The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

John Lovato

John Lovato was one of the 46 founding members of NAFA, a member of The Round Table Group (a precursor to NAFA), and a former fleet manager with chemical manufacturing company American Cyanamid. He passed away on Sept. 5, 2011. He was 83.

Lovato had a long career in the fleet industry. After serving in the Navy, he attended Rider College. After graduating, he joined American Cyanamid, where he eventually worked his way up to the position of fleet manager. After working at American Cyanamid, he went to Greyhound Rent-A-Car, a now defunct leasing unit of Greyhound Corp. (American Cyanamid was a Greyhound Rent-A-Car client), and then to Allstate Vehicles. From there, he went to CIT Service Leasing as the Northeast regional sales executive in the mid-1970s, and then to Associates Leasing. Lovato was hired at Associates in 1980, on the same day as Don Kreft, who ultimately became president and CEO of LeasePlan USA (LP USA). After Kreft joined LP USA as head of sales and marketing, he hired Lovato to handle sales in the Northeast region for the company in 1986.

“John was a pioneer in the fleet industry,” said Kreft. “He was one of the founders of NAFA when he was a fleet manager for one of the greater New York area fleets. John worked for many of the fleet leasing companies, and we crossed paths at Associates Leasing in 1980. He was very successful there, and after I was recruited by LeasePlan in 1986, he was my first hire to be vice president of sales for the Northeast region. The industry will miss John, and I personally have lost a close friend.”

Lovato worked at LeasePlan USA until his retirement from the company in 1993, though he worked as a contract salesperson until 1995.

Lovato grew up in West New York, N.J., raised his children in Woodcliff Lake and Lincroft, and retired to Lakewood, N.J. in 2000. He met his wife Ruth while working at American Cyanamid. He had a passion for music, classical being his favorite, and he was an avid NY Giants and Yankees fan.

Surviving are his six children: Two daughters and sons-in-law - Neva and Randy Hall of Dallas, Texas and Diane and Ken Culbertson of Frisco, Texas; four sons and daughters-in-law: John and Kathy Lovato of Oakridge, N.C., Richard and Maureen Lovato of Lincroft, N.J., David and Amy Lovato of Westfield, N.J. and Stephen and Patty Lovato of Howell, N.J.; 16 grandchildren: Jacqueline, Kimberly, Danielle, Brittany, Michelle, Jennifer, John, Kenny, Ricky, John III, David Austin, Colleen, Stephen, Lauren, Lindsay and David Heath.

Previous

Jeep

Comment On This Item

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that comments may be moderated.

Blog

Market Trends

Mike Antich
It is Critical to Get Out of Your Office to Assess Vehicle Usage Issues

By Mike Antich
Many view fleet management as being a desk job, but it is more than that. When trouble-shooting fleet problems, such as increased costs for a particular user group, it is important to identify the root cause, which often requires on-site visual inspection of fleet assets and how they are being utilized.

Why the Fleet Manager Should be the Gatekeeper to Procurement

By Mike Antich

View All

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

View All

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

View All

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

View All

In Memoriam: Coach's Insights

Ed Bobit
Thinking of the Newbies of the Future

By Ed Bobit
A lot has changed in the past 10-15 years, so we can only imagine this momentum will continue into the next decade-plus. How will this change impact the fleet manager of tomorrow?

Managing a Car vs. Work Truck Fleet

By Ed Bobit

View All

STORE

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher