ST. PAUL, MN
– Several industry speakers and keynoters will highlight the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) 2007 Annual Conference, themed “Turning Change into Opportunity,” Sept. 5-7, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz.U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles F. Wald (Ret.) will be AFLA’s first keynote speaker, discussing “Securing America’s Future Energy” Sept. 6 from 9-9:45 a.m. Wald is founder and president of Wald & Associates, Inc., an international management consulting and strategic planning firm. He is also a board member with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), Securing America Future Energy (SAFE), and a member of the Military Advisory Board for the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA). Mike Pitcher, senior vice president of sales, LeasePlan USA will be the event’s opening speaker Sept. 5 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.Also Sept. 6, a discussion will be held from 10:45-11:30 a.m. on the Current State of the Automotive Industry: Where is it Going? From 2:15-3 p.m., Tom Webb, Manheim’s chief economist will hold a session on Forecasting Resale Value Trends.Donlen President and CEO Ray Fisher (former VP sales, service, and parts operations for DaimlerChrysler) will highlight the event’s second keynote address Sept. 7, from 8:30-9:15 a.m. For more information on AFLA's 2007 Annual Conference, visit www.aflaonline.org.