Fleet Management (Mar 12-14)

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)
  • Frank Nogales, Transportation Maintenance Section Leader, Arizona Public Service

    • Program Location
    • Arizona Public Service Company
    • 400 N 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    • Who Should Attend
      • Fleet managers
      • Fleet directors
      • Fleet administration supervisors
      • Fuel maintenance supervisors
      • All fleet professionals responsible for cost-effective fleet functions
  • Registration Options
  • Energy Company Member: $599 USD
    Energy Company Non-Member: $1,249 USD

    Energy Company registration prices increase $100 after January 25, 2024. Energy Company registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda.

    Service Company Member: $399 USD
    Service Company Non-Member: $499 USD

    Service Company registration prices increase $50 after January 25, 2024. Service Company registration is for attendance through lunch on Wednesday, March 13 and includes digital materials and access to sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and meals listed on the agenda.

  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 930-2032.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Check In + Registration

Pick up your name badge, say hello to your colleagues and meet the WEI staff. sponsored by Terex Utilities

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Speaker(s): Tony Tewelis, VP, Transmission & Distribution, Arizona Public Service Company

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hydrogen Fuels
Speaker(s): Patrick Charette, Hydrogen Molecule Business Leader, BayoTech

Learn about hydrogen and its rapidly deployable generation, transportation, storage and fueling solutions from Bayotech.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

EVs + Hydrogen Vehicles
Speaker(s): Matt Wetta, PACCAR, Christian Appel, Global Head, Product and Programs, Nikola Motor

This session will cover hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and their key components from PACCAR and Nikola.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fleet Metrics and Benchmarking: "Fun Facts"
Speaker(s): Robert Ruiz, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison, Christopher Shaffer, CEO, Utilimarc

Join us for Fleet presentations with Utilimarc followed by a roundtable discussion covering fleet metrics plus best practices to optimize fleet operations.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Join us for a Hosted Networking Dinner; mingle with fellow attendees and enjoy delicious food. It's a great opportunity to connect and network. sponsored by AssetWorks

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Tire Programs + Standardizations
Speaker(s): Pete Cox, Fleet Supervisor, Tucson Electric Power, Russell Blackburn, Senior Commercial Sales, Jack's Tire & Oil, Anthony Brown, Enterprise Account Executive, Michelin Tires, Orlando Hatfield, Commercial Account Executive - Earthmover, Michelin Tires, Joel Botma, Transportation Maintenance Team Leader, Arizona Public Service Company

Exploring the different fleet tire programs, standardizations and utilizing the relationship with your local and national account vendors to fortify your program.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Upfitting + Safety: Best Practices
Speaker(s): Steve Tuskan, Senior Forensic Consultant, Mecanica Scientific Services

Learn common areas of risk exposure faced by fleet operators during the specification, upfitting and maintenance of trucks and trailers; and hear recommendations for risk mitigation.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch

Recharge and network over a delicious meal at our Hosted Networking Lunch.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Travel to HUBwest

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Industry Tour: APS' HUBWest

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Industry Tour: APS' Palo Verde Energy Education Center

Thursday, March 14, 2024

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Employee Engagement Strategies
Speaker(s): Lissa Brady, Fleet Asset Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Robert Ruiz, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison, Monte Anderson, Employee Experience Program Manager, Arizona Public Service Company

We will explore the programs at several utilities, including examples of self-developed and third party approaches.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Industry Topic

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Top of Mind Topics

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
  • 340 North 3rd Street
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85004
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $279 /night. This rate is guaranteed until February 26, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

  • Online Reservations
  • Click here to make your hotel reservations online.

Program Sponsors

Thank you to our program sponsors!


Meet The Speakers

Steven Tuskan

Mecanica Scientific Services

Senior Forensic Consultant

Matt Wetta


Pete Cox

Tucson Electric Power

Fleet Supervisor

Russell Blackburn

Jack's Tire & Oil

Senior Commercial Sales

Anthony Brown

Michelin Tires

Enterprise Account Executive

Robert Ruiz

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager

Lissa Brady

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Fleet Asset Manager

Orlando Hatfield

Michelin Tires

Commercial Account Executive - Earthmover

Monte Anderson

Arizona Public Service Company

Employee Experience Program Manager

Christopher Shaffer



Christian Appel

Nikola Motor

Global Head, Product and Programs

Patrick Charette


Hydrogen Molecule Business Leader

Tony Tewelis

Arizona Public Service Company

VP, Transmission & Distribution

Joel Botma

Arizona Public Service Company

Transportation Maintenance Team Leader