Fleet Management (Feb 26-27)

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)
  • Robert Frank Saunders, Jr., Fleet Services Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    • Program Location
    • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Saticoy Yard
    • 14401 Saticoy Street
      Van Nuys, California 91405
    • 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: $399 USD
    Regular: $549 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after February 4, 2020. Registration provides access to all Fleet Management agenda items and meeting materials. Registration includes a networking dinner on Tuesday night as well as catered breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $95 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • 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 Traci Pepper, Program Manager at (503) 688-2798.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Optional Los Angeles Filtration Plant

This will be a guided tour and provide a step by step process of how the City of Los Angeles obtains its drinking water from the Mono Lake Basin which is in Owens Valley using the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The tour will also discuss the steps and procedures that are used daily by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Filtration plant to disinfect and treat the water through processes such as using ozone and rapid rate deep bed filters, and ultra violet light to make the water drinkable. The Division of Fleet Services will provide transportation for all interested parties attending the Western Energy Institute Conference. Registration will end February 21, 2020. A governmental issued identification maybe required and appropriate clothing is recommended (i.e. closed toe shoes, no shorts etc.)


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Optional Los Angeles Department of Fleet Services V01 Shop Tour

The tour of the VO1 shop, which is in the center of the valley, is one of the major repair facilities for the Department. The tour will provide you a brief outlook of some of the duties, tasks and responsibilities as well as showcase the full complete weld shop, Tire Repair facility, and Smog Shop. This facility currently has 1109 pieces of equipment assigned to this shop including our newest additions which will be available and on display 3 axle fully electric tractor which is currently being provided by Trans Power USA. This tour is sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Division Fleet Services and is in walking distance from the conference (Approximately 500 Feet. Please wear comfortable shoes appropriate clothing is recommended (i.e. closed toe shoes, no shorts etc.)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch + Registration

Arrive early to register and network with peers. Catered lunch  will be provided. 

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Speaker(s): Andrew Kendall, Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Thomas G. Patzlaff, General Services Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Our host utility will welcome us to Los Angeles.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitator(s): Robert Saunders, Fleet Service Manager (Operations), Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Get to know your peers with our round-robin attendee introductions. Come prepared to share your name, company, role, and a hot topic item that is currently on your plate.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Fleet Electrification- How far we’ve come and where we are now.
Speaker(s): Julie Gomez, T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services, Tucson Electric Power, Brendan King, Fleet Engineering Manager, Salt River Project, Loren Nguyen, EV, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Marena William, EV Infrastructure Project Manager/Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Learn what blueprint other utilities are using to electrify their fleets. Discover what works, what doesn’t work, and how to identify and avoid roadblocks. 

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Safety: When is the time to take vehicles out of service
Speaker(s): Don Ashmore, Fleet Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

What happens when a manufacture stops supporting a product, or an operation creates a situation where a vehicle does not perform up to expectations. A department loses trust in a product. Don Ashmore, with Tacoma Public Utilities, will walk you thru how and why this happens. What were the triggers, how they get to that point  and what are the results of such action? What do you do when faced with those challenges? How to handle department concern, as well as bringing in the vendor/manufacture.

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Join us for a hosted networking dinner at Gordon Biersch Brewery, sponsored by AssetWorks LLC.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a catered breakfast onsite.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Diagnostic Software & Hardware
Speaker(s): Robert Ruiz, Principle Manager of Fleet Operations, Southern California Edison, Jacob Berks, Fleet Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Wayne Palmquist, Fleet Supervisor, Portland General Electric

Join us as we discuss the challenges and solutions around selecting, purchasing and maintaining diagnostic tools and equipment. We will also touch on the Pros and Cons of aftermarket solutions, working with or without IT support and discussing repair information sources: Mitchell1, All data, OEMS, and physical libraries.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Fleet Facts
Speaker(s): Christopher Shafer, Chief Executive Officer, Utilimarc

Utilimarc will discuss benchmarking "fun facts" data from a variety of utilities and the fleet industry. The presentation will go over trends and factors affecting the fleets and best practices and possible solutions to improve productivity and efficiency.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Best Practices for Tracking and Interpreting Your Fleet Data
Speaker(s): Tyler Beaty, National Account Executive, AssetWorks LLC, Robert Sparks, Distribution System Operations Manager, Chelan County PUD, Robert Sparks, Associate Director, AssetWorks LLC

A presentation and roundtable discussion on fleet metrics and using metrics to guide business decisions and optimize fleet operations.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch onsite sponsored by GPS Insight.

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion + Wrap Up
Facilitator(s): Robert Saunders, Fleet Service Manager (Operations), Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

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. Topic suggestions:
• Vehicle telematics implementation/ROI
• Fleet management software/data systems
• New fleet facilities
• Take themes from introductions. 

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 331-3131 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) Fleet Management to receive a special rate of $175 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 11, 2020 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Andrew C. Kendall

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations

Thomas G. Patzlaff

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

General Services Manager

Robert Saunders

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Fleet Service Manager (Operations)

Julie Gomez

Tucson Electric Power

T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services

Brendan King

Salt River Project

Fleet Engineering Manager

Loren Nguyen

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power


Marena William

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

EV Infrastructure Project Manager/Engineer

Don Ashmore

Tacoma Public Utilities

Fleet Manager

Robert Ruiz

Southern California Edison

Principle Manager of Fleet Operations

Jacob Berks

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Fleet Manager

Wayne Palmquist

Portland General Electric

Fleet Supervisor

Christopher Shafer


Chief Executive Officer

Tyler Beaty

AssetWorks LLC

National Account Executive

Robert Saunders

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Fleet Service Manager (Operations)

Robert Sparks

Chelan County PUD

Distribution System Operations Manager

Robert Sparks

AssetWorks LLC

Associate Director