Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating membership milestones!
Thanks for being part of the NAFA family!
Gail M. Watson, CAFM®
Fleet & Executive Garage Mgr.
Nationwide Insurance Company
Gail Watson, CAFM®, is the Fleet and Parking Services Manager for Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, OH. Her position includes managing the fleet leasing contract for 4,300 vehicles, and managing associate parking in Nationwide’s downtown garages. A 43-year associate, she works closely with the vehicle manufacturers and Nationwide’s fleet management company externally, and the Safety and Risk areas internal to Nationwide.
Gail earned her Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) designation in 1996 and re-certified in 2001, 2006, and 2011.
Gail is a Member of the Tri-State Chapter and served as the Chapter Membership Committee Chair from 1992-1993, Chapter Vice Chair from 1995-1996, and Chapter Chair from 1996-1998. Gail served as I&E Curriculum Committee Co-chair from 1994-1995, I&E Curriculum Committee Chair from 1995-1996, and was a Member of the I&E Steering Board from 1995-1996.
Gail also served as the National Editorial Advisory Council Co-chair from 1996-1997, National Editorial Advisory Council Chair from 1997-1998, as a Member of the National Education Development Committee from 1996-1998, and as a Member of the Nominating Committee from 1997-1998.
Thomas H. Baylis
Washington County, Fleet Services
Tom started his fleet career as a dispatcher for a Midwest trucking company in 1975. He relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976 and began a 14 year career with Consolidated Freightways, where he held several increasingly responsible positions, ending with his role as Manager of Linehaul Equipment Purchasing. He was also the Fleet Administrator for the company’s several thousand leased and owned automobiles.
In 1990, Tom and his family relocated to Portland, OR. In 1991, he became Fleet Manager for the City of Longview, WA, a position he held until 2006 when he joined Clark County, WA’s fleet team. In 2009, Tom was appointed Fleet Manager for Washington County, Oregon. Having held positions in both the public and private sectors, Tom finds great satisfaction working in local government, where he continues to manage a fleet operation that provides value and accountability to county taxpayers and the internal customers that his division serves.
Tom is a Member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter and served as Chapter Secretary from 1992-1995, Chapter Vice Chair from 1998-2000, and Chapter Law Enforcement Committee Chair from 1994-1995. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing guitar.
Robert P. Eggerss, CAFM®
Bob is a Member of the Mid-West Chapter and served as Chapter Treasurer from 1993-1995; Chapter Secretary from 1995-1997 and 2007-2009; Chapter Vice-Chair from 1997-1998 and 2009-2011; Chapter Chair from 1998-2000 and 2011-2013; Chapter Arrangement Committee Co-chair from 1992-1993, and Chair from 2013-2014; and Chapter Program Committee Chair from 2009-2011 and 2013-2014. Bob served as a member of the National Safety Advisory Council from 1998-1999; National Truck, Van & Equipment member from 1998-1999; and National FleetED Advisory Council Vice-Chair from 2013-2014.
Patricia G. Kays
Drexel Hill, PA
Patricia is a Member of the Philadelphia Chapter and served as Chapter Secretary from 2001-2004 and Chapter Vice-Chair from 2007-2009. Patricia also served as a member of the National Membership Committee from 2000-2001, I&E Arrangements Committee Vice-Chair from 2001-2002, I&E Arrangements Committee Chair from 2002-2003, I&E Curriculum Committee member from 2001-2003, and I&E Steering Board Member from 2001-2002.
Susan E. Murphy
Corporate Fleet Opns. Manager
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Susan is a Member of the Wisconsin Chapter.
Charlene A. Hoover, CAFM®
The Gates Corp.
Charlene is a Member of NAFA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Corporate Fleet Manager
Karen serves as the Secretary for NAFA’s New England Chapter and is also the Chapter’s Reception Committee Chair.
Ed Potkay, Director of Transportation for Cumberland Farms retired in January 2012 after a 37 year career with the company. Potkay managed a fleet of 600 pieces of equipment, ranging from passenger cars to class-8 tractors, trailers, and tankers. Joining Cumberland Farms in 1975, Potkay held a variety of progressive positions, which included, Fleet and Capital Development Manager, Manager of Fleet Services, and Corporate Safety Inspector and Compliance. Following retirement, Potkay joined Epic Media Group in Los Angeles as the National Vice President of Sales. Epic Media Group markets an innovative frame system, which provides changeable high-resolution mobile truck billboards.
Ed became a Member of the New England Chapter of NAFA in October 2008 and attended numerous I&Es over the years, including one since retirement. He states that the knowledge, camaraderie, and friendships made over the years is truly irreplaceable and he wishes his fellow NAFA members continued great success in their careers. He will still be seeing many of you in the future.
Member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. He retired from N.W. Natural Gas in February 2009. Paul has previously served as Chapter Vice Chair 1993-1995, Chapter Program Committee Chair 1994-1995, and Chapter Chair 1995-1996.
Farmington Hills, MI
David Hubbs is a member of the Great Lakes chapter and is an Honorary NAFA Member. It is the strength of members like David that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Vice President Fleet Group
Boucher Fleet Group
Fred Czuta, Vice President of the Boucher Fleet Group for 26 years, handles 15 different product lines Nationwide.
Fred is a member of the Wisconsin Chapter and has served as the Chapter Affiliates Chair from 1992-1997, 1999-2002, 2003-2004, 2006-2008, and 2009-2010. In 1996, Fred was the recipient of NAFA’s Outstanding Chapter Service Award (Affiliates). Fred remains Chapter Affiliates Chair for Wisconsin and has been since 2012.
“Being introduced to the Wisconsin NAFA Chapter 25 years ago I had no idea how many people I would meet and the wonderful relationships that would develop over the years,” Fred said. “In less than a year, I was so impressed with NAFA that I decided I wanted to be an active part of the chapter, which is when I became the Affiliate Chairperson.
“To my surprise, in 1996 I was given the National NAFA Award for ‘Outstanding Chapter Service.’ Our Chapter continues to grow, which is a compliment to our Chairs, Members, and Affiliates who are dedicated in making the Wisconsin Chapter a successful one. Here’s to 25 years and counting!”
Alfred J. Cavalli
Massapequa Park, NY
Al Cavalli served as President of NAFA 1969-1971, but his ties to the Association go back much farther: to the very beginning as the Round Table Group. Cavalli saw NAFA through an unprecedented time of growth and had to make hard choices, including one to raise membership dues in 1970 to match the requirements brought on by the influx of new members.
“It almost wrecked NAFA,” Cavalli said in a recent article in FLEET Solutions magazine. “We found it necessary, at the time, to increase membership fees. They started out at $50 and we raised them to $100, and there was an uproar.” Although there had been talk of upheaval and secession, the Association still held firm.
Cavalli has a long and prestigious history working with some of the most influential individuals and companies in the industry. He also takes great pride in his work on the NAFCAR and NAFVAN projects, wherein fleet professionals helped design vehicles that would best suit the needs of the profession (based on fleet survey feedback). While not much is spoken of these designs now, they had profound influence on automakers in 1976.
Uncredited, virtually all of the NAFCAR concepts were integrated into the future models from the U.S. car manufacturers, with some remaining even to this day.
“It was really amazing how manufacturers took to it,” Cavalli said. “Whether they admit it or not, many of the innovations they came out with were in that survey.”
The NAFA family wishes Al a speedy and healthy recovery from recent health issues.
Norma G. Maxvill
Customer Service Rep.
“I began my career in fleet leasing in 1976 at McCullagh Leasing, Roseville, MI, working in many different areas, but especially in client service. In 1988, I was hired by BBL Fleet, Pittsburgh PA, as the on-site vehicle administrator for a major OEM automotive supplier in Troy MI. The past 25 years with BBL Fleet and our customer have been exceptional.
“Membership in NAFA has been important as I worked as an affiliate on site with a client. My local chapter, Great Lakes, has always provided an invaluable resource for information, best practices, education and support. More importantly, I’ve met fleet professionals who have inspired me with their dedication and commitment, especially to NAFA. Networking with them has proved to be the highlight of my NAFA membership, since many of them have become lifelong friends.
“It’s been my privilege to work with BBL Fleet, and to be a member of NAFA.”
Jacqueline A. Porter
Director of Risk Management
Block Communications, Inc.
Jacqueline Porter was the Member recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Service Award in 2008. She is a Member of the Michigan chapter. It is the strength of Members like Jacqueline Porter that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Patsy Brownson, CAFM®
Patsy Brownson has been in fleet management since 1976. She took early retirement from Cox Enterprises, Inc., a leading multimedia company and operator of automobile auctions, based in Atlanta, GA, in 2008. At her retirement the Cox fleet consisted of over 15,000 vehicles, one of the top 15 truck fleets in the U.S. Not quite ready to give it all up, she went to work for UCB, Inc. a pharmaceutical company based out of Brussels with its U.S. Headquarters in Atlanta. She managed UCB’s Fleet, Relocation, and Travel programs for two and one half years. During her fleet management tenure, she was an active member of several client advisory boards.
Brownson worked her way through several positions at both the NAFA Fleet Management Association and the Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association. She is the only woman to be the President of both associations (NAFA 1993-1995 and AFLA 2005). She became one of the first Certified Automotive Fleet Manager’s in 1990 and was awarded NAFA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award in 1998. In 2001 Brownson was chosen to receive Automotive Fleet’s Fleet Manager of the Year Award. She still is very active in both associations where she is on several committees and is the Treasurer of the NAFA Atlanta Chapter.
Brownson has worked with EPA and DOE on clean air and energy issues, and served on a presidential task force that inspired the Clean Cities program. In recognition of her accomplishments and leadership, President Clinton appointed her to the Policy Dialogue Advisory Committee to Develop Options for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Motor Vehicles. She is the current Treasurer of Clean Cities – Atlanta.
Brownson is semi-retired, but still an active member of the fleet profession.
It is the strength of Members like Patsy Brownson that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
William J. Benzie
Bill is a Member of the New Jersey Chapter and served as the Nominating Committee Chair (1996-1997). NAFA thanks Bill for 30 years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like Bill that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Regional Fleet Manager
Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
Tom is a member of the Southwest Chapter. NAFA thanks Tom for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Michael H. Grace
St. Augustine, FL
Michael is a member of the Sunshine State Chapter. NAFA thanks Michael for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Nancy W. McSweeney
Technical Support Consultant
Chevin Fleet Solutions LLC
Nancy has served as...
NAFA thanks Nancy for twenty-five years with the Association. It is the strength of members like her that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
New England Chapter Secretary (1992-1994);
Chapter Chair (1994-1996);
Chapter Certification Committee Chair (1994-1995);
National Education Development Committee Member (1994-1995);
National Membership Committee Member (1994-1995);
National Membership Committee Co-Chair (1995-1996);
National Membership Committee Chair (1996-1997);
National Program Committee Member (1996-1997);
Chapter Membership Committee Co-Chair (1997-1998);
Chapter Membership Committee Chair (2001-2002).
Robert A. Whitfield
Robert A. Whitfield is currently a Member of the Sunshine State Chapter, but said, “I have had the honor of serving in 3 Chapters, and attending several others.”
“I served as the Chapter Membership Committee Chair from 1992 to 1994, and created the very first organized Basic Education Conference, and directed several of them,” Bob said. “Over the past 50 years, I have been privileged to know and to work with many of the original founders of NAFA. The members and Staff of NAFA have taught me so many things, and I have been fortunate to pass many of these along. The joys from their companionship and friendship have proven to be invaluable.”
NAFA thanks Bob for fifty years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Jim is a member of the Tri-State chapter. NAFA thanks Jim for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Stevens Point, WI
Alice is a Member of the Wisconsin chapter. NAFA thanks Alice for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of members like herthat have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Fleet Street Remarketing, LLC
Kevin McGrath is a member of the Sunshine State Chapter, served as Chapter Reception Chair from 1994 -1996, and Chapter Affiliates Chair from 1995 -1997.
NAFA thanks Kevin for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Allan G. King
Allan is a Member of the Ontario Chapter. NAFA thanks Allan for twenty years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Bruce A. McLeod
Bruce is a Member of the Western Canada Chapter. NAFA thanks Bruce for twenty years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
Katherine M. Croze
National Sales Manager, Government Fleet Market
The CEI Group Inc.
Katherine (Kathi) Croze celebrates her 35th anniversary with NAFA this February. She was named the organization’s first female Affiliate Trustee in 2003, a position she held for two years.
Kathi also has been named one of the top women in the fleet profession by Automotive Fleet magazine. In its December issue, Automotive Fleet named the sixty-six most influential women in the fleet industry. In addition to 25 fleet managers, the magazine cited 41 female employees of suppliers to the fleet industry.
Kathi is the National Sales Manager for the Government Fleet Market for The CEI Group, Inc., a service solutions provider for vehicle collision management and driver safety services. She joined The CEI Group in 1991 and eventually moved from the corporate market to the government market as her primary area of responsibility.
Prior to joining The CEI Group, Kathi was fleet manager for Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, CA where she managed a diverse fleet and set company policy. Croze implemented the first vanpool program for the company as well as the first driver training program. After Hughes she took on the fleet position at Computer Sciences Corporation where corporate travel and ridesharing were added to her responsibilities.
Overall, Kathi has 35 years in the fleet profession and has been involved with various fleet organizations. Most recognizable is her involvement with NAFA where she has held many local and national positions including Chapter Chair as well as Affiliate Trustee, the highest Board position a supplier can hold in that association. Kathi also received the Outstanding Chapter Service Award in 1997.
“Joining NAFA was the best career move I made second only to joining The CEI Group. The support and friendships developed over the years are priceless.”
More recently, Kathi has served as the Corporate Liaison for the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) from 2007 – 2011.
NAFA thanks Roger for his efforts and commitment!
Roger has served as...
Quebec Chapter Chair (1992-1994);
National Membership Committee Member (1993-1994);
Chapter Arrangements Committee Co-Chair (1993-1994);
Chapter Reception Committee Chair (2005-2006).
GE Capital Fleet Services
Bruce Kosaveach has been a major force in the Chapters he has been a Member of including: Pacific Southwest Chapter Program Committee Chair (1992-1993); Arizona Chapter Program Committee Chair (1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2009-2010); Pacific Southwest Chapter Safety Committee Chair (1992-1994); and Pacific Southwest Chapter Arrangement Committee Chair (1992-1993);
Bruce has also served as National Safety Advisory Council Member (1992-1993); National Safety Advisory Council Co-Chair (1993-1995); National Affiliate Committee Member (1992-1995); and I&E Steering Board Member (1993-1994).
When asked about his years with NAFA, Bruce said, “I joined NAFA in 1988 when working for Advanced Driver Training Services, and got involved with the NAFA Safety National Committee as its Co-Chair for four years.
“For the past 25 years NAFA has provided me with an outstanding forum for networking with fleet professionals as well as a reliable source of information on fleet management. It is a one-of-a-kind organization for the vehicle fleet management profession that members can participate at whatever level they choose. I’m proud to have not only been a Member of NAFA for this period of time, but also to have been a contributing part of its success.”
Dennis W. Millerbernd
Supt. of Central Equip. Svcs
City of St. Louis Park
St. Louis Park, MN
Dennis is a Member of the North Central Chapter. NAFA thanks Dennis for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.
David is a NAFA Past President, having served his term in 1997-1999. His term began at the FMI (now I&E) which was held that year in Montreal, Canada succeeding 24th President Jim Anselmi.
He joined NAFA in 1976 as a new employee with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd.
Manager, Fleet Administration
Tupperware U.S. & Canada
Margaret is a Member of the Sunshine State Chapter.
NAFA thanks Margaret for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of Members like her that have helped make NAFA the fleet profession’s strongest association.