Membership Milestones 2017
Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating membership milestones!
Thanks for being part of the NAFA family!
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U.S. & Canadian Partner
Garden City, NY
Vice President Fleet Channel
It is the strength of our Members like Peter and Matthew that has helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Joseph M. Clark
Joe Clark worked at Burroughs Wellcome Pharmaceutical Company twenty-nine years, at Lab Corp three years, and at Qualex for five years. He retired in 2003, but has been involved with Corporate Claims Management as a Consultant. Clark cited, as some of his proudest NAFA moments, starting the Carolina Chapter in 1979, and serving as President as well as serving as Trustee on NAFA’s Board.
Clark said of his experiences, “My memories are many and the professional NAFA Members and Affiliates will always have a special place in my life.”
Michael R. Colbert
Director of Purchasing
Ash Grove Cement Co.
Overland Park, KS
Michael Colbert joined the NAFA Mid-America Chapter in 1987, saying “(I) was immediately welcomed into the world of fleet. I found it was the best way to meet experts in the profession and exchange practices and ideas.”
Colbert has been active ever since, having held the chapter officer positions of Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair, and has been on the chapter board for many years. “The networking opportunities are fantastic and the knowledge gained through my association with NAFA has saved our company a lot of money,” Colbert said.
In his spare time, Colbert is a car aficionado and stays active by playing tennis.
Corporate Claims Management
Bob Martines is NAFA’s Trustee – Associate Members and the Founder of Corporate Claims Management (CCM). He currently serves as President and CEO. He began his career in 1977 with Salex Fleet Specialists. Having conceived, developed, and implemented the concept of accident management in the fleet industry 1979, Martines helped build CCM into a viable fleet service provider organization with a commitment to traditional “old fashioned” work ethics; honesty, diligence, integrity, and commitment to excellence on behalf of each client CCM serves.
Martines also conceived, helped to create, and oversaw the development of CCM’s FleetGuard Safety Management Program. FleetGuard is an online program that ensures corporate fleet managers of effective safety training, reduced vehicular accidents, and saving driver’s lives.
Active in NAFA, AFLA, and RIMS since 1987, Martines has made numerous presentations and authored articles for each throughout the U.S. covering accident management, subrogation recovery, vehicle remarketing, and insurance in fleet. He served on NAFA’s National Educational Committee as an instructor and on the Editorial Committee.
Martines received NAFA’s “Outstanding Chapter Service Award” in May of 2003; the first Affiliate in the history of the award to be recognized by multiple chapters. He was featured in Automotive Fleet Magazine “Fleet Personalities of the Year” in 2002 and 2009, and elected to Automotive Fleet’s Hall of Fame in August, 2011. Martines received an award from NAFRD exemplifying their “Code of Ethics” for professionalism and integrity.
Martines is married with three adult daughters, one grandson, and one grand daughter.
Joel Durham, CAFM®
Fleet Services Supervisor
City of Huntsville
It is the strength of our Members like Joseph M. Clark; Michael R. Colbert; NAFA Trustee-Associate Members Bob Martines; and Joel Durham, CAFM® that has helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Gregory J. Tarring
Old Tappan, NJ
Gregory joined NAFA on January 27, 1972. He is a Member of the New York chapter. Gregory retired from Phillip Morris U.S.A. in 2004.
NAFA thanks Gregory for forty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Mary joined NAFA on January 1, 1977 and is a Member of the Great Lakes (formerly Michigan) Chapter. She retired in 2000 from Owens-Illinois Inc., the largest manufacturer of glass containers in North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.
NAFA thanks Mary for forty years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like her that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Hallmark Cards Inc.
Kansas City, MO
Debbie Mize has led an exemplary career in the field of fleet, serving on industry advisory boards for ADT Auctions, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler, as well as receiving Automotive Fleet Magazine’s 1995 Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Her career has spanned thirty-five years; thirty of which have been as a NAFA Member.
“I had no idea when I started in fleet thirty-five years ago what a great career it would be,” Mize said. “I have taken on additional responsibilities for relocation and travel but my passion is certainly with fleet. I have been extremely fortunate to have had the support of so many in my industry.”
“My support has included Hallmark’s management, my staff, family, business partners, and peers,” Mize said. “There are so many resources available and many willing to help in the fleet industry.”
Mize has also been a key figure in NAFA and AFLA, having been a member and on the National Board for both. She currently serves as National Treasurer for AFLA and Chapter Chair for the Mid-America Chapter for NAFA. She has been very involved in the educational programs and overall operation of the chapter, meriting the National “Outstanding Chapter Service Award” by NAFA.
“Being involved in NAFA and AFLA has also been very instrumental to my career,” Mize said. “It has presented leadership opportunities for my development and given me the opportunity to work with so many knowledgeable individuals in the industry. Networking opportunities and keeping up on new trends and developments have been so beneficial from both organizations.”
NAFA thanks Debbie Mize for her commitment to the Association and looks forward to many more years with her enthusiasm and energy. “I feel so fortunate to have been in such a great industry.”
Wayne G. Smolda
CEO, The CEI Group Inc.
Wayne G. Smolda, Chief Executive Officer of The CEI Group, Inc., founded the company in 1983. A 1969 graduate of La Salle University with a degree in business administration, he was employed as a financial analyst and business consultant before entering the fleet industry. A 2010 inductee into the Fleet Hall of Fame, he launched the DriverCare safety services brand in 2002 which includes the DriverCare.com risk management application, and in 2003 introduced CEI to the European marketplace. Smolda is a partner of CSI Holdings, Inc., one of the largest operators of a collision repair shop chain. He is on the board of directors of Arbitration Forums, Inc., a non-profit firm that provides arbitration and subrogation services to the property and casualty insurance industry, and has also served on the board of directors of Provident Washington, a multi-regional insurance company.
It is the strength of our members like Gregory J. Tarring, Mary Johnson, Debbie Mize, and Wayne G. Smolda that has helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.