Updates from the NPMA Foundation

NPMA Newsflash
Vol. 2017, Issue 01 January 4, 2017
Advance the profession of Asset Management through leadership in education, standards, compliance, and certifications.

NPMA Foundation Update

The Foundation has been busy with transition activities. Files have smoothly transitioned. A big thanks to Raam Vichare and Wes Carter for making it so smooth!

The Foundation Team is set and I’d like to introduce you to the 2017-2018 team:

Pat Jacklets, CPPM, CF, Foundation Administrator
Cheri Cross, CPPM, CF, Administrator Assistant
Carolynn Bundy, CPPM, CF, Western Region Foundation Representative
Gloria Samora, CPPM, Central Region Foundation Representative
Karen Vaughn, CPPM, Eastern Region Foundation Representative

We held our first meeting in December and came up with some great ideas for fundraising in 2017. Stay tuned for more information. The Foundation raised $20,973 at NES last August and hope to increase it in 2017.

We have also been busy working on revamping the Foundation Webpage and updating the Grant application. You will see that change shortly.

Looking forward to working with all. Happy New Year!

Respectfully Submitted.

Pat Jacklets
Foundation Administrator

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Fleet Professional Interview of the Week

Connie Aaron, CFFS
GSA, Office of Government-wide Policy

In fleet management, what is one thing you would like to see developed or improved?
For the Federal Fleet, I would like for Agency Fleet Managers to have more control over their agency budgets to have the ability to plan for timely vehicle replacements.

What advice would you give someone new to fleet management?
If you are new to fleet management, spend some time at the field level and really get to know your customers. There are so many missions in the Federal government and you really need to know what the vehicle is being used for to fully understand what will meet your customer's needs. Also, I have always joked that you really don't know fleet until you have been outside in the rain putting on license plates on new vehicles for hours.

How did you become interested in fleet management?
I wasn't really interested in fleet management when I applied for my first job out of college. The hiring manager saw that I had worked for AAA one summer helping customers map out their vacations. She gave my resume to the Fleet Manager simply because I had "worked" in the automotive field one summer. I came in for a day of interviews and was hired. I've spent the last 25 years in fleet management and really enjoy what I do every day! I've met the best group of folks to work with over the years in the field and at the Headquarters level in fleet management.

Fleet Management Awareness Month is Here!

You’re invited to participate in the many activities planned for Fleet Management Awareness Month. The following activities are planned for this week:

FREE Webinar Today (1/4 at 2PM EDT)
Managing Direct and Indirect Fleet Costs

Session Description: Executive agencies are required to submit cost data on motor vehicle operations as part of their annual submissions to GSA using FAST; however, agencies have been inconsistent in their approaches to calculating and reporting these costs. This session will look at the requirements of FMR B-38: Indirect Costs of Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations, as well as fleet management industry best practices in activity based costing. Presenters will go step-by-step through examples of various fleet costs.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to apply the concepts of activity-based costing to their fleets as a method of identifying and controlling costs, and will be able to more accurately report agency fleet costs in FAST.

Register here!

Share your Fleet Tips
Share your best fleet tip or lesson learned on Facebook, LinkedIn, or by email by January 27 for your chance to win an Amazon gift card! The full list of Fleet Tips will be shared with the entire fleet community at the end of the month.

Take a look at all planned activities this month on our website.

2017 NES Call for Presenters

NPMA invites community members to share their expertise and knowledge during the NPMA 2017 National Education Seminar (NES), July 31 - August 3, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Submissions are due by Friday, January 13, 2017.

The NES is the premier educational opportunity for property and asset management professionals who manage personal property and fixed assets for universities, federal, state and local governments, hospitals and private industries. We encourage educational sessions that are theoretical or practical in application and address a topic from a managerial or administrative approach, case studies, legislative/regulatory aspects or a best-practices perspective of property management with introductory, intermediate or advanced levels of complexity.

View full presentation information and requirements here and submit your session proposal here to participate as a presenter at the 2017 NES. If you would like to submit multiple proposals, an individual submission is required for each.

Upcoming Chapter Support and Membership Webinars

The following free webinars have been scheduled in support of NPMA Chapter leadership and new members. Reserve your space today!

Chapter Officer Orientation
January 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
If you are a new Chapter Officer, or taking on a new role within your Chapter - you need to join this webinar! Learn what your new position is all about, and get tips and insight from past NPMA Chapter Officers to make your term fun and successful.
Register here!

New NPMA Members Webinar
January 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
Welcome! Join your host Loril Stephens - National Director of Membership - Member Support and learn all the benefits and opportunities that come with membership in the National Property Management Association during this one hour webinar.
Register here!

Start the New Year off right-
Register now for our upcoming courses!

NPMA courses taught by knowledgeable, experienced instructors are offered throughout the year in various parts of the country. There are dozens of opportunities to gain knowledge and learn best practices in the various functions of Asset/Property/Fleet Management.

We have an exciting lineup of classes for 2017.

View our calendar of events and register today!

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