Posts by Katherine Vigneau

Kate’s Corner: X vs. Y vs. Z

Younger individuals entering the workforce are changing the way we think of fleet needs. November marks an event I look forward to all year—the Welcome Tomorrow conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which I attended this year with NAFA President, Patti Earley, CAFM. Informative, imaginative and innovative, this conference always impresses.…

Benefits of Centralization

Benefits of Centralization
Centralization is still valid for fleet organizations today. In recent months I have been working on a couple of fleet studies and came across something, and I would hesitate to call it a trend, that is counter to the fleet industry reliance on centralization. In one case, a small municipality…

Benefits of Centralization

Benefits of Centralization
Centralization is still valid for fleet organizations today. In recent months I have been working on a couple of fleet studies and came across something, and I would hesitate to call it a trend, that is counter to the fleet industry reliance on centralization. In one case, a small municipality…

A Global Fleet Certification Initiative

It’s time for fleet professionals to get ahead of the global wave and sign up for certification. The NAFA contingent attending the Global Fleet Conference in Miami, June 5-7, included two Canadians— Ray Brisby, CAFM from Calgary Fire and myself. NAFA was invited to the event to give a presentation…

Looking Back at the 2019 I&E

Highlights from Louisville… with a focus on the Canadian experience. With an all-new three-day format and an agenda packed with more than 50 education sessions, the 2019 I&E did not disappoint. Many of us arrived on Saturday night and were greeted by some of the most impressive fireworks I have…

It’s “Sick!”

Sustainable certification will be offered in Edmonton. In modern lingo, it is “sick” to be sustainable. I recently called a Lyft while on vacation in Florida and my driver, a 23-year-old college football player, showed up driving a Volt. Curious, I asked him why he drives a Volt. He replied,…

The Fleet Policy Challenge

How do yours compare? Have you looked at your fleet policies lately? Fleet policy development is one of the biggest weaknesses I have seen in the fleets I have studied. Lack of clarity, subjective enforcement, weak direction and even an absence of any framework are common problems. NAFA Fleet Management…

Common Themes Unite Fleets

NAFA President, Bryan Flansburg, CAFM; NAFA CEO, Phil Russo; and Tina Mercardo, NAFA’s Director of Meetings in Brazil at PARAR’s annual event Three conferences, three countries—the same fleet problems. The more globally dispersed the audience, the more I realize that most fleets are facing the same issues. As my travels…

Managing Change

When it comes to facing fears about change, start by separating the facts from the fiction. Technology, sustainability, mobility and more. Fleet managers are facing change like never before. Most of us have taken some training in change management at some point in our careers, but a refresher course with…
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