Fleet management: Record setting results at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference

Utility vehicles: Gathering at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, 125 fleet representatives from 70 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors, including 37 first time attendees, set a new EUFMC attendance record.

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Fleet management: Gathering at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, from May 31-June 3, 2015, 125 fleet representatives from 70 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors, including 37 first time attendees, set a new EUFMC attendance record. Joining them at the 62nd annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference were 300 manufacturer and service provider representatives from 100 companies.

“The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference addresses the challenges fleet professionals face by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of technical, operational and management issues, and the sharing of best practices,” said Jack Abraham, EUFMC President and Fleet Manager at Nova Scotia Power. “Growing interest in EUFMC proves that the conference offers considerable value through its educational program, equipment drive-through demonstration and more than 60 exhibits, and its extensive networking opportunities.”

Fleet Strategies to Maximize Total Company Performance, this year’s EUFMC educational program, featured fleet executives, industry experts and supplier representatives. Among the topics covered during the conference General Session were Fleet Electrification, a Regulatory and Legislative Update, Influential Leadership, and Distracted Driving From a Legal Point of View. Also on the agenda were presentations on Telematics, Fleet Standards for Aerial Equipment, and Fleet Finances.

The EUFMC Keynote Address, delivered by Jim Piro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Portland General Electric (PGE), focused on transportation electrification. Noting that utilities need to be leaders in the effort to drive up the value of fleet electrification, Piro said companies like those attending EUFMC should lead by example by building or enabling a charging infrastructure, educating internal customers and consumers, and deploying vehicles that make business sense for each application. “Leaders shape the market,” he stated. “Leadership and direction is critical in an industry effort to learn, challenge and improve every day.”

Mike Abrashoff, former Navy Commander and author of It's Your Ship addressed EUFMC as the conference dinner speaker. Abrashoff recounted lessons from his turnaround of the USS Benfold, a system of management techniques he calls The Leadership Roadmap, and detailed his results-oriented approach that can equip organizations with the strategies, tactics and tools necessary to improve operational performance. “Camaraderie is the hallmark of a well performing team,” he said. “Leaders develop a culture that values people and treats them with dignity and respect. They challenge processes and procedures and ask themselves everyday what they can do better. They clearly communicate requirements and provide the support necessary to be successful. They engage and connect. Ask yourself how your crew sees you. Ask yourself if you are a captain your crew would choose.”

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