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21 Nominated for 2011 Fleet Hall of Fame

Twenty-one fleet industry veterans were nominated for inclusion into the 4th annual Fleet Hall of Fame. Only seven will be inducted.

July 2011, by Grace L. Suizo and Thi Dao

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Presented by Automotive Fleet magazine and exclusively sponsored by the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), the Fleet Hall of Fame award recognizes fleet industry leaders and pioneers who have contributed significantly to the commercial fleet management profession. Eligible nominees must have at least 10 years of fleet management experience and have contributed significantly to the fleet industry. Of these 21 nominees, a slate of seven inductees will be announced at the AFLA annual conference, Sept. 14-16 in San Diego.

You can vote for this year's nominees here.

Here are this year's nominees:

Jim Anselmi
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey;
Lorillard Tobacco
Dates in Fleet: 1985-Present

Anselmi started as an apprentice automotive mechanic with the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. in 1965. In 1986, he became fleet manager and joined NAFA. Anselmi started with Lorillard Tobacco in 1996 as the director of fleet and travel. He was the first public service fleet manager to be elected NAFA President in 1995, is a recipient of the NAFA Distinguished Service Award, and is currently president of the NAFA Foundation. He served a term as AFLA president and was the 2002 AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.

Ken Baittinger
Automotive Resources International (ARI)

Baittinger’s worked from frontline customer service and operations at ARI to sales, before promotion to executive management. He played a vital role in 1990 when he served as general manager for one year for an acquired company, Lend Lease Corporation, as it was integrated into ARI. He retired from ARI in 2004 as senior VP of operations. He developed ARI’s quality assurance program, Partners In Excellence, as a tool to ensure everyone at ARI continues to put clients first in all things.

Bob Berke
Executive Director (Deceased)

Berke took over full-time management of NAFA as the association’s 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.

Sal Crimi

Crimi was one of the principal contributors in the establishment of the Lee Myles National Fleet Transmission replacement program. Later, with his partner Alex Gianoupolos, he created SALEX, a combination of their two first names. SALEX was designed to provide to corporate America the first nationwide collision and major mechanical programs exclusive for fleets. At a later date, the company added standard and preventive maintenance services. The addition of these services established SALEX as the first full-service supplier of collision and full maintenance programs to the fleet industry. He is an honorary NAFA lifetime member.

Larry Domagal
Ford Motor Company
Fleet Director (Retired)
Dates in Fleet: 1959-1977

Domagal was Ford Division’s longest-serving fleet
director. He retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1977.

Ray Fisher
Chrysler Corp. / Donlen Corp.
VP of Sales, Service & Parts Operations

Fisher enjoyed a 33-year career at Chrysler, culminating with his role as VP of sales, service, and parts operations. His accomplishments include the restructuring and expansion of Chrysler fleet, transitioning and introducing Sprinter as a Dodge, successfully introducing RWD sedans and two Dodge police vehicles, development of Chrysler’s Certified Pre-Owned program, establishing a small commercial fleet dealer network, forming Chrysler’s first Client Advisory Board, and bringing Chrysler’s current fleet leaders into fleet operations. He is also credited with being the driver behind separating the annual NAFA and AFLA meetings.

Jerry Frick
Ford North American Fleet Leasing
and Rental Operations (Retired)
Dates in Fleet: 1996-2006

Frick started working at Ford in 1970 and retired in 2006 after working in both domestic and international assignments at Ford, including commercial fleet sales manager and director of truck sales and marketing for Ford of Europe in England. He also served as director of Allied on the AFLA Board, was an active member of the NAFA Affiliates Committee, and a key member of the NAFA Foundation Board of Directors.

Dave Hansen
GM Fleet & Commercial Operations
General Manager (Retired)
Dates in Fleet: 1998-2008

Hansen joined GM in 1965 after graduating high school, working in a GM assembly plant during the summer while attending college. After graduating college with an engineering degree, he worked in several roles, including chief engineer for the Chevrolet Division. Hansen often comments that the highlight of his career was serving as general manager of GM Fleet & Commercial Operations in the late ’90s and into the next century. After leaving GM, Hansen became COO for Tecstar, a second-stage manufacturer for GM. He is now retired, but provides pro-bono support of the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR).

George Kilroy
President and CEO
Dates in Fleet: 1976 - Present

Kilroy began his career at PHH Arval in 1976 and held various roles in sales, client relations, marketing, equipment leasing, and senior leadership. He was named president and CEO of PHH Arval in 2001. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of AALA after serving as the organization’s president for three years.

Under Kilroy’s leadership, PHH Arval has repeatedly been recognized for advancements in technology, outstanding customer service, and corporate citizenship. His pioneering spirit is evident in the many innovations PHH has brought to the marketplace during his tenure as CEO, such as the industry’s first environmental program, telematics solution, driver mobile program, and violations management program.
Kilroy was also responsible for the partnership between PHH Arval and Environmental Defense Fund in 2006 to improve the environmental performance of commercial fleets. SmartCEO magazine named Kilroy its 2010 EcoCEO for his commitment to the environment.

Dick Krantz
Mileage Consultants

Krantz founded Mileage Consultants, and, along with Pat Starr of CSC, was one of the pioneers of fleet maintenance national account programs. He sold the company to GELCO in the ‘80s.

Dan Leary
Motorlease Corporation
CEO (Retired)
Dates in Fleet: 1960-1993

Leary joined Motorlease in 1960, working in sales and general management. With his partner, Charles O’Neill, he helped pioneer the concept of outsourced fleet management and was instrumental in developing new remarketing strategies for Motorlease. He took full control of the company in 1976. During his tenure, Motorlease expanded from about 10 employees and a fleet of 600 to about 30 employees and a fleet of 3,000 at his retirement in 1993, when he turned company management over to his son Jack, CEO, and daughter Beth, CFO. He remains on Motorlease’s Board of Directors, was an active member of AALA throughout his career, and served on its Board from 1981 through 1993.

Bob Martines
Corporate Claims Management (CCM)
Dates in Fleet: 1977-Present

Martines began his fleet career in 1977 with SALEX Fleet Specialists. He Initially conceived, developed, and implemented the concept of accident management in the fleet industry in 1979. He conceived, helped create, and oversees the perpetual development of CCM’s FleetGuard Safety Management Program, which provides corporate fleet managers effective safety training, reduced vehicular accidents, and helps save driver’s lives.
Martines is active in NAFA, AFLA, RIMS, and TAB. He has made numerous presentations for NAFA, AFLA, and RIMS throughout the U.S. and Canada in areas of accident management, subrogation recovery practices, vehicle remarketing, and  the pros and cons of insurance in fleet. He is the author of many articles published in Automotive Fleet and Fleet Financials magazines on various fleet- and risk-related issues.

He has served as a member of the New Jersey NAFA board since 1987, holding several chair positions. He previously served on NAFA’s National Educational Committee as an instructor in the estimating/accident repair module and served on the editorial committee for the Fleet Executive magazine. Martines received NAFA’s “Outstanding Chapter Service Award” in May of 2003, an award from NAFRD exemplifying their “Code of Ethics” for professionalism and integrity, and various awards and honors from regional organizations for dedication and service. He was featured on national television in Pat Summerall’s “Champions of Industry.”

Jim McCarthy
Siemens Corp.
Director, Vehicle Management
Dates in Fleet: 1984-Present

McCarthy has been a Siemens employee for 27 years and has been responsible for Siemens’ fleet management for past 18 years. He is a founding member and organizer of Siemens Shared Services organization, developing a business model within a shared services environment whereby the division sold its services to other Siemens companies and joint ventures. Using this business model as a foundation, the division grew the Siemens fleet from 1,100 vehicles in 1993 to its current level of 15,500.

Siemens was a “Top Plus” finalist (a Simens “global” business competition)  in 2005 for initiatives that netted one Siemens Operating Company $12.5 million in savings over three years (2002-2005). Additionally, McCarthy is a long-standing member of Siemens Global Procurement Board, which has been responsible for generating significant global overrides for Siemens companies worldwide.

McCarthy has been an NAFA Fleet Management Association member for 15 years, an AFLA member for 10 years, and has served on its Board of Directors and is a current member of its Sounding Board. He has served on the Wheels Steering Council as well as Ford’s Fleet Advisory Board and Chrysler Advisory Board. McCarthy was named AF’s Professional Fleet Manager of the Year in 2005.

Donald Miller
Mike Albert Fleet Solutions
Vice President (Retired)
Dates in Fleet: 1957-2003

Miller started his 45-year career with Mike Albert Leasing in 1957, helping lead it from a local leasing concern to a major national fleet management company. He was instrumental in creating and establishing its vehicle remarketing operations and vehicle purchasing department, as well as developing a national sales force.

As an industry leader in closed-end operating leases, Miller established the Mike Albert Residual Committee. By pooling information from various aspects of the business, he established the Mike Albert vehicle model year’s closed-end residuals.

He retired in 2004, and is still an active Residual Committee member.

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