Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating membership milestones!
Thanks for being part of the NAFA family!
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George L. Schwarz
Borough of Camp Hill
Borough of Camp Hill Police Dept.
George Schwarz, CPFP, Fleet Administrator, Borough of Camp Hill Police Dept., Harrisburg, PA is a man who has seen it all. Fortunately for NAFA members, he has been gracious enough to share that knowledge with peers and colleagues.
Having committed himself to the government fleet segment since 1969, with fleets ranging from Pennsylvania State Police, to managing the City of Harrisburg’s fleet, to the Fleet Administrator for the Borough of Camp Hill / Camp Hill Police today. That is not to say that his vehicle experience was limited in any way. “None of the fleets I’ve managed are totally ‘police’ vehicles,” George said. “While the some fleets had many more ‘Police Units,’ all of them also included undercover vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and the various other support units of different makes and models. The City and the Borough’s fleets also includes medium, heavy duty, and off-road type, equipment.”
George has been one of NAFA’s most vocal supporters and has been instrumental in all aspects of the Law Enforcement Group including service as Chair during 2011-2012. He has also been recognized for his ideas and contributions to fleet via the Larry Goill Memorial Quality Fleet Management Idea Award in 2002. George spoke to us recently about his career, how fleet and vehicles have changed, and his relationship with NAFA.
To read a complete interview with George, click here.
Adamson Industries Corp.
Steve Contarino, Vice-President of Adamson Industries Corp., founded the company alongside his wife and President, Kim Contarino back in 1984. Working out of a small office space with a one bay garage, Steve and Kim have built Adamson Industries to what it is today. Located in Haverhill, MA, Adamson Industries’ 56,000 sq. ft. facility operates with a staff of just fewer than 50 employees. Recognized nationwide as a leader in the industry, up-fitting more than 2,500 vehicles in year and offering public safety vehicle products nationwide.
As a reputable figure in the police fleet industry, Steve is often invited as a guest speaker at trade conferences such as NAFA’s I&E and Police Fleet Expo. Steve is also a published writer for industry trade publications including Police Fleet Manager and Police & Security Magazine.
Dennis Morgan began his career in logistics with Consolidated Bathurst, and later moved to Toronto to take a position with Cyanamid Canada. ” I joined NAFA when I assumed the responsibility for the Cyanamid Canada fleet,” Dennis said. He would become Director of Administrative Services with Wyeth Canada after the company acquired Cyanamid.
“During this time, I served with the NAFA Ontario Chapter as Assistant Chapter Chair, and then two terms as Ontario Chapter Chair,’ Dennis said.
Following the acquisition of Wyeth by Pfizer, Dennis worked with Pfizer on the Canadian operations transition team (for two years). Although he is retired from Wyeth Canada, Dennis still attends NAFA meetings. He also has an active home life: “My wife Doreen, of 38 years, as well as my two children and their spouses manage to keep me busy and active in retirement.”
“I had an amazing 36 year career in the fleet management industry. I joined PHH (now Element Fleet Management) in 1975 and enjoyed a wide-range of roles from statistical research analyst, technology support services, and retiring as Vice President, Business Development in 2011.
“I joined NAFA in 1989 and still have fond memories of my first conference in New York City. Little did I know then that I would spend the next 25 years attending conferences and chapter meetings! In the 1990’s, I spent most of my NAFA involvement in supporting roles at the chapter level and was a charter member of the Hartford Chapter. I later became involved with the National NAFA organization, where I had the opportunity to serve on the FMI Curriculum Committee, the Education Development Committee, Chair of the Affiliate Committee, and serve as Affiliate Trustee on the NAFA Board 2007-2009. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to become active in this industry and serve in various roles in NAFA and AFLA. It was a tremendous learning experience and helped develop a valuable network of contacts and best of all, lifelong friendships.
“Since retiring, I spend much of my time on the golf course, either playing or supporting golf organizations for women and junior girls. Retirement also gives me more time to spend with family and friends and just do whatever I want to do when I want to do it!”
NAFA thanks George, Steven, Dennis, and Deb for their years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
John C. McDiarmid
John McDiarmid is a member of NAFA’s Ontario Chapter and served as Vice Chair 2000-2002. John also was a member of the National Audit Committee 1992-1993.
Michael W. Hardesty, CAFM®
Michael Hardesty, CAFM®, capped a thirty-year-long career with Indiana University as Fleet Manager – in addition to a previous twelve years as a business manager at car dealerships – in 2012. During his time, Mike has had oversight of a fleet of 500 vehicles, and has proven over the years to be the level-headed, business-oriented constant necessary for a constantly changing industry such as fleet is. In just his fleet at Indiana U., Mike saw dramatic shifts, such as when the school moved from vehicle ownership to leasing.
Mike has been a major presence in the Tri-State chapter, serving on the Board of Governors as Chapter Chair. He was formerly Co-Chair of NAFA’s National Public Service Committee as well. “I won’t be an active Member anymore, but I have my alumni membership. I may attend a conference or two yet, and I haven’t completely closed the door to other possibilities in the fleet business,” he said.
Theodore D. Less
“I had an outstanding career in the automotive management industry. After 40 years — almost all with Wheels Inc. as Vice President of Sales — I retired in December 1995 as Senior Vice President.
“Since then I have lived up to the Rotary motto of ‘service above self.’ I spend my time volunteering as a Rotarian and also I took a course to become a court advocate for the sexually assaulted and abused. I go to court so the survivors of such horrible experiences don’t have to go to court and relive it. I am with Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center who work very hard to make these people whole again.
“I am involved with a Rotary Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I work with high school kids, mentoring them on mediation between the Catholics and Protestants. In other words, settle problems without killing one another. Plus, I have worked to help other community services.
“I take a class at Northwestern University every Tuesday morning, and find time three days a week to do swimming workouts.”
Andrew R. Armetta
Director Property & Fleet Management
LifeBridge Health System
Bel Air, MD
Andrew is a member of the Chesapeake Chapter.
Allan J. Eyden
Bonnell Motors, Inc.
Allan is a member of the New England Chapter.
NAFA thanks John, Michael, Ted, Andrew, and Allan for their years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Clyde J. Sutton
Sutton Leasing, Inc.
Sterling Heights, MI
Clyde Sutton is Vice President at Sutton Leasing, a national leasing and fleet management company owned by his father. Primary areas of emphasis include sales to national fleet accounts, as well as development and implementation of operational changes required by growth. During his employment Sutton Leasing has grown from having 1000 units leased to a 15,000-unit fleet management company. He is the perennial top sales person. He has implemented fleet management programs at Sutton and enrolled many national accounts. He has developed new leasing programs from design, sale and implementation. He has been responsible for the “Extremely Satisfied” customer satisfaction rating earned by Sutton. He has led teams comprised of both sales and operations functions.
Clyde is also very active in social and philanthropic organizations and the Detroit Athletic Club.
Penny Levin Fields
Penny is a member of the Chicago Chapter and was a member of the I&E Arrangements Committee, 1995-1996.
Senior Manager, Corporate Accounts
The CEI Group
Peter Mitchell is CEI’s Northeast Regional Sales Manager and has been a NAFA member with the Philadelphia Chapter and Regional Affiliate since joining CEI in 1989. Pete has been a board member of the Philadelphia chapter for 20 years. He is currently Co-Secretary of the Philadelphia chapter and Chair of the Nominations Committee.
Brian Thompson, CAFM®
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co
Brian is a committed chapter volunteer for the Mid-West Chapter, having served as Chapter Chair, 2001-2003; Chapter Certification Committee Chair, 1993-1994 and 1995-1997; Chapter Program Committee Chair, 2011-2013; and Chapter Arrangements Committee Chair, 2011-2013.
Edward R. Wootton
Edward is a member of the Mid-West Chapter.
NAFA thanks Clyde, Penny, Pete, Brian, and Edward for their years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Carl F. Gloutnay
Robert Decary; Pierre Moquin; Carl Gloutnay; Stéphane
Bisaillon, Quebec Chapter Vice Chair; Luc Leclerc; and
Roger Daoust (Photo: Stéphane Quesnel)
In 1989, Carl received the Distinguished Service Award, NAFA’s highest form of recognition bestowed upon those with exemplary professional and personal contributions to the industry, society, and/or community. A Club NAFA member, Carl is a dedicated Chapter Volunteer, and has served as Quebec’s Chapter Membership Committee Chair (1992-2001) and Chapter Reception Committee Chair (2010-2015).
Gene J. Lusnek
Gene served as Chapter Program Committee Chair (1992-1993) for the Mid-America Chapter. NAFA thanks Gene for thirty years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Scotch Plains, NJ
After 41 years of career service at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Tom Lubas retired in 2013 and then accelerated his travels worldwide in search of adventures with or without vehicles. As the former Director of the Port Authority’s Operations Services Department, Tom was responsible for several agency activities and divisions, including the Port Authority’s automotive fleet operations. The PA Fleet operations involve approximately 2,500 vehicles with a replacement value in excess of $300 million. This fleet has been ranked for the past several years in the Top 10 of the Best Government Green Fleets in North America. Under Tom’s leadership, the PA Fleet’s carbon footprint was reduced by more than 40 percent and the Fleet is now more than 80 percent “green.”
Tom is the current President of the NAFA Foundation and President of the Empire Clean Cities Coalition. Tom is also a lifetime Honorary Member of NAFA Fleet Management Association and a former NAFA Vice President, and continues to play an active role in NAFA as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York – InterCounty Chapter. He is also a member of NAFA’s Law Enforcement Group.
Weeki Wachee, FL
Club NAFA member Sandra Klontz has been a committed volunteer and supporter of NAFA for many years. She was National Program Committee Chair in 1992-1993. For her dedication, she received the Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
Sandra has also proved invaluable to her home chapter, the Colorado Chapter, and to the chapter structure in total. She has served as Chapter Program Committee Chair (1993-1994), Chapter Arrangements Committee Chair (1994-1995), Chapter Reception Committee Chair (1994-1995), and as Chapter Membership Committee Chair (1997-1998).
Carl H. Monheit, CAFM®
Carl is a member of the New York-InterCounty Chapter.
Josie B. Sharp, CAFM®
Josie Sharp, CAFM®, has proven her commitment to her home chapter, the Philadelphia Chapter, on numerous occasions. She held the position of Chapter Chair for 1995-1996, 2000-2001, and 2001-2002. She was also the Chapter Editorial Committee Chair (1996-1997) and Chapter Program Committee Chair (2003-2004).
NAFA thanks Sandra, Carl, and Josie for their years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
In 2015, Kay Koenig will celebrate 50 years of association with Sandman Bros., Inc. Although “officially” retired she still consults with Sandman Brothers on occasion. Kay and Sandman Bros., Inc. were contacted by General Motors to do courtesy deliveries because GM couldn’t find anyone to do courtesy deliveries in the Indianapolis area. She was honored by both GM and Chrysler (now FCA USA) for the volume of her sales. Her association with NAFA began in the late 70’s. She was one of the first women in fleet sales. Kay worked with Buick to put their vehicles in the Fleet Fair – it was the first time vehicles were actually put on the floor of the fair.
Kay was the first woman to become National Affiliate Chair, and during her years on the Affiliate Committee she helped plan several successful national Affiliates’ nights. Kay was active in the local chapter and planned many chapter events – including the first Tri-State Affiliates’ Fair and Ride & Drive.
She travels, presents workshops, and volunteers. She enjoys her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her husband, Lance, of 36 years, died in 2012.
“I enjoyed my association with NAFA and the wonderful friends I made. I don’t miss the work but miss seeing the friends.”
Mark F. Petersen
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
“I was a young man when I joined NAFA in 1984. Back then I was the newly minted Fleet Administrator at General Instrument in New Jersey. Since then, I became the Fleet Manager at Lehn & Fink, and later moved to Colorado where I worked in a sales and marketing capacity for several fleet management companies that managed diverse fleet products such as accident management, subrogation, vehicle remarketing, vehicle transports, and fuel cards. I even spent some time as the part owner of two different companies, one handling transports, the other in remarketing.
“During all those years there’s been one constant: NAFA. I’ve been a member of NAFA for thirty years now, both as a Member and as an Affiliate. And I’ve been active nationally and on local board for that entire time. I have always found that I get more out of something when I put effort into it – and I have gotten a lot out of NAFA!
“These days I’m back in northern NJ and I’m exploring new opportunities in our industry. So if you know of a company that is looking for a fleet manager with a diverse industry background, mention my name!”
David A. Head
David is a member of the NorCal-North Nevada Chapter. NAFA thanks David for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Earl B. Mitchell
A Member of NAFA from 1970 to the present, Club NAFA member Earl Mitchell was a Corporate Fleet Manager at Owens-Corning for 25 years. Later, he formed Mitchell & Associates Travel Consultants in Toledo, OH. He is now retired.
Earl has been an active participant in NAFA leadership, including his role as Chair of the Tri-State Chapter (1986-1989); Chair of NAFA’s Audit Committee (1989-1991); Co-Chair of NAFA’s Safety Committee (1991-1993); Co-Chair, GM Fleet Safety Symposium (Michigan); and a frequent NAFA Workshop Presenter (Various Topics).
For his tireless efforts in the fleet profession Earl has received GM’s Certificate of Recognition, NAFA’s Certificate of Appreciation, and recognition in many fleet publications.
Congratulations to Earl Mitchell! Thank you for being part of the NAFA family.
Allen M. Mitchell
Allen M. Mitchell’s previous experience includes 5 years as Equipment Supervisor with the King County, Washington Department of Public Works; 9 Years as Transportation Officer & Manager with Rainier National Bank; 2 and 1/2 years as Motor Pool Supervisor with the Washington State Motor Transport Division and over 4 years of active duty military experience as a Maintenance Officer in the US Army where he attained a rank of Captain. While with Snohomish County, Allen was responsible for managing 2,600 fleet assets valued at $54 million. He supervised a staff of 49 fleet personnel at 3 locations and managed a $29 million annual budget.
In October 2008, Snohomish County was designated as a “100 Best Government Fleet” and ranked #3 as a Government Green Fleet of 38,000 public fleets. He has been a NAFA member for 30 years and has served 4 terms as Puget Sound Chapter Chair, in many other chapter positions, and has served nationally on the Membership and Law Enforcement Committees.
In 2011, Allen transferred from Snohomish County to Arlington County, subsequently retiring in November 2013.
Dennis J. Jones
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Auto Truck Group
NAFA Affiliate Dennis J. Jones is a member of the Chicago Chapter. NAFA thanks Dennis for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
William A. Loftis
Fleet Services Administrator
City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK
William is a member of the South Central Chapter. NAFA thanks William for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
William J. Statom
Fleet Fuel Card Sales Manager
Kwik Fill/United Refining Co.
William is a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. NAFA thanks William for twenty-five years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
Susan M. Miller, CAFS®
Director, Fleet Program & Service
Oak Brook, IL
J. Pat Turner
“I began my career in fleet management in 1978 with the Western Company of North America, and joined NAFA in 1979. I moved to Adams Laboratories in 1992, and ended my career at Alcom Laboratories in 2007. I served as Chapter Chair of the Southwest Chapter for one year, and later served as Chapter Chair of the South Central Chapter for three years. Considering all the things NAFA offered, none was greater than the forum to interact with others in this same field. Time spent learning from each other was invaluable and I thoroughly enjoyed my career in fleet management. Now I enjoy retirement. I spend a lot of time at our ranch in the Texas hill country watching the deer and antelope play. I also serve on the economic development board in our home town and enjoy volunteering at my church. I have truly lived a blessed life. Thanks to NAFA for all you did for me.”
Gordon Snyder, CFM/CAFM®
“In 1984, as Fleet Manager for the Allegheny Division of Contel, I joined the Philadelphia Chapter of NAFA and attained CFM certification in 1986. The knowledge from the course and interaction with chapter members were tremendous assets in my work. As a retired fleet manager, it is interesting to see the changes that have evolved over the years. Due to health issues that prevent me from attending functions, I enjoy keeping informed by reading the information received from NAFA and other fleet sources.”
Elda Diez-King, CAFM®
Manager, Travel & Vehicle Safety
Lorillard Tobacco Company
Director, Fleet Services
The Estee Lauder Companies
New York, NY
Lee D. Miller
Senior Manager, Fleet Services
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical
Deanne E. Radke
Assistant Division Director
King County Department of Transportation
Douglas J. Fini
County of Humboldt
G. Steve Staats
Fleet Operations & Maintenance Supervisor
Northern Virginia Elec. Coop.
Director, Fleet Services
City of Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
C. H. Malette
Law Enforcement Manager
Chrysler Canada Inc.
Craig R. Davis
The City of Midwest City
Midwest City, OK
Fleet and Safety Supervisor
Glory Global Solutions Inc.
Garage Operations Supervisor
City of Dayton, Division of Fleet Management
David A. Thompsen, CAFM®
Fleet and Facilities Manager
Matanuska Telephone Assn. Inc.
Patrick R. Wenzl
City of Lincoln, Police Department
Director of Commercial/Support
AutoZone Parts, Inc.
Claton D. Chandler
Supervisor – Fleet Administration
Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Fleet Operations
Oklahoma City, OK
Stuart C. Ed
General Services Director
City of El Paso
El Paso, TX
Senior Account Manager
Des Plaines, IL
Kevin J. Fisher, CAFM®
Barry J. Fitzgerald
Colonial Equipment Company
Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies
Key Account Manager
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
Fleet Street Remarketing, LLC
Supervisor, Administrative Services
Giant Eagle, Inc.
City of Greenville
Sebert Landscaping Company
Missouri Auto Auction
Sean P. O’Malley
ARI, Automotive Resources International
Christopher L. Polcyn
Tovars Snow Professionals
East Dundee, IL
Larry W. Ray
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
Gary B. Robbins
Vice President, Strategic Acquisitions
South Portland, ME
Hourglass Management Corp.
Commerce City, CO
James F. Snyder
RMP Powertrain Solutions
Fleet Program Manager
Intermountain Healthcare Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT
Richard P. Wanders
National Account Sales Manager
Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
General Services Admin. (MTA)
Mike G. Moneymaker
Director Transportation Svcs.
University of Tennessee
Mike is a Club NAFA member as well as a member of the Atlanta Chapter. NAFA thanks Mike for his years with the Association. It is the strength of members like him that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Kathe R. Carter
Mercury Associates, Inc.
2014 finds Kathe Carter joining illustrious company as part of Club NAFA. She is a longtime fleet expert and an asset to the Association.
In 2006, joined Mercury Associates Inc. as a Senior Associate Fleet Consultant. As a part of the Mercury team she conducts fleet reviews, assessments, and analysis and offers detailed strategic and tactical recommendations to maximize fleet effectiveness and efficiency.
During her 30-year career with the State of Michigan, she held positions that began with responsibility for the state’s 8,000 vehicle fleets. As the State’s Deputy Director for Management her statewide responsibilities included Vehicle and Travel Services, Facilities, Mail, Logistics, Printing, Real Estate, Bonding, and Risk Management.
Kathe optimized the use of employees, external service providers, contracts, and inventory to provide high quality fleet service at the best value. In addition, she led the consolidation of the State’s fleet operations and brought the viable financial alternative of fleet leasing into the public sector. Kathe has developed and led seminars on a variety of business and fleet topics.
She has also been instrumental in developing NAFA’s services to public safety and utility fleet managers. She contributed to NAFA in a variety of ways, including teaching and curriculum development and holding a variety of offices, including Vice President. Kathe is a recipient of the NAFA Distinguished Service Award.
Jon Crull, CAFM®
Daytona Beach, FL
Formerly the Fleet Manager for the City of Daytona Beach, FL, Jon Crull, CAFM®, (pictured at right next to then-NAFA President Christopher Amos, CAFM®) has been active in many levels of NAFA’s inner workings.
Crull has served his local NAFA chapter, the Sunshine State Chapter, in nearly every capacity, including three terms as Chapter Chair. He has served on the national level as Chair and Vice Chair of two large committees: the Arrangements Committee (2004-2006) and the Public Safety Group (2006-2009). Crull has also been a member of the national Nominating Committee and the National Curriculum Committee (2006-2011).
He has also contributed to the National Membership Committee 2003-2004; National Public Safety Group 2006-2009; Education Steering Board 2007-2008; and National Certification Board 2010-2011. He served as Secretary for The Center for Professional Fleet Certification (CPFC) 2010-2011.
For his efforts and unflagging commitment to NAFA, Crull was awarded NAFA’s Lifetime Honorary Membership in
Becky Hanna, formerly of Hallmark Cards, was a Chapter Leader for the Mid-America Chapter from 1992-1996, and again from 2001-2012. It is the strength of members like Becky that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.
Joseph M. Pelehach
The Motorlease Corp.
Joe Pelehach joined Motorlease as a sales trainee in 1988. Subsequently, he was promoted to Account Executive, Senior Account Executive, and Regional Manager. In 2009, the Motorlease shareholders elected him to the Board of Directors. Today he is Vice President with responsibility for the Northeast Region and a team of people. In addition, he is dedicated to serving his community of Canton, CT. He has served on the boards for Little League and basketball and coached baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer for more than a decade; He also served on his town’s planning commission. Pelehach earned a BA in economics from the University of Connecticut.
NAFA thanks everyone for their years with the Association. It is the strength of members like them that have helped make NAFA the fleet industry’s strongest association.