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Release date: 1/20/2020
In mid-January, NAFA received word that Association Past President A.J. "Al" Cavalli passed away. He served in that position from 1969 to 1971.
Starting with NAFA Fleet Management Association in 1958 -- before it formally existed -- Cavalli was a member of its progenitor organization, the Round Table Group. That collective of only 20 individuals met to discuss fleet issues and concerns of the day. Responding to attitudes at the time that regulatory bodies and automakers did not respect the needs and opinions of fleet professionals, the founders of NAFA signed the articles of incorporation soon after to change that thinking.
“I think the most important highlight, not only of my career but of NAFA, was the NAFCAR/NAFVAN project,” said Cavalli in a 2013 interview. The NAFVAN concept provided the vision that yielded minivans and, years later, sport utility vehicles which presently dominate the United States automotive market. “It’s amazing how that impacted the automobile industry. Cars that came out – the sub-compacts and compacts – were very close to the image produced from that survey. And it’s a shame there hasn’t been a follow-up.”
Cavalli was recognized by NAFA as a recipient of the Association’s Distinguished Service Award. NAFA thanks Al Cavalli for his pioneering stewardship of the fleet industry and for recognizing the need for developing a close professional community.