EUFMC to Feature Former MLB Pitcher as Speaker

The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) announced it will feature former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott as a guest speaker at its 2018 event.

The conference, which will mark its 65th year, will be held June 3-6 in Williamsburg, Va., at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center.

Abbott, who was born with only one hand, will share his lessons of overcoming obstacles and achieving his dreams of playing in the major leagues. As the first baseball player to win the Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete in 1987, Abbott went on to represent Team USA, win a silver medal at the Pan-American Games, and the U.S. Baseball Federation's Golden Spikes award as the best amateur player in the country.

In the 1988 Olympics, he was the winning pitcher in a victory that brought the United States its first gold medal in baseball. Drafted after graduating from college, Abbott went on to play for 10 seasons on four different teams.

The focus of the conference will be “Strategies for Managing a Safe, Productive, and Cost Effective Fleet,” and educational sessions will be led by fleet executives, manufacturer representatives, and industry experts. Danny Lindsey, Power Delivery senior vice president at Georgia Power, will provide the keynote speech.

Conference attendees can take part in roundtables where fleet executives address common challenges by sharing best practices and working with suppliers to find solutions. They can also experience demonstrations of utility equipment and check out the equipment show exhibits, which will feature more than 60 displays of vehicles, equipment, components, and a wide range of technologies and services.

In 2017, more than 120 utility fleet representatives and 325 representatives from manufacturers and service providers attended EUFMC. To find out more about this year’s conference or to register, visit