NAFA Announces Winners Of 2013 Fleet Excellence Awards

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The winners of the first annual Fleet Excellence Awards were presented on April 23, 2013 in Atlantic City. The awards were designed to recognize the best and brightest fleet managers across corporate and public fleet segments.

We have set a new standard for fleet excellence, and for the presentation of fleet excellence awards.

Over 1,600 fleet professionals packed the Grand Ballroom at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Tuesday, April 23 for the debut of NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards Night. Designed to recognize fleet professionals in a manner reminiscent of industry award presentations like the "Oscars", NAFA’s event presented six industry awards to fleet professionals throughout the United States and Canada in the categories of safety, sustainability, and overall outstanding achievement. A seventh award was presented in the category of fleet leadership.

"We wanted to create an event that would showcase not only the best in fleet management, but that would also reflect the status and stature of the fleet industry itself," said NAFA’s Executive Director Phillip E. Russo, CAE. "Having a packed house of 1,600 people, feeling the buzz in the room that night, and experiencing the sheer joy and enthusiasm from nearly everyone in that room, I think we can easily say, ’mission accomplished.’ We have set a new standard for fleet excellence, and for the presentation of fleet excellence awards. It is unparalleled in the world and gives our Flexy awards instant credibility."

The Fleet Excellence Awards, or FLEXY for short, were judged by a panel of industry leaders, media representatives, and NAFA committee leaders. Submissions were narrowed down to three finalists per category with the winner announced live on stage. Representatives from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Canadian Automotive Fleet, Fleet Management Weekly, Light & Medium Truck, and The Municipal, served as award presenters.

NAFA will begin accepting submissions for 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards in September. Information will be posted on NAFA’s official website,

Complete list of 2013 Fleet Excellence Award Winners

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management:
Kathryn Antonelli, Manager, Fleet Administration, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Outstanding Achievement in Public Service Fleet Management:
Steve Rapanos, Directory, City of Edmonton Fleet Services

Excellence in Corporate Sustainability:
Christy Coyte Meyer, Global Fleet Director, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability:
Mark Swackhamer, CAFM, Fleet Operations Manager, Houston Independent School District

Excellence in Corporate Fleet Safety:
Theresa Belding, Senior Manager - Fleet Services, Forest Pharmaceuticals

Excellence in Public Fleet Safety:
Bill Horne, Supervisor - Fleet Safety, City of Edmonton Fleet Services

Excellence in Fleet Leadership: Robert Martinez, Executive Director, City of New York Police Department

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world’s premier non-profit association for professionals who manage 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 organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA’s Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit

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