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CEI’s Wayne Smolda to Present Fleet Executive of the Year Award at 2014 AFLA Conference

Trevose, PA, August 29, 2014 – Wayne Smolda, founder and chief executive officer of the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) will present the winner of this year’s Fleet Executive of the Year award next week at the 2014 Conference of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, CEI announced today.

Mr. Smolda will present the award at a special breakfast meeting honoring the association’s award winners on Tuesday, September 9. CEI has been co-sponsoring the award with Fleet Financials magazine since its inception in 2003.

The award recognizes exceptional leadership by managers who have the title of vice president or higher. The winner is selected by panel of judges drawn from the fleet industry. Criteria include cost-saving initiatives, policy-setting, creation of innovative programs, and cultivation of fleet manager training and management. Last year’s winner was Jerome Webber, vice president of global fleet operations for AT&T.

CEI also announced that it has raised its AFLA sponsorship from Platinum to Diamond, the organization’s highest sponsor level. “For more than 40 years, AFLA has been at the forefront in helping to raise the professionalism of the fleet industry,” Mr. Smolda said. “We’re proud to be a member and pleased to extend our support for the benefit of all of those who keep the wheels of business turning.”

The conference is being held September 8-10 at the M Resort & Spa Casino.… Read more

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CEI to Present Its Government Fleet Accident Management Services at FLAGFA’s 2014 Fall Conference

Trevose, PA, August 28, 2014 – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) will demonstrate its government fleet accident management services at next week’s Florida Association of Government Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) 2014 Fall Conference, the company announced today.

Kathi Croze, CEI’s national sales manager for the government fleet market, will represent the company at the three-day conference at the Trade Winds Islands Resort in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. The conference will be held from Wednesday, September 3, through Friday, September, with its trade exhibit on Thursday afternoon.

CEI provides accident management services to a growing number of government fleets across the United States, including, in Florida, the City of Gainesville and Sarasota County. Ms. Croze will present the company’s services for government fleets, which include collecting all accident documentation and imagery; 24-hour assignment of damaged vehicles to pre-qualified repair shops; auditing of all repair estimates for potential savings; monitoring and expediting repairs; pursuit of damage recovery from third-party drivers, and online access to real-time repair program data and program reports.

“Government fleets that outsource their accident repair programs find they manage their time more efficiently, reduce vehicle downtime, stretch the taxpayer’s dollar, streamline and digitize their data and documentation, and have fingertip access to in-depth analytical reports,” said Ms.… Read more

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Creating a Fleet Safety Culture

Trevose, PA, July 2, 2013 — Inconsistent fleet safety policy enforcement and lack of senior leadership support are common pitfalls to avoid in creating a fleet safety culture, according to CEI’s Brian Kinniry.

Mr. Kinniry, the company’s manager of risk and safety services, is quoted in the cover story of the June issue of Automotive Fleet, “9 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating a Safety Culture.”

The article points out that effective fleet safety policies must be regularly updated and internally consistent. “In addition to the policy itself being consistent, it needs to be consistently enforced, and in a timely manner,” Mr. Kinniry pointed out. “Always treating drivers the same way for the same violations helps protect the fleet sponsor from liability. holding drivers accountable as soon as possible after their…violations is vital to changing driver behavior,” he noted.

Senior management must also make clear to employees that safety isn’t a secondary consideration, according to Mr. Kinniry. “All employees need to know that senior management views fleet safety…has a major impact on how well [the company] performs,” he said.

To see the full article, please visit: http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/article/story/2013/06/planning-to-implement-a-safety-program-avoid-these-9-pitfalls.aspx… Read more

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CEI Sponsors Mobile Application Program Guide for AFLA Annual Conference

Trevose, PA, August 28, 2012 — The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced today it is sponsoring the mobile program guide application for next month’s annual meeting and conference of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA).   The event will be held September 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas.

“The theme of the conference is ‘Innovation,’ and sponsoring this innovative way to distribute AFLA’s guide book was an appropriate way to demonstrate our on-going commitment to creating new solutions for the fleet industry,” said Vincent Brigidi, CEI’s president and chief operating officer.

This year’s conference marks the first time that AFLA will offer an electronic version of its program guide, which AFLA executive director Paul Hanscom said typically is about 20 pages long.  “We’re going to provide the mobile app version and a paper version this year, but we hope to move to the electronic version exclusively in the future,” he said.

 About AFLA

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association was founded in 1969 to promote growth, expansion, and professionalism within the commercial fleet management industry by providing education, networking, research, technical standards, representation, and advancement of member interests.

Today, AFLA has more than 300 member companies representing all industry segments, including: fleet managers and sourcing professionals; auto manufacturers and dealers; remarketers; fleet lease; management; maintenance and repair companies; safety, transporting, upfitting, and many other specialized suppliers.… Read more

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Match Fleet Safety Programs to Your Culture

Trevose, PA, August 22, 2012 — The most effective fleet accident management prevention programs are those are built to match their sponsor’s corporate culture. That’s the key piece of advice Vincent Brigidi, CEI’s president and chief operating officer, offers in a featured video interview  in the latest onlined edition of Fleet Management Weekly.

“Culutre matters,” says Mr. Brigidi, because safety needs to be driven by many stakeholders, including risk managers, fleet managers, HR, legal [and] the driver’s line manager, Mr. Brigidi says.  “Don’t force your culture into a safety program…Culture matters.”

New and improved safety program features and technology are important, “but if you are going to work against what you know is out there in your culture, you are going to find taht you are less successful than if you are working with [a supplier] who is adapting their technology and their program to what works best for you,” he explains.

Mr. Brigidi also comments in the interview on the some of the latest technology advancements coming from CEI. To see the entire video, visit http://www.fleetmanagementweekly.com/ and click on “Developing a Culture of Safety.

 

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