What’s keeping you awake at night? To continuously improve The Work Truck Show,  NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, has added several features for 2015 to provide answers for many of the common issues facing fleet managers.
The Work Truck Show 2015, North America’s largest work truck event, is held March 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit, begins March 3.

“After more than 50 years of serving the work truck industry, we know our attendees’ businesses and the challenges they face,” says Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “Every day, fleet managers are challenged to control operating costs, maximize return on equipment dollars, evaluate new technology, and ensure the fleet makes a positive contribution to their organizations. By tailoring The Work Truck Show 2015’s features and educational sessions to address these themes, we can provide attendees with actionable information to take home and use to improve their fleet operations.”

Many of the more than 10,000 people who attend The Work Truck Show annually are fleet managers who are new to the position or individuals who are responsible for fleet management within their organizations. Those organizations include numerous state and local government fleet operations.

To help these attendees find practical ways to better control their operating costs, the NTEA has added “Fleet Management 101: Fundamentals of Truck Fleet Management” to The Work Truck Show’s slate of educational sessions. The fundamentals program highlights outsourcing and supplier management, analytics, benchmarking, vehicle cost and replacement, and safety. Senior representatives from Gaithersburg, Md.-based Mercury Associates, a fleet management-consulting firm, will lead the fundamentals session.

Additional concurrent sessions on idle-reduction strategies, equipment purchasing, operating metrics, and life-cycle cost analysis will provide insights from fleet experts. Other educational sessions at the show will provide attendees with strategies for maximizing return-on-investment, evaluating new technology, controlling costs and better serving vehicle operators.

The 2015 conference features a 500,000-square-foot trade show floor that features the newest vocational trucks, vans and equipment. To provide a comprehensive overview of new products available in the rapidly changing industry, the 2015 show includes a New Exhibitor Showcase and New Product Spotlight. These two programs highlight new products and exhibitors in pre-show coverage and with special signage on-site. Also, during the show, 15 of the world’s leading vocational chassis manufacturers will present Chassis Update sessions on what’s new and upcoming with their product lines.

The 2015 show makes it easy for attendees to learn about new trucks, equipment and technologies. On the show floor, the Productivity and Fuels Pavilion will have displays of clean vehicle technologies used by today’s fleets. Attendees can also try out advanced technology for themselves at the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive.

The Green Truck Summit is an alternative fuel and technology conference held in conjunction with the 2015 truck conference on March 3-4. The summit has been enhanced to better showcase new products and fleet management strategies. Clean vehicle technology trends, shared implementation insights, funding opportunities for green initiatives and changes in upcoming fuel efficiency regulations will be addressed.

John Davis (picture above, on right), the Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and creator of “Motor Week,” will serve as master of ceremonies at the 2015 Green Truck Summit. As MC, he will introduce presenters for the Summit’s alternative fuel, advanced technology and regulatory update educational sessions, and also offer his own insights on clean vehicles.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) Dennis McGinn will serve as keynote speaker at the 2015 Green Truck Summit. His address on the morning of Tuesday, March 3, will offer insights based on his experience in the clean energy field. As the Navy’s Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment, McGinn oversees the management of Navy and Marine Corps facilities, and natural and cultural resource protection efforts.

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy (picture to the left), whose teams averaged more wins in the regular season than those of any other head coach in League history, will serve as keynote speaker at The Work Truck Show 2015. His motivational address will be part of the President’s Breakfast & NTEA Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 5. Indianapolis, home of the 2015 show, is the same city where Dungy compiled an 85-27 record in seven seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Attention: Government fleet managers

For government fleet operators who must balance the need to provide the best possible service with the financial realities of their agencies and taxpayers, the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) will host a two-part training course on truck specification development and life-cycle cost analysis. The “Indiana LTAP Fleet Educational Program” Special Session provides strategies for developing truck chassis specifications, evaluating bids, and determining real return on investment to ensure a positive outcome for any equipment purchase. The Special Session takes place Thursday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

NTEA will host The Work Truck Show’s first Rhythm & Blues Extravaganza March 5. This new industry party will be held at one of the nation’s top blues venues, the Slippery Noodle Inn, and feature live music from the Jeremiah Johnson Band.

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In the video, learn some of the topics to be covered at the 2015 show’s educational session: "The Importance of Understanding Your Fleet Customer."

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