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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jerry Olson, Manager of Fleet, 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
Facilitator(s): Jerry Olson, Fleet and Operations Equipment Manager, Idaho Power Company
Speaker(s): Lonnie Krawl, Senior Vice President, Administrative Services and CHRO, Idaho Power Company

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
Facilitator(s): Jerry Olson, Fleet and Operations Equipment Manager, Idaho Power Company

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 - 3:45 PM

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

What are the biggest myths regarding utility fleet operations and safety? What has changed over the past decade and are there clear emerging trends that fleet leadership needs to have on their radar? Using benchmarking data collected from fleets across North America, Christopher Shaffer will provide a high level overview of the trends Utilimarc has identified and delve into possible solutions and best practices to increase performance and efficiency.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Chad Barrett, Manager Transportation Engineering, Salt River Project
Speaker(s): Jerry Olson, Fleet and Operations Equipment Manager, Idaho Power Company

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 data are using to track and benchmark accidents?
•    What technologies are being installed to improve safety?
•    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 the group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Sponsored by AssetWorks.

Edge Brewing Company
525 North Steelhead Way
Boise, Idaho 83704

Thursday, August 10, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Wi-Fi in Vehicles Presentation and Telematics Roundtable
Speaker(s): Dale Sevy, Director, Fleet Services, Dominion Energy

Dale Sevy will kick off the session with Dominions Energy's experiences adding Wi-Fi capabilities to their vehicles, including touching base on what devices the utility chose to use during the roll out and what were the specific uses of the Wi-Fi. We will wrap up the session with a roundtable on current AVL/telematics issues.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Asset Life-Cycles and Planning Equipment Replacement
Facilitator(s): Jacob Berks, Fleet Operations Supervisor, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Speaker(s): Chad Barrett, Manager Transportation Engineering, Salt River Project

Economically managing the life-cycle of mechanical assets is an important objective for all utilities. Knowing when to replace an asset at the optimal point in its life-cycle and effectively managing the procurement and disposal process can help an organization get the most out of its assets for the least total cost. In this session utilities with share their process and strategies to manage their asset life-cycles.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

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

With significantly more vehicles in your fleet having backup cameras, how are you ensuring that they are 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
Facilitator(s): Jerry Olson, Fleet and Operations Equipment Manager, Idaho Power Company

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.

Meet The Speakers

Christopher Shaffer


Chief Executive Officer

Gary Lentsch

Eugene Water & Electric Board

CA Fleet Manager

Jerry Olson

Idaho Power Company

Fleet and Operations Equipment Manager

Lonnie Krawl

Idaho Power Company

Senior Vice President, Administrative Services and CHRO

Chad Barrett

Salt River Project

Manager Transportation Engineering

Jacob Berks

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Fleet Operations Supervisor

Dale Sevy

Dominion Energy

Director, Fleet Services
Learn More

Dale Sevy is manager of fleet systems for Dominion Energy Utah, a natural gas utility serving about 1,000,000 customers in Utah and parts of Wyoming and Idaho. Dale, along with 27 fellow employees in 11 garages, are responsible for the procurement, maintenance, and disposal of about 1,200 utility vehicles and the maintenance of another 600 affiliate-company vehicles. Dale and his team also have helped build one of the nation’s largest and most effective natural gas vehicle (NGV) refueling infrastructures.

Dale graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University. He has held various positions during his 34-year Dominion Energy career including: stationary equipment mechanic, automotive service technician, compressed natural gas project coordinator and fleet services supervisor.