The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) announced its Management Conference and Annual Meeting will take place March 18-21, 2012 at the Doubletree Paradise Valley resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the annual event; the conference will feature seminars from AEMP members and other industry experts based on the theme of “Fleet Optimization: 30 Years of Making the Wheels Go ‘Round”.
The conference and meeting is AEMP’s largest event. It is designed to gather industry professionals to network, share ideas, attend seminars and visit the extensive exhibit hall to gain practical knowledge on the latest topics in fleet management. Seminars will be offered each day and available for AEMP’s Essential, Executive and Professional Development tracks. The exhibit hall will be open March 18 and 19 with industry exhibits, demonstrations and events.
Highlighting the event is opening day keynote speaker Barry Mahar, who will deliver a presentation titled “Filling the Glass: Real World Tactics and Motivation for Increasing Productivity and Job Satisfaction.” An acclaimed author, consultant and motivational speaker, Mahar has appeared on such outlets as The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and CNBC; he is also regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week and other leading publications. He is revered as an expert on maximizing productivity and job satisfaction.
The Essential seminars will cover a range of topics including maintenance, fueling and idling issues and highway safety/CSA rules. Additionally, “Preventative Maintenance (PM) and Telematics” will explain how the use of telematics systems encourages a more proactive PM program. Attendees can expect to take away specific strategies for how to implement a telematics tracking system into the overall PM program.
Offered as an Executive-level seminar, “Warranty” will clearly define warranty and performance guarantees, discuss pricing and terms, and examine various options for warranties, from standard to extended and beyond. Attendees will learn what to expect from a warranty or performance guarantee, when is a good time to purchase an extended warranty, and cost vs. return analysis. Other seminars in the Executive track will cover topics from succession planning and outsourcing to fuel hedging and developing a business plan.
In addition to separate track-specific seminars, several combined seminars will be offered. Topics will include green fleet, safety task force and state of the economy. Highlighting the combined seminars, “World Class Preventative Maintenance” will overview the four levels of PM programs: Reactive, Planned/Scheduled, Condition Based and World Class, discussing the annual cost of each. Attendees will learn how to take a PM program from its current level to operation at the World Class level.
Event goers can also attend the Professional Development Institute (PDI) to prepare for one of AEMP’s three professional certifications: Certified Equipment Manager (CEM), Equipment Manager Specialist (EMS) or Certified Equipment Support Professional (CESP). PDI classes are offered March 18-20, with certification exams held on March 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Beyond seminars and the PDI, the conference and meeting features several annual events. Opening day will include Mahar’s keynote address; continue with the annual CEM, EMS and CESP certification recognition ceremony; and close with the evening gala. Day two will feature the Fleet Masters Awards ceremony, with the dinner reception sponsored by AEMP and Construction Equipment magazine. Kicking off the third day of events, the new board and president will be sworn in at the inauguration breakfast. The Technician of the Year Awards luncheon, sponsored by John Deere and the AEMP Foundation, will follow, and the conference will wrap with the closing keynote address.
Early bird discounted registration is available now through Jan. 18 at aemp.org. New this year, registration for end-users is all-inclusive of meals, seminars and all conference and meeting events. Those looking for more information on registration may contact Cindy Challis Orr, CAE and executive vice president at 970-384-0510 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on certifications and the PDI, contact Jim Phillips, vice-president of educational services at 970-384-0510 ext. 202 or email@example.com.