Government Fleet Expo & Conference
October 2020

Advisory Board

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2020 Members

Abrar Abukhdeir

Abrar Abukhdeir

Deputy Division Chief, Baltimore City, Department of General Services

Abrar Abukhdeir, is the Deputy Chief of Baltimore City’s Fleet Management Division. Having worked in the automotive industry for the past several years, Abrar brings with him strong operational and purchasing experience, as well as strategy and implementation for market analysis, international client relations, supply chain efficiency, and service delivery. He previously managed a multi-million dollar portfolio for one of the top international vehicle export companies in the southeast and MENA region. He was recognized as one of the leading performers in managing customs negotiations and predicting consumer demand in various markets. His current focus is centered around Baltimore’s EV strategy and increasing process efficiency through best practice implementation and modern technology.

John Bazelewich

John Bazelewich

Fleet Manager, Sussex County, Hamburg, NJ

John is the Fleet Manager for the County of Sussex in Hamburg, NJ. He has been in this position for 12 years. John is responsible for maintenance, acquisition, and disposal of all county vehicles and equipment including everything from heavy duty trucks to trailers and automobiles. His fleet totals 520 units. Prior to coming to the County, John had over 20 years experience in fleet and equipment management in the private sector, most recently as a Director of Maintenance for a large nationwide freight carrier, as Director of Maintenance for a regional bulk tank carrier, and as a Regional Maintenance Manager, Service Manager, and in heavy duty truck sales. John graduated in 1981 from Ohio Technical College (formerly Ohio Diesel Technical Institute) and has attended various college business courses over the years. 

Dan Berlenbach, CPFP

Dan Berlenbach, CPFP

Fleet Manager, City of Long Beach

Dan Berlenbach is a career fleet manager, starting as a heavy equipment mechanic in the US Air Force and serving 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., then as Fleet Manager with the City of Phoenix.  Returning to California in 2014, he serves as Fleet Manager for the City of Long Beach. In 2019 he was selected as the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.  He also serves as President of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA)—a SoCal based Fleet Managers’ group.

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.

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.

Kevin Devery

Kevin Devery

Fleet Manager, City of Tempe, AZ

Kevin Devery has over 30 years in the Automotive and Diesel industry. He is the Fleet Manager for one of the most forward-thinking cities in America; Tempe, AZ. He started with Tempe, with an entry level position changing tires and performing oil changes and has advanced through every position in Fleet Services. He and his organization have received the Leading Fleets Award from Government Fleet Magazine every year since its inaugural year, as well as, the Top 100 Best Fleets in North America for every year he has been the Fleet Manager for Tempe. He is considered a valley leader in electric vehicle adoption by Phoenix area municipalities. Tempe’s Fleet Services currently leads all other municipalities in the adoption of electric vehicles. Over the last 30 months, his team has successfully implemented over two dozen electric vehicles and plug in hybrids, as well as 28 charging stations and the needed infrastructure without any additional capital funding outside of normal operating budgets.

Sherri Irwin, CPA

Sherri Irwin, CPA

Director, Office of Support Services, State of Michigan

Sherri Irwin is the Director of Office of Support Services for the State of Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget.  She oversees Vehicle and Travel Services, Print and Mail, and Logistics and Operations Divisions for the State of Michigan.   Sherri is a CPA and has worked for the State of Michigan for over 28 years.  In her role over the state-wide fleet she manages more than 13,500 assets including approximately 9,000 leased vehicles.  Vehicle and Travel services manages seven motor pools statewide and operates one garage providing maintenance and repairs on vehicles in the Capitol area.  On an annual basis the vehicles are driven over 120 million miles.

Sam Lamerato, CPFP

Sam Lamerato, CPFP

Co-Owner and Principal Advisor, Public Fleet Advisors

Sam Lamerato has been involved in fleet maintenance for 42 years. Sam retired as Superintendent of Fleet for the City of Troy, Michigan. Sam has received numerous professional and personal fleet industry awards including: 2008 APWA Top Ten Leader Award , 2010 APWA Professional Manager of the Year - Public Fleet, 2010 City of Troy awarded #1 Best Fleet in North America - Government Fleet Magazine, 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year - Government Fleet Magazine, City of Troy recognized as an Elite Fleet in North America in 2011 - 2015 , Inducted into the Hall of Fame & Legendary Lifetime Achievement Awards - June of 2014 , Co-Owner and Principal Advisor – Public Fleet Advisors LLC (PFA).


Gary Lentsch, CAFM

Gary Lentsch, CAFM

Fleet Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Gary Lentsch is the Fleet Manager for Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) and has over 40 years of fleet experience. Gary is a results-producing utility fleet professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive fleet strategies. Through his leadership and vision, EWEB has made a concretive effort to deploy green technology and programs, demonstrating its commitment to environmental and sustainability. He's focused on the development of consistent fleet maintenance programs that assures the safe and reliable operations of fleet vehicles and equipment while maintaining a highest level of customer service. Gary currently resides on the Board of Directors for the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, and NAFA’s Certification Content Committee for NAFA’s CAFM program.


Erik Metzger, CPFP

Erik Metzger, CPFP

Fleet Manager, City of Conroe

With 24 years’ experience in the fleet industry Erik Metzger's journey started in 1995 as a tech for a local seismograph company. In 1997 he graduated technical school with Associates in Automotive Technology. Erik’s career with the City of Conroe began in 1999 as a technician and in 2001 he was promoted to Shop Foreman. As a Foreman Erik achieved ASE Master Certified in Automotive, Heavy truck, Transportation & Equipment up fit. In 2013 Erik became the interim Fleet Manager for the City of Conroe once achieving his CAFS Certification he was officially promoted as Fleet Manager in 2014. 

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento, CA

Mark graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He began his career at Detroit Edison as Heavy Equipment Engineer. He then accepted the position of Fleet Manager for the City of Pompano Beach, FL where he established a state-of-the-art Fleet Management operation comprising fleet management information software, fuel management software and a comprehensive list of policies and procedures. He then accepted the position of Fleet Manager for the City of Asheville, NC, where he established objectives to meet sustainability goals legislated by city council. Mark is currently the Fleet Manager for the City of Sacramento, CA, where he continues to augment the city’s Fleet operations for one of the top leading fleets in the country.


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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

“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

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

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

“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 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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

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