AfMA Fleetdrive Issue 7 2017 | Page 2

Executive Summary Mace Hartley Executive Director The 2017 Fleet Conference & Exhibition had a profound effect on everybody involved. Not least because it felt like it took a long hard journey of planning, conceptualizing, refining and execution and then was over in a heartbeat. More importantly, it was great to see so many new faces on day one at the opening keynote speech, made by Mike Antich from Automotive Fleet magazine in the States. The last year has been a rollercoaster of learning not just for myself, but clearly for the fleet management sector in general. In 2016 we touched on low emissions vehicles, and since then, the chatter has turned into a wave of voices, steering a large component of 2017’s main event. We had significant contributions from the US and Europe to help us look beyond the day- to-day routine of addressing problems and to encourage us to push the envelope. It’s up to fleet to help itself reduce emissions and improve safety culture in the mobile workplace. 2 ISSUE 7 2017 / WWW.AFMA.NET.AU That said, the enthusiasm I got from two days of networking told me we’re headed in the right direction. To all our presenters, your contribution to the fleet managers of Australia and New Zealand is a great legacy that will last well into the years to come. On that note, I want to also thank once again Deborah Bacon from Toyota Fleet and Glen Tomlinson from Toyota Fleet Management – our event and platinum partners – for what has been incredible long-term support for AFMA and the fleet sector as a whole. Without them, our gold sponsors Hyundai Motor Company Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia, silver sponsors Viva Energy, Nissan, KIA and O’Brien, and podium rounders WEX Australia and Caltex Australia, the biggest fleet event Down Under wouldn’t happen. Special thanks also to technology sponsor Samsung for helping us connect with our delegates. Also connecting with delegates this year was of course our supplier network, which, thanks to