PRINCETON, NJ - After an extensive nationwide search, NAFA has appointed Hanan Bedri as associate director of Education. Bedri comes to NAFA with a strong background in developing educational efforts for not-for-profit organizations including previous positions with the Core Competency Group, National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, and the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

"Hanan brings an extremely diverse background to NAFA, which should be a great asset to our efforts," said NAFA's executive director, Phillip Russo, CAE. "After attending college in Sudan, she did community health work in that country for several years before transferring to Southern New Hampshire University to study Community Economic Development. She then attained her Masters degree in Education and Human Resource Development from George Washington University in Washington, DC, which was her stepping stone into the not-for-profit education world."

Bedri most recently worked as a consultant with the Core Competency Group designing training programs for associations, as well as instituting competency models for clients.  Before that, she was employed by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, where she was in charge of the education division, including their online certification program, webcasts, and training programs.  She also worked for the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, developing and managing all of their education programs.

"For me this is a wonderful opportunity to help the Association provide fleet professionals with a worthwhile educational experience that not only contributes to the knowledge base of the individuals involved but also to the overall professionalism of our industry," Bedri said.

Education plays a major role in NAFA. The Association produces Fleet Management Seminars throughout North America; regularly publishes books for fleet managers such as the Fleet Maintenance Operations Guide and the Fuel Management Guide; operates the oldest, largest, and most widely acclaimed professional certification program in the fleet management industry (Certified Automotive Fleet Manager - CAFM); and recently introduced the Certified Automotive Fleet Supervisor (CAFS) certification.  NAFA looks forward to building upon these products and services under the guidance of Bedri.