The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) held its annual conference Oct. 10-11 at the Stoney Creek Conference Center in Broken Arrow, Okla. Conference partners included Tulsa Clean Cities, Clean Cities Central Oklahoma, the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) South Central chapter, and the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oklahoma chapter.
More than 350 fleet professionals registered for the two-day event that brought together participants from 12 states, 55 different cities, and 100 fleet and service organizations. Nearly 100 mechanics registered for technician training and 50 automotive students attended from Tulsa Union High School and the Tulsa Technology Center.
The event featured Mercury Associates speakers Tony Yankovich and Mark Canton, and Dr. Raj Basu from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Sessions were conducted by the Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition and panelists from government fleets in Oklahoma and Kansas. AC Delco, Cummins, Warren Cat, Ford, Summit Truck Group, and Premier Truck Group conducted technician training.
Seventy-five fleet professionals participated in the OPFMA golf scramble on Oct. 3. After-hours networking occurred at the Broken Arrow Stoney Creek Conference Center.
Randy Chitwood, superintendent of fleet management for the Grand River Dam Authority, is the incoming OPFMA president. The board consists of three members at large, three vendor representatives, and past presidents Brian Franklin from the City of Tulsa, Robert Swepston from the City of Muskogee, John Maehs from the City of Stillwater, Dennis Bothell from the City of Lawton, John Reel from the City of Tulsa, and Mike Bradley from the City of Broken Arrow.