NAFA's Expo Hall is Expanding Every Week

Despite a tough economy, NAFA's Institute & Expo is proving a must event for exhibitors seeking to reach fleet managers.

Princeton, NJ, March 15, 2009 --( With just about a month to go before NAFA's 2009 Institute and Expo opens in New Orleans, the Expo Hall continues to grow every week and is now near full capacity. Nearly two hundred companies have already registered to exhibit – many with larger booths than in past years – and both expo revenue and total square footage is up from last year's numbers. The event, which runs April 25-28 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, promises to be one of NAFA's best.

Despite difficult economic times, NAFA's Institute & Expo is once again proving to be one of the most sought after showcases for companies seeking to put their products and services in front of thousands of fleet managers from across North America. NAFA's I&E attendees represent a dynamic group of industry decision-makers that companies rarely get the opportunity to meet in a one on one situation. These fleet managers manage fleets for corporations, organizations, and public agencies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, manufacturing and service organizations to governments and public services, financial institutions, insurance companies, and non-profit organizations.

Manufacturers such as American Honda Motor Company, Audi of America, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations, Harley Davidson Motor Company, Mazda North American Operations, Mercedes-Benz Fleet Operations, Subaru of America/Canada, and Toyota Fleet will all be exhibiting this year while Chrysler remains a major sponsor. Car care and service centers such as Firestone Complete Fleet Care, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Jiffy Lube International, Meineke Car Care Centers, Michelin North America, NAPA Auto Parts, Pep Boys, and Valvoline Instant Oil Change are also among the familiar names with booths. Some of the larger service providers on the floor will be Reading Fleet Services, Insurance Auto Auctions, Flexible Marketing, Magna-SVE Commercial Services, Wright Express, ARI, Adrian Steel, AmeriFleet, Comdata, and GE Capital. For a complete list of exhibitors, please visit and click on the "Floor Plan" link.

NAFA hired NaylorCMG to manage exhibit sales this year and the results have been impressive. While many expos have been forced to cancel or downsize, NAFA's Expo is actually larger this year than last -- both in terms of the number of exhibitors and the total square footage of exhibit space sold. In addition, NAFA has kept a full program of educational sessions and speakers in place as in years past. The combination is leading many to call this year's I&E the fleet event of the year.

"The I&E continues to be a terrific bargain, considering the sheer volume of education available over the course of four days, the networking and business opportunities, the value of the expo experience, and the food and beverage included in the registration fee," said NAFA's Executive Director, Phillip E. Russo, CAE.

For information on how to become an exhibitor, visit

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of members who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the vehicle fleet management profession. NAFA's Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles – including in excess of 1.1 million trucks. In fact, NAFA Members across the North American continent have more than 350,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks in their fleets, totaling more than $21 billion dollars in assets for medium- and heavy-duty trucks alone. For more information visit

About NAFA's 2009 Institute & Expo
NAFA's 2009 Institute & Expo will be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center April 25-28. Global automotive industry expert, Graeme Maxton, will provide the Keynote Address. The I&E features over 60 hours of fleet training, education, and workshops; the Public Safety Roadeo and a large collection of emergency vehicles, the Green Fleet Ride-and-Drive where you can test drive various alternative fuel vehicles; the Green Zone, which contains the latest in "green" products, information, and services; and an Expo Floor with more than 150 companies showing their products and services. Future I&E locations include Detroit (2010), Charlotte (2011), St. Louis (2012), and Atlantic City (2013). For more information, visit

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