Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference 2012 Preview
This year's 59th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) will take place June 3-6, 2012, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va. The EUFMC theme this year is "Essential Tools for Utility Fleet Professionals," and the conference objective is the sharing of information pertaining to the procurement, application, operation and maintenance of equipment used by electric utilities.
Essential Tools for Utility Fleet Professionals
This year's 59th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) will take place June 3-6, 2012, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va. The EUFMC theme this year is "Essential Tools for Utility Fleet Professionals," and the conference objective is the sharing of information pertaining to the procurement, application, operation and maintenance of equipment used by electric utilities. The conference provides a forum where fleet representatives can exchange information and discuss mutual concerns.
The first day of the EUFMC begins with a signature drive-thru equipment demonstration followed by an afternoon equipment show. The remaining two days are devoted to the general session agenda of speakers and presentations related to utility fleet management and a roundtable discussion of best practices.
The annual EUFMC brings together more than 100 fleet managers from over 50 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors from the US, Canada and South America. Collectively, these utilities operate more than 275,000 vehicles and employ 4,000 technicians.
This year's EUFMC will feature:
• Opportunities for finding best practices that benefit your company;
• Drive-thru equipment demonstration and exhibition of 60+ displays;
• More than 270 representatives from 100+ manufacturers and service providers available to meet with fleet managers; and
• Networking opportunities with peers at roundtables to address common challenges, share best practices and work with suppliers to find solutions.
Expanded to meet the need for larger equipment and growing interest in the conference by vehicle and equipment suppliers for the electric utility industry, the showcase also includes indoor displays.
The EUFMC 2012 program will feature presentations by industry experts, manufacturers and fleets, including: Injury Trends-Light Duty Vehicles; Life Cycle Costs-Models that Work; Best Practices in Preventive Maintenance; Diesel Engines-Current and Future; GPS/AVL-Looking for ROI; Regulatory/Legislative Update; and Battling the Scales-Bridge Law Compliance.
Roundtables will address common challenges by allowing fleet managers to share best practices and work with suppliers to find solutions. Discussion topics are based on member surveys; for the 2012 EUFMC, topics will include light-duty bucket trucks, green technologies, and data and usage reports, among others.
On Tues., June 5th, keynote speaker Jim Stanley, senior vice president of power delivery for Duke Energy's U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business, will lead off the annual conference. A 35-year industry veteran, Stanley is responsible for the electric power transmission and distribution in a five-state service area. Also on Tues., dinner speaker Major Dan Rooney, USAF (Ret.), will address EUFMC attendees. A former F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, the decorated military aviator served three combat tours in Iraq and was a two-time recipient of the "Top Gun" award. Rooney is also the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of military service members disabled or killed in action.
And then on Wed., June 6th, Bob Lutz will be the guest speaker at the President's Gala Dinner. Lutz, the driving force behind many vehicle advancements in a nearly 50-year career in the automotive industry, is currently a member of the board of directors of VIA Motors. Until his retirement in 2010, he served as vice chairman and special adviser for Design and Global Development at General Motors where he championed the development of the Chevrolet Volt, as well as several successful Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac models. Lutz has also held senior leadership positions at Ford, Chrysler and BMW where he was responsible for global car and truck operations and product development efforts. He was also CEO of Exide Technologies, a producer of automotive batteries.
All registered attendees are invited to play in the EUFMC Sunday Golf Tournament. The June 3rd captain and crew (scramble) event will be limited to 36 teams (144 golfers). The first 144 registered conference attendees will be included in the tournament with other registrants placed on a waiting list. As space is available, players on waiting lists will be assigned on the day of the tournament. To maximize the availability for conference attendees, spouses are not eligible to play in the Sunday tournament.
The EUFMC also sponsors activities with opportunities for family participation and events specifically for spouses:
• Sat., June 2-spouse lounge with wine tasting (for registered EUFMC spouses);
• Sun., June 3-afternoon sightseeing tour of Williamsburg (for registered EUFMC attendees and families);
• Sun., June 3-evening ghost tour (for registered EUFMC attendees and families);
• Mon., June 4-nine holes of golf for spouses (Spotswood Executive Course); and
• Tues., June 5-historic campus tour at the College of William and Mary, followed by a luncheon in the Great Hall of the Sir Christopher Wren Building (for registered EUFMC spouses).
The conference promotes cooperation between manufacturers, suppliers, services and fleet representatives engaged in the development and design of vehicles and equipment associated with the electric utility industry. If you are interested in attending or want to learn more, please visit www.eufmc.com.