Fleet Management (Aug 09-10)

This program provides fleet leadership professionals an opportunity to discuss best practices, and share new processes and technologies. Participants work collaboratively to select topics that are relevant to all organizations with vehicle and equipment fleets. Addressed are strategic questions surrounding staff management, alternative fuel technology, vehicle replacement policy, the role of fleet within an organization, and tactical solutions for managing ever-changing fleet operations and administrative functions.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jerry Olson, Manager of Fleet, Idaho Power; Richard McKinnies, Shop Leader, Idaho Power

    • Program Location
    • Idaho Power - Boise Operations Center
    • 10790 Franklin Rd
      Boise, Idaho 83709
    • Who Should Attend
      • Fleet managers
      • Fleet directors
      • Fleet administration supervisors
      • Fuel maintenance supervisors
      • All fleet professionals responsible for cost-effective fleet functions
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $299 USD
    Regular: $499 USD

    Registration prices go up $100 after July 10, 2017. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Joshua Baker, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Doors Open + Registration Check In

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to Idaho Power

A welcome from our host company with an overview of the history of Idaho Power. Hear about current projects and initiatives for fleet operations.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Group Introductions: Projects and Goals

Get to know your peers with our opening roundtable. Hear about projects and challenges faced by utility fleet professionals from across the West.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Benchmarking + Emerging Trends
Speaker(s): Christopher Shaffer, Chief Executive Officer, Utilimarc

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Safety Roundtable

Following an update of forklift rules, we will have an open discussion on the following safety related topics.

  • How do you define accidents vs incident?
  • What are your Lockout/Tagout policies and procedures for vehicles?
  • How are you promoting safety within your fleet operations?
  • How do keep employees comfortable and safe in extreme temperatures?
  • Plus other fleet safety related questions you would like to ask with the group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Thursday, August 10, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

WiFi in Vehicles

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Session Topic TBA

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Backup Camera Adjustments
Speaker(s): Gary Lentsch, Fleet Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board

With significantly more vehicles in your fleet having backup cameras, how are you ensuring that they adjusted properly to avoid accidents? How are incoming regulations related to backup cameras going to impact your fleet?

11:45 PM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

Ask any remaining questions that were not yet discussed and benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience of the group. Provide input about what content should be part of future WEI Fleet Management programs.

2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (208) 991-5275 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online here: Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $149 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until July 25, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Meet The Speakers

Christopher Shaffer


Chief Executive Officer

Gary Lentsch

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Fleet Manager