April 1975 - Spring Meeting
Date: April 11-13, 1975
Location: Montreal, Canada
The following is an article that appeared in the May 1975 issue of Automotive Fleet.
The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) met in Montreal April 11-13 to present a balanced agenda to help its members "Come Alive in '75." As it turned out, the members were not disappointed as 120 ended up attending the three-day session that included interesting speakers as well as subject matter.
It was good news from the very beginning of the AFLA meeting when it was reported by membership chairman Don Fenton of Long Chevrolet that AFLA membership had increased about 20 percent (from 112 to 136) in the last year.
Afterwards the diversified agenda took over as Pierce Walsh of Warren Buick served as chairman of this year's meeting. First topic of discussion was entitled "Policy and Flexibility on Model Selection," which included presentations on status, morale, and economy.
The panel included Paul Valentino, Universal Oil Products; Bob Adams, Peterson, Howell & Heather, Inc.; Fred Booth, Avis of Canada; and Bob Tancredi of Revlon.
The luncheon speaker Saturday, April 12, was L. Guy St. Jean, executive assistance to the regional manager of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. His comments attempted to shed some light on what was happening to the automobile industry in Canada.
He pointed out that despite the current slump in automobile sales, Ford of Canada has just finished its best sales year ever. "Canadians bought more of our cars and trucks in 1974 than at any time in our 70-year history," St. Jean said. "We've had good acceptance of our new vehicles, and we have had excellent market response to our 1975 emission control systems, which meet Canadian standards without requiring catalysts or unleaded fuel.