduce cost, reduce risk, and increase revenue by connecting Telematics Data to their corporate goals and strategy.

Maria Neve

Maria Neve

Government Sales Manager, Merchants Fleet Management

Maria Neve has over eighteen years of experience in various sales and operations roles in the government fleet management industry. For the last four years, she's proudly worked at Merchants Fleet Management. Her current role focuses on growing Merchants’ government leasing portfolio at the federal, state, and local levels. Maria is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in International Relations and resides in the Harrisburg, PA area.

Jean Pilon-Bignell

Jean Pilon-Bignell

Manager, Strategic Market Development, Geotab

Leveraging a Masters of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Jean uses a unique combination of technical expertise and business acumen to develop innovative connected-vehicle, IoT, and smart-city strategies that maximize operating inefficiencies and profits. With over 10 years of Business Development experience in technology-driven industries, Jean has become a subject matter expert in technology implementation and digital transformation amongst private and public sector customers. As such, Jean has presented at a number of industry events, including: ITS World Congress, Smart City Summit, Enterprise IOT World Expo, Smart City Expo, and others.

David Pope

David Pope

Senior Government Sales Manager, Western Region, GPS Insight

David has been with GPS Insight since 2006 and has successfully managed over 1,000 customer deployments in North America as well as multiple international deployments. David comes to GPS Insight as a highly successful entrepreneur having founded three international distribution companies and has a 25+ year background in technology, software, and telecommunications. David works out of the GPS Insight Corporate Offices in Scottsdale, AZ. When not in the office solving business challenges for customers, you can find David all over Scottsdale where he lives with his wife and daughter, playing in competitive golf tournaments, bowling, and enjoying the beautiful Sonoran Desert!

Kelly Reagan

Kelly Reagan

Fleet Administrator, City of Columbus, OH

Kelly Reagan has over 30 years’ experience in the fleet industry and manages a fleet of 6,500 units, approximately a $35 million budget, a $7 million general fund annual replacement budget, and $25 million capital replacement budget. He was inducted into the Public Fleet Managers Hall of Fame in 2015, Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year 2016 and the City of Columbus was named #1 Leading Fleet in 2016. Kelly has been responsible for pioneering alternate fuel in the Midwest, specifically Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The city of Columbus was also the recipient of the Smart City Challenge. He co-chairs within the Smart City department for all elements involving fleet EV & EVSE planning, implementation and operation for the city. He also shepherded the largest solar project of its kind in Ohio with 2,650 solar panels installed on the roof of the central Fleet Management Facility.

Brian Redpath

Brian Redpath

Product Support Consultant, Caterpillar Inc.

Brian Redpath has 20+ years of experience with Caterpillar, including roles in product development, marketing, and product support. He currently works in Caterpillar’s Global Dealer Service division as a subject matter expert in contamination control. Brian travels globally helping Caterpillar dealers improve their service operations and contamination control practices. He has a Manufacturing Engineering degree from Bradley University.

Todd Richardson

Todd Richardson

Director, Fleet Management, City and County of Denver, Public Works

Todd Richardson retired honorably from the US Army at the rank of First Sergeant in 2006 after 21 years of service. After the military Todd moved on to serve as the Fleet Manager for the Town of Castle Rock, CO. and Douglas County, CO. he now serves as the Director of Fleet Management for the City and County of Denver, which was ranked #7 in 2017. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado Technical University and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his outstanding performance and leadership while deployed in Iraq in 2004.

Steven Saltzgiver

Steven Saltzgiver

Manager, Mercury Associates Inc.

Steven Saltzgiver is a Manager and consultant with Mercury Associates, Inc. His prior experience includes managing public, private and non-profit fleet operations with over 52,000 assets with budgets exceeding $1B. He served as VP for Coca-Cola and Republic Services and the state fleets of Utah and Georgia. He is recognized for his achievements in data analysis, bench marking, and cost reduction, sustainability and telematics. He is widely quoted in industry publications and was twice nominated for Automotive Fleet Manager of the Year. He is recipient of the Honda Environmental Leadership award, NCSFA Distinguished Service Award and Fleet Technology Expo Sustainable Fleet. He is a member of the Government Fleet Hall of Fame and recipient of the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kevin Schlangen, CPFP, CAFM, CEM

Kevin Schlangen, CPFP, CAFM, CEM

Fleet Manager, Dakota County, Minnesota

Kevin Schlangen, CPFP, CAFM, CEM graduated from Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota with a degree in diesel mechanics. Kevin began working in the private sector for contractors and heavy equipment dealerships as a technician and manager. In 1990 he was hired as the fleet manager for Dakota County, Minnesota. With 36 years of experience in fleet management, he holds three fleet professional certifications that include the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP), Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) and Certified Equipment Manager (CEM). Kevin and the Dakota County Fleet Team have received numerus local and national awards for their programs and accomplishments.

Bob Stanton

Bob Stanton

CEO, Stanton Consultants

An industry professional since 1977, Bob spent the last 25 years of his career in the public sector as the Fleet Director for 2 large counties in Florida and then for the City of San Antonio, Tx. Bob operates an independent consulting firm working with public and private sector fleets. Bob is charter member of the Public Fleet Hall of Fame, a three time recipient of the Bell Canada Goill Award for Fleet Innovation, Fleet Manager of the Year recipient from the American Trucking Association. He has a CPM and CPFP and is Past President of the Florida Association of Government Fleet Administrators. Married for 46 years, Bob has two children, their son is a Lt. Colonel currently deployed, their daughter is an RN.

Jeffrey Tews

Jeffrey Tews

Fleet Services Manager, City of Milwaukee, WI

Jeffrey Tews is the Fleet Services Manager for the City of Milwaukee, responsible for all fleet activities including operations, repairs and administration. He has over 38 years experience in fleet operations, including 35 years in fleet management. Milwaukee’s Fleet Services Section has a staff of 200 professional operators, technicians, and support personnel, a $28 million annual operating budget, and a fleet replacement value of over $262 million. Jeff has written numerous articles related to fleet operations, snow preparedness, and alternative fuels use.

John Tintinalli

John Tintinalli

Global Product Group Director, Ground Vehicles, SAE International

As Global Product Group Director, John is responsible for the growth and development of SAE’s automotive and commercial vehicle activity. In this role he works closely with manufactures researchers, building an authoritative knowledge network to further the advancement of mobility. John joined SAE in January of 2016 after two decades of management, consulting and software development. Much of his focus centers around paving the way for automated and connected vehicles by promoting the timely development of standards and testing scenarios. John holds a BS from the UofM, Ann Arbor and an MBA from UNC, Chapel Hill.

Brent Wahl

Brent Wahl

Director, Fleet Management Department, Pasco County, FL

Brent has 23 years of experience in the fleet management and acquisition industries to include time in the private, public and military sectors with 10 years of work with large government fleet operations. He has an Engineering degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Brent is a second time presenter at the GFX and is currently serving as the Director of the Fleet Management Department for Pasco County, Florida.

David Worthington

David Worthington

Fleet Manager, County of Sonoma Fleet Operations

David Worthington is the Fleet Manager for the County of Sonoma and has over 26 years of comprehensive management experience in automotive and truck related industries. The County has earned 29 international, national, state, regional, and local awards in the areas of Fleet Management, Environmental and Economic Leadership, Sustainability, Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Emergency Management, Transportation Efficiency Innovations and as a Leading Fleet in the industry. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Fleet Maintenance Association and the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and on local, state and national committees and work-groups.

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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

“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

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

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

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

“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 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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

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