June 12-15, 2017
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
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Speaker Biographies

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mitch Gaylord
Olympic Gold Medalist & Fitness Expert
Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its Gold Medal victory. In addition to being the first American Gymnast in history to score a perfect “10,” Mitch went on to capture a Silver medal for Vaulting and two Bronze medals for Rings and Parallel Bars. As the number one ranked gymnast in 1983 and 1984, Mitch invented two skills now named internationally after him. After the Olympics, Mitch was appointed to the president’s Council for Physical Fitness by President Reagan and was asked to return for a second term under President George Bush Senior. In 1995, he was inducted into UCLA’s Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mitch went on to create Gold Medal Fitness, LLC and the “Melt it OFF with Mitch” Program.

   

Mike Wiederkehr
Assistant Integrated Waste Administrator
City of Glendale, CA
Mike Wiederkehr has thirty years of municipal government experience across diverse fields including: human resources, economic development, building & safety, solid waste management, and public works administration. While he doesn’t know a rear-end differential from his own rear end, he is an analytical savant who can both do math and talk. Mike has attained the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) highest credential of Public Works Leadership Fellow, studied industrial/organizational psychology in grad school, and attained a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University.

   
   

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Berke Attila
Chief Fiscal Officer, Department of General Services
City of Baltimore, MD
Berke Attila is a versatile financial leader with over ten years of combined experience in the public and private sectors. He rose through the private sector ranks as an operations manager for seven years. He then switched to public sector and started his journey at the City of Baltimore, where in addition to managing the budgets of major agencies, he led the team that developed a fleet modernization plan by adopting a capital financing strategy and started evaluating vehicle usage and reserve needs to determine the optimal size of the fleet. He currently serves as a CFO at Department of General Services.

   

Richard Battersby
Manager, Equipment Services
City of Oakland, CA
Richard Battersby is the Manager of Equipment Services for the City of Oakland, CA and is Coordinator and Executive Director of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. He has over 25 years in the fleet industry and over 20 years of experience operating alternative fuel vehicles in public and private sector fleets of up to 7,000 vehicles. Battersby is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) and Certified Public Fleet professional (CPFP) and has been named Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year by both Government Fleet Magazine and the American Public Works Association. He is also an inductee into the Department of Energy Clean Cities and Public Fleet Manager Halls of Fame.

   

Dan Berlenbach, CPFP
Fleet Services Manager
City of Long Beach, CA
Dan Berlenbach is a career fleet manager, starting as a heavy equipment mechanic in the US Air Force in 1975. He spent 29 years on active duty, operating a variety of fleets worldwide. In 2004 he transitioned to civilian life as Fleet Manager for the City of Oxnard, CA., followed by three years with the City of Phoenix. Returning to California in 2014, he serves as Fleet Manager for the City of Long Beach, CA. He also serves as Vice President of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA)—a SoCal based Fleet Managers group.

   

Doug Bond
Logistics Services Manager
Alameda County, CA
Doug Bond has worked for Alameda County since 2008. Prior to joining the County, he worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car for 15 years. Doug oversees the County’s Clean Commute, Parking, Property & Salvage, Messenger and Motor Vehicle Divisions. Alameda County has been named as the Electric Vehicle Merit Award winner by 100 Best Fleets in 2016, #8 in the Green Fleets Awards in 2016, and 2016 Leading Fleet. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

   

Sara Burnam
Director, Fleet Management
Palm Beach County, FL
Sara Burnam is the Director of Fleet Management for Palm Beach County, where she manages 4,300 assets. Sara previously worked for the State of Ohio as a Fleet Analyst, for the Department of Administrative Services, where she administered the fuel card program for the State of Ohio and the Fleet Plans for 21 state agencies which covered utilization, mileage reimbursements, inventory, cost per mile, vehicle replacements, and vehicle disposal. Sara would analyze the agencies reporting’s and work with the agencies to come up with solutions to reduce costs and tackle some of the underlying issues they faced.

   

Al Curtis
Director Fleet Management
Cobb County Georgia
Al Curtis has been the Fleet Services Director since 2011, managing over 2700 assets. Prior to that, he was the Fleet Business Manager for eight years. Through his leadership and vision Cobb County has made a concretive effort to deploy green technology, demonstrating its commitment to environmental and county sustainability. Al has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive service industry. He also served 8 years in the US Army as a motor sergeant and maintenance sergeant overseeing over 1,200 assets. Through his leadership and vision Cobb County has made a concretive effort to deploy green technology, demonstrating its commitment to environmental and county sustainability.

   

Paul Lauria
President
Mercury Associates, Inc.
Paul Lauria is the President of Mercury Associates, Inc. During his 32-year career, he has provided transportation and fleet management consulting, research, training, and expert witness services to hundreds of organizations across a wide range of industries. He has conducted fleet replacement planning and modernization justification studies for government jurisdictions with fleet ranging in size from a few hundred to more than 25,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment. Prior to co-founding Mercury in 2002, Paul held positions as Vice President in Maximus, Inc. and Senior Manager in Ernst & Young.

   

Gary Lentsch, CAFM
Fleet Manager
Eugene Water & Electric Board
Gary Lentsch has over 35 years of fleet experience and is a results-producing utility fleet professional with a proven record of sustainable accomplishments. Gary’s fleet operation has been recognized as one of the Leading Fleets, a CLEANFleet Tier 5 Certified Fleet and an Accredited Tier 4 Sustainable Fleet through NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet Program. In 2015, he converted his entire fleet over to renewable diesel overnight. It was that success has brought Gary into the national spotlight as being one of the most sustainable innovative fleets in the nation. Since that time, he has presented to over 600 fleet professionals throughout the county on the benefits of using renewable diesel.

   

Rick Longobart
Principal
Longobart-Ross
Rick Longobart has been involved in the fleet industry for 32 years. He led the City of Santa Ana, CA fleet to 3rd best fleet overall, 1st mid-size fleet in the country, and 9th on 100 Best and Greenest Fleet in the Nation in 2014. A member of (MEMA) for 29 years, Rick was President for ten. He’s also chair of the NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter. Rick is a highly accomplished management professional with proven leadership skills and a track record of award winning performance in the public service sector of Public Works handling fleet, facility, street maintenance, solid waste management and custodial services. 

   

Paul Milner
Senior Analyst/Product Developer
Utilimarc
Paul Milner is a Senior Analyst with Utilimarc. He specializes in working with fleet managers to develop data-driven solutions to everyday problems. His recent focus has been on the development of Utilimarc's Replacement Model, Staffing Model, and Dashboard products, in addition to continuing research to discover how the use of sophisticated mathematic can help fleet managers understand and improve fleet performance.

   

Chichi Nyagah-Nash
Deputy Division Chief, Fleet Management Division
City of Baltimore, MD
Chichi Nyagah-Nash joined the City of Baltimore in 2012 and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Fleet Management Division. Chichi oversees the administration of over 250 employees responsible for the procurement, maintenance and management of over 4,800 City vehicles. Managing an operating budget of $50 million, she is focused on the creation and implementation of cost-saving efficiency measures, the authoring of policies and procedures to manage operations, and the improvement in relationships with other City agencies. Chichi worked in several organizations prior to joining the public sector. Her expertise includes affirmative action and equal employment opportunities, corporate ethics and compliance, program management and security and investigation consulting.

   

David Peterson
Director, Fleet Solutions
ChargePoint
David Peterson leads ChargePoint’s Fleet Solutions team focused on developing market-leading products and services for managers and operators of light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. David joined ChargePoint from Nissan where he led electric vehicle market development and charging infrastructure strategy. Prior to Nissan, David was an analyst at ING Bank Shanghai working on Benelux-China joint ventures, as well as a project finance consultant to government and private clients across Asia and the Middle East for real estate and energy ventures. He holds a master’s degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where he focused on new value creation at the intersection of mobility and energy.

   

Tammy Rimes
Principal
Tammy Rimes Consulting
Tammy Rimes served as the Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the nation’s 9th largest City, during a time of tremendous challenges - 2007 Witch Creek Fires which destroyed over 2000 homes and first-time centralization of all contracting operations. She led a restructuring effort to reduce City warehousing, saving $1.4M in the first year. With over 20 years in Municipal Experience, Tammy has been a manager in Water, Wastewater, Equal Opportunity, Finance, City Clerks and finally as the Purchasing Agent. As the Principal of Tammy Rimes Consulting, her passion is creating educational programs to energize purchasing and government teams with inspirational ways to motivate their teams, handle complex procurements, and be ready for emergencies.

   

Cynthia Ross
Principal
Longobart-Ross
Cynthia Ross has two decades experience as an executive in project management. With Longobart-Ross, she assists in analyzing an operation by gaining a thorough understanding of a client’s needs, coordinating a kick-off call that explores every detail a client is hoping to accomplish then coordinating all facts into a report used during the on-site analysis of the operation. Together she and Rick Longobart examine an operation and conduct interviews of integral members of the organization. After a thorough review and completed interviews, Cynthia writes an analysis that is easy to understand and has three sets of recommendations: immediate, intermediate and long-term.

   

Evan Speer
Chief, Office of Fleet and Asset Management
California Department of General Services
Evan Speer serves as the Chief of the California Department of General Services (DGS) Office of Fleet and Asset Management (OFAM). OFAM is the policy and control agency for all 50,000 of the State of California’s fleet assets and is tasked with furthering the Governor’s environmental sustainability initiatives by establishing policy for, and ensuring compliance with, statewide sustainable fleet initiatives such as petroleum fuel consumption reduction and zero emission vehicle adoption. Prior to stepping into his current role, Evan worked in DGS on special projects such as the state’s renewable diesel purchasing mandate and a multi-agency effort to establish a nationwide aggregated zero-emission vehicle purchasing program.

   

Bob Stanton
Director of Education
Public Fleet Summits
A 40 year fleet management veteran, Bob Stanton spent 18 years in profit center fleet management with two Fortune 50 corporations. During his 22 years in the public sector, he served as Fleet Management Director for two FL counties and for the City of San Antonio. Bob was honored to receive the Excellence in Fleet Supervision Award from the American Trucking Association and is a three-time recipient of the Goill-Bell Canada Award for Fleet Innovation. He is a charter member of the Fleet Management Hall of Fame and has been a finalist for the Fleet Manager of the Year on three occasions. Retired since 2013, Bob is an independent fleet consultant and Director of Education for Public Fleet Summits.

   

Matt Stewart
Manager, Fleet Services
Jefferson County, WA
Matt Stewart is the fleet manager for Jefferson County, Washington. He was previously a City of Chicago senior automotive equipment analyst, responsible for purchasing vehicles, equipment and services with a focus on environmental and efficiency efforts. He was the lead investigator of a 2013 analysis of the city’s fleet utilization and replacement practices, developing a new model used in the study and drafting the resultant recommendations and plans. After receiving his B.A. in Anthropology, Matt began work in fleet management at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois, advancing the District’s 100% transition to alternative fuels and technologies.

   

John Szyszko
Director of Maintenance Operations
City of Chicago, IL
John Szyszko, a Maintenance Director for the City of Chicago, spent many years as a technician before discovering his passion for fleet management. Responsible for maintenance and repair practices and productivity John has focused on increasing the capabilities the department through technical training, streamlining operations, and the purchase, configuration and implementation of a new fleet information management system. With more than 25 years as an ASE Certified Master Automobile & Medium/Heavy Duty Truck and a never ending desire to improve processes and procedures he brings a unique perspective to the staff of one of the nation’s largest municipal fleets.

   

Facundo Tassara, MPA
Fleet Manager
City of Norfolk, VA
Facundo Tassara began his career with a part-time job at his father’s mechanic shop as an office assistant. After completing a Masters in Public Administration, he merged his interest in the automotive industry and government into public fleet management. Within 6 months of starting at Ormond Beach, he was able to reduce sublets by 34% and significantly reduce downtime by improving in-house technology, uplift morale within fleet, and became recognized as a Best 100 Fleet within his first year.

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