2020 Utility and City Fleet Management Conference

2020 Utility and City Fleet Management Conference

February 4-5, 2020 | San Diego, CA

Amongst all the change happening in the energy industry, fleets are often overlooked as a place undergoing significant change and modernization. However, between new corporate and legislative initiatives to meet green goals and technology improving efficiency, the world of fleet management is truly a hub of innovation.

This conference is a unique break in the regular routine of truck tradeshows and vendor exhibitions. At the 2020 Utility and City Fleet Management conference, hear from a diverse group of speakers consisting of IOUs operating thousands of assets, to coops and municipalities learning how to operate with smaller budgets and resource pools. From interactive sessions and panels to a valuable amount of time for creating networks and collaborating on custom projects, this is a one stop shop for building a cost effective, optimized fleet.

Learning Objectives

  • Fundamentals in Fleet Management best practices, lessons learned, and case studies
  • Gain case studies and connections with utilities of different sizes such as PG&E, Exelon, DTE Energy, Tristate G&T, JEA, Sempra, and NV Energy
  • Hear from municipal perspective with cities such as Sacramento, Los Angeles, Boise, sharing on challenges and solutions to managing budgets, assets, procurement, and more
  • Supply chain management and national insights on best practices and use cases
  • Identify practical next steps to decarbonizing fleets and reducing environmental footprints through alternative fuel types and electrification
  • Discuss better telematic strategies and ways to improve driver safety
  • Share successful asset management methods using software and modern technology applications
  • Distinguish key pain points in vehicle procurement and administrative needs
  • Collaborate on shared issues between operators on training, hiring, and maintaining fleet technicians, drivers, and maintenance professionals



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, Panels


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:10 p.m. :: Opening Remarks

1:10 – 1:45 p.m. :: Best Practices and Overview Presentation

Craig Croner, Administrative Services Manager, City of Boise

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: HOT TOPICS PANEL – Future of Fleet Management and Sustainable Operations

This panel will be a discussion between fleet leaders and administrators on the current fleet landscape and where it is projected to grow over the next few years. Topics will include practical steps towards electrification, fuel alternatives, as well as better management methods and efficiencies. 


Kevin Wood, Clean Transportation Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy


Alan McElroy, Director, Operations Support Services, JEA

Thomas Patzlaff, Director of Fleet and Aviation Services, City of Los Angeles- DWP

Randy Koss, Manager, Fleet Services, NV Energy

Michael Glover, Transportation Services, PG&E

Joseph Moser, Fleet Manager, ComEd

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Now’s the Time to Prepare for Stormy Weather

At last year’s conference, fleet industry veteran Paul Lauria explained how fleet management is likely to be more tumultuous in the next decade than it has been in the last five due to a triple-threat of industry trends: changes in automotive technology, changes in information technology, and changes in industry workforces and workforce management practices. The economy has continued to hum along, affording fleet owners in the utility and myriad other industries additional time to prepare for the impacts of these changes on their fleets and fleet management programs. What preparations should you have made by now? What should you be telling senior management about how traditional assumptions regarding fleet utilization, fleet maintenance, and fleet replacement need to rethink? In an expanded and updated version of last year’s talk, Paul will discuss some of the key recommendations Mercury is making to its utility industry clients today to prepare for stormy weather.

Paul Lauria, President, Mercury Associates

4:45 – 5:30 p.m. :: Driver Safety -Sharks and Cars Program Findings

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the significant areas where liability exposure to your business is largely at the hands of your drivers. The cost for every controllable motor vehicle accident can largely be overcome by bringing employees up to speed in personal awareness and mindful driving behavior. The Sharks and Cars presentation is the first step in reacquaintance with the natural vulnerability that protected us through our evolution. Not having the genetic fears like “sharks” and “falling” creates the disconnection to modern dangers that are a product of technology. Through compelling storytelling and demonstrations, this training helps drivers understand their vulnerability to create awareness and a new culture that prioritizes the risk of driving a vehicle.

Jeffery Beach, Fleet Maintenance Advisor, Sempra

5:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

8:00 – 8:10 a.m. :: Opening Remarks

8:10 – 9:00 a.m. :: DTE Energy – Our Systems and Safety Journey

Driving for work is often the most dangerous activity our employees undertake.  Building an effective driver safety program is more important than ever but can seem to be a daunting task.  In this presentation, DTE Energy shares their journey to make drivers safer.  Key points to be discussed:

  • Critical role of senior leadership
  • How to create and leverage safe driving pre-cursors
  • Building partnerships and systems to support the team
  • How to engage middle and front-line leaders
  • Industry resources and partnerships available to help

Michael Homan, Director of Fleet Operations, DTE Energy

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Case Study – Tri-State G&T

The Electrical Generation and Transmission Cooperative is governed by 43-member system board of directors with 1.4 million Customers in a 200,000 square mile service territory across four states; Colorado, Western Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. This presentation will cover a fleet overview with emphasis on challenges with having the fleet spread over a large, mostly rural service territory. Other session topics include:

  • Implementation of Light Duty Fleet Replacement Standardization Plan and Master Service Agreement
  • Implementation of replacement Fleet Management Software
  • Safety Challenges-Distracted Driving,
  • Adherence to Pre-Post Trip Inspections
  • Loss of Wheel Incidents

David Peterson, Vehicle Fleet Coordinator, Tri-State G&T

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Utility Fleet Management in an Evolving EV Environment

ComEd, an Exelon company, has a tremendous goal at improving its fleet sustainability through its Green Fleet program. This presentation will focus on the goals and practical developments ComEd has made in order to practically mitigate its environmental footprint while maintaining strong operational efficiency and growth. Topics include:

  • Utility Fleet management in an evolving EV environment
  • EV’s in use in our Fleet and availability
  • Sustainability of EV fleet
  • Managing EV up charges in your Finances
  • Utility EV’s the road ahead

Joseph Moser, Manager Field Operations, ComEd

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: CITY PANEL: Leading Practices in Municipal Fleet Operations & Projects

There are many similarities between utility and city fleet programs, however, there are a unique set of management practices for municipalities such as budgets, vehicle types, and management. This panel will represent the fleets of several major cities around the united states with each administrator explaining their approach to operational structure and improvement.


Craig Croner, Administrative Services Manager, City of Boise


Thomas Patzlaff, Director of Fleet and Aviation Services, City of Los Angeles- DWP

Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento

Dan Vincent, Acting Manager, Operational Services, City of Calgary

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: The Next Generation of Fleet – New Talent, Fuels, Vehicles, Diagnostics, and Training

An update on the fleet program at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, including the use of modern fuels, vehicles, training and diagnostics to drive everyday efficiencies and reduce overall operations cost. This presentation will include a look at PG&E’s approach to modernizing their fleet from truck to the technician.

Michael Glover, Director, Transportation Services, PG&E

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Creating an Adaptable and Agile Fleet: How JEA’s Fleet is Building a Framework for Change

Now more than ever, Fleet organizations are faced with an abundance of technological tools and data aimed at creating the most modern, safe, efficient fleets possible. The availability of information and technology can be overwhelming and ineffective if an organization isn’t prepared to adapt and change. At JEA, our Fleet team has been implementing new processes and new attitudes that will set us up for success despite what changes may come our way.   

Alan McElroy, Director, Operations Support Services, JEA

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Technology Panel: Emerging Vehicle Technologies in Telematics, Asset Tracking, and Safety

There are many new technologies available to fleet operators within the unique energy market.  Most utilities and cities owning road and heavy-duty assets, there a need for versatile, efficient methods to keep track of vehicles, receive accurate data, and keep drivers safe. This panel will discuss practical different tools and approaches for managers to maintain a reliable and active fleet.

Thomas Leach, Regional Sales Manager, Mobileye

John Adkisson, Director- Fleet Services, Asplundh

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: Case- Study: SDG&E Integrating a Clean Fleet

This talk will gather insights on electrification efforts at San Diego Gas and Electric (A Sempra Energy Utility). The presentation will outline some of the practical steps being taken by SDG&E in green-fleet integration; Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) selection, end-user engagement, infrastructure considerations, and policies/norms.  

Clint Marsh, Fleet Asset Manager, SDG&E

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. :: How Artificial Vision is creating a Safer Future for Fleets

Humans are prone to making mistakes. You may have vetted your drivers rigorously, trained them extensively, and incentivized good driving habits; but, at the end of the day, there are just some details that humans miss. 94% of collisions are due to human error. The implications of even a small degree of human error behind the wheel of your fleets can be serious – collisions, fatalities, litigation, and the plethora of associated direct and indirect costs. Artificial vision is transforming the future of fleet safety. These technologies can see what humans can’t – they don’t get distracted or tired, can mitigate or avoid collisions altogether, and will eventually pave the way for fully autonomous vehicles. This presentation will take you through the current fleet safety challenge, technology landscape, and what you can do to create a safer fleet through collision avoidance systems.

Thomas Leach, Regional Sales Manager, MobileEye

5:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


Best Practices for Fleet Managers: Improvements to Run a Better, Smarter, and More Efficient Fleet

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing


Today, fleet managers live in a world of fluctuating fuel costs, tight budgets and increased scrutiny. Average isn’t good enough. Fleet managers must find smart ways to reduce operational expenses, eliminate redundancies and improve their bottom line.

A best practice is simply the best way to do the job. The greatest fleet managers take advantage of effective best practices and all of the industry knowledge and technology available in order to ensure success.

In every fleet operation, regardless of size, there are many opportunities to control costs and reduce expenses without compromising on service, quality or reliability. It’s finding these opportunities, and taking advantage of them, that’s the difference between operating an efficient, productive fleet and an unpredictable, expensive one.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss five best practices every fleet manager should be actively employing to run a better fleet. While this list certainly isn’t exhaustive, it provides a starting point for making smart changes that will ensure long-term success.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basics of fleet management and maintenance
  • Identify five best practices to improve fleet efficiency and cut costs
  • Discuss different options to use data and telematics to optimize operations, automatically track assets, and eliminate redundancies
  • Build out better techniques to create a customized preventive maintenance strategy
  • Leverage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) information to assess ROI on poorly performing fleet vehicles consuming capital
  • Identify methods to trim fuel expenses and cut down on idle time
  • Improve plans to communicate clear safety standards and driver checks/training
  • New ways at saving time and improving service through standardized internal processes
  • Other techniques to fine tune fleets to keep track of parts, vehicles, and pieces of equipment



  • Concepts and fundamentals to fleet management
  • Basic areas of administrative and technical utility fleets
  • 5 basic principles for best practice

Asset Tracking and Telematic Strategy

  • Fuel economy and preventive maintenance (PM)
  • Tires: cost-per-mile and tire tracking
  • Vehicle/equipment: repair history, PM, insurance, parts inventory
  • Warranties
  • Driver data: training, checks, safety
  • Labor: idle time, management tools, cost-effectiveness
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and capital consumption

Preventive Maintenance

  • Vehicle/equipment downtime costs
  • Reactive vs proactive
  • Clean gas and carbon emission
  • Work order upgrades
  • Equipment replacing

Smart Changes

  • Improve driver behavior
  • Trim Fuel Expenses
  • Manage parts inventory
  • Lost warranties

Administrative Communication

  • Company policies and management framework
  • Safety standards
  • Driver training

Closing remarks and improvement takeaways



Josh Turley, CEO, RTA Fleet Management

Josh purchased RTA in 2017 after becoming CEO in 2015. A third-generation owner, he grew up around RTA, watching his grandfather and father build and lead the company before his own RTA career started in 2004.  Josh works alongside his team to carry out RTA’s mission to provide its clients with the tools they need to save them time and money in their operations.

Created for fleet professionals, by fleet professionals, RTA Fleet Management Software has been serving the fleet industry since 1979. Striving to help fleet operations save time and money through scalable and innovative software, RTA’s solution allows operations to gain more control, reduce costs and save time while accessing all information related to their fleet and its assets in one place and on multiple devices.


  • John Adkisson, Director- Fleet Services, Asplundh
  • Jeffery Beach, Fleet Maintenance Advisor, Sempra
  • Craig Croner, Administrative Services Manager, City of Boise
  • Michael Glover, Transportation Services, PG&E
  • Michael Homan, Director of Fleet Operations, DTE Energy
  • Randy Koss, Manager, Fleet Services, NV Energy
  • Paul Lauria, President, Mercury Associates
  • Thomas Leach, Regional Sales Manager, Mobileye
  • Clint Marsh, Fleet Asset Manager, SDG&E
  • Alan McElroy, Director, Operations Support Services, JEA
  • Joseph Moser, Fleet Manager, ComEd
  • Thomas Patzlaff, Director of Fleet and Aviation Services, City of Los Angeles- DWP
  • David Peterson, Vehicle Fleet Coordinator, Tri-State G&T
  • Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento
  • Dan Vincent, Acting Manager, Operational Services, City of Calgary
  • Kevin Wood, Clean Transportation Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy



San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Drive

San Diego, CA 92108

Reserve your room:

please call 1-619-692-3800

Click here to book online.

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 3 – 4, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$149.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to January 13, 2020.

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Event Standard RateAttendees
Proceedings package US $ 395.00


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