TORRANCE, CA – Cast your vote now for the industry's first-ever Fleet Hall of Fame Award! Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), the award will recognize fleet industry leaders and pioneers that have made significant contributions to the commercial fleet management profession. The Fleet Hall of Fame award will be presented Sept. 11 at the annual AFLA conference at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nominees must have a minimum of 10 years fleet experience to be eligible. Ballots close end-of-day Monday, June 30.

"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," said Elsie Lucia, president of AFLA. Lucia is the director of fleet services for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., based in New York City.

The Fleet Hall of Fame inductees will be displayed on a special wall at Bobit Business Media's headquarters in Torrance, Calif. "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.


25 Nominees for the 2008 Fleet Hall of Fame Award

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  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


Twenty fleet industry leaders have already been 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