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Ethanol & Biodiesel Supply Summit

3/16/2008 - 3/18/2008

Keep pace with the changing renewable fuels landscape at this unique, must-attend summit. Join top renewable fuels, automotive and refined product experts and listen to their forecasts for challenging economic issues surrounding ethanol and biodiesel pricing, storage and transportation.

Program highlights include:

Refiners' plans for renewables. Find out ConocoPhillips and Marathon's unique positions on renewables and how they plan to tackle infrastructure and price volatility issues.

Capitol Hill's outlook for biofuels. With the upcoming presidential election, there's no better time to find out what's in store for current mandates, incentives and regulations set by government officials.

Learn about best practices for complying with the RFS' credit trading system. Learn how to stay ahead of the paperwork burden and discover the tools needed for compliance.

New ways for marketers to build a lucrative biodiesel business. Hear how jobbers and chain marketers are carving out their own biodiesel niche.

Also come early for our special Pre-Summit Workshop!

Sunday, March 16, 2008 - Join leading industry instructors to learn the basics of ethanol and biodiesel supply, demand and pricing in this one-day workshop. This workshop is ideal for newcomers and also acts as a refresher for veterans!


The Washington International Renewable Energy Conference

3/4/2008 - 3/6/2008

Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

Vision of WIREC 2008

The Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008) will bring together government, civil society and private business leaders to address the benefits and costs of a major and rapid scale-up in the global deployment of renewable energy technology.

WIREC Participants can expect to:

  • Acquire a better understanding of the benefits of large-scale renewable energy deployment on energy security, climate change, air quality and economic growth.

  • Gain an appreciation of the multiple policy options and best practices that encourage and enable accelerated renewable energy up-take.

  • Develop networks and find partners to explore and initiate renewable energy projects.

    These three objectives will be woven into WIREC's four cross-cutting and policy driven themes: Agriculture and Rural Development; Technology/Research and Development; Finance; and Market Adoption/Deployment.

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    American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) Board of Directors Meeting

    3/3/2008 - 3/4/2008

    Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Ariz.

    Information to be announced.


    NAFA Fleet Management Seminar

    2/27/2008 - 2/29/2008

    Four Points by Sheraton LAX, Los Angeles

    NAFA's Fleet Management Seminar is designed to provide comprehensive education to fleet managers like you who seek the fundamental principles and practices of successful fleet management. Program topics include Policies & Procedures, Fleet Organization & Responsibility, Acquisition & Disposal, Maintenance Management, and Risk Management. The Fleet Management Seminar is offered several times a year at selected locations throughout the country. NAFA also offers a Canadian Fleet Management Seminar with Canadian specific content.

    Enrollment for the February 2008 Seminar is open.


    The Work Truck Show

    2/25/2008 - 2/28/2008

    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.

    Benefit from four days of hybrid awareness-building offerings at The Work Truck Show 2008 and 44th Annual NTEA Convention. Don't miss the Hybrid Truck & Alternative Fuels Summit, back by popular demand, with a special keynote address by The Honorable Clarence H. Albright, Jr., Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy.

    Also, take part in a Hybrid Ride-and-Drive that showcases vehicles with the highest level of advancement in hybrid technology or alternative fuel applications. And while you're on the show floor, check out the Advanced Truck Technology Pavilion where leading-edge suppliers reveal the latest technology through a state-of-the-art look at what is happening on a commercial basis. Register today!


    Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Conference

    2/24/2008 - 2/27/2008

    JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

    Make plans to attend the Renewable Fuels Association's 13th annual National Ethanol Conference: Policy & Marketing, Changing the Climate, which is scheduled for February 25-27, 2008. This event is recognized as the premier opportunity for industry interaction, networking and education on public policy and marketing issues affecting the U.S. ethanol industry.

    A record audience is expected to engage in challenging the status quo on the environmental impacts of transportation fuels. With expanding availability of renewable ethanol throughout the country, and a determination to produce ethanol from both grain and cellulosic feedstocks, the ethanol industry continues to demonstrate its commitment to being a part of the solution. Don't miss this opportunity to be on the forefront of a revolutionary dialogue on how ethanol is changing the climate for the better.


    Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle (CHDV) Conference 2008

    2/20/2008 - 2/22/2008

    Hilton San Diego Resort, San Diego

    The Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference is dedicated to challenging the status quo by advocating cutting-edge solutions for increasing vehicle efficiency, reducing emissions, and using cleaner fuels in heavy duty vehicles and buses in order to ensure US energy security and reduce global warming.

    CHDV brings together a unique cross-section of attendees – government, military, policy makers, OEM truck and bus manufacturers, OEM engine manufacturers, suppliers, fleets, fuel providers, and technology developers. No other conference offers the same high-value contacts with industry leaders and key policy makers. The emphasis is on the power of connection, partnership and networking to speed change.

    Please join us as an attendee, sponsor, or an exhibitor at the upcoming Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference – February 20-22, 2008 at the Hilton San Diego Resort, San Diego, California. Contact Debby DuBose, WestStart-CALSTART Conference Manager at mailto:[email protected] or (626)744-5653.


    Distribution & LTL Carriers Association Management Conference and Exhibit

    2/17/2008 - 2/19/2008

    Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego

    The 2008 Management Conference and Exhibition of the Distribution & LTL Carriers Association will be held in San Diego, California at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, located on beautiful Coronado Island.

    This annual event offers a unique opportunity for members and associates to come together in a relaxed environment to discuss issues and share solutions to common problems and expand their knowledge through educational sessions and exhibits.

    A variety of top-notch speakers will provide insights on a range of key topics of importance to the LTL industry. Exhibitors will be on hand to showcase the latest products and services that will aid members in the efficient operation and growth of their business. The learning experiences make this a must-attend event for the executives and owners of LTL trucking companies. In addition, a number of social and networking events are also scheduled including receptions, dinners, entertainment, a golf tournament, and special events for spouses and guests.

    The meeting dates are February 17 – 19, 2008, so mark your calendars now and plan to join us for an action-packed program of education, networking, fun and fellowship. For more information contact us at (816)753-0411, mailto:[email protected]


    2008 Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium

    2/13/2008 - 2/14/2008

    Omni Hotel, San Diego

    As interest in hybrid technology continues to grow, the exchange of information and the sharing of knowledge becomes even more pertinent.

    This event provides a forum for the delivery of the latest information about hybrid design efforts, field experience, potential applications, fuel economy, customer acceptance of hybrids, as well as the ever-changing global environmental policy issues related to this technology.


    National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo

    2/9/2008 - 2/12/2008

    Moscone Center, San Francisco

    The upcoming 91st NADA Convention and Expo will focus on profitable ideas for dealers.

    With over 600 exhibitors spanning 5 halls and 750,000 gross square feet, this promises to be a stunning convention. See all the latest in technology when you visit our exhibitors and conclude transactions designed to improve your business.

    The speaker lineup this year is unprecedented. There will be 36 workshops offering many new faces and topics. This is your best opportunity to interact with all your fellow dealers at franchise meetings and plenty of social events.

    Advanced registration will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2007. Register today.


    Tire Industry Association (TIA), Commerical Tire Retread & Recycling Conference

    2/5/2008 - 2/7/2008

    Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida

    TIA will hold its second Commercial Tire, Retread & Recycling Conference (CTRRC), February 5-7, 2008, at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The meeting will once again be held in conjunction with the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transporation Technology Exhibition. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend TMC's exhibiton at the Orange County Convention Center. The CTRRC education sessions will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, the host hotel for TIA and TMC. The Rosen Centre is conveniently located adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center.


    National Biodiesel Board Conference

    2/3/2008 - 2/6/2008

    Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

    With another record breaking number of leaders in the biodiesel industry at the 2007 meeting, you won't want to miss the 2008 meeting in everybody's favorite location - Orlando, Florida! As always, we are expecting 2008 to break all past attendance and exhibitor records, thanks to the insatiable learning capacity of our industry members.

    The conference will, of course, feature an exciting educational program along with an array of networking and social events in several hot Orlando locations. You won't want to miss a minute of the program, and you might want to extend your stay by bringing along the family for a fun mid-winter break.


    Telematics Detroit 2008 Conference and Exhibit


    The Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, Mich.


    North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

    1/13/2008 - 1/27/2008

    Cobo Center, Detroit

    The NAIAS one of the world's top international auto shows, and its increased global presence is starting to draw show goers from outside the Detroit region. We look forward to continuing to make NAIAS a fun destination for families and a great venue for manufacturers to launch world-class vehicles.


    The Washington International Renewable Energy Conference


    Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

    Vision of WIREC 2008

    The Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008) will bring together government, civil society and private business leaders to address the benefits and costs of a major and rapid scale-up in the global deployment of renewable energy technology.

    WIREC Participants can expect to:

  • Acquire a better understanding of the benefits of large-scale renewable energy deployment on energy security, climate change, air quality and economic growth.

  • Gain an appreciation of the multiple policy options and best practices that encourage and enable accelerated renewable energy up-take.

  • Develop networks and find partners to explore and initiate renewable energy projects.

    These three objectives will be woven into WIREC's four cross-cutting and policy driven themes: Agriculture and Rural Development; Technology/Research and Development; Finance; and Market Adoption/Deployment.

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    Future Fuels 2007

    12/3/2007 - 12/5/2007

    JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C.

    The eyes of the world are on the emergence of a reliable, sustained and commercially buoyant biofuels industry in the U.S. With environmental, political and economic pressure being exerted it is clear that this year there will be a dramatic move towards a mass commercial biofuels industry in the U.S.

    At Future Fuels 2007 the key issues, challenges and opportunities for this exciting new industry will be debated and discussed and – with all critical parts of the biofuels value chain present in one room – vital decisions are likely to be made about the strategic and commercial direction of the industry.


    EVS 23: Sustainability: The Future of Transportation

    12/2/2007 - 12/5/2007

    Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA

    The International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) and Exposition series is recognized as the global electric transportation industry's premier and largest forum, showcasing all forms of technologies in the market place and on the drawing boards--from low speed battery electric vehicles to fuel cell electric buses. The event attracts academic, government and industry leaders from around the world who are interested in exploring and understanding the technical, policy and market challenges to a paradigm shift toward use of electric transportation technologies.

    Who are the exhibitors?

  • Domestic and international vehicle manufacturers.

  • Off-road, industrial, heavy-duty and bus manufacturers.

  • Fuel cell, battery, and drive-train suppliers.

  • Electricity, hydrogen, and other fuel suppliers.

  • Automotive, industrial and heavy-duty component suppliers.

  • Government agencies and laboratories.

  • Universities with breakthrough technology programs.

  • Industry, environmental, and consumer associations.

    The Expo and Ride & Drive of battery, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles is open to the general public with heightened interest on Sunday, December 2 from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

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    Biofuels Workshop & Tradeshow

    11/28/2007 - 11/30/2007

    Sheraton Philadelphia City Center

    The Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show Series focuses on near-term development of commercial-scale ethanol and biodiesel production, and provides information and expertise that specifically targets regional challenges and opportunities for further development of the biofuels industry. Be part of a rapidly growing industry and network with current and future biofuels producers, industry suppliers, marketers, feedstock producers, policymakers, government officials, researchers and academia from your region.


    Los Angeles Auto Show

    11/16/2007 - 11/25/2007

    Los Angeles Convention Center

    The Los Angeles Auto Show has the latest debuts of new cars, trucks, concepts, and motoring accessories from automobile manufacturers worldwide.


    3rd Annual Conference - Fuel Cells Durability & Performance

    11/14/2007 - 11/16/2007

    Radisson Miami Hotel.


    Real-World Solutions to the Most Significant Challenges Facing Fuel Cells Commercialization.

    Dr. Serge Pan, vice president of Program Development at The Knowledge Foundation says, "The durability and performance of fuel cells have a major impact on the most important challenges facing fuel cell commercialization including final cost, mass production, system integration, functionality and reliability." Drawing on the internationally recognized Knowledge Foundation Fuel Cells Conference Series, this meeting will provide an interdisciplinary forum for fuel cell developers, manufacturers and suppliers working in the fields of fuel cell materials, stacks, system design, fabrication, and testing.

    Confirmed speakers include:


    • Kev Adjemian, PhD, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    • Everett B. Anderson, PhD, Distributed Energy Systems
    • Kevin Beverage, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc.
    • Andrew Creeth, PhD, ACAL Energy Ltd.
    • John R. Davey, PhD, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Mark K. Debe, PhD, 3M Fuel Cell Components Program, 3M Center
    • Gonzalo Escobedo, PhD, DuPont Fuel Cells
    • Alejandro A. Franco, PhD, French Atomic Energy Commission/CEA-Grenoble
    • Nancy Garland, PhD, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Sarb Giddey, PhD, CSIRO Energy Technology
    • James T. Goldbach, PhD, Arkema Inc.
    • Nathan Hurvitz, VIASPACE
    • Tom Jarvi, PhD, UTC Power, United Technologies
    • Jennifer Kurtz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    • Karren L. More, PhD, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Bhabendra Pradhan, PhD, Columbian Chemicals Company
    • George S. Saloka, Ford Motor Company
    • Toshiki Sato, Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    • Jesse M. Schneider, DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    • Elena Shembel, DSc, Enerize Corporation
    • George Skinner, Ba


    Commercial Vehicle Telematics Conference (CVT) & Exhibition

    11/12/2007 - 11/13/2007

    Chicago City Centre Hotel

    Commercial Vehicle Telematics (CVT) USA is back by popular demand for a 6th successful year with a fresh and expanded agenda focussing not only on telematics but on key enabling technologies for transportation management and logistics.


    INTEGRATE ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES: Understand how to integrate AutoID/RFID, telecommunications and GPS into a total logistics/supply chain solution and cash in on the combination making your service stand out from the rest

    IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE TRUCKERS' HOURS OF SERVICE (HOS) RULES: Discuss the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules, assess how this will impact digital tachograph/reader sales and see how you can capitalize on this trend

    PARTNER FOR SUCCESS IN THE FMS & LOGISTICS INDUSTRY: Explore the power-play between the different providers and developers to understand which group has the potential to lead the makrket and see who you should be partnering up with to gain market dominance

    ENHANCED DATA MOBILITY: Discuss when and how you will have a service that can hop between networks such as Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and WiMax etc to see which network or combination of networks you should use to give end users the seamless service they are looking for

    OPTIMIZE FLEET AND LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS: Learn how database and application server technologies provide platforms for solution enhancements such as location-enabled call centers, dispatching services and provisioning, and hear how you can incorporate these technologies with ease into your existing systems

    UPDATE LEGACY SYSTEMS AND AUTOMATE DISPATCHING: Explore how workforce mobility, telematics and smart chips can be rolled together to modernize legacy systems and mechanize dispatching then discuss exactly what solution your company can offer end-users to optimiz


    Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute´s (AFVI) Greening Your Fleet: How to Choose Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Right for Your Fleet

    11/6/2007 - 11/7/2007

    Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago

    This two-day, in-depth, training course is designed to give fleet managers the tools they need to build or expand their alternatively fueled vehicles with confidence. The lead presenter is Leo Thomason who has more than twenty years experience in the application of alternative fuels for large and small, public and private fleets throughout the world. Thomason is the lead trainer for all AFVi training programs.

    During the training sessions the following elements will be covered, with time allowed for Q&A. A case study will be used at various points in the training to further explore the various steps in greening your fleet.

    1. Why AFVs for Your Fleet?

    2. Understanding Your Fleet - Conducting the Vehicle Inventory

    3. Understanding Your Fleet Part 2 - Vehicle Applications and Operational Characteristics

    4. Planning Ahead - Projecting Future Vehicle Needs and Purchases

    5. Evaluating Fleet Fueling Patterns and Needs

    6. Examining Alternative Fuel Choices and the Vehicles that Use Them

    7. Federal Incentives Available Today

    8. Putting it All Together: Choosing AFVs that are Right for Your Fleet

    9. Creating the AFV Implementation Plan

    10. Evaluating Results


    International Assn. of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference (IACP)

    10/13/2007 - 10/17/2007

    New Orleans, LA


    Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Assn. (TLPA) 89th Annual Convention

    10/8/2007 - 10/12/2007

    Denver, CO


    AltWheels Conference

    9/28/2007 - 9/29/2007

    AltWheels this year are:

    9/28-9/29 - open to the public on Boston City Hall Plaza

    10/1 - Fleet Day at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline, MA.

    Fleet Day is co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of NAFA and provides a great forum to further advance the professionalism, knowledge and expertise of fleet managers on alternative transportation and alternative fuels.

    Visit for a great overview of this year's festival and a summary of prior AltWheels festivals.


    Fuel Management

    Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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    Fleet Tracking And Telematics

    Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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    Fleet Management And Leasing

    Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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    Market Trends

    Mike Antich
    Upward Pressure on Fleet Costs Threatens to Increase TCO

    By Mike Antich
    Recently, I conducted a survey of several hundred fleet managers to identify emerging industry trends. One recurrent theme expressed by fleet managers was the concern that fleet costs are starting to experience upward pricing pressures. Here's what they told me.

    How to Minimize Unauthorized Use of Corporate Assets

    By Mike Antich

    Chatty Chassis

    Lauren Fletcher
    The Importance of Positivity

    By Lauren Fletcher
    We live in a world where we can tell anyone exactly what we think about anything with a few keystrokes. Why is it, then, that the majority of the feedback is negative? Why do people feel so much more apt to complain than praise? And, what does this have to do with fleet management?

    Instilling a Culture of Safe Drivers

    By Lauren Fletcher

    Driving Notes

    Paul Clinton
    2018 Nissan NV Cargo

    By Paul Clinton
    The 2018 NV adds interior upgrades that make it more competitive with other full-size vans.

    2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

    By Mike Antich

    Nobody Asked Me, But...

    Sherb Brown
    Adapting to a Changing Tide

    By Sherb Brown
    Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

    Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

    By Sherb Brown

    Data Points

    Dylan Brown
    What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

    By Dylan Brown
    What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

    Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

    By Dylan Brown