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For Immediate Release
October 14, 2004

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

NPTC Announces Fleet Management Institute

2005 Fleet Management InstituteAlexandria, VA – The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) has scheduled its annual Fleet Management Institute, featuring all new and updated material, January 15 to 19, 2005 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

“As the scope and pace of change continues to accelerate at unprecedented levels, private fleet managers must look for new ways to enhance their operating knowledge and expand their personal and professional effectiveness,” said Gary Petty, President and CEO of NPTC. “The NPTC 2005 Fleet Management Institute offers just such an opportunity.”

“Managing transportation choices in a corporate environment which demands a maximum return on the investment has become more challenging in a world marked by increasing freight rates, skyrocketing fuel prices, regulatory uncertainty and driver shortages,” he continued. “The Institute is a concentrated, five-day immersion in the core private fleet management curriculum Fleet Finance; Operations; Safety and Security; Human Resources; and Maintenance and Equipment.”

The program draws from all-new content, or revised and upgraded material, which reflects the most current insights into best practices, benchmarking and operational excellence in the private fleet community. A faculty consisting of the nation's most experienced and respected private fleet management thought leaders will guide the learning experience through a series of workshops, panel discussions, lectures and interactive formats designed to enhance the attendees' educational experience and ensure their grasp of key private fleet management disciplines.

“The core objective here is take-home value,” said Petty. “Graduates of this Institute who implement what they've learned can readily save their private fleets over $200,000 in annual operating costs.”

Specific sessions will focus on strategic and tactical planning, justifying the private fleet, effective communications, leadership skills, private fleet financial models, leveraging outside transportation services, customer service, recruiting and hiring skills, compensation issues, activity based costing, backhaul strategies, driver leasing, safety improvement strategies, emerging technologies, lease vs. buy, outsourced maintenance, life cycle costing, accident investigation, a vehicle walk-around inspection and human resource management strategies.

The Fleet Institute, which is preceded by a full-day workshop to help candidates prepare for the Certified Transportation Professional certification examination, will also feature a sponsored networking reception on Monday evening, January 17.

For more information about the Fleet Management Institute or the special one-day certification exam workshop, visit NPTC's website at, or call Tom Moore at (203) 438-6244. Information about sponsorship opportunities is available by calling Patti Burke at (703) 683-1300 x212.

About NPTC
NPTC is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of corporate and business truck fleet managers. Through NPTC, both fleet and allied members come together to share information that enables them to meet the demands of changing business, safety and regulatory issues as well as competitive challenges. NPTC and its members are working together to shape the future of the private fleet industry.

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