The 2011 edition of the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar has just wrapped up.
From all accounts, it was another successful event. Our sister publication, Motortruck Fleet Executive, has been a sponsor of the CFMS since its inception.
I remember the first CFMS I attended. It was 1980 at the old Inn on the Park and it was a great introduction to the industry. I can’t recall exactly the number of registered delegates but it had to be over 600.
The first night, I “worked” the hospitality suites with my boss until the wee hours of the morning. The next day, I was front and centre at the first seminar, pen and paper in hand, listening to the latest marvel in braking technology.
To be honest, 99% of what was being said went over my head but I took notes regardless. The first time I saw my boss that day was during lunch. I remember giving him the benefit of the doubt, thinking he must have been sitting towards the back during those early morning seminars.
Little did I know, the man was great at soaring with the eagles at night but he tended to miss a few bells the next morning. The sunglasses always gave him away.
Times have certainly changed. The industry still enjoys a few “pops” but that’s where it usually ends, after a few. The days of pounding back a dozen or more are long gone, at least for most of us.
Hospitality suites are now referred to as “information” suites and although the numbers have dwindled a bit, they still represent a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about industry trends and developments.
A few years ago we made the decision to sponsor the wrap-up dinner speaker. This year, it was Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, former CFL all-star and coach. I only wish I had half his energy and passion for life. I think everyone enjoyed his wit and wisdom.
If you have responsibility over a fleet maintenance facility, do yourself a favour and make a note to attend next year’s seminar. The event is being held for your benefit and needs your participation. Technology isn’t going to stop changing anytime soon and the CFMS allows you the opportunity to learn about these changes and network with your peers.
I believe it’s an investment that’s well worth the money and your time.