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Opening Day of 2016 AFLA Conference Receives Rave Reviews

September 20, 2016, by Mike Antich - Also by this author

Automotive Fleet Editor Mike Antich presents at the 2016 AFLA Conference. Photo courtesy of AFLA.
Automotive Fleet Editor Mike Antich presents at the 2016 AFLA Conference. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

The 2016 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) annual conference, which will be held Sept. 18-21, 2016, in San Diego, got off to a strong start with a series of opening day presentations.

The conference attracted more than 500 fleet managers and industry professionals. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Mission Possible: Identify, Engage, Execute.”

Keynote speaker Dave Rutherford discussed how to use in business the values and lessons learned as a Navy Seal. Photo courtesy of AFLA.
Keynote speaker Dave Rutherford discussed how to use in business the values and lessons learned as a Navy Seal. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

The opening day keynote speaker was David Rutherford, a former Navy Seal, who provided insight into living a team-oriented lifestyle necessary to achieve elite levels of success.

Another opening day speaker was Ken Kies, managing director of the Federal Policy Group, who examined the current political environment in U.S. and how the upcoming elections will affect the industry in the future.

Attendees were entertained Monday evening on a dinner cruise of San Diego harbor. Photo courtesy of AFLA.
Attendees were entertained Monday evening on a dinner cruise of San Diego harbor. Photo courtesy of AFLA.

This presentation was followed by a panel discussion entitled, "5 Trends of the Fleet Industry" featured five presenters:

  • CAFE Regulations – Bo Saulsbury of Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Fleet Safety – Chris Stites of SambaSafety
  • Global Fleet – Michael Bieger of ADP
  • Outsourcing – Mark Smith of Element Fleet Management
  • Technology as a Change Agent – Mike Antich of Automotive Fleet

Attendees were entertained Monday evening on a dinner cruise of San Diego harbor.

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