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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 50 Years' of Recollections from Our Readers (Includes expanded letters for the web!)

December 2010, by Staff

Personally Benefitted


Dave Alfonso
Auction Sales Manager
Kia Motors America, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.

For 50 years, Automotive Fleet has been a staple in the fleet industry and I’ve personally benefitted from both the publication and the Bobit organization for nearly half those years.

I remember all the times that I asked for and received support from the AF staff, Mike Antich and Ed Bobit personally. It has been a special comfort knowing that they would always be there, and all of us in this industry are better for it, as we also are from all the information AF has provided.

Congratulations and Happy 50th to all of you at Automotive Fleet!

An Exceptional Resource


Jim Anselmi
Retired Fleet Manager
Port Authority for N.Y & N.J.
Retired Fleet Manager
Lorillard Tobacco
Past President of NAFA
Whitsett, N.C.

The 50th anniversary of Automotive Fleet magazine has given me the opportunity to reflect on the hundreds of articles and issues that I’ve read or referenced over the years. It is an understatement to say that AF is an exceptional resource for fleet trends, current, past, and future. I looked forward to the annual benchmarking statistics to compare and measure the efficiency (or lack of) for my fleet. The personnel section is an excellent forum for keeping informed about accomplishments and career changes of colleagues and associates. Finally, but actually what I read first, is Ed Bobit’s editorials. You may not always agree but you always respect Ed for “telling it like it is.”

Congratulations to AF and the entire team for 50 years of commitment and dedication to the automotive industry. I wish them another 50 years and can only wonder what the industry and vehicles will be like then?

Opened A New World


George Argueta
AF Fleet Hall of Fame Inductee, Honorary Lifetime Member of NAFA
Marketing Manager
Corporate Claims Management

As a novice fleet manager with Celanese Corporation, Automotive Fleet introduced me to and opened the world of automotive fleet management. Throughout my years in the industry both as a fleet manager and as an affiliate supplier to the fleet industry, AF magazine continued to afford the opportunity of keeping my hand on the pulse beat of what is current and happening in the fleet business.

One of my most memorable events occurred in 1980 when I was chairman of the New York Chapter of NAFA. During the Chapter’s annual new car show at the old Giants Meadowlands football stadium, I had the distinct honor of introducing the two deserving and diverse speakers of the event.

The first was Rocky Blier, a Vietnam veteran war hero and most recent halfback of the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The second speaker was our own Ed Bobit, editor of AF.

A Vocal Proponent


Richard Battersby
Director, Fleet Services
University of California, Davis
Davis, Calif.

I have been an avid reader of Automotive Fleet for many years now, going back to when my responsibilities were primarily for a fleet of vans and trucks for an overnight delivery company. At the time, AF seemed focused primarily on corporate fleet issues. Although I did have a small role in the management of company cars, most of the articles at that time did not directly pertain to my operation. However, I always enjoyed reading and learning about other facets of the fleet industry even if I could not immediately take advantage of that knowledge.
Eventually, my career ended up taking me through management of federal, private, commercial, state, county, and now a university fleet, and I was able to put that knowledge gleaned over the years to good use. AF has always been and continues to be an excellent tool for anyone wishing to learn and grow within our industry. Over the years I have copied and forwarded many articles and strategically placed issues with pertinent topics for “discovery” by upper management and customers.

I have enjoyed observing and participating while AF grew into modern Web-based and e-news formats and also spawned the now-indispensable staples such as Government Fleet magazine, Fleet Financials, Green Fleet eNews, and of course, the annual conferences. Thank you, AF, for always being there and helping me in my career, and thank you Ed Bobit, Mike Antich, and the rest of the AF team for being such knowledgeable, loyal, and vocal proponents for our industry. Congratulations on your 50th anniversary!

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