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NAFA Announces Ford Pro CEO, Ted Cannis, as Keynote Speaker for 2024 Institute & Expo

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NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) is excited to announce that Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro, will lead a keynote session at the upcoming 2024 Institute & Expo (I&E). The session, titled "Ford Pro – Our Learnings: Grow Productivity, Reduce Risk," will take place during the Tuesday General Session on April 23, 2024. "We are thrilled to have Ted Cannis join us as a keynote speaker at NAFA I&E 2024," said Bill Schankel, CAE, CEO of NAFA. "His insights into growing productivity and reducing risk within the fleet industry will undoubtedly provide valuable perspectives for our attendees." As CEO of Ford Pro, Cannis spearheads the global business and brand within Ford dedicated to delivering comprehensive solutions to government and commercial customers. With a focus on accelerating productivity, improving uptime and lowering operating costs, Ford Pro offers connected services and work-ready gas and electric vehicles. Cannis’ tenure at Ford includes leadership positions in Commercial Vehicles and Battery Electric Vehicles, where he played a pivotal role in developing electric vehicle strategies and products such as the Mustang Mach-E SUV and the F-150 Lightning. With his extensive experience, Cannis brings a unique perspective that will undoubtedly inspire and inform fleet professionals at all levels. This provides an exclusive opportunity to hear from one of the industry's foremost thought leaders. More information on this session, and the full I&E schedule, can be found here. Prospective exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space now to ensure prime placement in the I&E Expo Hall. For more information about reserving an exhibit booth, please visit NAFA’s website. Sponsorship opportunities can be secured here. This year’s current sponsors include Bestpass Inc., FASTER Asset Solutions, Geotab, Holman, Legend Fleet Solutions, Merchants Fleet, Motive, Samsara, Shell Fleet Solutions, Stellantis, U.S. Bank Voyager, WEX and Wheels, Inc. NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X. Contact Details Keaveny Hewitt +1 919-622-5276 khewitt@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://www.nafa.org/

March 21, 2024 04:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Aclara Resources secures up to $80M investment from Chile's CAP for sustainable mining

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Aclara Resources CEO Ramon Barua joins Proactive's Stephen Gunnion with details of a significant investment deal with Chile's CAP SA, valued at up to $80 million. Barua said the partnership underscores a shared vision for a sustainable future in the extraction of critical minerals. CAP's financial strength and extensive experience in Chilean operations, including environmental impact assessments and mine management, will assist Aclara's growth, he added. The deal not only injects $29 million into Aclara's Chilean operation, REE Uno, but also offers the potential for an additional $50 million investment upon permit approval. This strategic alliance aims to expedite the development of the Penco Rare Earths Project, focusing on the extraction of vital elements like dysprosium and terbium for electric vehicle motors. The collaboration is set to enhance Aclara's market valuation and accelerate the production timeline, with the goal of commencing operations by 2027. Additionally, the partnership includes the formation of a steering committee to oversee the project's progression, highlighting the commitment to advancing the Penco Module's development efficiently. Contact Details Proactive Canada +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

March 21, 2024 11:58 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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National Contract Management Association Announces New Board of Directors

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The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), dedicated to the advancement and expansion of the contract management profession, announced today the appointment of its new Board of Directors. The program year 2025 new Directors include David Bassett and Manuel Mendez; reappointed are Joy White, and Cameron Holt as Wendy Masiello and Heidi Timmerman transition from the Board. All bring a wealth of experience and expertise in contract management which will further strengthen the association’s strategic direction, transformation, and growth. "As we further our mission to advance the contract management profession and fortify its ties with other acquisition-related communities through advocacy, standards, and professional development, the addition of these individuals is significant,” said Board Chair-Elect, Heather Gerczak. “Their collective wealth of experience, knowledge, and leadership promises to invigorate our organization, propelling us closer to our goals. We eagerly anticipate their contributions as we chart our course forward." Lieutenant General David Bassett (US Army Retired), Founder of Acquisition Insight LLC, provides business consulting to firms aiming to work with the federal government for superior technology access. With over 35 years in the Army, serving as Army Program Executive Officer Ground Combat Systems, Program Executive Officer Command Control Communications Tactical, and Deputy Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support, and retiring as Director of Defense Contract Management Agency, he managed 250,000 contracts worth $3.5T. Mr. Bassett holds Master’s Degrees in National Resource Strategy and Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. As Integral Federal's Chief Financial Officer, Manuel Mendez leads business operations, supporting strategic direction and growth. He manages financial planning, reporting, compliance, mergers, acquisitions, auditing, program finance, contracts, IT, quality, and pricing. Previously, he served as VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at PAE, facilitating its divestiture, IPO, acquisitions, and sale to private equity. With senior financial roles at Engility and Harris Corporation, Mendez brings extensive experience. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. Joy White, Executive Director at Space Systems Command (SSC) has been reappointed to the Board. Ms. White oversees a $15B annual portfolio of major acquisition space programs, ensuring agile, integrated, and resilient capabilities for national defense. She leads SSC's business operations, talent management, and acquisition functional expertise for the United States Space Force, overseeing a workforce of 15,000 personnel at 29 operating locations. Ms. White started her federal service as a contracting intern at SSC and has a diverse background including legal analysis and advisory roles at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. Also reappointed, Major General Cameron Holt (US AF Retired), President at Exiger Government Solutions. Mr. Holt formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Leading a team managing $825B in programs, he focused on Space, Global Power/Reach, and Information Dominance. He also supervised the training, organization, and equipping of 8,000 Contracting professionals handling over $65B in programs annually. Receiving his commission from the University of Georgia in 1990, Mr. Holt has extensive experience in acquisition and contract management across major commands and deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. "It has been an honor to work with Wendy Masiello and Heidi Timmerman for their support and guidance over their two terms. They have been instrumental in navigating NCMA through a period of growth and change," said NCMA Chief Executive Officer, Kraig Conrad. "I am pleased to welcome in our new Board Members, their impressive experience will be invaluable to help grow our Common Language, certifications, and professional development avenues for our community." The NCMA Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, ensuring its financial stability, and overseeing the development and delivery of member services and educational programs. The NCMA Contract Management Standard™ (CMS™) is an important program for the Board as the ANSI-approved standard covers the many practices within the contract management life cycle, including procurement and purchasing. Board members serve three-year terms. Beginning July 2024, the newly appointed Board will officially assume their duties and convene at NCMA's World Congress conference in Seattle, WA. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – www.ncmahq.org – has grown as a professional society whose mission is to collaborate towards a globally recognized contract management profession that strengthens its nexus with related acquisition communities. Serving approximately 20,000 members in both the public and private sectors, NCMA propels the growth, advancement, and impact of practitioners through a steadfast commitment to serve through the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. Contact Details National Contract Management Association Holly DeHesa +1 281-865-3296 holly.dehesa@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org

March 21, 2024 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Rivian Reveals New R2 SUV Model: Electric Vehicles Charging into the Future:

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/eb79IsinBNI Ready to charge into the future? The market for electric vehicles (EVs) has grown rapidly in recent years and according to Kelley Blue Book, in 2023 a record 1.2 million EVs were sold in the US in 2023. EV’s are truly bringing about a new era in automotive innovation. Rivian established its brand with the R1T and R1S, two award-winning vehicles for safety and performance, and on March 7, they shared a first look at R2, its midsize SUV that will make Rivian accessible to even more people. Expected to start around $45,000, R2 combines powerful performance, thoughtful design, and utility in a five-seat package optimized for big adventures and everyday use.R2's four passenger windows and rear powered glass drop fully, and the powered rear quarter windows vent to invite the outside in, creating a unique open-air driving experience. With an extreme focus on rear passenger legroom, even long trips in R2 are comfortable. With ample sized front and rear trunks and additional interior storage, there is space for everyone and all their gear. A nationwide media tour was conducted on March 8th featuring Tony Caravano, Head of Community Engagement at Rivian. During the media tour interview Tony Caravano discussed: · Ownership benefits of EV’s · Details and background about Rivian and the new R2. · What sets Rivian vehicles apart in the EV space. · Highlights of the R2 ownership experience For more information, visit RIVIAN.COM/R2 Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 20, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NCMA's Announces New Members to their National Committee

National Contract Management Association

At the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the focus on providing high-quality resources— events, professional certifications, local networking, and the ANSI-approved Contract Management Standard™ —that positively advance and expand the contract management profession remains the top priority. To help to continue strengthen the association’s strategic direction and growth, NCMA is excited to announce its new National Committee Members, who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to guide their endeavors forward. “Our National Committee Members are essential in providing a platform for meaningful planning and growth for our members and association,” said NCMA’s Board-Chair Elect, Heather Gerczak. “They will be instrumental in inspiring innovation and refining our strategy. I am thrilled to welcome our new members and am excited to collaborate in Program Year 2025.” The National Committee members are seasoned professionals with impressive track records in their respective fields. NCMA welcomes: Joann Campbell-Maher, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, Director of Contracts, SRC Inc., Chapter: Leatherstocking Chapter Will Cannon, Director of Business Operations, General Atomics Chapter: San Diego Jim Doss, Fellow, CPCM, CFCM, Director of Contracts, BlueHalo, Chapter: Tysons Derek Ebona, CPCM, Chief of the Contracting Office, Program and System Support for Contracting and Procurement Office, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, Chapter: Tysons Jessica Johnson, CPCM, CFCM, VP, Services Contracts at Red River Technology, Chapter: Dulles Corridor Wanda Wallace, CPCM, CFCM, Senior Contracts Manager at Magellan Federal, Chapter: Jacksonville This year’s National Committees Members were elected through a competitive application and voting process. These members make a lasting impact on NCMA. The Committees are made up of five groups including audit and risk, governance and ethics, member engagement, professional development and certification, and strategic planning. All who have served have played an instrumental role in helping to shape the associations’ strategy and direction. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – www.ncmahq.org – has grown as a professional society whose mission is to collaborate towards a globally recognized contract management profession that strengthens its nexus with related acquisition communities. Serving approximately 20,000 members in both the public and private sectors, NCMA propels the growth, advancement, and impact of practitioners through a steadfast commitment to serve through the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. Contact Details Holly DeHesa +1 281-865-3296 holly.dehesa@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org

March 19, 2024 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Spring Bird Makes its Expo Debut at the 2024 Texas Transit Association State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo

Spring Bird

Spring Bird, a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in the transportation industry, is thrilled to announce its first-ever expo attendance at the Texas Transit Association (TTA) State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo from March 15-20, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas. This landmark event marks Spring Bird's grand entrance into the expo scene, showcasing their comprehensive range of services, including maintenance, retrofitting, leasing, and sales of transit-style buses. Spring Bird, under the visionary leadership of Elliott Carson, continues the legacy of the Carson family in the bus industry, bringing over 75 years of combined experience and dedication to quality, safety, and customer satisfaction. The company specializes in offering top-tier transit buses from renowned manufacturers like New Flyer, and Gillig, emphasizing the latest safety features and technological advancements. Spring Bird’s cutting-edge rehabilitation services will be the heart of its expo showcase. Attendees will learn about the company’s capabilities in performing minor repairs, major overhauls, and retrofitting buses with the latest low-emission engines and GPS tracking systems. Spring Bird is committed to providing customized solutions that meet clients’ unique needs, whether they want to purchase new buses or service their existing fleets. Elliott Carson, representing the fourth generation of the Carson family in the bus industry, expressed his enthusiasm about participating in the TTA State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo: "We are excited to debut at this wonderful event and look forward to connecting with transit agencies and other entities from Texas and across the United States. Our attendance at the TTA Expo is a testament to Spring Bird's commitment to excellence and innovation in providing high-quality, affordable transportation solutions." Texas is also the home of Spring Bird, located in Austin, TX. The Texas Transit Association, organized in 1986, brings together metropolitan, small urban, and rural transit agencies, along with private and public entities from across the country, making it the perfect platform for Spring Bird to introduce its services to a wider audience. Visit Spring Bird at the 2024 TTA State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo to explore how they can support your transit needs with their high-quality buses and comprehensive rehabilitation services. About Spring Bird: Spring Bird is a premier provider of transportation solutions specializing in the sale, leasing, and service of heavy-duty transit buses and motor coaches. Drawing from the rich Carson family legacy in the transportation industry, Spring Bird offers an inventory of high-quality buses from leading manufacturers and provides customized rehabilitation services, including minor repairs, major overhauls, and technological retrofitting. Dedicated to safety, innovation, and customer satisfaction, Spring Bird addresses the unique needs of cities, transit agencies, and private operators, ensuring reliable and efficient transportation solutions. Contact Details Spring Bird Media Contact press@springbirdbus.com Company Website https://springbirdbus.com

March 18, 2024 03:00 PM Central Daylight Time

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Surge Battery Metals unearths highest-grade lithium resource in the US - PDAC 2024

Surge Battery Metals Inc

Surge Battery Metals Inc (TSX-V:NILI, OTCQX:NILIF) CEO Greg Reimer discusses the company's Nevada North Lithium Project with Proactive's Angela Harmantas at PDAC 2024. The project, located in northeastern Nevada, focuses on a lithium clay deposit. Following surface sampling in 2021 and 2022, and drilling in 2022 and 2023, the company has published its maiden mineral resource estimate. This estimate revealed a substantial resource of 4.7 million tonnes at 2,900 parts per million, including a high-grade segment of 4.1 million tonnes at approximately 3,100 parts per million, making it the largest and highest-grade lithium resource in the United States. The company anticipates announcing optimisations to the lithium extraction process in collaboration with Dr Vijay Mehta, a noted expert in lithium processing, and Cameco consultants. Further developments include a spring and summer drilling program aimed at increasing resource size and grade, and a preliminary economic assessment scheduled for late fall. The company is also expanding its exploration scope with the Bureau of Land Management, seeking approval for a 250-acre drilling operation. Reimer emphasized the shallow depth (within 250 feet of the surface) of the high-grade resource, potentially enhancing the project's economic feasibility. Contact Details Proactive North America Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 NA-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

March 18, 2024 12:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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CTTC Announces Informative Webinar on Partnership Opportunities for Low-No Applications

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The California Transit Training Consortium (CTTC) is thrilled to unveil an upcoming webinar titled "CTTC Partnership Opportunities for Low-No Applications." This pivotal online event is set for March 22, 2024, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada), focusing on the collaborative ventures within the sphere of low or no emission (Low-No) transit applications, especially underlining workforce development and the transition towards zero-emission buses. Event Details: Title: CTTC Partnership Opportunities for Low-No Applications Date: March 22, 2024 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Location: Online (Access details provided upon registration) Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aUqvmnqDSryDc_iWx6Ox8g About the Webinar: The session aims to guide attendees through the workforce development prerequisites of Low-No Grant Applications, emphasizing how CTTC can augment your training needs for an effective shift to zero-emission buses. The webinar is especially timely, considering the latest announcement of the combined Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY24 that incorporates both Low-No and the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Programs. Participants will gain essential insights into optimizing their applications and nurturing enduring partnerships for sustainable transit solutions. Featured Speakers: Maggie Pears, Executive Director - CTTC: Maggie Pears brings a rich background of innovation and a deep understanding of industry needs from her tenure at the Center for Transportation and the Environment. She will outline the strategic partnership opportunities with CTTC, focusing on workforce development in the zero-emission bus (ZEB) sector. Wendy Morgan, Director of Grants - CTE: With a vast experience in public-sector funding, Wendy Morgan will delve into the specifics of eligible activities under the Low-No program, including FTA priority considerations and integrating workforce development into a zero-emission transition plan. Rashidi Barnes, Board Member - CTTC & CEO - Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit): Drawing on extensive experience in transit operations and innovation, Rashidi Barnes will discuss the practicalities of meeting workforce training requirements, highlighting CTTC's comprehensive services to support effective Low-No grant applications. Registration: To take part in this insightful webinar and discover how CTTC can facilitate your agency's transition to a cleaner, more sustainable public transportation future, please register at [Insert Registration Link Here]. As spaces are limited, early registration is advised. Contact Information: For more details, please contact: Maggie Pears maggie.pears@scrttc.com This webinar presents a prime opportunity to explore how strategic partnerships and innovative training solutions offered by CTTC can empower your agency's journey towards environmental stewardship in public transportation. ### CTTC has been at the forefront of transit training for over 20 years, continually expanding its zero-emission training offerings to meet the evolving needs of the California transit workforce. Committed to aiding transit agencies, CTTC provides a plethora of services, including on-site course delivery, curriculum development, apprenticeship programs, and equipment procurement. Contact Details CTTC Maggie Pears +1 310-694-3969 maggie.pears@scrttc.com Media contact press@scrttc.com Company Website https://scrttc.com

March 15, 2024 03:19 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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NAFA’s Innovations Showcase Returns to I&E 2024 with an Exciting Lineup

NAFA Fleet Management Association

NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) is thrilled to announce the return of the highly anticipated Innovations Showcase at its 2024 Institute & Expo (I&E). Following its successful debut last year, the Innovations Showcase is back, bigger and better, set to once again transform the Expo floor into a dynamic innovation zone. This immersive experience, scheduled for April 23rd and 24th, invites I&E attendees to explore and interact with the latest products and updates from leading companies in the fleet management industry. "The Innovations Showcase is a testament to NAFA's commitment to advancing the fleet management profession through innovation and education,” said Mike Camnetar, CAFM, NAFA Board President. “We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from last year and are proud to bring this interactive experience back to I&E. It's a unique opportunity for our members to engage directly with the latest advancements in the industry and recognize excellence through the People’s Choice Award." This year's showcase will feature an impressive lineup of companies known for their forward-thinking and innovative solutions. Attendees will have the chance to explore new products and services from: Car IQ Check Out Our Ramps Chevin Fleet Solutions Clean Fuels Alliance America Collective Data Fleetio MoveEV NovaCHARGE Inc RTA The Fleet Success Company Samsara Sortimo of North America Spring Free EV Each participating company will present their cutting-edge products and services, offering attendees a firsthand look at the future of fleet management. The Innovations Showcase features two awards – the Innovative Product of the Year Award and a People's Choice Award, celebrating the creativity and ingenuity of exhibitors. For the People’s Choice Award, attendees can vote for their favorite innovation. The winners of both awards will be announced before I&E closes. Don’t miss out on this highlight of I&E 2024 – join NAFA to experience innovation in action and contribute to shaping the future of fleet management. I&E attracts thousands of fleet professionals from a variety of fields, including corporate, government, public safety, utility, education and more. The three-day conference offers a blend of education, impactful conversations, networking opportunities, and products and services from the industry’s leading suppliers. Learn more and explore the full I&E schedule here. Prospective exhibitors are encouraged to secure their space early to ensure prime placement in the I&E Expo Hall. For more information about reserving an exhibit booth, please visit NAFA’s website. Sponsorship opportunities can be secured here. This year’s current sponsors include Bestpass Inc., FASTER Asset Solutions, Geotab, Holman, Legend Fleet Solutions, Merchants Fleet, Motive, Samsara, Shell Fleet Solutions, Stellantis, U.S. Bank Voyager, WEX and Wheels, Inc. NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X. Contact Details Keaveny Hewitt +1 919-622-5276 khewitt@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://www.nafa.org/

March 14, 2024 02:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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