Fleet Management (Feb 27-28)

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)
  • Chad Barrett, Fleet Maintenance Manager, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Salt River Project
    • 1511 N. Project Drive
      Tempe, AZ 85281
    • 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: $349 USD
    Regular: $499 USD

    Registration prices go up $100 after February 5, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $80 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.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Optional Garage Tour at Salt River Project

Join SRP staff early for a tour of one of their garages. Transportation will be provided from our meeting site to the garage and back.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Doors Open + Registration Check In

Lunch will be provided.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to Salt River Project
Facilitator(s): Chad Barrett, Fleet Maintenance Manager, Salt River Project
Speaker(s): Carrie Young, Senior Director, Corporate Operations Services, Salt River Project

A welcome from our program chair and overview of the history of Salt River Project. 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

Safety Technology and Processes
Speaker(s): Brendan King, Fleet Engineering Manager, Salt River Project, Dale Sevy, Manager, Fleet Services, Dominion Energy Utah

What hardware and process solutions are effective in changing the habits of drivers? In this session, Salt River Project with share the results of their Mobileye pilot program. Additionally, Dominion Energy will provide an overview of the processes and policies they have implemented to address safety incidents within their garages and prevent driver accidents.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Training Programs
Speaker(s): Robert Ruiz, Manager, Southern California Edison, Jacob Berks, Fleet Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

After a deep dive into two utility fleet training programs, we will close the session with an open roundtable discussion on training program issues.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Sponsored by AssetWorks

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Garage Benchmarking + Standardization
Speaker(s): Tom Guntrip, Director, Transportation Services, Southern California Edison

With a significant number of garages designed for utility fleets of the 1980s or earlier, many have plans to build or update their garages to meet today’s fleet demands. Tom Guntrip will present on Southern California Edison’s effort to create a common utility standard for garage design and lead a discussion of lessons learned and best practices that utilities may seek to adopt. 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Innovation: New Technology in Fleet Operations
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Carter, Fleet Manager, Portland General Electric, Robert Ruiz, Manager, Southern California Edison, Chad Barrett, Fleet Maintenance Manager, Salt River Project

This session will highlight innovative projects and new technologies that fleet departments are utilizing or investigating. Salt River Project will demonstrate how they have started using a 3D printer to solve challenges. Southern California Edison will share how they now using tablets and ecards within garages. Portland General Electric will update the group of their transition over to using HUBB oil filters to save money and reduce their waste.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

EV Infrastructure
Speaker(s): Michael Freeman, Business Technology Analyst, Fleet Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Clint Marsh, Fleet Asset Manager, SoCal Gas + SDG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Two utilities will share the status of their EV fleets and the experiences they have in creating and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support their expansion.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Networking Lunch

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion + Meeting Wrap Up

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 (800) 547-8705 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘Fleet Management’ to receive a special rate of $219 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 5, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Chad Barrett

Salt River Project

Fleet Maintenance Manager

Brendan King

Salt River Project

Fleet Engineering Manager

Robert Ruiz

Southern California Edison


Jacob Berks

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Fleet Manager

Jeffrey Carter

Portland General Electric

Fleet Manager

Dale Sevy

Dominion Energy Utah

Manager, 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.

Michael Freeman

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Business Technology Analyst, Fleet Operations

Clint Marsh

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Fleet Asset Manager, SoCal Gas + SDG&E

Tom Guntrip

Southern California Edison

Director, Transportation Services

Carrie Young

Salt River Project

Senior Director, Corporate Operations Services