Congratulations to the following members who celebrated membership milestones in 2010!
Thanks for being part of the NAFA family!
Willard H. DaSilva
Attorney At Law
Garden City, NY
In 1960, the three-year old National Association of Fleet Administrators hired Willard H. DaSilva as legal counsel and 50y years later DaSilva is still the only lawyer the association has ever had. Twenty years later, NAFA honored him with its Distinguished Service Award and he became a lifetime Member of the Association.
DaSilva is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School. In addition to being NAFA’s legal counsel, DaSilva has been a general counsel for a major independent textile firm, President and Chief Executive Officer for a major textile firm, Trustee of North Shore University Hospital-Cornell Medical College, Trustee of the New York Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Board of Directors for Education and Assistance System.
He is the Editor Emeritus of the New York Bar Journal and served as Executive Editor and Editor of the American Bar Association magazine, Family Advocate, and Editor of The Senior Lawyer, a magazine published by the New York State Bar Association. DaSilva authored the books New York Matrimonial Practice and New York Matrimonial Law and has published scores of articles on legal subjects through the years.
In an article published in the March 2007 issue of Fleet Executive, DaSilva said, “For almost 50 years I have had the rewarding experience of serving a group of dedicated fleet managers who, through NAFA, have achieved international recognition as true professionals.”
Luc Leclerc served on several NAFA committees during his 30 years with the Association. He was very interested in NAFA’s educational programs and served as Chair of the Chapter Education Committee (1993-1994), Chair of the Chapter Certification Committee (1994-1996), and Chair of the Chapter Program Committee (1994-1995). He also served as Co-Chair of the Chapter Education Committee in 1992-1993.
NAFA thanks Leclerc for his service and involvement with the Association for 30 years!
Gordon B. West
Gordon B. West was only 44 when he succeeded J. Paul Hubbard as NAFA’s President making him, at the time, the youngest person to ever lead the Association. He served as NAFA President from 1991-1993 and then as Trustee – Past President from 1993-1995. His long list of service was recognized in 1995 when West received NAFA’s Distinguished Service Award – the Association’s highest form of recognition bestowed upon those with exemplary professional and personal contributions to the industry, society, and/or community.
West grew up in Jericho, N.Y. He graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) in Accounting, Finance and Taxation. He went on to pursue advanced studies in accounting at Hofstra University and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa national fraternity.
He retired from Pfizer, Inc. in October 2001 where he was Corporate Fleet Manager. Within his 30 years with Pfizer, he also served as a Divisional Manager of Financial Operations, Budget Manager, and Budget/Marketing Analyst. In addition, he previously worked as Financial Analyst and Chief Accountant at Sterling Drug, Inc. and was an Accountant for Wilcox and Gibbs, Inc.
A former instructor with the CAFM® program, West was instrumental in developing the program’s finance and accounting section. His NAFA service also includes holding the positions: NAFA Foundation President (1/95 to 5/95); Reporting VP/Officer/Trustee for National Editorial Council 1993-1994; Reporting VP/Officer/Trustee for National Audit Committee 1994-1995; Reporting VP/Officer/Trustee for NAFA Foundation 1994-1995; and Reporting VP/Officer/Trustee for Can-NAFA foundation 1994-1995.
Susan M. McGuire
Director of Vehicle Acquisition
McGuire is the Director of Vehicle Acquisition for Donlen Corporation in Northbrook, Ill.
NAFA thanks Susan M. McGuire for 25 years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like McGuire, Leclerc, DaSilva, and West that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Stephen A. Levine
Hello to all of my friends at NAFA from the land of alligators and dinosaurs. I try and stay away from the gators but I fit in and socialize very well with my fellow dinosaurs. I’ve spent 30 years as a NAFA member and 40 years in our industry and I can’t imagine a better career. Over the years my fleet included cars, small trucks, large trucks, farm equipment, fire engines, aerial devices, even a locomotive. I lived through 20% interest rates, the start of personal use reporting, cutting and mailing thousands of red ribbons every year to support MADD, and the best, “phone pink slips and no voice mail.” At a NAFA conference you always looked for the phone bank before finding the bathrooms. The only reason I was able to survive and succeed from time to time was because of all of the support, information, and friends I had through NAFA. The Pharmaceutical Workshop was probably the best form of sharing of information ever invented. It would be impossible to name and thank all of the folks that helped me over the years.
I’m a really happy dinosaur, and I even sleep through the night. I retired just one year ago and moved to Wimauma FL with my wife, (40 years next year) Alison. We’re attached at the hip and down to one vehicle. The cashiers at Publix, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond call me by my first name. Please call if you’re ever in the neighborhood, my schedule is usually wide open.
Raymond L. Breault
Eastern Regional Service Rep.
Red Bank, NJ
Ray Breault was employed at Hoffmann La Roche for 26 years. Ray spent eighteen of those years in Fleet/Travel management. From 1977 to 1990, Ray worked as Corporate Director of Fleet at Revlon Corp NYC. Ray joined Rental Concepts in 1991 as Regional Sales Manager, North East. He retired in 1998 and rejoined Rental Concepts (currently Fleet Response) as Sales/Service Manager, Eastern Region.
Breault has been a member of NAFA since 1960 and continues to enjoy fleet exposure in the North East by participating in NAFA Chapter Meetings in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Ray is also a member of AFLA and totally enjoys and plans to continue participation in NAFA and AFLA fleet activities along with his peers as long as possible.
Harry W. Behling
Corporate Claims Management
West Babylon, NY
George Argueta is a four year Navy veteran and served on Aircraft carriers USS Hancock CVA 43 and USS Ranger CVA 61 as an aviation electronic technician.
George’s work history includes 5 years as reservations manager with United Airlines, 22 years as Automotive fleet manager with Fortune 100 Celanese Corporation, 2 years as New York office manager with Aaron Auto Transport, 12 years at Salex Corporation as Eastern Regional sales manager and President. Presently and for the past 9 years, George has been the Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Corporate Claims Management.
George’s contributions to NAFA on the chapter level include Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair of the New York chapter and on the national level Vice Chair National Board of Delegates, Secretary, 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Chair of the National Affiliates Committee. George was the first Affiliate Trustee to sit on the Board of Trustees and was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in April 2001. He was elected to the Auto Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010. George and his wife celebrated their 50th year wedding anniversary in 2010. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
Steven A. Dragon
Fleet Sales Manager
Faulkner Fleet Group
West Chester, PA
Steve Dragon has been the Fleet Sales Manager for the Faulkner Fleet Group, West Chester PA since September 1995. During that time he has earned numerous sales awards including GM Mark of Excellence, GM Fleet Elite as the #2 Buick Dealer in the country, and Isuzu’s Winner Circle Gold.
Steve and his wife Mary Ellen have been married since 1974 and have two grown children, Steven Jr. and Rachel. His passion of golf is currently sidelined as he recuperates from recent rotator cuff surgery.
“I still remember the first NAFA meeting I attended and how welcome everyone made me feel. I know that if it wasn’t for NAFA I wouldn’t be where I am in the fleet business today.”
James “Jim” Rallo, former member of NAFA’s Board of Governors, Vice President of the NAFA Foundation and Affiliate Trustee, retired from PHH Arval, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation in March 2009
Rallo joined PHH in 1970. During his career he held numerous management positions including Regional Manager, Regional Vice President, Senior Vice President Sales, and Senior Vice President Sales and Client Relations.
Rallo’s many accomplishments and long-standing commitment to the fleet management profession have made him a leading industry spokesman by his business peers, competitors and media. In the area of legislation (Clean Air Act and Energy Policy (EPACT) he has been actively involved. On behalf of the fleet industry and PHH, Rallo has testified before a number of state, congressional and federal agencies.
Rallo was also a leader in fleet industry organizations, including: Receiving NAFA’s Honorary Life Membership Award in 1997 for distinguished service to the fleet industry. Automotive Fleet Leasing Association (AFLA), where he was past president, executive vice president, vice president and leader of numerous committees. American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA), where he led the industry standards initiative which standardized specifications from the Domestic Three motor companies for ordering new vehicles.
Being retired, Jim is doing more travelling, spending more time with family, a caregiver for his father, VP of the NAFA Foundation, on the board of AFLA, and on the advisory board of Pricelock.
Gino R. Francescangeli
Director of National Accounts
Joan G. Fusco
David Lighthall, CFM/CAFM®
National Fleet Supervisor
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Dave Lighthall joined NAFA in July 1980 and was a member of NAFA’s first graduating class from the Wharton School of Business CFM program. Dave is also a CAFM®.
Dave served as chapter chair, secretary, 35th anniversary co-chair, archives chair and on the program, golf outing, reception and nominating committees for the Chicago Chapter.
On the national level Dave served as chair and vice chair on the Educational Development committee, vice chair of the Board of Delegates, vice chair of the FMI (now I&E) Curriculum committee. Dave also served on the Certification committee, Educational Steering committee, Nominating committee, Outstanding Chapter Service Award committee, Larry Goill Award committee, Editorial committee, Legislative Task Force and the Emergency Operations Manual team.
Dave was awarded the Member Outstanding Chapter Service Award in 1997.
Dave has also served as FMI program moderator, FMI workshop leader, NAFA audio seminar speaker and has contributed to the NAFA magazine. He was also a member of the Illinois Alternate Fuel Task Force and an industry speaker.
Thomas D. Sours
Edward J. Bobit
Automotive Fleet Magazine
Edward J. Bobit is Chairman of Bobit Business Media which he founded in 1961. The company publishes 20 business-to-business magazines, 10 trade shows and 50 industry web sites.
His interests turned to publishing when he was a Chicago sales manager for McGraw Hill for seven years before starting his own company with the launch of Automotive Fleet magazine in 1961.
He served two terms on the MSU Business School Board, on the Development Board and the Athletic Council.
Bobit is founder, and currently Executive Director, emeritus, of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association and was honored with the President’s Award. His services have included Board membership for American Business Media (formerly American Business Press) and Business Publications International; member of the Transportation Safety Committee and Awards Committee for the National Safety Council, and membership to the American Society of Association Executives and Newcomen Society. Honors have been received from the National Association of Fleet Administrators with (Honorary) life membership, the National Association of Pupil Transportation who inducted Bobit into their Hall of Fame, the Nation Vehicle Leasing Association for Life Time Contributions, the Circle of Excellence Award from the International Automotive Remarketing Alliance and the President’s Award from the Association of Car & Truck Rental Independents & Franchisees.
Emile G. Bourdet
Jack Gray was Superintendent of Building and Fleet Services with the Village of Elk Grove Village, Illinois for 33 years before retiring in November of 2009.
Jack continues to provide fleet expertise as a consultant/advisor to Elk Grove Village, in a part-time capacity while being semi-retired. Jack is also the Village Safety Director.
Jack has been an active NAFA Member for over 25 years and served on numerous committees, as well as serving as the chair of the LEG (Law Enforcement Group) from 1996 thru 1999. Prior to 1996 Jack served as secretary and vice chair of the LEG. Jack is also an active member of MFMA (Municipal Fleet Managers Association) since 1989. Jack is currently serving as president/chairman of MFMA since 1995.
Away from Elk Grove, Jack has served as an elected official with the Hampshire, Illinois Fire Protection District as president for 10 years and as a Hampshire Township Trustee for four years. Jack is still active on the Hampshire Planning Commission as President for over 16 years.
Jack’s wife Laura operates a small pool chemical business and Jack assists her with various duties and deliveries.
Jack and his wife have 9 grandchildren that live near them and 3 in the Orlando area.
Jack’s hobbies include home improvement, street rods, wood working, power boating, and his grandchildren.
Christopher G. Hill
Central Fleet Manager
City of Hamilton
Chris Hill has managed the Central Fleet section in the City of Hamilton since 2004, achieving the first E3 Green Fleet Rating in Canada in 2007 and registering the Central Garage to the ISO 14001:2004 standard.
Chris started his career in fleet management in 1974 with a leasing company. He joined NAFA in 1980 as fleet manager at General Foods Canada. He became Ontario Chapter Vice-Chair in 1982 and Chair from 1984 to 1986. He later served on the national Editorial and Education Committees and as President of the Can-NAFA Fleet Foundation.
In 2009 he was appointed to be Chair of the Ontario Chapter again and now serves as Program Chair. On the national level, he serves as Vice Chair of the Fuels and Technology Committee.
Chris has an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Management Consultant. He has written numerous articles in industry journals and recently served as a member of Canada’s Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap team and the Natural Gas Vehicle Roadmap team. He is a founding organizer of the Green Fleet Expo, held annually since 2006 to showcase low-emission vehicle technology.
Director – Global Fleet
Greg Asadoorian is the Director – Global Fleet for Invensys and is responsible for Fleet procurement and operations. Greg’s career with Invensys spans twenty-nine years. Prior to taking on the Global Fleet role in 1999 Greg was the Manager – Corporate Administrative Services for Invensys in North America which included Fleet, Travel & Real Estate and is a past member of the New England Business Travel Association, and the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives. Greg was a nominee for Fleet Manager of the Year in 2003, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from PHH in 2009. He is a past Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary of the New England Chapter and remains an active Board member and a frequent presenter/speaker. In addition, he served on the GM Commercial Sounding Board, GM Global Sounding Board, GE Capital’s Client Advisory Council, and is a current member of PHH’s Client Advisory Board. Outside of work Greg enjoys jet skiing, biking and jogging. He resides in Raynham, MA with his wife Ruthie. Greg and his wife have two sons and two grandchildren.
Jay M. Domeseck
Town of Greenwich
Jay M. Domeseck is Fleet director for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. He started working in gas stations when he was 15 and went onto college for a two year degree in automotives. He then became a mechanic and overtime found himself in supervisory positions. Jay says one of the biggest changes to the industry since his early mechanic days is the technology.
“You used to be able to fix things without computers,” he said. “Technology has just gotten so advanced.”
Jay enjoys the information he receives from NAFA and spends his free time with his two children.
Leland F. Ross
Leland F. Ross spent 35 years with New England Telephone, AT&T Co, and NYNEX and was in the automotive industry for the last 18 years. Over the years many aspects of the automotive industry have changed and Ross says IT systems and leading company handling fleets are just two major changes since his early days. Ross was nominated twice for the Automotive Fleet award and says he has met “a lot of nice people through NAFA”.
Charles A. Woolard
Charles Woolard is celebrating his 25th anniversary with NAFA. Woolard entered the fleet industry when he was employed as a shift foreman in a GMC/Brockway/Freightliner truck dealership in the early 1980’s.
“I found that I wanted to go in another direction but wanted to remain in the automotive field. I was hired by a large regional bank, (CoreStates-now owned by Wells Fargo) to get their fleet of vehicles in order,” he said. “My new manager was a member of NAFA and saw the value of my joining the organization.”
Woolard found camaraderie and similar concerns with his NAFA peers especially when sharing solutions.
“The networking with other fleet managers has always been the most important aspect of my membership,” he said. “As technology expanded to email, the forums got larger and made it easier to reach out to those with shared experiences.”
Also celebrating his 25th anniversary is Robert M. Fornaciari of Livermore, CA
Randy Shadley, CAFM®
Corporate Claims Management
Long-time NAFA member Randy Shadley has recently joined Corporate Claims Management (CCM) as “Director of Safety Programs“, where he can apply his nearly 30 years of fleet industry experience to help organizations evaluate and improve their Vehicle Fleet and Fleet Safety programs. Shadley achieved his Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) designation in 1998 and re-certified in 2003 and 2008. He began his fleet career in 1982 at U.S. Fleet Leasing, with positions in Purchasing and Customer Service. He left USFL to manage the fleet and travel programs for Xerox Engineering Systems from 1984 through 1994, and then joined Nextel Communications to create and manage their fleet program. When Nextel merged with Sprint in 2005 he became Fleet Safety Manager for the combined companies’ fleets, where he continued until accepting his recent position at CCM.
Shadley has been an active member of NAFA Fleet Management Association for much of his career, serving terms as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chapter Chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, followed by positions on NAFA‘s national board as I & E Curriculum Chair (2003), Regional Trustee (2003 – 2007) and Vice President (2007 – 2009).
Shadley has served on the Client Advisory Boards of Corporate Claims Management, Associates Leasing, and Ford’s SuperDuty Truck Focus Group, and he represented NAFA on the ASSE committee that in 2006 published the Approved American National Standard (ANSI) Z15 – “Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations“.
He encourages members to get involved with NAFA, to take full advantage of the collective knowledge of our diversified membership.
Richard Stehr, CFM
City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK
Jean M. Nosek
Senior Dir., Facilities and Support Svcs.
Broadcast Music Inc.
New York, NY
Bonnie Whidden, CAFM®
Graphics, Fleet & Admin. Services Mgr.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Elizabeth B. Linck, CFM
Green Valley, AZ
Involved in Fleet Management for 35 years, started Fleet career in 1975 with a Fortune 500 company, joined NAFA in 1980, for the past 19 ½ years, Fleet Director, Town of Greenwich, CT, and one of the original Wharton C.F.M. graduates. As Fleet Director many objectives were achieved, including meeting the requirements for an ASE Blue Seal facility since 2005, with pay grade increases for the Technicians, successfully outsourced the parts room function since 1999, implemented an Outcome Based Budget for four fiscal years, and the department received recognition as a Top 100 Best Fleets for four consecutive years.
NAFA involvement includes 25 years on the NAFA Board of Governors, 29 year active member of Inter- County Chapter as Chapter Chair and numerous Chapter Committee Chairs. Made numerous presentations at the NAFA -FMI, Inter- County Chapter meetings, and several organizations on various Fleet topics. Twice nominated Fleet Manager of the Year (1996 & 2007), Fleet Women of Influence- Automotive Fleet -2008, recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award -2000.
Currently living in Green Valley, AZ, enjoying SCUBA diving, horseback riding, hiking, and still plan on continuing my involvement within the Fleet Management area.
David R. Rush