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Automotive Fleet magazine will introduce the industry’s first-ever Hall of Fame Award, recognizing industry leaders and pioneers in the commercial fleet industry. To be eligible for induction in the AF Hall of Fame, nominees must be fleet industry leaders who have a minimum of 10 years of fleet experience in making significant contributions to the commercial fleet management profession.

AFLA Steps Up to the Plate

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) is the exclusive sponsor for the Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented Sept. 11 at the annual AFLA conference at the Camelback Inn located in Scottsdale, Ariz. (See for full conference agenda.)

“AFLA is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this prestigious industry award, which recognizes the pioneers and innovators of the commercial fleet industry,” said Elsie Lucia, president of AFLA. Lucia is the director of fleet services for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., based in New York City. “Those of us in the industry today owe so much to these industry leaders. AFLA is honored to be a part of memorializing the achievements of these giants of our industry,” added Lucia.

Voting Procedures

Future inductees to the Hall of Fame will be determined annually by an Automotive Fleet judging committee that will also include the current AFLA president.

During the 2008 AFLA Conference, 10 honorees will be inducted in the Hall of Fame. Installation of additional inductees will continue with one fewer inductee each year. In 2009, nine honorees will be inducted, eight in 2010, etc., until only three will be installed in 2015. Thereafter, three honorees will be inducted in AF’s Hall of Fame annually.

Voting for the winners will take place on (that also includes a link from the AFLA Web site). Voting is open to all members of the fleet industry. However, the judging committee retains the right to appoint individuals to the Hall of Fame who may deserve recognition. (Many of the early commercial fleet industry pioneers are not well known among current industry professionals.)

“AFLA is honored to host the presentation of the Hall of Fame Award at our annual conference each September,” said Lucia.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be displayed on Bobit Business Media’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif., on a special wall. “It will be available to view with credit to AFLA for the exclusive support during nominations, elections, and presentations, as well as recognition in print and on,” said Ed Bobit, CEO of Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine.

View other articles on the Fleet Hall of Fame:

2008 Nominees | 2008 Inductees

2009 Nominees | 2009 Inductees



Twenty fleet industry leaders have been automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame. They are:

1. Helen Bland ­­­­­ – Hallmark

2. Howard Cook – Ford Motor Co.

3. Eddie Dame ­­–­ Avis Leasing

4. Don Fenton – Piemonte Fleet

5. Jim Frank – Wheels Inc.

6. Zollie Frank – Wheels Inc.

7. George Frink ­­– GM/Chevrolet

8. Bud Grossman – Gelco

9. Joe Holman – ARI/Holman

10. Harley Howell – PHH

11. Jack Lamb – Exxon

12. Sam Lee – Lee Fleet Management

13. Milo Matick – Piemonte Fleet

14. Emerson Parker – Hartford Fire Insurance

15. S. Lester Landau – Picker X-Ray

16. Hubert Ryan – Hertz Leasing

17. Armund Schoen – Wheels Inc.

18. Bob Soell- Suntrup Ford City

19. Ed Stanley – Oldsmobile Div.

20. George Weimer – Contel/Hertz

Nominees for 2008 Award


  1. John Blessing – McCullagh Leasing
  2. Dick Heather – PHH
  3. Don Rappeport – Donlen Corp.
  4. Gary Tepas – Emkay Inc.
  5. Ron Pink– Xerox
  6. Ray Breault – Fleet Response/Hoffmann-La Roche/Revlon
  7. E.J. Ames – Universal CIT Credit Corp.
  8. Walter Langseder – Lipton Tea
  9. George Wilson – Lever Brothers
  10. Al Cavalli – Universal CIT Credit Corp.
  11. John Rollins – Rollins
  12. Arno Neuber – ARI
  13. Jack Kolb – ARI
  14. Harry Brey – LeasePlan International
  15. Gene Arbaugh – PHH
  16. Henk Bosman – U.S. Fleet Leasing
  17. Stan Chason – GELCO
  18. Sam Penn – PHH
  19. Herman Meckler – LeasePlan Intl.
  20. Joe Thayer – Chevrolet
  21. W.M. Ramsey – American Motor Corp.
  22. W.M. Bird – Chrysler
  23. E.J. “Chappy” Chapman – Pontiac Division
  24. John Rock – GM
  25. A.E. “Fitz” Fitzpatrick – Studebaker



View other articles on the Fleet Hall of Fame:

2008 Nominees | 2008 Inductees

2009 Nominees | 2009 Inductees