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January 10, 2023
By Mike Antich
More than 150 procurement, finance, and transportation professionals converged on Miami Beach, Fla., for two days of fleet and mobility business learnings. The event started with an opening night networking reception.
Bob White (L), Holman president of fleet and mobility, co-presented with Pete Dondlinger, president of Holman manufacturing and distribution, who presented updates on the latest customer-focused initiatives from Holman from the perspective of fleet, mobility, manufacturing, and distribution.
Chris Conroy, president and chief operating officer for Holman, opened the Holman Drive22 meeting with a keynote presentation entitled “New Realities: Where We Stand, Where We’re Headed.” In his keynote, Conroy spoke of how the company is investing for tomorrow.
The closing keynote was given by Terry Bradshaw, two-time Super Bowl MPV, who spoke of his humble growing up during the Great Depression and how he used the power of positive thinking to achieve success. He spoke on how attitude, adversity and relentless competition made him successful.
A meeting highlight was a State of the Industry presentation given by Trip O’Neil, VP, strategic services for Holman. O’Neill discussed how macro challenges, such as inflation, interest increases and recession concerns have impacted the fleet industry in calendar-year 2022. O’Neill also discussed possible remedies to these headwinds in calendar-year 2023.
A popular session, entitled “Be the Sun, Not the Salt,” was given by Dr. Harry Cohen. His premise is that the people who act like the sun are heliotropic people who strive every day to be a better person. To achieve this, Cohen explained habits that people can adopt in their everyday actions.
Holman Drive22 offered ample opportunities for Holman clients and suppliers to network to take advantage of peer learning and connections To create the most value for all attendees, the event, now in its seventh year, is designed for senior or strategic professionals with fleet responsibilities.
Who will be the next unicorn? The word unicorn in this context is meant to be something rare and highly valued, commonly used to describe rags-to-riches startup companies. This was discussed by a panel of venture capital companies in a “Shark Tank” format. Participating in the discussion were (L-R) Bill Cariss, president & CEO of Holman Growth Ventures; Mark Norman, managing partner of FM Capital; Chris Cheever, founder and partner of Frontinalis Partners; and Abhijit Ganguly, managing director of Goodyear Ventures, a unit of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
Another event highlight was an off-site dinner at the El Tucan restaurant, which featured glamorous décor and a Vegas-style floor show, with dinner served in a classic supper-club style. For the occasion, Holman rented the entire restaurant for Holman Drive22 attendees.
Originally posted on Global Fleet Management
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