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NCTA Maintenance Council Convention and Seminar, October 19-21, 2012

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Mr. Navey was followed by Mike Turner and Scott Furr from Cummins Atlantic, who offered information and insights into the natural gas truck power strategy and the benefits fleets realize from converting to natural gas: i.e. compressed natural gas for short haul operations and liquid natural gas for line haul operations. 

The final presenter for the day was Mike Flournoy, Regional Account Manager for FleetMatics, a leading provider of GPS fleet management solutions for business.  Mike offered insight into how the utilization of GPS technology can enable businesses to meet the challenges associated with managing local fleet operations and improve productivity of their mobile workforce.  Mr. Flournoy stated that by extracting actionable business intelligence from real-time and historical vehicle and operator behavioral data, the fleet could dramatically lower fuel costs, lower maintenance expense and improved routing efficiency.

After the presentations attendees gathered for a Sponsor Reception and Expo where the following participating council sponsors displayed products and mingled with the guests answering questions and providing background on their companies, products and/or services. 

·    Carolina Axle Surgeons                                        Gary Sensing

·    Carolina Diesel Repair                                          Mike Wall

·    Clark Power Services                                           Tom Jones

·    Cooper Kenworth                                                 Todd Stewart

·    Diesel Equipment Company                                 Kim Paisley

·    Engine Technologies, Inc.                                                Tim Grooms

·    FleetMatics, Inc.                                                  Mike Flournoy

·    FleetNet America                                                 James Williams

·    Good Housekeeper Maintenance                          Charles Taylor

·    Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel                                    Benjamin Phillips

·    Heavy Duty & Industrial Sales                               Justin Anderson

·    Huffman Oil                                                         Mike Leonard

·    National Assoc. of Small Trucking Co.                  Jim Lee

·    Parish Tire                                                           Sid Stewart                              

·    Petroleum Products Monitoring, Inc.                     Bob Long

·    Pippin Enterprises                                               Calvin Pippin

·    Rush International                                                Greg Waterman

·    Surry Chemical                                                    Wes Myers

·    Technology & Maintenance Council                       Justin Anderson

·    TruckSavvy.com                                                  Vic Lammi

 

The second day of the conference began with attendees participating in various leisure activities arranged by the Conference Committee.  Attendees could choose from a wide range of activities which included golf, shooting sporting clays, fishing, local winery tour or attending the North Carolina Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach.  Later in the day there was an “open” Board Meeting followed by a reception and dinner.   After dinner the members listened to a presentation by Doni Crowell, District Manager for Verizon Wireless, who provided insight into new communications technologies: i.e.  Telephones, notebooks, i-pads and support accessories.  

On Sunday morning attendees gathered for the “Officers Installation Breakfast” followed by a presentation by Jackie Taylor, Executive Director of Cars, a non-profit GED Plus™ Apprenticeship Program for high school dropouts that offers career assistance to those wanting to return to school.  The stated goal of the program is to inspire dropouts to get an education, learn a marketable skill and bring that skill back to the community, thus stemming the vicious cycle of poverty that erodes our communities.

The NCTA Maintenance Council provides a forum for people to share information, promote professional maintenance practices and network with suppliers and peers in the industry.

Monthly programs are presented by suppliers, regulatory personnel and members. The programs highlight new technologies, products or processes to improve maintenance operations.

Periodic Fleet Talk and Tech Night programs are designed to provide in depth coverage of specific maintenance topics.

The annual Convention and Seminar provides an opportunity to meet and share ideas with industry suppliers and experts.

For more information about the NCTA Maintenance Council and their activities go to www.nctamaintenance.org.

   

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Good content management software can not only make your life easier, but it can save you time, money, and above all save you from the headache of manually updating your site or outsourcing changes. Here are seven ways it can benefit your business, no matter level of technical knowledge you possess.

 

1.) No need for a B.S. in C.S. to update your site. Programming and markup languages can seem very foreign unless you have studied computer science or a related field. This can create a barrier between you and your site. With a CMS, the need to know these languages is eliminated. Content management software is tailored to the needs of non-technical people, using boxes, text ,or symbols that are easily recognized to help you update your site instantly.

 

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4.) Save your business a substantial amount of money. In the past, the only way to maintain a professional looking Web site was to hire someone to do it for you. However, when you outsource a job such as updating a Web site, you are not always the company's first priority and there is usually a large hourly rate or monthly retainer associated with the service. Content management software gives you the ability to do it yourself instantly, and at a fraction of the price. It also allows for several authors, giving you the ability to assign certain sections to the people that are best suited to input the information.

 

5.) Allows for Separation of Content, Structure, and Design. Normally, when wanting to redesign a Web site or change the structure, it is necessary to do a complete rebuild of the site, which can take a lot of time and money. With a CMS the design, content, and structure are separated. You can change the content without losing the design of the site, and you can change the design without losing the content.

 

6.) Work-at-home friendly. Everyone knows that you can't plan for the unexpected, but you can be prepared. Whether it be a doctor's visit or a sick child, neither can stop you from updating your site with a CMS. All you need to have is an Internet- accessible computer and a Web browser to make immediate updates to your Web site from anywhere.

 

7.) Increases consumer interaction. Content management software will give your business a greater ability to interact with your target audience. With a CMS you may choose to send out an online newsletter, which allows you to share any new progress in your business, special promotions, or general information about your company. You may also choose to create a contact form, interactive calendars of events, press releases systems, etc. A good CMS tool will enable you, the non-technical professional, to perform these and a myriad of other important (and often costly) Web site functions easily and affordably.

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