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NAFA Announces Winners Of 2017 Fleet Excellence Awards


(April 26, 2017 – TAMPA, FL) – Excitement abounded on the evening of April 25, as the winners of the 2017 Fleet Excellence Awards ascended the stage at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL, and claimed their awards. NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, or the FLEXYs for short, concluded the first full day of the Association’s yearly conference, the Institute & Expo. Close to 1400 fleet professionals enjoyed the presentation.

The FLEXYs are open to all fleet professionals, regardless of whether or not they were members of NAFA. Industry leaders, acting as judges in the selection process for finalists and winners, never saw the names of nominees or the organizations they work for. Voting was 100 percent blind; based solely upon the actions and ideas listed by the nominees on their submission forms. This allowed for unbiased selection based strictly on the quality of nominee accomplishments.

The winners of the 2017 FLEXY Awards are:

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management

Jeff Menheer, Takeda, Deerfield, Illinois


Excellence in Fleet Safety – Corporate

April Yeager, Clariant, Charlotte, North Carolina


Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Corporate

Safelite AutoGlass Fleet Department, Columbus, Ohio


Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management

Thuan Treon, County of Bexar Public Works Department, San Antonio, Texas


Excellence in Fleet Safety – Public

Master Sergeant Damien O. Moody, United States Air Force-96 Logistics Readiness Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida


Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Public

Gary Lentsch, CAFM®, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Eugene, Oregon


Excellence in Fleet Leadership

Michael Bisogno, Commonwealth of Virginia – DGS/Office of Fleet Management Services, Richmond, Virginia


NAFA’s Regular and Associate Members of the Year were awarded for their outstanding service and contributions to the Association. The honors for 2017 go to:


Regular Member of the Year

Jim Laverty, CAFS®, Manager, Vehicle Pool, University of Alberta, Canada


Associate Member of the Year

Pete Mitchell, Executive Manager, Client Relations, The CEI Group


Representatives from Purchasing B2B, Fleet Management Weekly, and The Municipal served as award presenters, alongside top Association leadership. NAFA will begin accepting submissions for 2018 Fleet Excellence Awards in the fall of 2017. Information will be posted on NAFA’s official website, www.nafa.org

About NAFA Fleet Management Association

NAFA is the association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.6 million vehicles that drive an estimated 50-billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well in excess of $100-billion each year.

NAFA’s members manage fleets for corporations covering a wide range of manufacturing and service organizations, governments (whether local, state and/or federal), and public service entities (public safety, law enforcement, educational institutions, utilities, etc.); still other members serve financial institutions, insurance companies, non-profit organizations, and the like. For more information visit http://www.nafa.org.