Fleet Management – Virtual (Aug 20-21)

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)
  • Steven Cole, Transportation Supervisor Ops Support Services, NW Natural

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided 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 programs through December 2020. 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.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome & Introductions
Speaker(s): Steve Cole, Transportation Supervisor Ops Support Services, NW Natural

All session times are listed in Pacific time. Join us as our Program Chair, Steve Cole,Transportation Supervisor; NW Natural, welcomes everyone to the 2020 Fall Fleet Virtual Conference and learn who is in attendance.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Vehicle Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
Speaker(s): Seth Behrens, Forensic Engineer, EFI Global, Inc.

Join us in the continuation of the Vehicle Accident Investigation and Reconstruction presentation as we learn more on the factors and variables that must be considered when it comes to vehicle accident investigations. Seth Behrens will Investigators rely on the electronic crash data to tell a major portion of the story. In this session, learn from the experts on what information is valuable in both supporting and refuting accident claims. For example, prior maintenance and repairs to the vehicle may have contributed to a collision. We will discuss repairs to today’s highly complex fleet vehicle systems and how improper repairs may affect vehicle driving and handling systems. Learn why gathering human, vehicle, and environmental data in a meticulous manner is imperative in determining the root cause of an incident. We will also discuss different levels of vehicle accident reconstruction as every case requires a unique approach

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Stretch Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

COVID-19 Safety Roundtable
Speaker(s): Don Ashmore, Fleet Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities, Mark Stephens, Manager Transportation Services, Snohomish County PUD, Stephen Scott, Senior Manager, Southern California Edison

Hear lessons learned and how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our teams and what steps did companies take to protect employees, fleets, and other assets. What is happening right now to protect employees, fleets and other assets during protest and unrest.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Service Level Agreement: Why, What, How.
Speaker(s): Julie Gomez, T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services, Tucson Electric Power, Don Ashmore, Fleet Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities, Don Ashmore, Fleet Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

Discover how other utilities are or are not using Service Level Agreements (SLA) to manage their fleet. Learn how having an SLA can improve communication with your fleet’s internal customers.

Friday, August 21, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Fleet Electrification

Join us as we move beyond the talk of implementing Electrification into our Fleets and hear how companies decided on a plan, what vehicles, and lessons they learned. We will also ask:
o    Where are they placing new vehicles?
o    What tasks are they doing with them?  
o    How did they come to the decision on what to bring into the fleet and how will it enhance their fleet? 
o    What is the life cycle cost on this purchase? 
o    How did they reach this direction? 
o    What is the alternative? 
o    Budget restraints previously and now with COVID-19?

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Stretch Break

TP updated 8/17

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

COVID-19 Roundtable
Panelist(s): Wayne Palmquist, Supervisor Fleet Operations, Portland General Electric
Speaker(s): Robert Ruiz, Principal Manager of Fleet Operations, Southern California Edison

TP updated 8/17

11:10 AM - 11:25 AM

Stretch/Email Break

TP updated 8/17

11:25 AM - 12:30 PM

Lessons learned (what not to do) / Open Roundtable Discussion + Wrap Up
Facilitator(s): Steve Cole, Transportation Supervisor Ops Support Services, NW Natural

TP updated 8/17


Thank you to our program sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Seth Behrens

EFI Global, Inc.

Forensic Engineer

Don Ashmore

Tacoma Public Utilities

Fleet Manager

Mark Stephens

Snohomish County PUD

Manager Transportation Services

Stephen Scott

Southern California Edison

Senior Manager

Steve Cole

NW Natural

Transportation Supervisor Ops Support Services

Julie Gomez

Tucson Electric Power

T&D Supervisor, Fleet Services

Don Ashmore

Tacoma Public Utilities

Fleet Manager

Wayne Palmquist

Portland General Electric

Supervisor Fleet Operations

Robert Ruiz

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager of Fleet Operations