Powerful Ideas Presented at Interface ’21
Last month over 130 people gathered in Nashville for Interface ’21, Fleet Cost & Care’s third user conference, and second in the Music City. The event was a resounding success. Highly engaged attendees were exposed to new ideas and approaches to processing and using data to propel business growth.
Interface ’21 connected fleet owners and their teams with the right solutions, peers and partners, it educated Fleet Cost & Care end users through engaging content presented in three educational tracts, and cultivated innovative ideas for driving progress within fleet management technology with dynamic general sessions.
Open-minded industry professionals from over fifty companies were in attendance. They came from companies in the crane & rigging industry, equipment manufacturers, and providers of telematics, insurance, business intelligence, training, and financial services. They came to learn more evolved ways to use data to fuel the growth of their companies and the fleet management industry.
Over the course of the content rich, three-day event there were 20 educational sessions featuring more than 25 contributors including guest speakers, panelists, FCC experts, and let us not forget Interface ‘21’s MC – the most recognizable voice in all of motorsports, NBC Sports broadcaster, Leigh Diffey.
“On behalf of everyone at Fleet Cost & Care, thank you for attending Interface 2021. Your commitment is the key to taking our industry to new heights. Our customers and partners drive our success. Together we can harness the power of data to drive growth and positive change in our industry.”
Jeff Curran, President Fleet Cost & Care & JJ Curran Crane Company
Sessions for Everyone
The conference offered three educational tracks each focused on harnessing the power of data to drive growth and affect a positive change in the industry. There was the data track, which discussed how to run your business based on predictive analytics. There was the revenue growth track that addressed maximizing fleet management software tools to grow your company. Finally, there was the operations track, centered on real-life use cases of how teams gain efficiencies, lower costs, and improve safety using NexGen and Atom products and Fleet Cost & Care best practices.
Sessions were designed to highlight the experiences of our panelists rather than display a colorful deck of PowerPoint slides. FCC moderators got the ball rolling, but it was our panelists who provided their time and their point of view on the subject matter that generated healthy dialogues on stage that gave way to robust audience participation during Q&A portions. This format helped cultivate ideas and a sense of industry-togetherness.
While the educational tracks took a specialized approach to the subject matter, there was an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists to tackle broad topics – like why a data-driven culture matters, ransomware & data protection, construction technology, maximizing equipment values, the importance of appraisals, and safety.
The opening session, Why a Data-Driven Culture Matters featured a diverse group of panelists including Piers Phillips, President of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Austin Rissler, VP Commercial Relationship Manager of Fifth Third Bank, Jeff Curran, President of Fleet Cost & Care, and Jeff Haynes EVP of USI Insurance Services. They offered perspectives on how decisions based on business intelligence are moving their business forward. This session set the tone for the entire conference – companies that can efficiently interpret data position themselves to outperform competitors whether its risk management, a pit stop, or a capital intense transaction.
Other general session highlights included Dan Havens, Chief Growth Officer of Acronis’ sobering look at the biggest risk to businesses in Protecting Your Data: Ransomware Detection and Prevention.
Equipment Management: The Next Frontier for Construction Technology was notable as Russell Young, VP of Tenna took the audience on a journey toward maturing the process of equipment management with their tracking tools.
Finally, it would be foolish to not mention the thought-provoking session: Data Utilization to Enhance Crane Safety with panelists Dr. Jim Wiethorn, Chairman and Founder of Crane Risk Logic, Dr. Stephen Mulva, Director of the Construction Industry Institute, Jeff Schmidt, Risk Manager of Southwest Industrial Rigging, and Dave Howard, Director of Client Services for Fleet Cost & Care. Their session offered a powerful look at how historical data is a critical tool that will save lives and prevent catastrophe in crane operations.
Connecting with Friends
Fleet Cost & Care believes the time out of the conference rooms is just as important as the time in them at events such as Interface ’21. The value of longstanding professional relationships and creating new ones cannot be understated – we are all in this together! That being said, there was ample time to enjoy Music City during Interface. From the intimate concert at the Analog Ballroom to the wild Honkey Tonks down on Broadway, our attendees had time to reconnect with old industry friends and forge new relationships that we hope will bear fruit someday.
Interface ’21 was a huge success and it could not have been possible without our sponsors: Manitowoc, Walter Payton Power Equipment, Western Pacific Crane & Equipment, NBIS, USI, Rouse Analytics, Acumen Information Systems, ITI, Manitou, Tenna, Total Energies, Expedient, Irontrax, LCA, & Temeda.
We are extremely grateful to all our speakers and panelists who were generous with their time and fundamental to making Interface ’21 an amazing event.
Thank you to all our attendees who traveled near and far to join us in Nashville.