2013 Fleet Hall of Fame Nominees
Twenty-eight qualified candidates are vying for one of five spots in this year’s Fleet Hall of Fame award.
Automotive Fleet magazine and the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) are proud to announce the 2013 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 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 60 inductees in the Fleet Hall of Fame to date. This year’s nominees are as follows:
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. He became fleet manager and joined NAFA in 1986. 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 a past president of the NAFA Foundation. He served a term as AFLA president and was the 2002 AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.
NAFA, Executive Director
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.
U.S. Fleet Leasing
Bosman began his career in the fleet leasing industry, working for several years in sales in the Pacific Northwest for GELCO Fleet Management Services.
In 1964, he and several partners started Vehicle Lease and Management Services with zero vehicles and expanded to more than 80,000 before the company was purchased U.S. Leasing, in 1972. He retired from U.S. Leasing in 1989. Bosman passed away Aug. 13, 2009, at the age of 80.
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 roles. Additionally, Callahan held global leadership positions in general management, sales management, product development, quality, and operations in North America, 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 2012, Donlen achieved a score of 63 — more than five 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 currently serves as president of AFLA.
Dates in Fleet: 1981-Present
Dahm is EVP and CFO for LeasePlan USA. A 32-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.
Feirer served as NAFA president from 1979 to 1981, is a past president of 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.
GM Fleet & Commercial Operations
Dates in Fleet: 1998-2008 (Retired)
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, then he assisted SCT with its fleet fuel economy software device. He is now retired, but provides pro-bono support of the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR).
Charles ‘Chuck’ Husby
GM Fleet & Commercial Operations
Dates in Fleet: 50 Years (Retired)
Husby started his career with the GM Defiance Foundry as a General Motors Institute student at age 17. He spent most of his career with Chevrolet, then moved to the North America Operations Fleet Department and then to GM Fleet & Commercial Operations. Husby 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; Manheim
Dates in Fleet: 1963-2003 (Retired)
Kolb’s career started with McCormick in the sales control department with the task of reviewing “turn-in reports” for sales vehicles being returned to a local leasing company. A few years later, he joined the account executive staff at Peterson, Howell & Heather, serving their large base of clients in the New York area. Seven years later, he was assigned to the Midwest area. While helping McDonald’s hire a fleet manager, he was offered the job. Kolb developed a computer system that enabled his team to review and analyze virtually any aspect of their fleets operations, among the first of its kind to be run on a mainframe computer. Kolb left McDonald’s to create Fleet Management Services, Inc., a company to sell the computer system and train fleet managers on its use. When the company was forced to close, he then joined a Chicago Dodge dealer who had lost his fleet sales group. He then worked for GE Auto Auctions, working with auto manufacturers remarking departments, leasing companies, banks, and fleet managers who remarked their own units on ways to maximize vehicle sales results. He later worked at Manheim.
Dates in Fleet: 1960-1993 (Deceased)
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 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 remained on Motorlease’s Board of Directors, was an active member of AALA throughout his career, and served on its Board from 1981 through 1993. He passed away in 2011.