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In Memoriam: Cathy Morrissey (1958 - 2021)

In Memoriam: Cathy Morrissey (1958 - 2021)

Cathy Morrissey, retired national account manager for Ford Motor Co. and prominent member of the NAFA New England Chapter, passed away on Oct 16, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 63.

November 2, 2021

New Geotab-Automotive Fleet Collaborative Video Series to Debut

New Geotab-Automotive Fleet Collaborative Video Series to Debut

A four episode Global Fleet Voices video series entitled "Data is the Gateway to Your Future Fleet," which is produced in collaboration with Automotive Fleet magazine and Geotab will debut on October 26, 2021. Episode 1 will feature a discussion on Big Data Insights with Hayley Barone of Heineken, Mike Branch of Geotab, and Mike Antich of Automotive Fleet.

October 21, 2021

Upfitter OTD Impacted by Labor & Parts Shortages

Upfitter OTD Impacted by Labor & Parts Shortages

Upfitters have been battered by inconsistent chassis deliveries from the OEMs, back-ordered parts, widespread labor shortages, constraints on ordering pre-fabricated parts, and higher expenses for aluminum and steel.

October 11, 2021

Gaudet to Retire from AutoZone, New Fleet Manager Named

Gaudet to Retire from AutoZone, New Fleet Manager Named

Clay Gaudet, fleet manager for AutoZone, will retire from the company on Sept. 30, where he managed a fleet of 15,958 vehicles. Alexander Sikes was named AutoZone fleet manager to succeed Gaudet. Sikes  previously was the senior fleet coordinator for AutoZone and has worked with Gaudet since 2016.

September 26, 2021

Watson Accepts Severance Package & Voluntarily Departs T-Mobile
In Memoriam: Bill Gibson — 1952 - 2021

In Memoriam: Bill Gibson — 1952 - 2021

Bill Gibson, director of national sales for ELMS, passed away on August 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness. Gibson is best remembered for his fleet career at General Motors, where he retired on April 30, 2011, as director, sales for General Motors Fleet & Commercial Operations. He worked at GM for 38 years, which included 21 years in GM Fleet & Commercial Operation, which included rental, commercial, and global fleet sales.

August 28, 2021

In Memoriam: Maria Acuna of Big Valley Auto Auction — 1974-2021
Impact on Maintenance as Vehicles Idled Due to Pandemic

Impact on Maintenance as Vehicles Idled Due to Pandemic

During calendar-year 2020, fleet maintenance expenses declined year-over-year compared to CY-2019, primarily driven by the COVID lockdowns and customer restrictions on allowing visitors on company premises. In addition, vehicles were under-utilized resulting in unintended additional problems such as flat tires, dead batteries, and rusting brakes.

August 16, 2021

3 Finalists for 2021 Fleet Manager of the Year

3 Finalists for 2021 Fleet Manager of the Year

The three finalists for the 2020 Edward J. Bobit Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award were announced by Automotive Fleet magazine. The award is sponsored by Wheels, Inc. and the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA). The winner of the Edward J. Bobit Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award will be announced at the 2021 AFLA Conference, which will be held in-person on Oct. 4-6, 2021, at the La Cantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

August 15, 2021

Top 7 Maintenance Trends in CY-2021 and CY-2022

Top 7 Maintenance Trends in CY-2021 and CY-2022

Fleet car and truck maintenance costs have been trending upward during the first half of the 2021-calendar year as total fleet miles driven have increased in response to a recovering economy compared to 2020-CY. Prior to this, work-from-home mandates and the idling of non-essential fleets exerted downward pressure on fleet maintenance costs as fewer business miles, in the aggregate, were driven.

August 15, 2021

Fisher Promoted to Director, Global Fleet & Travel for National Oilwell Varco
Call for Nominations: 2021 Fleet Visionary Awards

Call for Nominations: 2021 Fleet Visionary Awards

Sponsored by Merchants Fleet, the Fleet Visionary Award recognizes new voices in fleet management. The Fleet Visionary Award is open to any fleet professional with 10 years or fewer in the industry with a commercial fleet of 50 vehicles or more.

July 28, 2021

ARI Remarketing Pioneer Frank Grochal Dies at 85

ARI Remarketing Pioneer Frank Grochal Dies at 85

Frank Grochal retired from Automotive Resources International and Holman Enterprises in 2005, culminating a successful career that spanned five decades. He was inducted in the NAAA Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the first person in fleet to achieve this honor.

July 28, 2021

New Fleet Recognition Awards to Debut at 2021 Global Fleet Conference

New Fleet Recognition Awards to Debut at 2021 Global Fleet Conference

Three all-new global fleet industry honors will be presented October 28 at the Global Fleet Management Conference in Miami., which will be held Oct. 26-28. The three awards are the Global Fleet Icon Award, the Global Fleet Visionary Award, and the creation of the Global Fleet Hall of Fame. The awards are exclusively sponsored by Polestar.

July 22, 2021

Registration is Open for 2021 Global Fleet Conference

Registration is Open for 2021 Global Fleet Conference

The Global Fleet Conference is back in person this year (with a virtual option) and ready to provide unparalleled education and networking opportunities. Scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2021, at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida.

July 20, 2021

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