Meet the 2022 Fleet Hall of Fame Nominees – Leasing

Meet the 2022 Fleet Hall of Fame Nominees – Leasing

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Automotive Fleet journal and the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Affiliation (AFLA) are proud to announce the 2022 nominees for the Fleet Hall of Fame. 

These nominees all have over 10 years of {industry} expertise and thru the years have made an indelible mark inside the fleet administration {industry}. Honorees inducted into the Hall of Fame shall be introduced on the 2022 AFLA convention, which shall be hosted October 10-13 in Tucson, Arizona. Inductions into the Hall of Fame occur every year. Coming into the Hall of Fame acknowledges {industry} leaders and pioneers who’ve contributed considerably to the industrial fleet administration occupation. Inductees are chosen by their friends by means of a web based poll obtainable on Automotive-Fleet.com.

In no explicit order, the nominees are: 

 

Janice Sutton

FMC; USFL; Fleet Administration Weekly

Years in fleet: 35+


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Janice Sutton has the excellence of being one of many girls pioneers in fleet administration. She was the primary lady to be named to a regional gross sales supervisor place at an FMC. She additionally had a really productive profession with USFL. Sutton additionally has the excellence of being the primary lady writer of a fleet publication – Fleet Administration Weekly

For greater than 35 years, she has contributed to the expansion and betterment of the fleet {industry}. After beginning her profession at Hertz, Sutton held customer-facing positions at  Wheels and US Fleet Leasing. She earned a status inside these respective companies for her accomplishments and inside the {industry} for her groups’ buyer excellence.

Since 2008 when she began publishing Fleet Administration Weekly, Sutton has been a continuing useful resource for fleet professionals. As a author, editor, writer, and enterprise supervisor, she continues to tell and promote fleet by means of energetic involvement with NAFA, AFLA, and WIFM. As a beneficiant, skilled, and profitable mentor, Sutton has helped numerous fleet professionals construct and reach their very own careers.

 

Dave Durepo

President of Superior Chevrolet (Retired)

Years in fleet: 47


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Dave Durepo’s profession has encompassed full dedication to the fleet {industry}. He supported AFLA changing into North American Fleet Group (in addition to a International one) and presided over the fiftieth Anniversary Convention. In his profession, Durepo continued the unique imaginative and prescient of Ed Bobit.

 

 

 

 

Chuck Parker

President, Nationwide Automotive Rental; Convention of Automotive Remarketing (CAR); Automotive Data Community; AutomotiveDigest.com

Years in fleet: 40


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In 1996, Chuck Parker developed the {industry}’s first end-user remarketing convention (the Convention of Automotive Remarketing – CAR) to handle the excessive quantity of off-lease items that entered the wholesale market through the early years of retail leasing.

In 1998, he created the primary digital fleet publishing firm – the Automotive Data Community, revealed the net journal AutomotiveDigest.com, and distributed 9 market phase e-newsletters. Parker has held vital positions in all the most important fleet segments – President of Nationwide Automotive Rental, fleet leasing, truck leasing, and fleet publishing. Parker held senior government administration positions at Avis Leasing, Nationwide Automotive Rental, Rollins Auto Leasing, The LeMans Group, Colonial Nationwide Financial institution, and based two automotive techniques and advertising and marketing firms.

Beginning in 1998, Parker served 9 years as writer of automotive print magazines at Bobit Publishing and held the position of director of digital media.

 

Tom Coffey

Senior vice chairman, fleet gross sales & consulting, Retailers Fleet; Donlen; GE Capital

Years in fleet: 38


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Tom Coffey is a 38-year veteran of the fleet {industry}. He at present serves as senior vice chairman of fleet at Retailers Fleet, the place he leads 45 enterprise growth professionals and gives strategic oversight to Retailers Fleet’s growth of industry-leading choices to the broad fleet shopper base. 

All through his profession, Coffey has managed portfolios exceeding a billion {dollars} in belongings for fleet purchasers throughout quite a few industries, together with utility, development, engineering, and authorities. He has earned the enterprise of a whole lot of purchasers; represented a whole lot of 1000’s of natural new enterprise items; delivered over a billion {dollars} in financial savings to purchasers; led regional and nationwide gross sales groups all through North America; and facilitated dozens of progressive new enterprise choices to the fleet {industry}.      

Previous to Retailers Fleet, Coffey served because the senior vice chairman of gross sales for Donlen for practically a decade. He was additionally the senior vice chairman of economic options for GE Capital, main enterprise growth and shopper providers, in addition to the corporate’s North American efforts in truck fleet providers. Coffey additionally has intensive nationwide gross sales expertise, having held quite a few regional fleet gross sales administration positions in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh.

Coffey’s experience is widely known by his friends all through the {industry}, as is his dedication to constructing lasting shopper relationships. As a passionate advocate for innovation in fleet, Coffey continues to drive change by difficult individuals to suppose in a different way concerning the fleet {industry}’s position in making our nation extra environment friendly, protected, and sustainable. Underneath his management, Retailers is driving fleet electrification all through North America, together with reservations of practically 40,000 electrical automobiles and $2.5 billion dedicated towards changing its mobility fleet to 50% electrical by 2025, and 50% of its purchasers’ fleets electrical by 2030.  

Coffey is a valued and revered member of the fleet neighborhood, and Retailers Fleet is extraordinarily proud to have somebody of his tenure on the crew.

 

Sherry Calkins

Vp, linked automotive & platform providers, Geotab

Years in fleet: 26


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Sherry Calkins has been actively concerned within the fleet {industry} for many years. She is a vivid mild and contributor to NAFA and AFLA commerce organizations and has served as a dependable and educated mentor for a lot of fleet professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Kourakos

Nationwide industrial account supervisor, Subaru of America; Sanofi; Cigna

Years in fleet: 30


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Tina Kourakos was instrumental in introducing the viability of non-traditional fleet selections throughout her tenure at Subaru of America. Dozens of Fleet Supervisor of the 12 months award winners and nominees have served as her prospects.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick (Pat) O’Connor

NAFA

Years in fleet: 20+


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As U.S. Legislative Counsel for the NAFA Fleet Administration Affiliation, O’Connor has been the voice for fleet administration in Washington, D.C. for greater than 20 years. In testimony earlier than Congress and federal companies or in face-to-face conferences with lawmakers, O’Connor gives a fleet supervisor’s perspective on a various vary of points. O’Connor is main NAFA’s efforts to form federal necessities for autonomous and linked automobiles.

 

 

 

 

Larry Palmer

Nationwide Automotive Rental; Wheels Inc.

Years in fleet: 32


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Palmer entered the {industry} in 1967 because the fleet upkeep supervisor for Lend Lease Transportation Co., which ultimately grew to become the automotive leasing division of the Nationwide Automotive Rental system. When it was offered in 1986, he was employed by  Wheels, Inc. as an assistant to the VP of remarketing, earlier than later being elevated to VP of remarketing and later to SVP-vehicle operations. Throughout his profession, he helped implement a wide range of computerized benchmarking, reporting, and forecasting strategies now normal in remarketing. He was additionally energetic in {industry} associations resembling AFLA and NAFA, and inducted into the Nationwide Affiliation of Fleet Resale Sellers (NAFRD) Hall of Fame in 1995. He joined NAFRD as a marketing consultant after retiring in 1999.

 

 

 

Sal Giacchi, CAFM, CFM (Deceased)

GAF; Lorillard; Giacchi & Violi Transport LTD.

Years in fleet: 30+


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In 1971, Sal Giacchi grew to become assistant fleet administrator with GAF. In 1974, he was chosen to move the used-car operation and used-car advertising and marketing community. In 1981, he moved to Lorillard Tobacco. He was named AF Fleet Supervisor of the 12 months in 1996 and beforehand served as president for AFLA and NAFA. In 2001, he joined Anthony L. Violi Sr. to kind Giacchi & Violi  Transport Ltd.

 

 

 

Bob Berke (Deceased)

NAFA

Years in fleet: 30


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Berke took over full-time administration of NAFA because the affiliation’s founding government director in March 1965. He spent his whole profession with the Affiliation throughout its progress years till retiring from NAFA in 1985.

 

 

 

Kathy Croze

Hughes Plane Co.; Pc Sciences Corp.; The CEI Group

Years in fleet: 30+


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Croze started her profession in fleet as a division fleet administrator with Hughes Plane Firm. Throughout her time with the corporate, she created the primary driver security coaching program and van pool program. She later joined Pc Sciences Company in 1981 as a fleet and journey supervisor. Croze served as CEI’s Western area gross sales supervisor from 1991 to 2018.

 

 

 

 

Paul Lauria

Ernst & Younger; MAXIMUS; Mercury Associates, Inc.

Years in fleet: 35+


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Lauria has been the president of Mercury Associates, Inc. since 2002. Mercury, the most important devoted fleet administration consultancy in North America, has assisted a whole lot of public and private-sector organizations enhance their fleet administration practices. Lauria, who has labored in additional than 20 international locations world wide, started his consulting profession with Ernst & Younger’s Nationwide  Transportation Consulting Group in 1984.

 

 

 

 

Russ Cass

The Hawk Group; Piemonte Nationwide Fleet

Years in fleet: 46


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Cass first began at Piemonte Nationwide Fleet (previously Al Piemonte Ford) in 1976. He was later recruited into the fleet facet of the enterprise by Milo Matick, former VP of fleet for Piemonte Nationwide Fleet. Cass held this place for 26 years till 2003 when he assumed the place of fleet director. In 2018, he joined  The Hawk Group (a Chicago space seller group with 12 dealerships) to guide its new nationwide fleet division.

 

 

 

 

Jim Piccoli

Chapman Auto Group

Years in fleet: 40+


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Piccoli’s profession in fleet started in 1974 as a leasing rep for Holman Leasing. He later moved to Potamkin Chevrolet as a Truck/Fleet salesperson, and in 1985, he had a quick stint as GM for Pacifico Fleet Group. He then returned to Potamkin to carry them to a nationwide presence in 1989. In 2008 he joined Chapman Auto Group as director of fleet operations.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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