NORTHBROOK, IL —Donlen was a major participant in two panel discussions at the Bobit Business Media, 2008 GreenFleet Conference and Expo. The conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on September 15-16, was a first ever forum for fleet professionals to learn and discuss actual “green” trends, exploring achievable benefits and misnomers in the green community. The conference focused on these and other hot button issues in an information-sharing program.

Donlen kicked off the conference with the panel discussion, “Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing a Green Fleet Initiative.” Dan Hannan, Senior Vice President of Strategic Consulting and Environmental Solutions, moderated the panel consisting of several fleet managers of companies such as Coca-Cola Bottling, Shire, Inc., Genuine Parts Company, and Scientific Games, as well as a representative from the Chicago chapter of the Sierra Club. The panelists discussed at length the environmental and financial influencers on transitioning corporate fleets to “go green” and pitfalls in the process. James Mastaler Gutermuth, of the Sierra Club, explained how his organization assists companies in making informed decisions to manage carbon output. Using tools such as the Sierra Club’s coolfleets.com, a partnership between the Sierra Club Cool Cities program and Donlen, companies and municipalities have the capability to model vehicle alternatives to gain a better understanding of both their carbon output and lifecycle costs.

During the second day of the conference, Gus Xamplas, Donlen’s Vice President of Remarketing, participated in another panel discussion, “Strategies to Remarketing Hybrids and Fuel Efficient Units.” Several important issues were discussed including special disclosure needs, and lead-time issues on replacing hybrid vehicles among others. However, the main point of concern centered on battery replacement. Xamplas explained that so far nearly all batteries were still under warranty and there hasn’t been a need to replace batteries yet. The panelists agreed that, battery replacement was a considerable remarketing challenge that could only be fully addressed as the progress of hybrid and fuel alternative vehicles in the marketplace continues to develop.

Donlen’s participation in the conference further emphasized the company’s commitment to assisting vehicle fleets transition to environmentally friendly programs. In addition to moderating two high profile discussion panels, Donlen was a premier sponsor for the GreenFleet Conference.

About Donlen
Donlen, with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, and offices nationwide, is a global provider of innovative fleet management programs. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service. Donlen has been recognized as one of The 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago, and as an industry leader by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) in its Global Outsourcing 100 Award from 2006-2008. For more information about Donlen, visit www.donlen.com .