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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2008

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

Private Fleet Management Institute Features In-Depth Training, All-Star Faculty

Arlington, VA – The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) will hold its annual Private Fleet Management Institute January 17-21, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, FL.  The Private Fleet Management Institute is a five-day intensive educational program offering courses on Fleet Finance, Operations, Safety, Human Resources, and Maintenance and Equipment.

"The 2009 Private Fleet Management Institute is a great learning opportunity packed with tremendous take-home value," said Gary Strausbaugh, CTP, Chairman of the NPTC Institute Board of Governors and Vice President of Transportation of Mennel Milling Co. “Given today’s turbulent economic environment, private fleet managers must look for new ways to enhance their operating knowledge and expand their personal and professional effectiveness."

The five-day Institute is an immersion into best practices, benchmarking and operational excellence in the private fleet community. A faculty consisting of the some of the nation's most experienced and respected private fleet management professionals 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.

Specific sessions will focus on: Network Analysis; Strategic Planning; Supply Chain Integration and Strategic Partnerships; Justifying the Private Fleet through Proper Costing Methodologies; Building, Enhancing and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence; Best Practices in Customer Service; Fleet Planning; Benchmarking Strategies to Improve the Private Fleet; and Transportation Alternatives: Integrating the Private Fleet with Dedicated Operations.

Four of the most pressing challenges facing private fleet operations – data management and integration, fuel economy, backhaul optimization; and environmental stability – will be featured in multiple presentations.

Financial Strategies for the Private Fleet Executive will be another area of concentration with topics to include Communicating Private Fleet Value; Accounting Procedures; Profit Center vs. Expense Center; Financial Reporting and Budgeting; Key Performance Indicators; Return on Investment Measures; and Lease vs. Buy.

The Institute will also feature an in-depth look at maintenance strategies for the private fleet including establishing a system for compliance; managing multiple sites; trade cycle strategies; spec’ing for performance and productivity; improving fuel economy; and outsourcing strategies.

The PFMI will also delve into the Recruiting, Hiring, Coaching and Discipline of employees. Other human resource topics will include Driver Scorecards, Driver Compensation, Incentives and Scorecards   

Finally, on the safety front attendees will learn the basics of how to develop an effective safety program and how to prepare for a DOT compliance review.

The program provides an excellent resource for those studying to take the Certified Transportation Professional certification examination scheduled for February 14, 2009 at some 40 locations across the country. In fact, the Private Fleet Management Institute is preceded by a full-day workshop on January 16 to help candidates prepare for the exam.

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 (703) 838-8898.

About NPTC
Founded in 1939, the National Private Truck Council is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of the private truck industry and corporate/business private truck fleet management.  NPTC is the premier marketplace of information, networking and skill building for private fleet professionals as it leads in shaping the future of corporate transportation.

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