On July 18 and 19 in Chicago, IL, the NationaLease Young Executives Club Members held their eighth meeting. The NYEC strengthens the relationships between these current and future leaders of NationaLease. The meeting began with an introduction of the members, which included two new additions to the group, followed by an enlightening business outlook discussion where the group shared their experiences in their marketplace, as well as any obstacles they faced, and how utilizing the knowledge and experience in the room to helped overcome these obstacles.
After a short break, guest speaker John Doyle, President of Universal Training, joined the group to provide tools to strengthen leadership skills and some action items to put them in place. The group continued their meeting with a presentation from Jeff Spence, Vice President of National Accounts for NationaLease, who shared an update on what’s happening in the National Accounts department as well as shared his vision for the future in National Accounts. The first day’s meeting came to a close with dinner atop the John Hancock building, at the Signature Room on the 95th floor, where attendees continued their open discussion about the industry and building a strong network of relationships throughout the group, all while taking in the iconic views of the Chicago skyline.
The NYEC reconvened on Friday morning and got right down to business with the Idea Session, where an NYEC member took home $200 in cash from NationaLease. Each member in the group provided at least one, but in some cases more than one, idea focused on Competitive Sales, Time Management, Driver and/or Employee Retention, or Recruiting. The group gained much knowledge from such ideas as, utilizing their insurance to help lower healthcare costs, incorporating “Lunch & Learns” for customer relations, gift cards for incentives and employee retention, and the winning idea presented by Geoff Fleming at Aim NationaLease – a transportation survey either by mail or e-mail to help learn the nuances of your customer. After this, experienced NationaLease member, with a long history (the longest) with NationaLease, Tom Brown, President of Brown NationaLease, joined the group to discuss his personal experience within a family business and some of the key items to consider when being part of a family business. After lunch, the group focused on continuing the open discussion and networking to bring a various number of topics to light.
The meeting was closed with a discussion on the future of NYEC and the suggested changes for the forthcoming meetings – including incorporating visits to our suppliers at a future NYEC meeting. A special thank you goes out to Geoff Fleming, Aim NationaLease; Kevin Fleming, Fleming NationaLease; Taylor Brown, Brown NationaLease; and Scott Shelton, Trans Power NationaLease for planning the July 2013 meeting.
If you are interested in learning more about the NationaLease Young Executives Club, please e-mail Kelly Kordowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.