PRINCETON, NJ Since 1993, NAFA has recognized individuals, whose creative ideas have helped improve fleet management by increasing productivity or through the creation of bottom-line cost savings, with the Larry Goill Memorial Quality Fleet Management Idea Award. Named in honor of the late NAFA vice president for Canada in 1996, the award is presented each year at NAFA's annual Institute & Expo. The submission process for ideas to be considered for a 2009 Larry Goill Award is now open.

Previous winning ideas have included innovative uses of Internet technology, cost and efficiency savings realized by restructuring of personnel, the formation of both internal and external strategic alliances, the design of unique vehicles to meet unique needs, and innovative lifecycle analysis and decision-making.

Applications may be submitted by any individual directly employed in a vehicle management role by any company, utility, government agency, or not-for-profit organization in the United States or Canada. Eligibility is limited to persons who perform the usual and customary duties of motor vehicle fleet administration directly for the fleet operator and who are not engaged in the sale, rental, lease of, or services to motor vehicles.

The deadline for entries is March 12. All entries must include a completed entry form and six copies of any additional materials to substantiate the entry (CD, video, reports, etc.).There is no entry fee. Up to three different ideas may be submitted for consideration, but each entry must be submitted with a separate entry form and its own corresponding documentation. The winning ideas will be honored during a special ceremony at NAFA's Institute & Expo in New Orleans April 25-28.

A distinguished panel of experienced fleet managers from diverse backgrounds will judge all entries. The criteria for judging will include originality and innovativeness; demonstrated effectiveness of the practice as documented in the entry; and applicability to other fleets.

The award started in 1993 and was sponsored by NAFA and BusinessWeek Magazine. In 1996, it was renamed the Larry Goill Memorial Quality Fleet Management Idea Award in honor of the late NAFA Vice President for Canada. The award is now co-sponsored by Bell Canada, for which Goill worked. Recent winners have included John E. Alley, CAFM and David Bragg (2008); Robert C. Stanton and Tom Groshong (2007); Gregg Hodgdon, CAFM and Erle Potter (2006); and Oleg Cytowicz and Denise Guzzi (2005).

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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet