Congratulations to the following members who celebrated membership milestones in 2011!
Thanks for being part of the NAFA family!
Donald R. Knapp
Donald R. Knapp has been a NAFA member since 1981. Donald retired from Montana-Dakota Utilities in 2008. NAFA thanks Donald for thirty years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
J. Paul Hubbard
Ste. Rose, PQ
J. Paul Hubbard celebrates thirty-five years with NAFA in November as an Honorary Member. He served as NAFA President from 1989 to 1991. In addition to serving as President, Hubbard held the positions of First Vice President; Second Vice President; Third Vice President; and was the National Board of Delegates Chair and Vice President for Canada.
Hubbard also served as Chair of the Quebec Chapter and was an active member of the Montreal Conference Committee.
Hubbard joined NAFA on November 1, 1976 while working for Imperial Tobacco, Montreal, Canada, eventually becoming the Marketing Administrative Manager for the company. He left Imperial Tobacco in 1994.
NAFA thanks J. Paul Hubbard for thirty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Anselmi has been involved in numerous areas of fleet operations starting as an apprentice automotive mechanic with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1965 (then called The Port of New York Authority). In 1986 he became the Fleet Manager and joined NAFA. Jim retired from the Port Authority and started with Lorillard in 1996 as the Director of Fleet and Travel. Anselmi was the first Public Service fleet manager to be elected NAFA President in 1995. He also served a term as President of AFLA. Jim is currently the President of the NAFA Foundation. He is a recipient of the NAFA Distinguished Service Award and Automotive Fleet Fleet Manager of the Year. Jim is now enjoying visiting nursing homes with his wife and therapy dog, Chance, in addition to riding his Harley as an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders and American Legion Riders.
John P. O’Donnell
Jack O’Donnell retired in April of 2008 from Wyeth after twenty-nine years of service. O’Donnell spent his entire career at Wyeth in the Fleet Department and retired as the Director of Global Fleet. He was active in the NAFA Philadelphia Chapter and served as Vice-Chair and Chair in the 1980s. O’Donnell and his wife, Maryellen, reside in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. O’Donnell is still trying to improve his golfing game and spends much of his spare time with his five children and nine grandchildren.
Mark A. Welty
ITW Food Equipment Group
NAFA thanks Mark Welty for thirty years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Richard B. Simon
Palm Desert, CA
After graduating with a degree in accounting from San Jose State University, Richard Simon got a job with the County of Santa Clara as an Accountant-Auditor. Seven years later he was appointed Fleet Manager of a 2,000 vehicle fleet. “I never heard of a fleet manager when I was in college, but it turned out to be my calling,” Simon said. “With the help of NAFA and its members you were never alone. If you needed any help managing the fleet, it was just a phone call away (email now).”
Simon retired from the County after thirty “wonderful and fun-filled” years and still keeps in touch with colleagues and friends from NAFA. Simon served as the San Francisco Chapter Chairman twice and the National Chair of the Alternate Fuels Committee. He is currently working part time as a Senior Consultant for Mercury Associates, Inc., and meets many new friends in the fleet business. Simon and his wife moved to Palm Desert, CA upon his retirement seven years ago, and enjoy the area very much.
“We travel quite frequently, but always have time for friends who stop by for a visit,” Simon said. “I am on Facebook, so drop me a line.”
Pierre Moquin has been an active member of the Quebec chapter since joining NAFA in 1966. Pierre has served as the chapter safety committee chair from 1992 to 1996, chapter public service fleet committee chair from 1995 to 1996, chapter reception committee chair from 2003 to 2004, 2010 to 2011, and is the current chapter reception committee chair. Pierre also served as the chapter program committee chair from 2005-2006.
NAFA thanks Pierre for his many years of service.
Louise Davis-Lopez, CFM/CAFM®
Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ
Louise Davis-Lopez, CFM/CAFM®, has more than thirty years fleet experience. She is currently the Fleet Manager for Johnson & Johnson, which includes 7,500 vehicles nationally, one of the largest commercial fleets in the industry. She is responsible for fleet strategy, sustainability goals, managing supplier relationships and the ongoing effective execution of fleet programs, including vehicle acquisition and disposal, leasing, vehicle maintenance and repairs, and fuel management.
She is the founder of “Fleet Excellence”, an internal recognition program for Johnson & Johnson Fleet Business Partners. The program not only recognizes Best in Class performance, it influences behaviors that drive future results.
Her work on the environmental front has earned her the 2010 Environmental Leadership award and recognition in the Top Fifty Commercial, Private Utility & Public Sector Hybrid Fleets.
Ms. Davis-Lopez previously served as New Jersey NAFA Chair as well as holding other Chapter positions. She currently serves as NJ Chapter Treasurer as well as National Audit Committee Chair.
She was the first to partner with NAFA Headquarters to develop and launch the first NAFA sponsored Pharmaceutical survey, which has become a widely used and highly valued resource in the industry. Louise has also successfully facilitated many past NAFA FMI Pharmaceutical workshops.
Louise holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in Accounting/Economics and a programming diploma from Chubb Institute. Davis-Lopez earned Green Belt certification for her work on Vehicle Condition, which yielded financial, process and efficiency improvements.
City of Sioux City, IA
Sioux City, IA
Miller began his career with the City thirty-two years ago as the Assistant Purchasing Agent. Later he became the Fleet Manager working in the City’s centralized fleet division managing maintenance and replacement of the City’s fleet of vehicles and equipment.
After a retirement in the Purchasing Office, the City combined the Purchasing and Fleet operations and Miller continued on as the manager of the Purchasing/Fleet Division under the Finance Department of the City.
In October 2004 Miller became the director of a new department called the Purchasing/Fleet/Transit Department. This new department combined resources of all three divisions and streamlined the operations.
In July 2009, the City merged the Airport Director position with the Transit/Fleet/Purchasing duties. The new department further combines the strengths and assets of the separate divisions.
Miller has been active in several professional associations including airport, transit, purchasing, public works, and fleet management.
Miller is President of the Iowa Public Transit Association, past President of the Siouxland Purchasing Association, and he has also served as a national coordinator for SunGard software’s users group. He is a Certified Purchasing Manager with the National Association of Purchasing Management.
Richard S. Cassard
Richard has been a member of NAFA since July 1986. He was very active in NAFA’s Chesapeake Chapter where he served as Vice Chair from 1996-1999 and twice served as Safety Chair (1996-97 and 2001-2002).
Richard retired from the Anne Arundel County Police Department in April 2002 and currently lives in Galesville, MD.
Twenty years ago Eric Steier retired from PPG Canada as Manager of Administration. One of his responsibilities was the managing of the company’s fleet across the country. It was his membership within NAFA that allowed him to learn the ropes and to write a computer program to keep track of expenses and taxable benefits.
Milton R. Reid
General Services Director
City of Gainesville
Former NAFA President Milton R. Reid graduated with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC. He subsequently worked for General Electric Company designing Diesel Electric Locomotives, Ford Motor Company in Dearborn Michigan, ALCOA, and Occidental Mining Operations in Jamaica and Florida. He joined the City of Gainesville, Florida in 1984 as their Fleet Manager and later became the General Services Director.
Reid is currently retired but continues to be employed by the City of Gainesville as a consultant. Milton served as the Chair of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators and as NAFA President in 2003 and 2005. He and his wife Lisa have six sons and five grandchildren.
Mary A. Daniel
School Sisters of St. Francis
Sister Mary Daniel has been the Fleet Manager for the School Sisters of St. Francis since 1983. At that time she managed well over 525 cars. As members of the Congregation diminished, the number of cars has also decreased.
Sister Mary has been a member of NAFA for 25 years during which she has served several terms as Treasurer and continues to enjoy chapter activities and meetings. The chapter is comprised of a wonderful group of people whom she enjoys being associated with and she appreciates the friendships that have been formed.
Before 1983 Sister Mary served in several capacities at Alverno College and as secretary to the administration of her congregation. Prior to those duties she was an elementary school teacher for a few years.
Sister Mary has served on several boards of the institutions sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis and at present is the Secretary of St. Clare Management, Inc. This is an entity that manages eight buildings which house physically challenged individuals and families.
She thoroughly enjoys cars and is proud to be active in NAFA!
Jeffery L. Thomas
City of Barstow
Jeffery Thomas started working for the City of Barstow in March 1982. He currently holds the title of Fleet Maintenance Supervisor and has a staff of two mechanics. Together they maintain a City fleet of 143 vehicles and equipment.
Thomas is 57 years old, married with four children and four grandkids. He enjoys cross country and downhill skiing, bicycling, sky diving, reading, computers, and spending time with his family.
Brandon A. Sohl
I joined NAFA in 1981 as Vice President of Auto Driveaway Company. At that time a majority of our customers were corporate fleet managers. During this period most corporate fleet managers bought their vehicles, ran the daily fleet operations, and disposed of their vehicles. We had direct contact with the fleet managers for the pickup, storage and delivery of their excess vehicles. This was an exciting time of growth for the vehicle fleet business and the NAFA membership was a close-knit group. The national conventions were extremely important for members to visit with fellow fleet managers, vendors, and the auto manufactures sales personnel. Over the years I developed many personal friendships with NAFA members. Since leaving Auto Driveaway in 2005, I have been a Mortgage Loan Officer and now am a licensed insurance agent but after 25 years of involvement in the fleet management business I still find the industry fascinating.
Corporate Fleet Services, Inc.
Highland Park, MI
Mike Stevens is the managing partner of Corporate Fleet Services, Inc., an Auto, Truck, Bus, Leasing and Management Services company for 35 years. His relationship with NAFA has been a good learning experience and he has recommended NAFA to all clients as an excellent source of fleet information. His relationship with NAFA allowed him to see fleet service through the eyes of the fleet manager spurring the client services plan Corporate Fleet utilizes to satisfy its clients today
A. Warren Feirer
A. Warren Feirer became NAFA’s 16th President in 1979 and served until 1981. During his influential career in fleet, he was employed by Ford Motor Company, Olin Corporation, Standard Brands, and RJR Nabisco. His career accomplishments have led him to twice be nominated for the Fleet Hall of Fame and earned him NAFA’s highest honor – NAFA’s Distinguished Service Award – in 1992.
Feirer’s career within NAFA began in 1966 when he first joined the New York Chapter. It didn’t take long for him to get involved within the Chapter as he soon began managing the meal and room arrangements for the monthly meetings. Feirer went on to hold various positions within the chapter and served as Chapter Chair from 1969-1971.
In the years that followed, Feirer became an important Member of NAFA on the national stage. He led workshops at several NAFA conferences, served as a member of NAFA’s national Board from 1973 to 1984, spearheaded the development of the NAFA Reference Book, contributed a chapter on Lease versus Ownership in the Fleet Manager’s Manual and also directed the publication of the book while serving as NAFA President, participated in the development of the CFM and CAFM® programs, and led NAFA Foundation’s study of company provided vs. driver provided company cars. In addition, he was a trustee of the NAFA Foundation from 1986 to 1992 and served as President of the foundation for the final five years.
While serving as NAFA President, Feirer accepted an award from President Carter for the Association’s efforts in planning fuel conservation during the height of the fuel crisis.
Feirer remains an influential member of the fleet community through his work as a Field Editor and author of fleet management articles for Bobit Publishing and other magazines.
Leonie Von Halle
Computer Sciences Corp.
El Segundo, CA
Leonie Von Halle has served NAFA in many capacities over the past 25 years. She has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairperson of her local Chapter while also being involved with chapter committees; most notably, the Membership and Arrangements Committee which she once chaired. Nationally, Von Halle has served as Reception Co-Chair for the 1994 FMI in San Diego and as Vice Chair of FleetEd in 2006-2007.
Von Halle began her career in fleet as Fleet Administrator for Teledyne Inc. where she was responsible for a fleet of 4,000 vehicles. She left Teledyne after 13 years to join Pinkerton as Fleet Manager and then joined Computer Science Corporation (her current employer) as Fleet Manager in 1999.
In her spare time, Von Halle loves to travel and says she has visited many countries in Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia. She also enjoys doing volunteer work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“I really have enjoyed my involvement with NAFA and all the wonderful people that I have met in the Association,” said Von Halle. “The knowledge gained through meetings and educational classes has been invaluable to my career in fleet.”
Rockwell Automation – Allen-Bradley
Andrea Wawrzyn has been an active member of NAFA’s Wisconsin Chapter since joining the Association. She served as the Wisconsin Chapter Program Committee chair from 1992 to 1997 and was the Chapter’s Audit Committee Chair from 1993 to 1995. NAFA thanks Andrea for her many years of service.
NAFA thanks Paula Bucklad for 30 years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like her that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Manager – Fleet Operations
H J Heinz Co.