Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Barry Samus, senior economist for
the National Center for Policy Analysis, the American Automotive Leasing
Association (AALA) held its Winter 2004 board of directors meeting March
14-16 at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Aventura.
at the meeting’s opening reception, Samus discussed the “Prospects
for and State of the American Economy."
The meeting’s general business session included a presentation
by David Powell, president and CEO of Canadian Finance & Leasing
Association and a panel discussion on energy. The panel featured Bill
Becker, executive director, State and Territorial Air Pollution Program;
Administrators Association of Local Air Pollution Control officials;
Gil Sperling, Esq., Counselors, Inc.; and David R. Hill, Esq. deputy
general counsel for Energy Policy, U.S. Department of Energy. AALA meeting
attendees also heard a presentation by Gary Lapidus, senior industry
analyst, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Barry Samus (right), senior economist for the National Center for
Policy Analysis, provided the keynote presentation, “Prospects
for and State of the American Economy,” at the American Automotive
Leasing Association’s winter board of directors meeting
the AALA board of directors winter meeting in Florida were members
(l-r) Kathy Marinello, president and CEO, GE Fleet Services; Jerry
Frick, director of commercial and government operations, Ford North
American Fleet, Lease & Remarketing Operations (NAFLRO); and
Hal Feder, Jr., Ford NAFLRO executive director.
McKee (r), president of Automotive Resources International (ARI)
chats with (l-r) Jerry Frick, director of commercial and government
relations for Ford NAFLRO, and Hal Feder, NAFLRO executive director.
Standing next to Feder, with his back to the camera, is Jim Rallo,
vice president of PHH Arval. Next to Rallo is Bob Topor, manager,
fleet sales-U.S. commercial, leasing, government, and alt-fuel sales