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Drawing more than 350 attendees, including a record number of fleet managers, the 2009 Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) annual conference presented a varied program of business and fleet-specific presentations.

Held Sept. 9-11 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, conference highlights included the 2009 Fleet Hall of Fame induction ceremony and announcement of the 2010 AFLA board of directors. In addition, the program included several popular attendee networking sessions.

Presenters and panel discussions covered such fleet-specific topics as fleet funding strategies, upcoming remarketing trends, fuel cost management, total cost of ownership, and supply chain management.

As the conference closed, President Mike Antich turned over the organization's leadership to 2010 President Tom Donato of ARI. Other 2010 AFLA board members include:

  • Executive VP - Lori Rasmussen, PARS.
  • VP - Theresa Belding, Forest Pharmaceuticals.
  • Past President - Mike Antich,Automotive Fleet magazine.
  • Secretary - Lee Miller, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
  • Treasurer - Debbie Mize,Hallmark Cards.

The 2010 AFLA conference is scheduled Sept. 8-10 at the JW Marriott Las Vegas in Summerlin, Nev. Details are available at the AFLA Web site,