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

2018 Advisory Board

2018 Advisory Board

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.

Alia Khouri

Alia Khouri

Director, Fleet Operations Department, City of San Diego




Samuel Lamerato

Samuel Lamerato

CPFP, City of Troy, MI (Retired)

Sam Lamerato has been involved in public fleet maintenance for 42 years. He is a State of Michigan Master Certified Mechanic & is ASE Auto & Medium/Heavy Truck Certified. Sam received the MIAPWA 2005 Professional Manager of the Year – Fleet Management Award. He received the APWA Certified Public Fleet Professional Certification (CPFP) in 2007 and the APWA Top Ten Leader Award in 2008. In 2010, he received the APWA's Professional Manager of the Year - Public Fleet. In 2011, he was named Government Fleet Magazine - Public Sector Fleet Manager of the year. Sam was inducted into the Government Hall of Fame and received the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

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.


Marilyn Rawlings

Marilyn Rawlings

Fleet Manager, City of Cape Coral, FL

Marilyn Rawlings is the Fleet Manager for the City of Cape Coral Florida.  Rawlings led a team to transform Cape Coral’s fleet into both a Leading Fleet and a 100 Best Fleet (#42). She served as the first female president of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) in 2006. Lee County received the 2010 Fleet Masters Award and platinum Green Fleet certification from the AEMP. Cape Coral is currently working towards achieving non-generating status with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for hazardous waste. She works with novice fleet managers to help them become industry leaders.


Steve Riley

Steve Riley

Automotive Division Director, City of Coral Gables, FL

Steve Riley started his fleet management career after his retirement from the United States Army as a helicopter instructor pilot. Steve initially served as the director of fleet services for the City of Forest Park and later took the position as the assistant director for fleet operations, City of Atlanta. He is currently the automotive director for the City of Coral Gables. Steve has instructed many nationwide classes on fleet managed competition and fleet performance management. He personally researched and compiled an extensive library of performance audits, business plans, and standard operating procedures from fleets across North America. Steve is the author of the National Government Green Fleet Award criteria and Public Fleet Audit Self-Assessment Checklist.

Connie White-Arnold

Connie White-Arnold

Fleet Manager, City of Tampa, FL

Connie Arnold has been with the City of Tampa 10 years. She currently serves as the City of Tampa Fleet Manager. She has 34 years of experience in fleet management.  Connie oversees a budget of 18mil and is responsible for acquisition, disposition, maintenance management and fuel for the city’s 3200 vehicle fleet and 23 user departments.  Prior to joining the City, Connie served 22 years in the United States Air Force where she began her career as a vehicle mechanic, and retired as a Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent. She has led the City to 8 inclusions in the “100 Best Fleets”, 3 selections as a “Fifty Leading Fleets” and 6 consecutive years as an ASE certified “Blue Seal of Excellence” facility. She was nominated for the 2017 Public Fleet Manager of the Year award. She is a member of APWA, NAFA, FLAFGA and NAPW. Connie holds degrees in Applied Behavioral Science, Vehicle Maintenance, and Maintenance Production Management.

David Worthington

David Worthington

Fleet Manager, County of Sonoma Fleet Operations

David Worthington is the Fleet Manager for the County of Sonoma and has over 26 years of comprehensive management experience in automotive and truck related industries. The County has earned 29 international, national, state, regional, and local awards in the areas of Fleet Management, Environmental and Economic Leadership, Sustainability, Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Emergency Management, Transportation Efficiency Innovations and as a Leading Fleet in the industry. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Fleet Maintenance Association and the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and on local, state and national committees and work-groups.

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“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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 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

“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

“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 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

“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

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

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

2018 Sponsors