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NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) announced today that computer-based testing is now the primary testing method for its Certified Automotive Fleet Manager/Specialist (CAFM®/S®) programs, allowing students in these programs to test when they are ready at locations across the United States and Canada.
NAFA has partnered with Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc. (Comira) to offer computer-based testing. Comira offers hundreds of Test Center locations: a fact that affords that more than 85% of the current certification candidates are located within 60 miles of a Comira Test Center. In addition to testing within an hour’s drive of their location, students will benefit by having the ability to choose when to test and by receiving real-time exam results.
NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) announced its first South American partnership with Instituto PARAR, the Brazilian light-duty fleet association, marking another major expansion of influence for NAFA in 2016.
The NAFA-PARAR agreement calls for the mutual support of each association’s individual certification programs and encourages members of both associations to participate in these programs, conferences, and other educational opportunities. NAFA's Certified Automotive Fleet Manager/ Specialist (CAFM®/S®) program is known throughout the industry for providing the highest quality, in-depth fleet management education. With access to NAFA’s CAFM®/S® program, fleet professionals in Brazil can more easily augment PARAR’s Program for Fleet Managers (PGF), which is recognized for its strong focus on Brazilian fleet safety and fleet practices.
PARAR's PGF Certification Program educates fleet administrators on how to focus on tactical and strategic methodologies via educational lectures, real case analyses, individual exams, and complementary exercises. This is the most important certification program for fleet managers in South America and may represent an entrance program for fleet managers who plan to get their CAFM® and CAFS® designations.
Donlen announced today that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the NAFA Fleet Management Association to offer CAFM® certification to Donlen representatives.
Acknowledging the benefits of NAFA Fleet Management Association’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program as the industry standard in fleet education, the agreement with NAFA will enable Donlen representatives to take advantage of CAFM certification enrollment and exams at a discounted rate, increasing the amount of Donlen CAFM experts. Certification identifies and recognizes exceptional fleet management professionals.
“Donlen is a leader in fleet management because of our commitment to excellence and customer service. NAFA's CAFM program is key to achieving that excellence,” said Jeff Lucas, Donlen senior vice president, customer experience and contact center operations. “We are pleased to participate in NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager program to continuously improve the knowledge of our employees and leverage high-level education for the benefit of our customers.”
Fleet Management Weekly is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, Mark Boada will join its editorial team as Senior Editor.
Mark entered the fleet business with the CEI Group, Inc., where he worked in the marketing department for more than 11 years as the company’s chief writer, editor and public relations representative.
“Mark has exceptional writing and editorial skills, and as we expand our reach in the coming years we are confident that Mark’s talents will be an enormous asset,” said Janice Sutton, Editor in Chief. "As an added benefit to clients, Mark will be available to assist with their ad hoc writing projects."
First the Obama administration bailed out much of the American auto industry, pulling it out of a tailspin. Then it reshaped the business, with regulations and policies intended to increase fuel economy, improve safety and add jobs.
Now, under President-elect Donald J. Trump, the industry is bracing for another wholesale makeover. Perhaps no industry could be affected in more ways by the new administration than the auto business.
That became all the more apparent this week, with Mr. Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt — the Oklahoma attorney general who is a climate-change skeptic and close ally of the oil and gas industry — to run the Environmental Protection Agency.
Daimler AG disclosed it will take another year to complete the integration of Athlon Car Lease International, which it acquired earlier this year, making the German automaker one of the largest managers of vehicle fleets Europe.
The company put up $1.2 billion to acquire Athlon, a leader in fleet management company across Europe, so Daimler Financial Services can expand the company’s “business mobility” services with Daimler Fleet Management.
“The importance of business mobility continues to grow. With the acquisition of Athlon, we are strengthening our competitive position in business mobility. Both Daimler Fleet Management and Athlon have a strong heritage and are successful in the market,” stated Bodo Uebber, Board of Management member of Daimler AG responsible for Finance and Controlling and Financial Services.
“With a combined portfolio exceeding 350,000 vehicles we will be an important player in the European fleet business. With Athlon, we will enhance our mobility solutions for companies,” stated Klaus Entenmann, chairman of Daimler Financial Services AG.
An engineer has invented a device that he believes could eliminate distracted driving.
He also says at least one mobile phone provider appears close to rolling out the gadget to its users and that another provider has shown an interest in the technology.
But, then again, Scott Tibbitts and his colleagues at a company called Katasi have been trying to persuade cellphone providers, automakers and the federal government to deploy his gadget for half a decade now.
By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer
Last month, we left off mid-stream in describing the planning of a customer-centric sales AND marketing strategy. Let’s finish up:
Know Thy Customer
With advances in customer relationship management tools that now incorporate every milestone in the buying cycle all the way back to a prospect’s first website visit along with instant, segmented digital surveying capability, companies can obtain more information about buyers and buying habits than ever before.
Combined with the availability of a broad range of more timely sales reports, the “opportunities” picture has never been clearer.