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NEWS RELEASE: Bobit/International Automotive Remarketers Alliance Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024

International Automotive Remarketers Alliance, Bobit Media Enter Long-Term Agreement for CAR Event

The leading consignors trade group and the producer of the annual Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR) align to bolster event offerings and better serve the remarketing industry.

The two business partners that have driven the Conference of Automotive Remarketing for almost two decades sealed a long-term deal in early January to extend their efforts on behalf of a transforming industry.

The agreement between the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) and Bobit Media, which owns and runs CAR, deepens the connection between the two organizations and reaffirms their mutual commitment to the remarketing industry. It strengthens CAR by allowing them more time and flexibility to collaborate strategically on planning and growth.

“IARA’s goal is to help our members be more competitive with the necessary tools, training, and resources,” said IARA President Doug Turner. “Our partnership with Bobit delivers a key communication conduit to our members and prospective members on topics that will give them an edge to support their teams and customers.”

The agreement is the first one between the organizations that stretches beyond previous agreements. The IARA, founded in 2001, held its first conference in 2002 that evolved into their signature annual Summer Roundtables.

The IARA started partnering with Bobit on CAR in 2006. Since then, the IARA has hosted committee meetings, workshops, panels, and keynote addresses at CAR that complement the educational agendas developed by Bobit.

“IARA’s community of remarketers engages in an open exchange of ideas about challenges and opportunities in our industry,” said Mark Coleman, executive director of the IARA. “Our partnership with Bobit will provide additional venues and media outlets to carry on that exchange of ideas.”

This year’s CAR event, to be held March 26-28, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona, has convened annually in Las Vegas since it launched in 1995. CAR only skipped 2020 when the COVID pandemic shut down conference gatherings.

“Bobit and the IARA are embarking on a new journey as the two organizations pivot to attract more remarketing professionals as industry members and participants,” said Martin Romjue, a managing editor in the Bobit fleet media group and chairman of CAR since 2022. “The IARA brings to the CAR table the qualities of industry clout, experience, and street cred. Combined with the digital media, event content, and marketing resources of Bobit, CAR will stand taller as the center of industry networking and business connections.”

While the IARA acts as the “Voice of Consignors,” and CAR as the legacy remarketing conference that connects fleet consignors with other remarketing segments, the two partners have widened their initial appeal to a broader mix of auctions, industry services, logistics companies, technology providers, financial transactors and institutions, and an array of specialists and vendors serving the used vehicle market.

In 2001, Torrance, Calif.-based Bobit, which has run its flagship Automotive Fleet magazine and digital brand since 1961, helped a core group of Southern California automotive remarketing executives form the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance. Bobit Dealer Group publisher and current division president David Gesualdo and the late publisher Chuck Parker briefly served as the first managers of the alliance.

More Information: www.carconference.com, www.bobit.com, www.iara.biz

Contacts: Martin Romjue, CAR chairman, 310-533-2489, martin.romjue@bobit.com; Mark Coleman, IARA executive director, mark@Iara.biz, 503-318-7853

 

 

 

2024 NAFA Institute & Expo to Host Ride-and-Drive, Powered by Bobit

NAFA is partnering with Bobit to host a ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase at the 2024 Institute & Expo in San Antonio, convening April 22-24. 

November 8, 2023, Torrance, CA  NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces the addition of a ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase to the 2024 Institute & Expo (I&E).

The NAFA’s Institute & Expo Ride & Drive will be “Powered By Bobit,” the leading B2B voice of the fleet industry and publisher of Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, Work Truck, and Heavy Duty Trucking, among other fleet and automotive brands.

The 2024 I&E will take place in San Antonio, Texas from April 22-24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The ride-and-drive and vehicle showcase will convene on Wednesday, April 24.

“We’re excited to once again offer a vehicle ride-and-drive at I&E, in which attendees can experience the latest models, electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and cutting-edge technologies behind the wheel,” said Bill Schankel, CEO of NAFA. “Bobit is the ideal partner to bring this to fruition.”

“We’re also looking forward to growing our relationship with Bobit for regional events that will offer certificate programs, education, and networking for NAFA members and potential new members,” Schankel continued.

NAFA and Bobit will also partner on regional events to promote industry knowledge, networking, and NAFA accreditation for fleet managers and fleet professionals.

In that regard, NAFA will co-locate its Southwest Chapter board meeting with Bobit’s Fleet Forward Tour stop in Long Beach, California Feb. 21-22, 2024. The event will include certificate programs, educational seminars, a ride-and-drive, and a networking dinner.

“This partnership not only fortifies the capabilities of both organizations but also enhances their capacity to cater to the needs of fleet managers and fleet professionals,” said Henry Dicker, president of events at Bobit.

“At Bobit and NAFA, our mutual goals have always been to create more efficient, safe, and sustainable fleets,” said Chris Brown, associate publisher at Bobit. “We now have complementary forums to provide the education and resources to accomplish these goals.”

About NAFA Fleet Management Association

NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

 About Bobit

Headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a coast-to-coast team spanning North America, Bobit elevates industry potential for professionals in multiple verticals including fleet, automotive dealer, public safety, and beauty, health & wellness with superior brands including Automotive Fleet, Heavy Duty Trucking, Auto Dealer Today, POLICE and Modern Salon. For more information, visit www.bobit.com

Two Global Fleet Events: Bobit & Nexus Communication Aim to Better Serve the Fleet & Mobility Sector

November 7, 2023 (Torrance, CA) – In a collaborative effort to better serve the Fleet & Mobility community, Nexus Communication and Bobit have agreed on a clarification regarding their respective “Global Fleet” events from 2024 onwards in Europe and the USA.

Now in its 10th year, the Global Fleet event has become a ‘must-attend’ event for fleet and mobility specialists around the world. The event was previously called “Global Fleet Conference” on both sides of the Atlantic. For clarity, Bobit and Nexus Communication have agreed to a change of name when this event is organized in Europe.

Consequently, under this agreement, Nexus will take the lead in organizing what will now be named the Global Fleet Summit. This summit will join the other summits organized by Nexus Communication: the Fleet Europe Summit, the Fleet Latam Summit and the Fleet Apac Summit. The Global Fleet Summit will take place on 13-15 May in Cascais (Portugal), where Nexus Communication has already held its Global Fleet event for the past two years.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Bobit will keep the Global Fleet Conference name for its annual event. The conference will be moving from Miami to San Diego, CA, and the 2024 event will be co-located with the Fleet Forward & Fleet Safety Conferences and held November 4-6, 2024.

The aim of both companies is, in a constructive mindset, to offer leaders and professionals in the fleet & mobility sector two events that enable them to come together, network, exchange ideas, meet the experts, and explore the cutting-edge innovations that are propelling the fleet and mobility sector into the future.

“We are delighted to be working together on a solution for the organization of our global fleet events. We believe the name ‘summit’ reflects better how our event has evolved over the years and will bring clarity to the fleet and mobility community. This marks a significant step towards fostering a global community that thrives on collaboration, innovation, and shared knowledge,” say Vincent Degives, Thierry Degives, and Caroline Thonnon, respectively Managing Director and CEO’s of Nexus Communication. “We are confident that this resolution will unlock new possibilities and elevate the standard of excellence within the fleet and mobility industry.”

“Now in its 10th year, The Global Fleet Conference offers multinational commercial fleet leaders an annual opportunity to network with representatives from major global fleet suppliers and OEMs to build alliances, establish new networks, and gather perspectives on global fleet issues,” says Paras Maniar, CEO of Bobit. “We are thrilled to have reached a resolution to continue to deliver the top event in the U.S. for global fleets and be the launchpad for innovations and to connect the worldwide community.”

You can learn more about Bobit’s Global Fleet Conference at https://www.globalfleetconference.com/ and Nexus Communication’s Global Fleet Summit at https://summit.globalfleet.com/.

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NEXUS COMMUNICATION is the BtoB communication company specializing in the Fleet and mobility sector. Nexus Communication addresses all decision-makers (HR – Mobility – Fleet – Travel – Facility – Finance) concerning fleet management and mobility at a global level, in Europe, Latam and APAC. Our media cover all aspects of fleet management and mobility: Sustainability, cost reduction, employee satisfaction, Financial models – Shared cars – New energies – Connected – Last mile – Mobility as a service – Safety – Autonomy – Remarketing. For more information, visit www.globalfleet.com.

 BOBIT  delivers critical business intelligence for its partners and customers through essential content, events, educational experiences, and data & insight solutions. Bobit offers unmatched web and publication content, best-in-class events for industry leaders, research, custom media, and data products for insightful market information that Bobit calls “Business Intelligently.” Headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a coast-to-coast team spanning North America, Bobit elevates industry potential for professionals in multiple verticals including fleet, automotive dealer, public safety and beauty, health & wellness with superior brands including Auto Dealer Today, Automotive Fleet, Data-Driven Salon Summit, Global Fleet Conference, Government Fleet Expo, Heavy Duty Trucking, MODERN SALON, and POLICE. For more information, visit www.bobit.com.

Public Transit Conference

Public Transit Conference joins the Government Fleet Expo in 2024! With content developed by the teams behind METRO and Government Fleet magazines, this new event features sessions and exhibitors built for the needs of public transit teams. Create new connections, gather industry insights, and more at the largest annual hub for public fleet professionals!

Public Transit Conference

Public Transit Conference joins the Government Fleet Expo in 2024! With content developed by the teams behind METRO and Government Fleet magazines, this new event features sessions and exhibitors built for the needs of public transit teams. Create new connections, gather industry insights and more at the largest annual hub for public fleet professionals!

Police Technology eXchange

Police Technology eXchange is designed for senior-level law enforcement decision-makers and is a networking event packed with industry insights that connects industry suppliers with law enforcement decision-makers – to cultivate relationships.

Police Fleet Conference

Police Fleet Conference provides actionable insights to the issues police fleets face, and provides opportunities to learn from the industry’s top police fleet professionals, network, connect, and learn new strategies to innovate police fleets.

Heavy Duty Trucking: The Tour

Heavy Duty Trucking: The Tour is a regional experience, connecting solution providers with qualified buyers. These one-day drive-in events feature an agenda of educational presentations, hands on demonstrations, and ride and drive opportunities.

DeliveryCon

DeliveryCon is a fleet-focused conference and expo, designed to help delivery and other high-mileage fleets discover innovative strategies to keep wheels on the road and drivers safe, in a supply-constrained environment.

BusCon: The Tour

BusCon: The Tour is a one-day, regional transit and paratransit event where transportation professionals network, discover the newest innovations, trends, and equipment & products on the market through sessions and hands-on vehicle/product demos.

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