2019 NAFA I&E: Winds of Change

2019 NAFA I&E: Winds of Change
Over 2400 participants, including 1100 fleet management specialists, were expected to attend the event, which was held from April 15 –17 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photos: Maxime Fournier)

Change and innovation were the central themes of the 2019 edition of the NAFA Institute and Expo (I&E).

A majority of guest speakers focused on the impact of the advanced technologies currently reshaping fleet management practices. Digital futurist keynote speaker Chris Riddell launched the event with a presentation of key issues including the sharing economy, blockchain technology, augmented intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

This year marked the introduction of a condensed three-day conference format to help participants better manage their schedules. As the vendor expo is now included in the event schedule, vendors benefitted from increased visibility, as participants no longer had to choose between workshops, presentations and the vendor expo.

The final day of the conference was dedicated to mobility technology, including a morning round-table session hosted by leaders of the major fleet management companies, who discussed how new startups and mobility solutions are impacting the way they manage their activities. A presentation  by keynote speaker Lukas Neckermann, author of several books focused on new mobility paradigms, which he envisions as being green and electric, capped off the day’s activities.

Event organizers invited participants to update their calendars in order to set aside time to attend next year’s event, which will take place from April 6-8, in Indianapolis.

Comprehensive coverage of the 2019 NAFA I&E will be available in the upcoming edition of fleetdigest. For now, take a look at our Pictorial.

The Ford booth was hosted by Fleet Marketing Director, Barb Tilly, and Government Fleet Account Manager for Canada, Carlos Gonzalez.
The Subaru Canada team was represented by Director, Vehicle Operation, Fleet Sales and Sponsorship, Dave Forrest, along with Manager, Fleet Sales, Lorraine Smith and Manager, Fleet Sales, Naomi Kislanski.
Trucks featured prominently at the GM Canada booth, with Fleet Directors Peter Bagnall and Peter Cornu standing by to answer questions from vendor expo participants.
Volkswagen Canada Corporate Sales Director, Thomas Roth, and Volkswagen of America Director, Stephen Kuertz, represented the brand at the Louisville event.
Nissan Canada National Accounts Manager, Pierre Guévremont, proudly presented the latest version of the all-electric Leaf, which has won numerous awards, along with the new Nissan NV.
Several Canadians were on-hand at the Mercedes-Benz booth, including Roger Constantin, from RC Consulting, Simon Roberge, from Energir and Frédéric Dubé from ArcelorMittal. Jo-Anne Lamontagne and Kathryn Gavrylec from Mercedez-Benz Canada were also in attendance.
The NAFA booth proved popular for those wishing to obtain information as to the multitude of services provided by the International conference host.
Mercedes-Benz officials Adrian Coleman, Ana Didukovic, Iain Forsyght and Jon Polak proudly posing beside the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.
Head of fleet operations and commercial vehicles for FCA Canada, Ken Tuckey, presented the features of the RAM truck lineup to the fleet managers attending the event.
While the 2019 event took place in Louisville, Kentucky, the next NAFA event will be held from April 6-8, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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