Finalists Announced for NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, Honoring High-Impact Fleet Professionals

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Release date: 3/5/2018

Contact: Donald Dunphy
NAFA Fleet Management Association

Finalists Announced for NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards, Honoring High-Impact Fleet Professionals

(PRINCETON, N.J. – March 5, 2018) – NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces that finalists for NAFA’s 2018 Fleet Excellence Awards have been chosen. Winners will be named during the Sixth Annual Fleet Excellence Awards presentation on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. during NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E).

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.

The FLEXY Awards nominations process was open to all fleet professionals throughout the United States and Canada, regardless of whether or not they were members of NAFA Fleet Management Association.

The list of finalists is as follows:

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management

  • Karla Guajardo, Fleet Manager, Honeywell International
  • Adam Orth, CAFM®, Fleet Services Manager, General Mills Inc.
  • Yogi Shivdasani, LKQ Corporation

Excellence in Fleet Safety – Corporate
  • Kevin Everett, Fleet and Environmental Manager, at EMCOR Services, MESA Energy Systems
  • Andy Gattermeyer, Road Safety Advisor, BP Pipeline
  • Joe Suarez, Director, Florida Power & Light Company

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Corporate
  • Michael Bieger, Senior Director Global Fleet, ADP Inc.
  • Sharon Etherington, Manager of Regional Procurement Services, Roche
  • Safelite AutoGlass, Columbus, Ohio

Excellence in Fleet Safety – Public
  • Patrick Bartole, CAFM, Fleet Manager, New Jersey City University Dept. of Facilities and Construction Management
  • Charles Grab, UCONN Transportation and Fleet Services
  • Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC

Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management
  • Ronald Gitelman, CAFM, Fleet Administrator, Yale University
  • Robert Gordon, Director of Fleet Management, DeKalb County Fleet Management
  • Kathy Wellik, CAFM, Director, Iowa State University Transportation Services

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Public
  • Richard Battersby, CAFM, Fleet Manager, City of Oakland Public Works
  • Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC
  • Angela Sherick-Bright, Assistant General Manager, City of Los Angeles General Services Dept.

Excellence in Fleet Leadership
  • Mario Moses, Fleet and Sourcing Manager, Bayer
  • Steven Schoen, Director, Mobility Services Americas, Siemens
  • Joe Suarez, Florida Power & Light Company

For more information on NAFA’s 2018 Institute & Expo visit

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements and vehicle fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes; and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.6 million vehicles that drive an estimated 50 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well in excess of $100 billion each year.
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About NAFA’s Institute & Expo
NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo conference is the largest gathering of fleet and mobility managers. The event program, created by fleet managers for fleet managers, features 49 sessions of fleet training, education, and workshops; and an expo floor consisting of over 250 companies showcasing their products and services. The 2018 Institute & Expo is April 24-27, in Anaheim, Calif. More information and registration details can be found at
NAFA thanks 2018 Institute & Expo media sponsors Autosphere. Ca, CAMAUTO, Canadian Automotive Fleet, Canadian Automotive Review, Electricity Today Magazine, Field Technologies, Fleet Digest, Fleet Management, Fleet Management Weekly, Fuels And Lubes International, International Fleet World, Modern Work Truck Solutions, The Municipal, and Utility Products for continued support.
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