April 1976 - 8th Annual Meeting
Date: April 1976
Location: Minneapolis, Learnington Hotel
The following is an article that appeared in the May 1976 issue of Automotive Fleet.
Some 250 industry leaders who turned out for the 8th Annual Meeting of the Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association spent three days of intensive brainstorming in a continuing quest to improve the products and services they provide fleet administrators. Considered the most comprehensive Annual Meeting the group has held since its 1969 formation, carmakers' representatives, dealers, leasing experts, and auction people exchanged information on industry trends and fleet administrators' needs.
Temporarily suppressing their competitive drives, the men and women of AFLA filled the corridors and meeting rooms of Minneapolis' Learnington Hotel with a spirit of unity and optimism for the future. But AFLA members did not overlook the major problems they face in their daily working lives. Instead, they sought new and imaginative answers to such question marks as the availability of energy supplies, cost of government regulations, and the development of meaningful highway safety programs.
Keynote speaker at the affair was Peter G. Koltnow, president of the Highway Users Federation. With the precise understanding that AFLA members exist mainly to serve the thousands of fleet administrators around the country, Koltnow tailored his remarks more to the final customer than the men and women at midpoint in the supply chain. Koltnow cautioned that the street and highway system fleet people tend to take for granted is wearing out half-again as fast as it is being rebuilt.
"We hear a lot about the billions that are poured out on roads," Koltnow said, while countering his own comment with the fact that fewer real dollars are now being spent on the nation's roadways than at any time since the Interstate System was authorized in 1956. Citing AFLA as an organization working to keep automotive transportation rolling in the face of a strong opposition, Koltnow declared, "We've got to hang together. If we don't, someone assuredly will hang us one at a time."