Dossier Users Group meeting set for Oct. 24-25

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Fleet professionals from across the nation will converge on the Hilton Hotel and Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 24-25 at the Dossier Fleet Maintenance Software Users Group meeting.

Group Chairman Doug White — director of fleet maintenance at Hunt Valley, Md.-based Dunbar Armored — announced the agenda for the two-day event, which includes panel discussions to address topics Dossier Users Group members voted as most important in their fleet study and survey conducted in February 2007. More than 200 fleets responded to the study; as a result, panels will focus on managing equipment lifecycles, developing and managing fleet budgets, and the hiring, managing and retaining of mechanics and drivers.

Guest speakers addressing this year’s Users Group meeting will include Darry Stuart, chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council, and Joseph Dunne, director of education for the National Association of Fleet Administrators. These experts will speak about the value of belonging to a national fleet organization that focuses on surface transportation needs and issues.

In addition, Users Group members will be the first to see and operate the new Dossier Tire Management system, which is designed to automate tire data collection and the reporting of tires with chronic air pressure and tread wear problems.

Fleet representatives will review and critique the newest Dossier software features and proposed future enhancements, along with topic-specific breakout sessions. Multilevel training sessions on the new enhancements included in version 4.5 of Dossier fleet software will be conducted by experts from the program’s developer, Arsenault Associates.

“This independent no-nonsense Group represents a broad range of large and small fleets from many diverse industries that operate and maintain tens of thousands of vehicles,” says Charles Arsenault, chief executive officer of Arsenault Associates. “These people know what they want, and they’re not afraid to speak their minds. The Dossier Users Group has been a driving force in the program’s development since 1988. Their ideas, comments and no-holds-barred straight talk carry a lot of weight with us.”

Fleet professionals interested in attending can get a meeting agenda and attendance registration form, or learn more about the Users Group, by visiting www.truckfleet.com and going to the Users Group page; calling (609) 747-8800; or e-mailing andrea.harper@afol.com.