June 17 - 20, 2019 // New Orleans, LA

Advisory Board

2019 Members

Victor Ayres

Victor Ayres

Director, Fleet Management, City of Houston, TX

As Director of the Fleet Management Department for the city of Houston, Mr. Ayres welcomes the challenges and opportunities of managing a nationally ranked top-100 fleet. During his 25-years with the city, he gained operational and administrative experience working in the Finance, General Services, Solid Waste Management departments, and the Mayor’s Office. Formerly, he was the Marketing Manager for solar products in a large air conditioning wholesale supply company. Mr. Ayres earned his Executive MBA from the University of Houston and his BBA from the University of Memphis in Marketing.

Sara Burnam, CAFM

Sara Burnam, CAFM

Director, Fleet Management , Palm Beach County, FL

Sara Burnam, CAFM, has worked in Fleet Management for over 10 years. She is currently the Director of Fleet Management for Palm Beach County where she manages 3,100 assets, an operating budget of $50M, 14 fuel sites serving over 6,000 assets and 3 maintenance facilities. Sara previously worked for the State of Ohio and the Ohio State Patrol where she managed the fuel card program, and the annual fleet plans for 21 state agencies. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and her CAFM in 2014. She currently serves as Chapter Chair for NAFA’s Sunshine State Chapter.

Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Director of Fleet Services, Johnson County, KS

Chris Butler is the Director of Fleet Services for Johnson County, Kansas. He holds degrees in Public Administration, Surveying & Computer Design, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas Certified Public Managers Program. His experience includes over 25 years in the fields of Engineering, Public Works, and Fleet Management. Chris led the process of consolidating Johnson County Fleet Services as an internal service fund in 2013.  Since consolidation the County has implemented a Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Fund, opened CNG Stations, undertaken right-sizing efforts, reduced overall fleet spend for vehicle maintenance and repairs, and established performance measures with key performance indicators to drive decision making within Fleet Services. 

Al Curtis

Al Curtis

Fleet Services Director, Cobb County, GA

Al Curtis has over 25 years of experience in the fleet service industry and has served in both the public and private sectors. Al manages over 2,700 assets and has made significant sustainability improvements within the fleet. Under his leadership, the county has added 29 electric vehicles, 40 charging stations, implemented an employee charging program, launched a distracted driver’s campaign, added 32 electric hybrids, and 22 bi-fueled propane trucks. These smart vehicles choices and strategic deployments saved the Cobb County over $700,000 and aided in the county’s sustainability efforts to reduce the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

Sherri Irwin, CPA

Sherri Irwin, CPA

Director, Fleet Operations, State of Michigan

In 1990 Sherri began working for the Office of the Auditor General auditing various state agencies for 10 years. In 2000 she took a promotion and began working for the Michigan State Police (MSP).  She worked for various Divisions such as Forensic Science, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and Budget and Financial Services and held various positions from Accounting Specialist to Budget Director in her 17 years with MSP. In December of 2016 Sherri took a Director position with the State of Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget in which she oversees the state-wide Fleet, Print and Mail, and Logistics Operations Divisions.

Keith Leech Sr.

Keith Leech Sr.

Chief, Fleet Division & Parking Enterprise, Sacramento County, CA

Keith Leech Sr. currently leads Sacramento County's Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise.   The County of Sacramento is recognized as a trailblazer in implementing renewable fuels and innovative fleet technology projects driven by strategic business planning processes and data driven decisions.   Sacramento County’s fleet was among Government Fleet’s Leading Fleets for the last three consecutive years.   Keith was inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and APWA  and  received NAFA’s 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards for Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability and Excellence in Fleet Leadership.   Keith  currently serves as Chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and President of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition.  

Christopher Mark

Christopher Mark

Fleet Manager, City of New Orleans, LA

Christopher Mark has 22 years of military service. Upon retirement from the military he served as the Fleet Services Manager for the New Orleans Police Department for 3 years. Chris now serves as the Fleet Manager for the City of New Orleans. He is responsible for administrative, technical and supervisory work directing and coordinating the operation, repair and maintenance of a fleet of more than 2200 vehicles. He also participates in the formulation and development of policies and procedures governing fleet operations, maintenance, service and repair, vehicle procurement, lease, storage disposal and title acquisition. Chris coordinates the activities of various parties to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing the inspection, licensing, insuring and safe operation of vehicles and equipment for the City of New Orleans.

Kurt Ohnell

Kurt Ohnell

Fleet Manager, City of Bismarck, ND

Kurt Ohnell has been the Fleet Manager since 2013, overseeing 750 units, working with 13 different departments and divisions. Previously Kurt was a Service Technician for the Public Works Fleet Service Division. He has been with the City of Bismarck for 25 years. Kurt has over 40 years of experience in the automotive and equipment service industries. Kurt has served on various City committees and is part of the City’s Emergency Operations Team as the Logistics Chief. His focus is asset management, ensuring Departments have the needed assets or equipment to address the services they provide. Growth and sustainability are continual matters he and his staff work to address.

Michael Rhatigan

Michael Rhatigan

Fleet Asset Manager, City of Novi, MI

Michael Rhatigan has worked for the City of Novi in metro Detroit since 2016. The city’s population is estimated to be 66,000 people and he oversees 195 assets across all 9 department functions. Michael budgets for the fleet division and all vehicle maintenance and fuel accounts, reviews specifications, purchases all vehicles & equipment. He also sells all vehicles and equipment. Other tasks include assisting as the go to person for our DPW facilities as well as maintenance all hazardous materials between the fueling station and part inventory.

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento, CA

Mark Stevens is currently the Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento, CA. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has over 38 years’ experience as Fleet Manager in the Public sector. He has extensive experience in optimizing Fleet sustainability goals and shop operations. The City of Sacramento has been recognized as a leader in implementing renewable fuels and innovative fleet fuel reduction programs. The city has been recognized as the #1 Green Fleet, the #1 100 Best Government Fleets and the #2 Leading Fleets for their outstanding work in Government Fleet operations.

Darryl Syler, CPFP

Darryl Syler, CPFP

Director of Fleet Management, City of Dublin, OH

Darryl Syler is the Director of Fleet Management for the City of Dublin Ohio. He has been involved with the Fleet industry (military and public) for over 39 years. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Clean Fuels Ohio and currently chairs the Fleet Services Committee for the APWA. Darryl has overseen the expansion of the City of Dublin’s fleet, including the development of its CNG station which sells to the general public and the development of the EV program in Dublin.

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Testimonials

“Right place, Right people, Right time. We'll be back next year!”

-Rocky Rock, Sales Operations Manager, PureForge, Poway, CA

Don Walker

“GFX is a good conference to attend for three reasons. 1. Great opportunities to meet and get to know your peers in the fleet industry 2. Good choices in training sessions 3. Lots of good info and networking on the expo floor with vendors.”

-Don Walker, Fleet Manager, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Boise, ID

Mark Stevens

“I can shamefully admit that after nearly 40 years as Fleet Manager this was my first GFX, but happy to report not my last! I loved the "Campfire" sessions & how they were able to address specific situations and challenges."

-Mark Stevens, Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

“The GFX conference was an informative, fun experience. The training session and one-on-one experiences were extremely valuable. There were many networking opportunities as well as excellent product demonstrations. I look forward to the next event."

-Ricky Riojas, Fleet Repair Supervisor, City of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Nathan Washington

“GFX is a great event. Having the ability to meet with prospective clients & clients to discover areas where we can potentially help solve challenges within their fleet(s) is extremely valuable to myself & GPS Insight. We truly value GFX."

-Nathan Washington, Government Sales Manager - Southwest Region, GPS Insight, Scottsdale, AZ

Mr. James L Vincent

“There was a bigger crowd, and conversations were deeper and longer this year."

-Mr. James L Vincent, Federal Fleet Consultant, Teletrac Navman, Garden Grove, CA

“The Block Party Experience is a perfect way to see new technology in a hands-on setting. So much is changing & the ability to speak directly with the key drivers in our industry & experience it first hand is always the best way to make decisions."

-Mike Lewis, Regional Sales Manager, Club Car LLC, Riverside, CA

“I am new to running a fleet and didn't even know what I didn't know. This conference provided an excellent education and opportunity to meet other fleet managers facing similar challenges.”

-Brent Hulsether, Fleet services supervisor, Shawnee county Parks and Rec, Topeka, KS

“GFX is a great networking tool and the training sessions are relevant to what most fleets around the country are dealing with.”

-Jade Jones, Lead Technician, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Boise, ID

“GFX was very informative for a fleet professional. It was well organized and probably the best EXPO I had seen in a while."

-Keith Dimont, Automotive Services/Transportation Manager, Elon University, Elon, NC

“This is the third year we've attended and the show keeps getting better and better. Adding the Block Party that encourages attendees to drive the vendor vehicles was very beneficial to all.”

-Natalie Weimer, Marketing Manager, XL - The Fleet Electrification Company, Brighton, MA

Tom Keyser

“It was great attending GFX for the first time! I was able to network with my peers, meet new vendors and learn more about topics affecting my operations.”

-Tom Keyser, Fleet Manager, Washington County Oregon, Hillsboro, OR

“The GFX Conference is the showcase and the pinnacle of the Government Fleet Industry and is a must attended for any Fleet professional. It is a highly educational and critical must-attend event!”

-Carlos Velasquez, Fleet Manager, Contra Costa County Fleet Services, Martinez, CA

“This conference is by far the most informative for government fleet professionals. I have brought back new ideas to implemented in our shop every time I have attended."

-Paul Colell, Fleet Service Manager, Town of Castle Rock, Castle Rock, CO

“GFX is the only place on the planet where you'll find the best government fleet minds all assembled at one location.”

-Craig Croner, Administrative Services Manager, City of Boise, Boise, ID

For years GFX has been the best value for government fleet managers looking to expand their knowledge & network with a large group of their peers at one location/event. If you can only attend one conference per year, GFX should be your first choice.

-Ron Lindsey, Director of Fleet Management, County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

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