Fleet Management – Virtual (Feb 24-25)

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)
  • Julie Gomez, T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services, Tucson Electric Power

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • 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: $199 USD
    Regular: $299 USD

    Registration provides access to all Virtual Fleet Management agenda sessions.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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 Traci Pepper, Program Manager at (971) 303-1004.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Welcome & Introductions

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Telematics-More Than Just a Tracking Tool
Speaker(s): Alex Parga, Construction Fleet Supervisor, El Paso Electric Company, Christopher Robertson, Fleet Maintenance Ops Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Christopher Robertson, Fleet Maintenance Ops Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Christopher Robertson, Fleet Maintenance Ops Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Join us as we talk about the Information your vendor should be providing and how to use it! This multi company presentation will cover topics like addons, zone triggers, pre-post inspections, union setbacks, and most common options. We will also cover how they manage this information, what they are using it for and close with information on fleet software integration.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Recruiting and Training- What Will it Look Like Now?
Speaker(s): Christopher Robertson, Fleet Maintenance Ops Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Dale Sevy, Strategic Fleet Advisor, Dominion Energy Utah

Qualified fleet techs are hard to come by and there are fewer and fewer every year. As many utilities will agree, some of our biggest problems is hiring qualified technicians and training them to work on our specific type of equipment and keeping them ahead of the refresher and new technology training. How do you keep them once you have them? Join us as we learn how utilities are acquiring qualified employees, retain them in fleet and keeping them trained and up to date on all the latest technology.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Adding EVs to the Fleet, did you remember the Infrastructure?
Speaker(s): Wayne Palmquist, Supervisor Fleet Operations, Portland General Electric, Steve Scott, Senior Manager, Southern California Edison

Join us as we look at the process to get your infrastructure ready as your utility moves into electrification of fleet. What needs to happen prior, during and after.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Covid Impacts on Fleet - Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Brendan King, Fleet Engineering Operations Manager, Salt River Project
Moderator(s): Julie Gomez, T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services, Tucson Electric Power

We will discuss the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on our Fleets to include how policy changes, remote working and social distancing will impact your Fleet moving forward.


11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Fleet Safety - What, How, Who
Speaker(s): Don Ashmore, Fleet Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

Join me in a discussion how Safety is key in the Fleet Department. It will be an open discussion. Reviewing how at Tacoma Public Utility manages Safety. We will review the tools used, who has responsibility, as well as any challenges we face.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion + 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.

1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Meeting Adjourns

Program Sponsors

Thank you to our program sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Alex Parga

El Paso Electric Company

Construction Fleet Supervisor

Christopher Robertson

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Fleet Maintenance Ops Manager

Christopher Robertson

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Fleet Maintenance Ops Manager

Dale Sevy

Dominion Energy Utah

Strategic Fleet Advisor
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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.

Julie Gomez

Tucson Electric Power

T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services

Brendan King

Salt River Project

Fleet Engineering Operations Manager

Don Ashmore

Tacoma Public Utilities

Fleet Manager

Wayne Palmquist

Portland General Electric

Supervisor Fleet Operations

Steve Scott

Southern California Edison

Senior Manager