2015 Milestones

2015 Milestones


Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating membership milestones!

Thanks for being part of the NAFA family!

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December 2015

35 years

Willard H. DaSilva
Attorney At Law
New City, NY

In 1960, when NAFA was in its infancy, it retained Willard H. DaSilva (“Bill”) to provide a structure for its future growth by creating NAFA’s bylaws, which with little change have continued for more than fifty years. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from New York University and received his law degree from Columbia University Law School.

He has become a leader of the profession of law, having lectured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, in addition to numerous appearances on local and national radio and television programs, as well as his published books and hundreds of articles. He is known for unique solutions to difficult legal issues.

Among Bill’s philanthropic activities, he is a founder of New York Jewish Medical Center and a trustee of North Shore University – Cornell Medical College, which combined to create the North Shore University Health System, the largest provider of health services in the New York metropolitan area. Reflective of his dedication to NAFA, in the March, 2007, issue of the Fleet Executive, Bill 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.”

Nancy R. Reingold, CAFM®
Division Manager
City of Houston, Fleet Management Department
Houston, TX

Nancy Reingold, CAFM®, Division Manager for the Fleet Management Department has worked for the City of Houston for 18 years. She is a Club NAFA Member, Charter Member of the New Jersey NAFA Chapter; previous Chair of the Southwest Chapter; and Lifetime CAFM®. She chairs the City of Houston Fleet Standardization Committee creating consistent, efficient processes. Nancy’s hobbies are Duplicate Bridge and Mah Jongg.

Nancy started work at the City of Houston as a Management Analyst II in the Fleet Management Division of the Finance & Administration Department (F&A). After two years there, she spent seven years as a Procurement Specialist with the Strategic Purchasing Division of F&A, seven years in the Public Works & Engineering Department as a Staff Analyst and Senior Procurement Specialist, and the past two years as Division Manager in the Fleet Management Department responsible for the Fleet Software. Nancy is a member of NAFA’s Southwest Chapter.

Gordon B. West 
Melville, NY

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.

NAFA thanks Willard, Nancy, and Gordon 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.
 

November 2015

35 years

Stephen A. Levine
Wimauma, FL

Long-standing NAFA Member Stephen Levine is celebrating his 35th anniversary with NAFA this month.

“Today I manage one vehicle,” Stephen said, “…in Wimauma, FL! Alison and I share one car and after 44 years we’re still on the same road; at least she knows where we’re going.

“I did achieve industry recognition over the years, the privilege of representing NAFA before Congress regarding Clean Air in 1989, Fleet Manager of the Year, and Hall of Fame induction. I was fortunate enough to be a member of NY, NJ, MI (Chapter Chair), and now The Sunshine State chapters of NAFA. But if you look in the mirror you realize that you can only accomplish something with the help of others. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by wonderful colleagues, NAFA Members and Affiliates that helped me to succeed. When her husband was being lauded for his successes, Mamie Eisenhower responded: ‘No man can succeed by himself.’ After over 40 years of working within our ‘industry,’ I realized it was not an ‘industry’ but a very close knit ‘community of people.’

“Safety was always my biggest priority. Every year my family cut over 3,000 red ribbons for MADD when vehicles had antennas. I was able to get approval for a ‘one and done for DUI’ policy, and having points assigned for an accident, regardless of fault.

“Today I take photographs, watch my Tampa Bay Rays, (Bronx) cheer on my J-E-T-S, volunteer at my Synagogue as Men’s Club President, wait for spring training to start, don’t shovel snow, and sleep great at night.”

 

25 years

Kevin J. Fareri, CAFM®
Deputy Director, Fleet Operation Division
State of Texas, Department of Transportation
Austin, TX

Kevin Fareri is the Deputy Director – Fleet Operations Division at the Texas Department of Transportation with over 35 years of experience in transportation and logistics including the last 25 years in fleet management as a Private Fleet Manager, Public Fleet Manager, and Fleet Management Consultant.

He is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) and earned a BBA in Transportation & Logistics from The University of Tennessee.

Kevin has served in the following education and training capacities for NAFA: twice on the CAFM® Certification Board (2002-2004 & 2011-2014), FleetED Committee (2007-2013), Project Leader on NAFA’s Professional Development Guide (2008-2011), instructor at the Fleet Management Seminars, Risk Management instructor at the CAFM® Boot Camp at the 2012 Institute and Expo, 2010 Institute and Expo Curriculum Committee member, Education Development Committee member, and Vice Chair for the Southwest Chapter.
 

Charles A. Gibbens 
Midlothian, VA

A member of NAFA’s Old Dominion Chapter, Charles A. Gibbens celebrates 25 years with the Association. He recently retired as Fleet Manager of Henrico County, VA in 2014. Charlie was NAFA’s twenty-ninth President during 2005-2007.
 

 

 

NAFA thanks Stephen, Kevin, and Charles 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.

 

October 2015

55 years

Raymond L. Breault
Eastern Regional Service Rep.
Fleet Response
Manchester, NJ

In many ways, Ray Breault is one of the best examples of a professional in the fleet industry. He began with NAFA in 1960, has weathered changing job positions, and has worked as both a fleet manager and as a products/service provider (and continues to this day with Fleet Response). He is a NAFA Past President (1977-1979) and a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Service Award in 2004. He remains a familiar face at New Jersey and Philadelphia Chapter meetings and at NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo conference.

Ray’s term as NAFA’s President at the tail-end of the 1970s was a complex one. The country was still reeling from the social changes on the ground stemming from the turbulent 1960s, the recently-ended Vietnam War, the political upheaval in the wake of the Watergate Hotel hearings and the resignation of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, and the residual issues from the 1973 oil crisis. The fuel crisis would reemerge in 1979 with the chaos of the Iranian Revolution. As the country watched and counted the days as 52 American diplomats were held hostage, vehicle-related industries had the added concerns of oil and gasoline shortages.

“At that time, there were two competing concerns,” Ray said. “Because of the fuel crises, we obviously looked to the (vehicle and fuel) providers for answers. At the same time, the banks were coming up with all kinds of high-interest rates and everything else. It was this ridiculous double-edged sword between the high gas prices and the high interest rates. We really didn’t know how things would turn out, or what kind of support we might get.”

The lessons of those times, Ray added, have not been lost on NAFA, and the uncertainty fleet experienced has been replaced by resolve to be highly engaged in government affairs. “With respect to our impact with national issues and regulatory concerns in Washington D.C., NAFA’s growth has really been phenomenal. The government back then had very, very little idea what fleet was about. We were like a little peanut to them, in terms of scale and their perception of the industry. Today we can make a heck of a bigger contribution than we did years ago. NAFA, as an organization, can make a significant contribution to the shaping of regulation and policy.”

“(Fleet professionals) must stay diligent…and stay abreast of technology and what is happening within the industry,” he said. “(Fleet managers are in the position to) be one of the first to take a good hard look at new technologies. You have the advantage to participate in some of the changes that are coming forward.”
 

35 years

Ed Oleksy
Hackettstown, NJ

Ed is a member of the New York – InterCounty Chapter.
 

30 years

Harry W. Behling
President
BBL Fleet
Bridgeville, PA

Harry is a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter.
 

25 years

Gary W. Holdgraf
Fleet Sales Manager
Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
d/b/a Cavender Toyota
San Antonio, TX

Gary is a member of the Southwest Chapter.
 

 


Mark LeGrand
Director of Sales
ARI, Automotive Resources, International
Lisle, IL

Mark is a member of the Chicago Chapter.

Bob Miesen
Excelsior, MN

Bob is a member of the North Central Chapter.


Thomas J. Nagy
President
Nagy Fleetnet, Inc.
Elkhart, IN

Thomas is a member of the Chicago Chapter.

 

 

NAFA thanks Ray, Ed, Harry, Gary, Mark, Bob, and Thomas 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.

September 2015

45 years

George Argueta 
Regional Sales
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 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. George is currently 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, 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 55th year wedding anniversary in 2015. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
 

30 years

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 in Philadelphia since 1995. He has been involved in fleet sales since 1985, the same year he joined NAFA. Over the years Steve has earned GM’s Fleet Elite, Buick Sales Master, and Isuzu Winner’s Circle awards. He has served as Affiliate Chairman for the Philadelphia chapter and is currently on their board, Steve married his high school sweetheart in 1974, has two grown children and one grandson. When not at work he has been a volunteer firefighter and PA State Fire Instructor since 1975.
 

NAFA thanks George and Steven 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.

August 2015

40 years

club_nafa_logo_rbgJames Rallo 
Cockeysville, MD

James “Jim” Rallo is a former member of NAFA’s Board of Governors, Vice President of the NAFA Foundation, and Affiliate Trustee.

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; and 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.

Jim was inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2009.

Formerly with PHH (which merged with Element Fleet Management in 2014), Rallo joined the company 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. He retired in March 2009, but works as an Advisory Board Member for Pricelock, which takes him to places like Russia, China, Africa, and Tibet.
Jim enjoys traveling and spending more time with family.

 

25 years

Debbie Griffin-Henegan 
Fleet Manager
North Central Ford
Richardson, TX

Debbie Griffin-Henegan started working with her father, Ken Griffin, at North Central Ford in 1985 with a love for the Ford product. Ken started selling in the late 1950’s in the Dallas area, and started actively working the commercial industry in 1965. After college, Debbie worked in sales for IBM introducing the electronic memory typewriter but it didn’t take long for her passion for the Ford products to bring her to work with her dad selling and servicing vehicles. This year in 2015 will be the 30th year she has been with North Central Ford in the Fleet Sales Department known as the Griffin Fleet Team.

Debbie says her main focus is the Ford Fleet customer. She is active with NAFA and works directly with Ford Motor Fleet Division. Debbie is a member of the South Central Chapter.
 

Charles Scharmen 
Director, Fleet and Commercial Service
Southfield Dodge Chrysler Jeep
Southfield, MI

With a career in fleet spanning more than 30 years, Charles Scharmen joined NAFA to grow his expertise through NAFA’s educational and network opportunities.

Shortly after joining, Chuck became a member of the Affiliates Committee, and then its Chair. In following years, he sat on various national committees as Affiliate representative and was elected Affiliates Trustee. He has attended 26 Annual Conferences.

Chuck believes that his NAFA experience played an important part of his career longevity.

Chuck is active in the Great Lakes Chapter, where he’s lead various committees and remains active there.

NAFA thanks James, Debbie, and Charles 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.
 

July 2015

40 years

(Left to right) Tom Lubas, Don Rittenhouse, and George
Argueta

Donald Rittenhouse
East Meadow, NY

The New York-InterCounty Chapter recognizes Donald Rittenhouse as one of the lions of NAFA’s chapter structure, and he maintains his ties to it to this day.

Don was Fleet Manager for Home Insurance Co. and joined NAFA in 1975. “When I took over fleet, my boss told me to make changes…and I did,” Don said. “They were buying cars on a bid system, and one of my first bids was with a Chrysler- Plymouth Dealer in Queens Village, New York. I approved the bid and purchased one of my first fleet cars from that dealer.” Not long after, he implemented a different acquisition protocol.

“The Fleet Manager (that) I replaced was Treasurer of the New York Chapter, and I was told by him that I should be active in NAFA as well. I started handling Arrangements and Reception, and moved the chapter meetings to many new places, including the Copacabana.”

His first experience with NAFA’s annual conference was in 1976 in Minneapolis. “Another first-time attendee and I attended as many meetings as possible, so we learned a lot.”

“NAFA Member (and New York Chapter member) George Argueta proposed a new award in the late-1980s, for people who worked for Association on local Chapter level, and the Outstanding Chapter Service Award was formally instituted in 1989. Two awards are given each year: one to a Member and one to an Affiliate,” Don recalls. “George and I reviewed applications at pool side during the February Board Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The awards were given at conference that spring, and I had the honor of presenting those awards, as I was Vice Chairman of Board of Delegates.”

Thanks to all his hard work and effort in his chapter, Don Rittenhouse would receive this award himself in 1995.
 

35 years

David Lighthall, CFM/CAFM®
National Fleet Manager
Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
Northfield, IL

David Lighthall CFM/CAFM® has developed, implemented and managed vehicle programs for large corporate sales and service fleets for the past 36 years and is currently the National Fleet Manager for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. He is a member of the first graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton Business School NAFA Certified Fleet Manager program (CFM) and a NAFA Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) with Lifetime Certification status.

He has served as an officer and a Member/Chair of several committees in the Chicago Chapter and the national Board of Governors. He has participated in industry events at the local and national level as a speaker, panelist or program moderator and is currently a member of the NAFA Chicago Chapter Board, AFLA, FMA, and the Ford Fleet Advisory Board.
 

25 years

D. Scott Lindsay 
Director Materials Management
Peel Regional Police Service
Brampton, ON

Scott Lindsay joined Peel Regional Police in June 1990 as Assistant Fleet Manager and has risen through the ranks to his present position of Director, Materials Management in charge of the Police fleet of approximately 790 vehicles, Quartermaster Stores responsible for Police uniforms & equipment and Asset Management responsible for police related specialized equipment. All three departments reside in the newly build (2011) 72,000 square ft. Materials Management Centre which he manages. The building includes 38 bay Garage for service & repair of Police vehicles, a Collision Repair Centre for Police and Regional vehicles, a distribution warehouse for automotive parts and police uniforms/equipment. Annually the Police fleet travels approximately 17 million kilometers and Quartermaster Stores issues approximately 30,000 member orders.

Scott is very active in the Police industry as Chair, Ontario Police Cooperative Purchasing Group – Fleet Sub-Committee, Chair of Ontario Police Best Practices Committee, member of the Ontario Police Clothing & Equipment Committee, past Vice Chair for Canada for NAFA-LEG from 1998 to 2001, past member of both the Chrysler and General Motors Police Advisory Boards. Scott cites his involvement with the legislative change for the introduction of blue lights on Police vehicles in Ontario in 2007 as a career highlight.

Scott is married to his wife Sue of 35 years, has 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter, and a grandson on the way. He enjoys spending time with family, golfing, and curling in his spare time.

Celena Stone, CAFM®
Fleet and Equipment Director
Cardno TBE
Clearwater, FL

Celena is a member of the Sunshine State Chapter and served as the Chapter’s Chair in 2000-2001. She also served on the Chapter Membership Committee in 2007 and on the National Membership Committee in 2001.

NAFA thanks Don, David, Scott, and Celena 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.

 

June 2015

25 years

Charles R. Reed 
National Fleet Sales Operations Manager
Subaru of America, Inc.
Cherry Hill, NJ

NAFA Affiliate Charles Reed is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter.
 

NAFA thanks Charles for his years with the Association! It is the strength of our members that have helped make NAFA the strongest association in fleet management today.
 

May 2015

35 years

Christopher G. Hill
President and CEO
C. Hill Management Inc.
Mississauga, ON

Christopher Hill 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. He managed the Central Fleet section in the City of Hamilton from 2004 to 2014, achieving the first E3 Green Fleet Rating in Canada in 2007 and registering the Central Garage to the ISO 14001:2004 standard. He later worked with Electric Mobility Canada and is now working full-force with the fleet consultant business he began in 1994, C. Hill Management Inc.

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 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.
 

30 years

Greg Asadoorian
Foxboro, MA

Greg Asadoorian, now retired from INVENSYS, received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award of 2015 at the April Institute & Expo. Greg is well-known as a tireless advocate for the fleet industry in general and of NAFA in particular. “He constantly strove, during his career, to make NAFA what it is today. Now retired, he remains one of the Association’s greatest friends.”

Greg has been the “face” of the New England Chapter for many years. He recruits new volunteers at every meeting helping to ensure that the chapter has a continued flow of “new blood” and fresh ideas.

His efforts were instrumental in bring the FMI – now the I&E — to Boston in the mid 80’s and it being a big success. One of his proudest achievements was helping NAFA update its Total Cost of Ownership model.

He 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 continues to serve as Nominating Committee Chair for the New England Chapter.

In addition, his warmth, sincerity and friendliness have created a welcome environment throughout the chapter. He is always front and center at the chapter registration table and goes out of his way to introduce himself to all newcomers to make sure they are welcome and at ease.
 

Jay M. Domeseck
Fleet Director
Town of Greenwich
Greenwich, CT

Jay M. Domeseck is Fleet Director for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. He started working in gas stations when he was fifteen and went onto college for a two year degree in automotive. 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
Plainville, MA

Leland F. Ross spent 35 years with New England Telephone, AT&T Co, and NYNEX and was in the automotive industry for the last eighteen years. Over the years many aspects of the automotive industry have changed and Leland says IT systems and leading company handling fleets are just two major changes since his early days. Leland says he has met “a lot of nice people through NAFA”.

Charles A. Woolard
Paoli, PA

Charles Woolard is celebrating his thirtieth 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.”
Charles 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.”
 

25 years

Donna E. Bibbo, CAFM® 
Freehold, NJ

“Hooked by my CFO’s comment, “Have I got a job for you,” I have been involved with fleet management for 25 years, managing fleets at Pharmacia and its legacy companies, Amersham Biosciences and GE Healthcare, as well as at Novo Nordisk Inc.

“I would never have been as successful as I have been without the help of NAFA. NAFA has given me a wealth of education (including my CAFM®), helped me make contacts that enriched my knowledge as well as became my friends, and allowed me to hone my leadership skills by participating on a chapter level as well as at the national level. I am currently the New Jersey Treasurer, but have also served as the Chapter Chair and Vice Chair. I have also served on NAFA’s Board of Directors as the Audit Committee Chair, the FleetEd Advisory Council Chair, and the Safety Advisory Council Chair.

“After leaving my position with Novo Nordisk for family reasons, I am looking forward to my next career challenge and am moving to Middletown, Delaware, this summer. Who would have known that those few words stated so many years ago would have led to such a passion and a really rewarding career!”

Chair, National Safety Advisory Council, 2011-2013
Chair, National Audit Committee, 2007-2008
Chair, National FleetED Advisory Council, 2008-2009
New Jersey Chapter Chair, 2010-2012
New Jersey Chapter Vice Chair, 2009-2010
New Jersey Chapter Treasurer; 1994, 2000-2004, 2007-2009, 2014-2015
Chair, Chapter Certification Committee, 1993-1994
Member, National Education Development Committee, 2008-2009
Member, Education Steering Board, 2008-2010
Member, I&E Curriculum Committee, 2011-2012

 

NAFA congratulates Donna on this next chapter in her life and looks forward to the next phase of her fleet career.

NAFA thanks Chris, Greg, Jay, Leland, Charles, and Donna 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.

April 2015

30 years

Randy Shadley, CAFM®
Fleet Professional
ProFleet Solutions LLC
Corporate Claims Mgmt
Denver, CO

Long-time NAFA member Randy Shadley, CAFM®, has more than 30 years of fleet industry experience, helping 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 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). He is an important member of the Editorial Advisory Council, the body that helps determine the quality of NAFA publications.

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.

You can find out more about Randy here.
 

Richard Stehr, CFM
Fleet Manager
City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK

Richard Stehr, CFM graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.S. in political science in 1976. In 1989 he was granted Certified Fleet Manager certification from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and NAFA, and concurrently received NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) certification. Under various titles, Richard has been the Superintendent of the Fleet Services Division of the City of Oklahoma City since July 1980.

Richard is a member of the South Central Chapter. NAFA thanks Richard for thirty years with the Association!
 

25 years

J.J. Keig, CAFM® 
Corporate Fleet Manager
CBRE
McKinney, TX

Throughout J.J. Keig’s time with NAFA, he has been an integral part of many of the Association’s initiatives. Currently a member of the South Central Chapter, J.J. has been a winner of the 2002 Larry Goill Memorial Quality Fleet Management Idea Award, and has been a trusted source for articles and materials in NAFA’s publications.

As a Chapter Chair; a corporate representative to the Board of Governors; Chair of the Communications Oversight Board, the Education Steering Board, the National Education Development Committee, and National Safety Advisory Council, J.J. has been thoroughly committed to fleet, safety, education, and NAFA. We thank him for all he continues to do for the Association.
 

NAFA thanks Randy, Richard, and J.J. 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.

March 2015

30 years

Bonnie Whidden, CAFM® 
Graphics, Fleet & Admin. Services Mgr.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Irvine, CA

Bonnie has been an important figure in the Pacific Southwest Chapter for many years, including her time as Chapter Membership Committee Chair (2006-2007) and Chapter Chair (2009-2010). Thank you for everything you have done for NAFA as a Member, Bonnie!

 

25 years

Bret R. Watson, CAFM® 
Corporate Fleet Manager
Sprint Corporation
Columbus, OH

Bret Watson, CAFM®, has truly made his mark in the fleet profession with Gelco Fleet Leasing (1984-1989); Master ASE (1988-1993); and Sprint (1989-present). Bret is currently serving on GE’s Client Advisory Board and also serves on the advisory board for Fleet Response.

Bret has been a committed NAFA participant throughout his time in the Association, as Mid-America Chapter Chair, 1992-1995; Chapter Certification Committee Chair, 1992-1993; a member of the National Editorial Committee (1993-1997); and as Certification Committee Chair, 1997-1998.

Throughout his career Bret has contributed to numerous publications including NAFA Fleet Executive/FLEETSolutions, as well as Automotive Fleet. Bret has also been nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year and has served as AFLA Treasurer (2001-2002).
 

Thank you Bret for the time and energy you have brought to NAFA!

NAFA thanks change Bonnie and Bret 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.

February 2015

25 years

Mark F. Klein 
Strategic Account Manager
Safelite Solutions
Columbus, OH

Mark Klein has been associated with NAFA first as a Member and most recently as an Affiliate. As a Member, Mark served as Secretary of the NAFA Chicago Chapter back in 1982. As an Affiliate, he was appointed Vice Chair of NAFA’s Affiliates Committee in 2009, appointed Affiliate Chair in 2011, and became a NAFA board member as Affiliate Trustee in 2013.

Mark’s fleet experience began over 36 years ago in 1979. He spent eleven years with Canteen Corporation administering their fleet of 3,700 vehicles and moved to Safelite AutoGlass in 1990 as Fleet Manager. In 2003, he was promoted to Strategic Account Manager for Safelite Solutions and has served in this position for more than twelve years. His responsibilities include proposing and maintaining auto glass solutions for fleet industry leasing company programs.

In addition to his duties at Safelite, Mark was the Mayor of the City of Powell, Ohio in 2000-2001. He resides in Powell with Mary, his wife of 37 years, and their three daughters. Mark enjoys golf and spending time with family.

Mark graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Business Management from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.

Dennis B. Sendera, CAFM® 
Homer Glen, IL

Dennis Sendera, CAFM®, is a member of the Chicago Chapter. He served as Chair of the Chapter Certification Committee 1994-1997.
 

NAFA thanks Mark and Dennis 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.

January 2015

35 years

Elizabeth B. Linck, CFM
Green Valley, AZ

“I started my Fleet career in 1975 with a Fortune 500 company and joined NAFA in 1980. In 1990, I went to the Public Sector as Fleet Director for the town of Greenwich, CT, until 2009 when I retired. As Fleet Director many objectives were achieved, including meeting the requirements for an ASE Blue Seal facility, since 2005, with pay increases for the technicians, successfully outsourcing the parts room function in 1999, implementing Outcome Based Budget for four fiscal years, and the department received recognition as a Top 100 Best Fleets in North America for four consecutive years and number fourteen in 2009.

“As an active member of NAFA, serving five terms as Chapter Chair of the Inter-County Chapter, and various positions over 23 years on the National Board of Governors, twice nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year (1996 and 2007) and recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award 2000, and proud to be one of the few Fleet Professionals to complete the Wharton CFM program.

“Currently living in Green Valley, AZ where I have made a complete circle to my first love, working with animals, which was my first job. I have been volunteering at the Animal League of Green Valley, a no kill rescue shelter, for the past five years, in addition to caring for the dogs; I have been working in the medical area with the local Veterinarian.”

David R. Rush 
London, ON

David is a member of the Ontario Chapter. NAFA thanks David for thirty-five years with the Association!
 

NAFA thanks Elizabeth and David 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.