Looking to advance their careers and network within the trucking industry, four CPC Logistics leaders attended the five-day Private Fleet Management Institute (PFMI) this January in Orlando, Florida.
“My experience at PFMI was eye opening,” said Transport Manager Sarah Hicks. “It gave me a more in-depth understanding of all the various roles within fleet operations that I hope will make me a better educator and leader for our team.”
Hosted by the National Private Truck Council, PFMI is an intensive program that provides more than 35 hours of educational content tailored for private fleet industry professionals in five core areas of fleet management. It covers topics such as fleet finance, operations, legal, regulatory and safety compliance, human resources, maintenance and equipment.
“I walked away with a greater knowledge and new connections for CPC,” said Western Division Manager Leslie Gomez. “Upon returning to my branches, I plan to put several of the examples we learned into action such as stay interviews. I also intend to maintain several of the key performance indicators I had begun to put in place.”
With more than 120 professionals from across the United States in attendance, PFMI also gave CPC representatives opportunities to build connections with industry peers by participating in round-table discussions and structured networking activities. In fact, Gomez believes it was the best networking event she has ever attended.
“I spoke to several attorneys as well as hiring managers who were impressed with some of the ideas I put into practice today,” said Gomez. “PFMI helped me to express the value of what CPC can provide private fleets.”
PFMI also serves as a great resource for professionals preparing to take the NPTC Certified Transportation Professionals (CTP) exam scheduled for February 2023. For Hicks and Gomez, the CTP course at PFMI helped ease their test anxiety and taught them key information for the exam.
“Being provided this opportunity makes me more proud to be part of the CPC team and excited for others to have the same opportunities to build their careers,” said Hicks. “Professional development opportunities such as PFMI allow professionals like me to not only grow within ourselves but also help our fleet.”