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Update from Joe McKillips, NETS’ Executive Director – January 2017

Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the year past and look forward to future growth.  For NETS, we can celebrate our 2016 growth in membership and record attendance at the 2016 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference.  I’m also proud of NETS’ participation in the 2016 Global New Car Assessment Programme’s (NCAP) Annual Meeting last fall.  We worked with NCAP to organize a Fleet Safety Open Day that featured an employer panel of fleet safety leaders committed to choosing five-star vehicles wherever possible when purchasing for their fleet drivers and never less than four stars.  This is a great example of how NETS is taking a leadership position to highlight best practices – in this case, collaboration between fleet safety and fleet procurement – to promote safety.

In 2017, we’re looking forward to expanding NETS member benefits so that, regardless of the size or maturity of your road safety program, you’ll have access to the solutions you need to enhance, support and grow your program.  A key component is the NETS Fleet Safety Leaders FORUM, where our members can get direct answers to questions from fellow fleet safety leaders.  Our goal is to improve our members’ experience with this important benefit.  We’re also planning to introduce a “playbook” for road safety leaders that will provide valuable advice on how to implement elements of a world-class road safety program, utilizing NETS resources. 

In recognition that our Drive Safely Work Week campaign is due for an updated approach to better fit the needs of today’s connected workforce, we’ll be announcing a new structure that includes more frequent messages to promote safe driving.  And because many of our members are multi-national companies, we will be announcing new offerings to serve their unique needs.

2017 promises to be an exciting time to be involved in NETS.  I invite you to stay tuned for some exciting new announcements!