PRINCETON, N.J. – NAFA has announced that seven major OEMs will now participate in an exclusive “OEM Panel Session” taking place Sunday, May 6, 2007, during NAFA’s annual conference in Houston.

Fleet professionals will have the opportunity to hear from OEM decision-makers about build-out dates and their affects on remarketing, ensuring higher residuals, fleet allocations and inventory, future model introduction schedules, and more. This session will also allow attendees to ask major OEMs their questions. Confirmed participants include:

  • Craig Cheatle, corporate sales manager - North America, Audi of America.
  • Michael Ring, senior manager, Large Commercial Fleet Sales, DaimlerChrysler Corp.
  • John Ruppert, general manager, Commercial & Government Operations, Ford Motor Company.
  • David Tripoli, manager, Fleet Sales, Mazda North American Operations.
  • Ron Hennel, department manager, Fleet Operations, Mercedes-Benz USA.
  • Charles Reed, manager, National Fleet Sales Operations, Subaru of America.
  • Rick Bryant, commercial fleet manager, Volvo Cars of North America.

    The panel session begins 5 pm on Sunday – just after the expo hall closes for the day – to enable all conference registrants to attend. Due to the session’s anticipated high turnout, conference registrants are required to pre-register for this event. All those registered for the annual conference are entitled to a ticket at no additional cost. A limited number of tickets will be available for only a short time. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the FMI-LEG Conference and Expo, visit

  • Originally posted on Fleet Financials