AEMP’s annual Asset Management Symposium

October 2012, Vol. 67 No. 10

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) will take on three important issues in the future of asset management during its Asset Management Symposium: telematics, finance and Tier 4. The annual two-day symposium kicks off in Louisville, KY, on Oct. 30-31. General information and details on seminars and speakers are available at

On the first day of the symposium, Bill Sauber, manager, remote technologies at Volvo and member of the AEMP Telematics Committee will introduce attendees to the basic concept and history of telematics, as well as the AEMP-led Telematic Standard. Bill Purdie, president and founder of MobileNet Inc., Jeff Akers, president of 360Concepts, and Terry Rasmussen, Fleet Services Manager at Caterpillar, will speak on the latest industry advances in telematics. Experienced fleet managers John Meese, senior director, heavy equipment for Waste Management Inc., Kerry Sudrla, corporate equipment operations and technical manager at Kiewit Corporation, and Chris Harrell, GPS and telematics manager at Granite Contracting will speak about practical strategies for integrating telematics into a fleet.

The second and final seminar of day one will shift focus to another crucial concept, finance. Attendees will hear from Rob Blackadar, vice president of national accounts at Ritchie Bros., and Jeff Jeter, president-Americas, of IronPlanet, on used equipment values. Immediately following, Brett Hoffman, senior appraiser at JJ Kane Appraisal will provide insight into equipment appraisals.

Immediately following the seminar, Peter Gregory, senior vice president, National Accounts from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance along with Brad Coverdale, director product support, Sunbelt Rentals and Gregg Nierenberg, vice president of fleet operations for Hertz, will lead a panel discussion on the pros and cons of renting, leasing or buying equipment, and the bottom-line impacts of each option. These experienced industry veterans will bring a diverse and broad perspective regarding the evaluation process.

Highlighting this year’s symposium is Peter Blake, CEO of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Blake will deliver his keynote address on how the shifting business climate has changed the way companies view equipment investments during the Tuesday evening reception and dinner.

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