Businesspeople generally think of networking as a mutually beneficial meeting for both parties.
But that’s not usually what it is. Far more often, it is one person asking the other for a favor.
I have been a management consultant, business owner and speaker for more than 12 years. Before that, I was a business executive and a trial lawyer. Along the way I have received invaluable advice from others — guidance that educated me and helped me make important professional connections.
On the afternoon of September 28 the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) Board of Directors voted Kristi Webb, president and CEO of Element Fleet Management, as the new president of AALA. Webb, who succeeds Steven Bloom of Enterprise Holdings Inc., previously served in the officer role of Vice President, State Government Affairs.
AALA is a national industry association composed of commercial automotive fleet leasing and management companies. Membership includes domestic and international companies as well as family-owned businesses. To learn more about AALA visit AALAfleet.com.
Women are fueling the red-hot auto industry, long dominated by men.
Now more than ever, women hold great sway over the auto industry, from the features in how cars are designed to the other end of the car buying spectrum at the dealer relationship.
They influence over 80 percent of automotive purchases and drive more than 50 percent of autos sold annually in the U.S. Since 2012, women held more drivers licenses than men.
We have yet another category of dangerously distracted drivers and pedestrians on our roads: the players of Pokémon Go.
According to a study published last Friday in JAMA Internal Medicine, Pokémon Go was responsible for almost 114,000 incidents of distracted driving or walking during a single 10-day period last summer.
Those incidents included at least 14 car crashes, including one, presumably, that occurred on July 18 in Baltimore, when a driver in an SUV swiped a parked (and, fortunately, unoccupied) police cruiser.
Automakers are increasingly turning to non-traditional suppliers to bridge the knowledge gap they face as they try to keep pace with rising demand for in-car connectivity and autonomous driving.
To stay on top of these changes vehicle manufacturers are working closer than ever with companies that have honed their expertise by working in rapidly evolving sectors such as software development, data management, telecommunications and user-interface systems.
"Due to the need for rapid innovation, OEMs are pursuing relationships with fast-moving companies with a Silicon Valley mentality," Dan Galves, senior vice president and chief communications officer at camera-software company Mobileye, told Automotive News Europe.