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Winners Announced for NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, Honoring High-Impact Fleet Professionals

Winners Announced for NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, Honoring High-Impact Fleet Professionals

PRINCETON, N.J. (March 12, 2019) – NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces the winners for NAFA’s 2019 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXYs), the top honors in the fleet and mobility industry. They will be presented on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Ky., during NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E).

The 2019 FLEXY winners are:

Excellence in Public Fleet or Mobility Management
  • Mario Guzman, CAFM, Director of Support Services, City of West Palm Beach, Fla. who wins a FLEXY for his program that significantly increased employee productivity and morale within the fleet team, including “professionalizing” the fleet staff and instilling a culture of trust
  • Robert Stine, CAFM, Director-Fleet Management Department, Hillsborough County, Fla., Fleet Management Department – winning for an initiative that included significant acquisition cost reductions, a wide-scale replacement lifecycle program, and infrastructure improvements resulting in added capacity and efficiency

Excellence in Corporate/Private Fleet or Mobility Management
  • Dave Dahn, CAFM, Corporate Fleet Program Manager, Erie Insurance Group – earning a FLEXY for his aggressive vehicle cycling program, redesigned fleet structure, and comprehensive risk mitigation structure
  • Jodi Weber, Americas Fleet Manager, Johnson Controls International – winning for her work consolidating two large fleets following a company acquisition, resulting in cost reductions, a new corporate fleet management structure, and more than tripling her number of vehicles

The FLEXYs shine a spotlight on those who have impacted fleet management in both the corporate and public fleet segments during the previous year. The awards’ nomination process was open to all fleet professionals throughout the United States and Canada, regardless of NAFA Fleet Management Association membership status.
Additionally, the winners are invited to present at an I&E session outlining their best practices in fleet, where they can share ideas with other fleet professionals. The session is, “Walk with the Winners – FLEXY Award Finalists Share Their Secrets,” on April 16.

The complete list of 2019 FLEXY Award nominees includes:
  • Alex Alfonso, Miami-Dade County, ISD Fleet Management
  • Richard Battersby, City of Oakland
  • Dan Berlenbach, City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau
  • Jared Brown and Robin Stone, Marathon Petroleum
  • Andres Casimiri, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Calvin Chambliss, Richmond, Virginia
  • City of La Mesa Fleet Maintenance Section, City of La Mesa
  • Jeff Corbin, Mahoney Environmental, Inc.
  • Mike Dunlap, Booster Fuels
  • David L. Dunn, City of Orlando
  • Kevin Fareri, CAFM, Texas Department of Transportation, Fleet Operations Division
  • Jonathan Ford, City of Orlando
  • Ronald Gitelman, CAFM, Yale University
  • Robert Gordon, DeKalb County Fleet Management
  • Charlie Grab, Tufts University
  • John J. Moran, City of Henderson
  • James Hineson, Port Authority of New York New Jersey
  • Jerome Hoes, Travel and Fleet, GEICO
  • Okwuoma Iloanusi, Cobil Group
  • Rachel Johnson, Konecranes
  • J. J. Keig, CAFM, CBRE, Inc.
  • Vartan Khachadurian, New York City Police Department
  • Jimmy Lai, Columbia University Public Safety
  • Joelle Larente, Bath Fitter
  • Luis Leon, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
  • Warren Madigan, Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis
  • Timothy Patterson, Joint Base Langley/Eustis, U.S. Air Force
  • Milver Ramirez-Sweet, DPR Construction
  • Marilyn Rawlings, City of Cape Coral
  • Thurman Register, Southern States Cooperative Inc.
  • Ray Sanders, Team Industrial Services, Inc.
  • Philippe Saint-Vil, City of Montreal
  • Derek Tabur, Cudd Energy Services
  • Robson Vagner dos Santos, Itaeté Máquinas
  • Jessica Whittenberg, Integrated Power Services LLC.
  • Daniel Williams, The City of Kansas City Missouri

The 2019 I&E – fleet’s largest event – will feature:
  • A New, Compact Format, with the program’s popular education, networking and Expo events help over three days instead of four, reducing travel costs and time away from the office
  • Enhanced Networking, with two happy hours, a new closing reception, and an innovative “Dinner with Strangers” program to ensure that attendees nurture new business relationships
  • Improved Educational Sessions, with focuses on best practices, professional development, and more – including a day exploring the future of fleet: mobility
  • Added Value for Products/Service Providers, for the first time featuring a new track customized specifically for suppliers

To register for the 2019 I&E, visit www.nafainstitute.org.

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements and vehicle 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 corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement 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.
For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
About NAFA’s Institute & Expo

NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo conference is the largest gathering of fleet and mobility managers. The event program, created by fleet managers for fleet managers, features fleet training sessions, education, and workshops; and an Expo floor with more than 250 companies showcasing their products and services. The 2019 Institute & Expo is April 15-17, in Louisville, Ky. More information and registration details can be found at http://www.nafainstitute.org.

NAFA thanks the following for their support as media sponsors of the 2019 Institute & Expo: Canadian Automotive Fleet, Electricity Today Magazine, Field Technologies, Fleet Owner, Fleet Management Weekly, Modern WorkTruck Solutions, The Municipal, My Little Salesman, Naylor, Supply Professional, Utility Fleet Professional, and Utility Products