General Motors held its 2019 Fleet Solutions Summit in Dallas, TX recently, bringing together over 1,200 fleet owners, operators and managers from across North America. The annual event gave GM fleet customers and prospects the opportunity to see and experience GM’s 2019 product lineup, including the highly anticipated 2019 Chevy Blazer SUV, and 2020 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra lineup of Heavy Duty pick-ups.
The event kicked off with a welcome reception, giving event guests, GM fleet team members and subject matter experts and opportunity to network, making new connections and rekindling friendships. Peter Bagnall, Director, GM Canada Fleet hosted a special Canadian customer reception where he welcomed Canadian attendees, thanked them for their business and introduced members of his team as well as shared some GM Fleet sales highlights including sales increasing 35 percent since 2012.
Ed Peper, GM Fleet U.S. Vice President, kicked off the business meeting by providing an update on the company’s progress in a number of areas and announced that GM is now in the telematics business with a full suite of telematics services that offer insights into drivers, vehicles and the connections between them. GM brand managers from all divisions were on hand to take summit attendees through the many new offerings from Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC, including the new Blazer, Sierra and Silverado HD pick-ups and more.
The business meeting also featured a Q&A with General Motors CFO, Dhivya Suryadervara, Barry Engle, President, the Americas and Santiago Chamorro, GM VP Global Connected Customer Experience. The panel fielded questions on autonomous, electrific and connected vehicles and their potential impact. The meetings informal theme of General Motors products, people and services checking off all the boxes their customers need to do their jobs was reiterated by a shower of check mark shaped confetti that marked the end of the business meeting.
Following the business meeting, Solutions Summit guests headed to the ride and drive where over 100 General Motors products were available to drive. In addition to a road course, towing and off-road environments gave attendees the opportunity to get some serious windshield time in real world conditions pushing the vehicles to experience their capabilities. As well, the ride and drive featured a number of upfitters along with GM subject matter experts who answered questions on telematics, medium duty trucks, customer service and more.
No Solution Summit would be complete without GM’s renowned hospitality and GM fleet team members from Mexico, Canada and the US were on hand with a high energy welcome for guests as everyone celebrated another successful Solutions Summit.
The 2020 Silverado HD pick up was showcased at the business meeting.
Solution Summit attendees were among the very first to see the new 2019 Blazer.
The business meeting was a big success.
Peter Bagnall, GM Canada shared fleet sales highlights at the Canadian reception.
GM's Peter Cornu and Karen Mongelli, Black and MacDonald, get re-acquainted at the Canadian Reception.
GM Canada's Ed Shire and Richard Horsley, flank Mitch King, Coast to Coast Communications at the medium duty tent.
Karen Johnstone, Valvoline, Cynthia Walker, Caterpillar of Canada and David Thornton, Foss National Leasing check out a Chevy Spark at the ride and drive.
An off road course was purpose built at the ride and drive to put GM trucks through their paces.
Doug Morris, Enercare, Ron Simpson, Legend Fleet Solutions, Peter Cornu, GM Canada, Kyle Carpani and Ray Hewines, Legend witha Savana cargo van.
Enbridge's Marion Consoli and Steve Myers check out the engine of a Chevrolet Malibu.