Work Truck Show 2015 Special Sessions

The following Special Sessions are available by ticket only (not included in any package).

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Tuesday, March 3, 8:30AM–11:30AM

Your organization’s success depends on strong individual performance at all levels, including your non-managerial and administrative employees. However, great overall performance isn’t simply achieved overnight. It requires a common set of values, behaviors and skills that align individual capabilities to your company’s strategy.

During this one-day workshop, learn how to help your team:

  • Prioritize and achieve the most important goals, instead of constantly reacting to urgencies
  • Become more effective communicators, including in the digital world
  • Assume full accountability for results
  • Respond proactively in stressful or difficult situations
  • Collaborate more effectively by building relationships of trust and mutual benefit
  • Approach problems and opportunities with creative teamwork
  • Integrate continuous improvement and learning

As employees move from dependence to independence to interdependence, they will be able to experience firsthand the rewards of greater cooperation, collaboration and performance. In turn, your business will benefit from greater work force effectiveness and a stronger foundation for growth.

Presented by: DeVerl Austin, Senior Consultant, FranklinCovey (Ashburn, VA)
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Straightforward Approach to Lean Implementation that is
Working for Truck Equipment Upfitters
Tuesday, March 3, 9:00AM–4:00PM

Lean Partners LogoQuality, productivity and profit are the result of teamwork, organization and execution of planning. Invest one day and see what other NTEA member companies have done to move their shop productivity to a new level through workplace organization and streamlining custom work. This intensive program will demonstrate how changing the way you approach your business can deliver significant results. The workshop is targeted to business owners and shop managers who want to learn how to get on the path to gaining a minimum 20% increase in shop productivity without adding personnel or equipment and doing it without shutting down current operations.

Workshop Highlights and Deliverables Include:

  • Lean Thinking as a Culture
  • Successfully Addressing Challenges within Truck
  • Equipment Distributors and Upfitters
  • Impacting Areas of Control Versus Influence
  • Aligning and Engaging Employees
  • How to Target and Identify Waste
  • Hands-on Upfit Exercise Modeling Shop Activity and Improvement
  • Shared Experiences from NTEA Members
  • Developing Straightforward and Manageable Action Plans

Presented by: Tom Barrett, Vice President, Lean Partners (Waconia, MN); and John Fischbach, 
Lead Consultant, Minnesota Lean Partners (Minneapolis, MN)

Panelists: Jeffrey Messer, President, Messer Truck Equipment (Westbrook, ME); Steve Sill, President, Aspen Equipment Co. (Bloomington, MN); and Matthew Wilson, President, Switch-N-Go, AmeriDeck & Bucks Divisions of Deist Industries, Inc. (Hadley, PA)
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Generation Next Leadership Workshop & Networking Reception:
7 Essential Questions when Communicating Change
Wednesday, March 4, 3:00PM–5:00PMGeneration Next Logo_small

Change happens, especially in the workplace — and while you can’t avoid it, you can influence how people react to it. Often, the degree of employee acceptance — or opposition — is a direct result of how the change is communicated. Learn how answering seven questions can help you improve your change management skills and ensure a smoother, more effective transition.

Presented by: Peter de Jager, Speaker/Writer/Consultant, de Jager & Co. Ltd. (Toronto, ON, Canada)
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Indiana LTAP Fleet Educational Program
Thursday, March 5, 8:30AM–10:30AM
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The Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) will host a two-part training course on truck specification development and the benefits of proper life-cycle cost analysis for fleets.

Developing Equipment Specifications for Cities, Towns and Counties
The goal of any municipality is to provide the best possible service at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.
When purchasing public works equipment, government agencies have to evaluate equipment bids on many different criteria to identify the best, lowest and most responsive bidders. Walk through the equipment specification development process — beginning with gaining a clear understanding of what it will do, how long you will keep it and how much you want to invest in it. Then, discuss key aspects of the bidding process that will ensure the best return on investment for the agency and the taxpayer.

The Impact of Life-Cycle Cost Analysis on Fleet Purchasing Strategies
Fleet managers are frequently faced with the issue of trying to accurately determine if truck chassis and equipment upgrades, incorporation of sustainable technologies and work practice changes will provide a real benefit to their operations. While these equipment upgrades and new technologies typically increase the initial cost of a new vehicle, there is often a savings over the life of the vehicle. The proper use of net present value (NPV) life-cycle cost analysis can determine the real return on investment (ROI) associated with any given investment scenario. Gain insights into how buyers can identify the benefits associated with investment alternatives. 

Presented by: Richard Domonkos, Training Specialist, Purdue University/Indiana LTAP, Lyles School of Civil Engineering (West Lafayette, IN); and Steve Saltzgiver, VP Fleet Operations, Republic Services (Phoenix, AZ)
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