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Reflections with Gratitude

We all work too hard these days to truly appreciate the fun things we get on occasion. Looking back, I've had more than my share of rewards.

January 24, 2011

Ed Bobit: Are Friendships and Ethics Ever in Conflict???

Ed Bobit: Are Friendships and Ethics Ever in Conflict???

For some months now, many within our fleet community are awaiting the executive decisions that may cause major changes at companies such as Hewlett-Packard. McDonalds, and other commercial firms where detailed RFQs are making their mark.

October 1, 2003

Ed Bobit: Who's the Advocate of Both the Company & the Drivers?
Ed Bobit: We Know About You ... and, It's OK!!

Ed Bobit: We Know About You ... and, It's OK!!

Last August we concluded an extensive research program that included responses of 1,326 fleet manager readers and asked, "What source(s) do you rely on for information and insight about how to do you job better?"

May 1, 2003

The ABCs of CAPs in the Mid-Size Market.

Whatever the perception, the 2001 calendar year registration figures confirm that U.S. fleet purchases are totally dominated by the domestic makers.

August 1, 2002

OK Factories, Time To Improve Residuals

Now most of you know I've been harping on why the majority of fleet buyers ignore the resale realities of the transaction. Frankly, I've always directed my remarks to the buyers. The charts here point to a different compass point. The manufacturers.

March 1, 2002

Are We Asleep at the Switch?

The day will happen whether or not yon get up. John Ciardi Luxury is an ancient notion. There was once a Chinese mandarin who had himself wakened three times every morning simply for the pleasure of being told it was not yet lime to gel up. Argosy Sleep foster, we need the pillows. Yiddish Proverb No human being believes that any other human being has a right to be in bed when he himself is up. Robert Lynd

May 1, 2001

Ed Bobit: "We're All in this Alone"

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler It doesn’t pay well to fight for what we believe in. Lillian Hellman I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles round my neck. Stanley Baldwin

April 1, 2001

They Just Don't Get It...Do They?

I never cease being dumfounded by the unbelievable things people believe. Leo Rosten It is strange this life of men possessed with fervid beliefs that seem like madness to their fellow-beings. George Eiliot A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner. Norman Douglas For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill. Richard Clopton

March 1, 2001

An Ode to Olds

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live .so that his place will be proud of him. Abraham Lincoln How hard it is lo escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you – you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences – little rags and shreds of your very life. Katherine Mansfield There is something always melancholy in the idea of leaving a place for the last time. It is like burying a friend. Abigail Adams

February 1, 2001

How Changing Demographics Affect the Fleet Market

The current challenge made by Sal Giacchi, NAFA's latest president, in his avowed determination to revitalize the chapters in his inaugural address. Most believe that the chapter level represents the real foundation of the now international association.

January 1, 2001

A 35-Year Reflection

My greatest satisfaction is to talk the "car business" with the veterans who made things happen from creative gut reactions and enjoyed it. There may have been two-martini lunches, but you got the business and earned it.

November 1, 1996

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