NAFA Reveals Finalists for FLEXY Awards

The Fleet Excel­lence Awards (or FLEXY for short) shine a spot­light on those who have impact­ed fleet man­age­ment in both the cor­po­rate and pub­lic fleet seg­ments dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year. Three final­ists were cho­sen for each of the sev­en cat­e­gories.

Win­ners will be announced dur­ing the Sec­ond Annu­al Fleet Excel­lence Awards Gala on Tues­day, April 8 at the Min­neapo­lis Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Min­neapo­lis, MN dur­ing NAFA’s annu­al con­fer­ence.

“NAFA is proud once again to open our 2014 Insti­tute & Expo with these pres­ti­gious awards,” said NAFA’s Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE. “These indi­vid­u­als have demon­strat­ed the high­est lev­el of achieve­ment in their respec­tive cat­e­gories and exem­pli­fy the work that is going on in the fleet pro­fes­sion today.”

The FLEXY Awards are open to all fleet pro­fes­sion­als, regard­less of whether or not they were mem­bers of NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion. Indus­try lead­ers, act­ing as judges in the selec­tion process for final­ists and win­ners, nev­er saw the names of nom­i­nees or the orga­ni­za­tions they work for. Vot­ing was 100 per­cent blind; based sole­ly upon the actions and ideas list­ed by the nom­i­nees on their sub­mis­sion forms. This allowed for unbi­ased selec­tion based strict­ly on the qual­i­ty of nom­i­nee accom­plish­ments.

“The excite­ment gen­er­at­ed from the 2013 debut of the FLEXYs was astound­ing, and very grat­i­fy­ing,” con­tin­ued Rus­so. “Fleet pro­fes­sion­als are some of the most cre­ative thinkers and ded­i­cat­ed pro­fes­sion­als when it comes to find­ing cost-sav­ings, increas­ing safe­ty, and fos­ter­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty in their organization’s fleet. NAFA want­ed to hon­or that, and we have; and to see how the fleet com­mu­ni­ty has embraced it says so much more than I ever could.”

The 2014 list of final­ists is as fol­lows:

Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Cor­po­rate Fleet Man­age­ment    

•         Jonathan Kamanns, Fleet Man­ag­er, Inger­soll-Rand

•         Patri­cia Smith, Senior Spe­cial­ist – Facilities/Fleet Man­age­ment, Dia­geo North Amer­i­ca, Inc.

•         George Sur­vant, Senior Direc­tor – Fleet, Time Warn­er Cable

Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Pub­lic Fleet Man­age­ment 

•         Mike Pla­to, Direc­tor – Fleet (EMS), Alber­ta Health Ser­vices

•         Kel­ly Rea­gan, Fleet Admin­is­tra­tor, City of Colum­bus

•         Kevin Schlangen, CAFM; Fleet Man­ag­er; Dako­ta Coun­ty

Excel­lence in Cor­po­rate Fleet Sus­tain­abil­i­ty 

•         Bon­nie Brown, Man­ag­er of Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vices, Roche Diag­nos­tics Corp.

•         Bruce Dono­van, Direc­tor of Glob­al Fleet Oper­a­tions, DeAn­ge­lo Broth­ers Incor­po­rat­ed

•         Doug Swi­s­tock, Divi­sion Ser­vice and Oper­a­tions Man­ag­er, Tru­Green Land­Care

Excel­lence in Pub­lic Fleet Sus­tain­abil­i­ty    

•         Kei­th Leech, Fleet Man­ag­er, City of Sacra­men­to

•         Kel­ly Rea­gan, Fleet Admin­is­tra­tor, City of Colum­bus

•         James Rein­ish; Man­ag­er, Cen­tral Auto­mo­tive Divi­sion; Port Author­i­ty of NY & NJ

Excel­lence in Cor­po­rate Fleet Safe­ty    

•         Jonathan Kamanns, Fleet Man­ag­er, Inger­soll-Rand

•         Albert Pow­ell, DOT/Fleet Man­ag­er, Express Ener­gy

•         Andy Sacha, Glob­al Fleet Man­ag­er, Nestlé

Excel­lence in Pub­lic Fleet Safe­ty 

•         Jacquie Deitch, Direc­tor – Fleet Ser­vices, City of Cal­gary

•         Glenn Brown and Kevin LeBlanc, City of Edmon­ton — Fleet Ser­vices

•         J.D. Schulte, CAFM; Fleet Man­ag­er; City of Moline

Excel­lence in Fleet Lead­er­ship     

•         Lisa Grater, Trans­porta­tion and Park­ing Ser­vices Coor­di­na­tor, Uni­ver­si­ty of La Verne

•         Jonathan Kamanns, Fleet Man­ag­er, Inger­soll-Rand

•         Kei­th Leech, Fleet Man­ag­er, City of Sacra­men­to

NAFA’s 2014 Insti­tute & Expo, which takes place April 8–11 at the Min­neapo­lis Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, is the event of the year for the fleet pro­fes­sion. Fleet pro­fes­sion­als from through­out the world attend to learn about the lat­est tech­nolo­gies, best prac­tices, and indus­try trends from over 60 hours of fleet edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions. In addi­tion, the con­fer­ence fea­tures an Expo Floor with more than 300 ven­dors show­ing the lat­est prod­ucts and ser­vices.

The 2014 I&E includes pow­er­ful keynote pre­sen­ta­tions from authors and moti­va­tion­al speak­ers Peter Shea­han and Simon Sinek; a spe­cial pan­el fea­tur­ing exec­u­tives from Chrysler, Ford, Gen­er­al Motors, and Toy­ota; and a spe­cial pan­el fea­tur­ing exec­u­tives from the lead­ing Fleet Man­age­ment Com­pa­nies.

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