2014 Fleet Hall of Fame Nominees
Twenty-five qualified candidates are vying for one of four spots in this year's Fleet Hall of Fame award.
Photo by Vince Taroc.
Automotive Fleet magazine and the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) are proud to announce the 2014 nominees for the Fleet Hall of Fame.
Instituted to recognize fleet industry leaders and pioneers who have contributed significantly to the commercial fleet management profession, Hall of Fame inductees must have fleet careers spanning 10 years or more. They are selected by their peers via an online ballot.
Established in 2008 with 20 founding members, the number of annual inductees will decrease by one each year, until three are installed in 2015. Thereafter, three honorees will be inducted in the Fleet Hall of Fame at AFLA's annual conference.
There are currently 65 members of the Fleet Hall of Fame to date. This year's list of industry veteran nominees is as follows:
Bob Berke, NAFA Executive Director
Dates in Fleet: ca. 1965-1985 (Deceased)
Berke took over full-time management of the NAFA Fleet Management Association as its founding executive director in March 1965. He spent his entire career with the Association during its growth years until retiring from NAFA in 1985. Berke passed away in 2000.
Patsy Brownson, CAFM
Remco TV Rental, Cox Enterprises, UCB
Dates in Fleet: 1976-2011 (Retired)
Brownson has been in fleet management since 1976, beginning with Remco TV Rental, moving to Cox Enterprises, Inc. in 1987. At her early retirement in 2009, the Cox fleet consisted of more than 15,000 vehicles. She went to back to fleet, working for pharmaceutical company UCB, Inc. She managed UCB's Fleet, Relocation, and Travel programs for two-and-a-half years. During her fleet management tenure, she was an active member of several client advisory boards. Brownson has worked with EPA and DOE on clean air and energy issues and served on a presidential task force that inspired the Clean Cities program. In recognition of her accomplishments and leadership, President Clinton appointed her to the Policy Dialogue Advisory Committee to Develop Options for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Motor Vehicles. She is the current treasurer of Clean Cities – Georgia. Brownson was the second woman president of NAFA (from 1993 to 1995) and AFLA president from 2005 to 2006 (the only woman to be president of both). She received the NAFA Distinguished Service award in 1998 and was named AF's Professional Fleet Manager of the Year in 2001.
Ford, GE Commercial Finance, Donlen
Dates in Fleet: 1987-Present
Callahan is currently president of Donlen, setting the strategic focus and driving the execution of key initiatives. He began his career at Ford Motor Company where he held various sales and management positions. Additionally, Callahan held global leadership positions in general management, sales management, product development, quality, and operations in North America, the UK, Japan, and Australasia with GE Commercial Finance ‑ Fleet Services and GE Consumer Finance. As Donlen president, Callahan introduced the Net Promoter Score into operational performance metrics, and, in 2013, Donlen achieved a score of 65 — more than three times the U.S. industry average — due to the importance placed on customer satisfaction throughout the organization. Callahan is a member of the Hertz Executive Committee and served as president of AFLA 2012-2013.
LMV Leasing, LeasePlan USA, Union Leasing
Dates in Fleet: 1978-Present
Conroy has been in the fleet management industry funding and managing fleets of vehicles to companies since 1978. His experience has included duties in direct B2B sales, sales management, marketing, and international marketing/coordination. He has managed national sales forces for both large- and medium-sized fleet management lessors during his 34-year career. As VP of sales & marketing for Union Leasing, he manages a sales force that assists companies seeking solutions to reduce costs and keep their fleets innovative. He was also president of AFLA from 2007-2008.
Dates in Fleet: 1981-Present
Dahm is EVP and CFO for LeasePlan USA. A 33-year industry veteran, he began his career at LeasePlan as controller in 1988, working his way up to the role of CFO, becoming president and CEO in 2000. During that time, Dahm oversaw LeasePlan's successful acquisition of Consolidated Service Corporation (CSC), which more than tripled LeasePlan's market share at the time. In late 2008, Dahm returned to his former position as CFO. Dahm serves on the AALA Board of Directors and is treasurer of the Association. Dahm was named a CFO of the Year Award finalist in 2011 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his contributions in improving processes and profitability for LeasePlan.
Standard Brands/Nabisco (Retired)
Feirer served as NAFA president from 1979 to 1981, is a past president of the NAFA Foundation, and recipient of NAFA's Distinguished Service Award. During his career, he accepted an award on behalf of NAFA from President Jimmy Carter for NAFA's efforts in planning fuel conservation during the height of the 1970s fuel crisis.
Charles 'Chuck' Husby
GM Fleet & Commercial Operations
Dates in Fleet: 50 Years (Retired)
Husby started his career with the Chevrolet Nodular Iron Foundry as a General Motors Institute student at age 17. He spent most of his career in Chevrolet field operations, then moved to the North America Operations Fleet Department and then to GM Fleet & Commercial Operations. He retired from his last position with the company as a fleet account executive in Dallas at the end of February 2013, with 50 years of service.
McCormick; Peterson, Howell & Heather (PHH); McDonald's; Fleet Management Services, Inc.; GE Auto Auctions
Dates in Fleet: 1963-2003 (Retired)
Kolb's fleet career began in the fleet sales control department at McCormick & Co. reviewing "turn-in reports" for sales vehicles being returned to a local leasing company. He later joined PHH as and Account Executive serving large bases of customers and clients in the Northeast and Midwest markets. McDonald's Corporation hired Kolb as Director of Fleet Operations in 1976, where he developed a computer system that enabled the fleet management team to review and analyze virtually all processes of their fleet operations, among the very first of its kind to be run on a mainframe computer. He was later promoted to Director of Transportation for the company. Kolb went on to create Fleet Management Services, Inc., a technology company providing automation for the fleet management industry. He also served with the renowned Chicagoland Dealers Group. As VP Sales for GE Auto Auctions, Kolb and his team served OEM fleet and remarketing departments, leasing companies, banks, and fleet managers who remarked their fleet portfolios. Kolb went on to serve many senior roles for Manheim following their acquisition of GE Auto Auctions. He retired as VP, Manheim Automotive Financial Services (MAFS) providing dealers with automotive financing.
Alexander's Rent a Car, Guardsman LeasePlan, Warner/Amex Cable TV, Upjohn Phamacia/Pfizer
Dates in Fleet: 1968-2009 (Retired)
Levine started at Alexander's Rent A Car, moving on to Guardsman LeasePlan, where he sold open-/closed-/individual/fleet leases working in every department. He moved on to Warner, Amex Cable TV, then Upjohn/Pharmacia/Pfizer (via mergers). He served as the Michigan NAFA Chapter Chair. Levine was appointed to MIOSHA to write fleet safety rules/regulations for the state and selected to represent NAFA in testifying before the House Energy Subcommittee regarding clean air legislation. At Upjohn/Pharmacia, he implemented "zero tolerance for DUI infractions." He was selected as a member of GM's first Sounding Board and served on Wheels' Steering Council. Levine was awarded the AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year in 1999.
Ron Mawaka Sr.
Dates in Fleet: 1986-Present
Mawaka Sr. created Rental Concepts, Inc. in February 1986. A unique rental consortium and first of its kind, it provided temporary cars, trucks, and specialty vehicles to fleets nationwide. His vision was a centralized service for fleet managers to eliminate multiple vendors and invoices. Today, Mawaka's vision has become Fleet Response — a fully customized accident management, maintenance management, salvage, subrogation, and safety service provider (in addition to continuing to offer the rental services). Mawaka's sons, Scott and Ron Jr., carry on his work at Fleet Response. He has been a member of NAFA since 1984. Mawaka gives credit for his success to his friend and mentor, Pat Starr, retired CEO of Consolidated Service Corporation (CSC).
GELCO, GE Capital Fleet Services (Retired)
Mayfield was the only two-term AFLA president, serving from 1998-2000. Among his achievements, he handled the GELCO/GE Capital Fleet Services largest select accounts and received the GE Fleet Services salesman of the year award three times.
GM Fleet & Commercial Operations
Dates in Fleet: 1979-2008 (Retired)
McCallum was employed at General Motors for 37 years before retiring in November 2008. He began working in the Chevrolet Fleet Department in 1979 under the legendary George Frink. He served in a number of areas of GM Fleet including fleet distribution, field operations, GM global fleet, and fleet dealer operations. He was a NAFA Affiliate and member of the Affiliates Committee, and served on the NAFA Foundation Board of Directors. At GM, he helped to establish the first fleet secondary codes, convened the initial Chevrolet Fleet Sounding Board, expanded Chevrolet's in-shop warranty presence and guided its initial efforts in global fleet.
Fleet Street Remarketing
Dates in Fleet: 1980-Present
McGrath entered the auto business in 1980, working for a multi-line dealership in St. Petersburg, Fla. After selling used cars, working in the finance department, and buying autos and trucks at wholesale for the dealership, McGrath struck out on his own in 1985 and formed a wholesale auto business, called RAM Auto Leasing, with friend Bob McDevitt. Along with one employee who handled administrative tasks, the three bought and sold 20-40 used corporate cars per month. RAM soon transitioned to Eastern Fleet Remarketing after McDevitt moved on to another venture, and ultimately the company was rebranded as Fleet Street Remarketing to better capture the company's new remarketing focus and global reach. As owner of Fleet Street Remarketing, McGrath helps businesses achieve maximum returns on the resale of each vehicle. McGrath has also been a member of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) for more than 20 years and has served on the board of directors for the Association.