2005 Work Truck Show Slates Fleet Management Symposium

Wed December 01, 2004 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

A Fleet Management Symposium is slated to kick off the more than 30 training opportunities scheduled for The Work Truck Show 2005 and 41st Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention.

Designed specifically for managers of vocational truck and equipment fleets, the day-and-a-half symposium delivers tools needed to maximize driver/tradesman productivity while minimizing cost per mile.

The Work Truck Show 2005 will be held at the Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN. The show runs March 2 to 4, with the convention and educational sessions starting March 1. The symposium is held Monday, Feb. 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and resumes Tuesday, March 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kelly Walker, president of fleet management consulting firm Kelly Walker Associates, Dallas, TX, will lead the symposium, titled “Master’s Seminar in Advanced Equipment, Fleet and Shop Management.”

The seminar brings together five key elements: management of the chassis, all of its uplifts, on-board inventories, the vehicle driver/tradesman and remote-monitoring technologies. Participants will learn how to integrate these elements for world-class fleet and equipment management.

“The Work Truck Show is the only event that will connect these five dots for you, no matter what kind of fleet you run,” Walker said. “This is the only occasion where you can see the chassis, uplifts of every configuration, inventory management systems and the latest technology all on one show floor, talk to technical experts staffing many of the booths, and attend educational sessions that teach how to use the trucks and equipment for maximum productivity.”

The Fleet Management Symposium offers an intensive training opportunity for fleet managers looking to reduce costs, risks and liabilities associated with vehicles, equipment, shops, technicians and mobile work crews, while improving financial and operational performance. The first day will focus on fleet asset and business management skills. Day two will concentrate on shop labor, fuel and technology management skills.

Some of the 25 topics covered include:

• Maximizing warranties and performance guarantees.

• Applying proven negotiation strategies to reduce costs by 10 to 30 percent.

• Computing the 12-step fully-loaded labor rate for technicians and tradesmen.

• Applying optimum fuel management models.

• Applying remote GPS tracking and onboard monitoring and messaging to manage mobile work crews and fleet assets.

Symposium participants receive a completion certificate.

For fleet managers interested in becoming certified, the symposium is a prerequisite to earning advanced certification and master’s degree certification in equipment, fleet and shop management from Walker. The certification program is endorsed by the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association, Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the National Council of State Fleet Administrators.

Fleet Management Symposium registration includes a complimentary Conference & Trade Show Package, entitling access to the show floor, conference sessions, and the March 3 Truck Fleet Manager Training Session & Networking Luncheon.

The Work Truck Show is an annual commercial truck and transportation equipment trade show produced by the NTEA in conjunction with the NTEA Convention, which manufacturers, distributors, fleet managers and end-users of all varieties of vocational work trucks and equipment attend.

For more information, call 800/441-NTEA or visit www.ntea.com.