When NAFA Fleet Management Association sought a Keynote Speaker for this year's Institute & Expo, they turned to a man whose legend began just up the road from the NAFA home office in Princeton, New Jersey - former United States Senator and Princeton University legend, Bill Bradley.
Bradley truly is a man larger than life. His New York Knickerbockers' jersey hangs from the rafters in Madison Square Garden; he's won an Olympic gold medal, a European Champions Cup, two NBA championships, and he's a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Outside of the sports arena, he's known for of the most respected minds in politics. Bradley will be sharing his thoughts on how technological changes affect the economy, politics, human relations, and the auto industry at NAFA's 2008 Institute & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday, May 4, 2008.
As a star high school basketball player in Crystal City, Missouri, Bradley had over 75 scholarship offers from the top colleges and universities in the nation. He ultimately chose Princeton and led the Tigers to three Ivy League championships while being named All-American each of the three seasons he played. While still in school, Bradley captained the United States Olympic basketball team to a gold medal win over the Soviet Union at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Bradley graduated from Princeton and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship at Worcester College, University of Oxford. While abroad, Bradley played professional basketball in Italy for Olimpia Simmenthal Milano and helped his team win the European Champions Cup in the 1965-66 season. From there, he moved on to the New York Knicks where he helped lead his team to championships in 1969-70 and 1972-73. He retired in 1977 and moved quickly into the political arena.
In 1978, Bradley became one of two United States Senators for New Jersey. He would continue to represent the state until 1996 when he chose not to run for reelection and said, "Politics is broken."
In Salt Lake City, Bill Bradley's Keynote Address will revolve around "America: The Path Ahead." The address will cover topics such as:
• The future of the United States auto industry and the factors impacting the Original Equipment Manufacturers. Particular emphasis will focus on what's going on in Detroit and what that means for not only the US economy, but, on a larger scale, the global economy, and, on a smaller scale, the fleet industry.
• The future of the global auto industry – the outlook and impact that places like China, Japan, Korea, and others will have on the auto industry.
• Petroleum alternatives – what viable alternatives are available today, what will be available in the future, and the politics of each.
• Government regulation of fleets and incentives for fleets with regards to reducing such things as carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions.
• The political scene in Washington and what impact the new President in 2008 will have on businesses in general and fleets specifically.
After his presentation, Bradley will sign copies of his latest book, The New American Story, which was published in 2007. Other books by Bradley include Values of the Game, Life on the Run, The Journey From Here, and Time Present, Time Past: A Memoir.
Over two thousand fleet industry professionals are expected to attend NAFA's 2008 Institute & Expo, which will take place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 3-6, 2008.
About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of Members who manage fleets of automobiles, SUVs, trucks, vans and a wide range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations in the United States and Canada. NAFA's Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and disposal 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.