Glenwood Springs, CO - The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), the premier organization for asset management professionals of off-road fleets, will present its annual Asset Management Symposium Nov. 1-2 in Nashville, TN. AEMP members and other qualified industry professionals will share their expertise on current fleet-asset issues and management tactics, all based on the symposium's theme "Making Yellow Safe, Green and Profitable." Additional details, including the conference schedule and cost and registration info can be found at www.aemp.org.
This year's event marks the 5th anniversary of the symposium and will feature keynote speaker Pat Quinn, president of the American Trucking Association, and co-founder of U.S. Xpress. The symposium's sessions will focus on AEMP's executive tract, providing insight to fleet owners, managers and other executive-level members.
Opening day events will begin with a welcome from AEMP's President and CSO Stan Orr, CAE, and continue on with seminars. A diverse range of topics will be featured, highlighting areas from financial and telematics information to hazardous material safety.
Philip C. LaGatta, director of construction and forestry sales for John Deere Financial in the U.S. and Canada, along with Neil Ariano, sales manager for John Deere Corporate Accounts, will speak on "Financial Options for the Equipment Industry." This session will help attendees understand decisions affecting the financial impact of equipment purchases. Attendees can expect to learn about the role of IRS and FASB, as well as common types of depreciation. Lagatta and Ariano will also explore the tax considerations when acquiring new equipment, and will help attendees learn how to weigh which acquisition method - cash, loan, lease or rent - is the best option for their fleet.
Financial planning and cost savings will also be addressed in a session titled "Where's The Money?" presented by Peter Causer, vice president of national accounts and David Nus, customer solutions director for global mining, quarry and aggregates, both of Volvo Construction Company. Their seminar will outline practical cost reduction strategies by analyzing examples of how small steps like operator training and utilization can affect the bottom line.
Additionally, updates on AEMP's Green Fleet Initiatives, Telematics Standard and AEMP University will be presented. According to Orr, "There has been some exciting progress for our initiatives already this year. We've achieved some significant milestones, from the official launch of AEMP University to certifying our very first Green Fleet company. We're really looking forward to sharing what's on the horizon at the symposium."
Following the first day's seminars, AEMP will host an evening reception and dinner, at which time Quinn will deliver the keynote address. Quinn has spent his entire career in the transportation industry, beginning by focusing on transportation law at a firm where he was a partner. He then moved into the equipment and manufacturing side, serving in various roles before founding U.S. Xpress with Max L. Fuller in 1985. Under the direction of Quinn and Fuller, U.S. Xpress grew to annual revenues of $1 billion and is now the third largest privately owned truckload carrier in the nation. Their approach has always been to be early adopters of technology to grow their company and enhance their level of service to their customers. Quinn will share some of his experiences and lessons learned in his keynote address.