As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, Lt. General Russel L. Honoré became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. A decorated 37-year army veteran and global authority on leadership, Gen. Honoré is the go-to expert on CNN, Fox, MSNBC and CBS on emergency and disaster preparedness and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria crisis management. His third book, Don't Get Stuck on Stupid!, challenges society in the age of the new normal—a business environment where change and unpredictability are constants, and individual resilience is mandatory.
Mahanth Joishy is Fleet Superintendent for Madison, Wisconsin. He previously worked for 16 years in New York City government as a fleet and operations professional at Parks from 2001-2011 and DCAS from 2012-2017. Mahanth oversaw the safety program for the New York City owned fleet of 30,000 vehicles and 85,000 drivers. He worked on Hurricane Sandy emergency response, including a regional fueling crisis and handling thousands of flooded boats and vehicles. He was also a lead on the New York City Vision Zero task force. Mahanth has done extensive work on vehicle safety, sustainability, and outreach with private and non-profit fleets.
As Chief Strategy Officer for Rubicon Global, Michael leads the company’s rapidly-growing RUBICONSmartCity SaaS business, while overseeing all public policy, corporate communications, and sustainability operations company-wide. He and his team are focused on driving value and differentiating Rubicon in the marketplace, the media, and the investment community. Prior to joining Rubicon, Michael oversaw public policy for Uber and also served as senior advisor to The Climate Group. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Jeff Azer is the Business Development Manager, Mobility Share Technologies at Merchants Fleet. He has been with Merchants since February 2019. In his role, Jeff oversees implementation, account management, and support for FleetShare, Merchants Fleet’s vehicle-sharing mobility technology. Jeff has been involved in software and technology for the automotive industry for nearly 10 years. He directed multi-million sales operations as Key Account Manager at Cox Automotive, where he educated clients on software features and benefits and cultivated client relationships. He has experience in systems operations and integration, demonstrating software capabilities, and increasing client awareness of new tools and products to enhance performance. He also has experience working in marketing and for multiple automotive dealerships.
Brad began his aviation career in Airport Operations at the Denver International Airport. In 1998, he relocated to Louisiana with the W.D. Schock Company where he became a Program Manager in the Noise Mitigation Program for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. He joined the Department of Transportation and Development’s Aviation Division in 2001. He serves the aviation community in Louisiana as the Aviation Director for DOTD where he is responsible for a staff of 11, in addition to administering a $1.3 Million Operations Budget and a $28.5 Million Capital Outlay Budget.
Chris Brown is the executive editor of Business Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News for Bobit Business Media. Through these publications, online newsletters, trade events and associations, Chris covers all aspects of the fleet world, including fleet management, manufacturer fleet activities, the fleet leasing industry, vehicle remarketing, rental industry news, car rental taxation and legislation as well as automotive environmental initiatives and trends. Chris is actively involved in the National Vehicle Leasing Association and produces the Car Rental Show. Chris is relied on as industry resource in matters relating to car rental by major media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times and National Public Radio.
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.
Tim has been a part of both government and private fleet organizations for over 30 years. He is currently the Director of Fleet Management for a Fire Rescue Department in Florida. Tim served as President of the Florida Government Fleet Management Association (FLAGFA), from 2015 – 2016. During this time FLAGFA began establishing scholarships at National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited colleges and technical schools to develop the next generation of fleet technicians. In 2018, Tim earned the FLAGFA Presidential Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to FLAGFA and their scholarship programs. Tim has served as an active Advisory Board member for the Palm Beach State College Automotive and Diesel Programs. He also served as an Advisory Board Member for Government Fleet Magazine from 2015 to 2018, and wrote Government Fleet Article “Ultimate Recycling Program”.
Larry has managed fleet facilities for 35 years, both private sector and municipalities. Currently he manages the City of Fort Wayne’s fleet with over 2,400 units. During his career he has been in charge of organizations with multiple facilities and he has overseen construction of three new facilities. He has coordinated facility renovations and implemented new environmental practices to reduce waste to become “Green” compliant. Focus on change and improvement is evident in technology, purchasing and environmental practices. He has produced an atmosphere of partnership with operators, department leaders, elected officials, vendors and members of surrounding municipalities.
Marc has over 20 years of experience in transportation, logistics and fleet management, including technology and software implementation, the development of driver/staff training modules and curricula, fleet management policy, vendor management, strategic planning, and process reengineering. He manages and participates in best practices assessments, which include maintenance and repair, asset allocation, utilization, acquisition and disposal practices; cost of service modeling and chargeback analysis; implementation planning; both zero-based asset definitions requirements and utilization-based fleet rightsizing studies; and motor pool utilization and consolidation studies. He has presented at notable fleet industry conferences, such as NAFA, the NTEA Work Truck Show, NCSFA, and the iP Utilities Safety Conference.
Craig Croner, CPFP, administrative services manager for the City of Boise, joined the fleet in 2008 and led the fleet division during its centralization efforts.
Bob has been leasing vehicles to government agencies at the federal, state and local levels since 1995. During that time, he has been instrumental in establishing GSA Schedule contracts, State and Local contracts and cooperative contracts throughout the United States. He is a 2004 graduate of the National Vehicle Leasing Association’s prestigious CVLE program. In 2010, he partnered with Joanne Cornier and since then, they have helped hundreds of government agencies lower their acquisition costs, increase their functionality, lower their fuel and maintenance cost and rearrange their fleet to meet mission requirements. They work closely with law enforcement, public works, fire departments and administration s to assist with procurement, finance and various lease options of vehicles and equipment. In May, 2019, Bob and Joanne accepted positions as Director, Government Fleet with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, one of the larger fleet management companies in the United States. They now have the ability to assist agencies with vehicles, equipment, maintenance, telematics and state of the art fleet planning.
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 is the Fleet Manager for the forward-thinking city of Tempe, AZ. He and his organization have received the Leading Fleets Award from Government Fleet Magazine, the Top 100 Best Fleets in North America, and Top 100 Best Green Fleets in the Americas. He’s considered a leader in electric vehicle adoption by Phoenix area municipalities. In just over two years, Tempe has successfully implemented two dozen electric vehicles and infrastructure for 28 charging stations without any additional capital funding, budget increases or grants. He’ll share his strategies while facilitating the roundtable discussion on EVs at the 2019 GFX conference.
Brian Franklin began his career with the City of Tulsa in 1991. During his 28-year tenure, he has served as a financial forecast analyst and most recently as an administrative manager for the Equipment Management Division. His current duties include managing the acquisition and distribution of parts and fuel for a fleet of 2,500 vehicles; assisting with maintenance and infrastructure oversight; and, administering the City’s fleet software system. In 2018, Brian spearheaded Tulsa’s efforts to compete and win the #1 Leading Fleets Award sponsored by Ford and Geotab.
Neil Garrett has jointly lead the Geotab Government sales and business development team for the past 4 years. He has focused exclusively on partnerships with public sector agencies and departments, and in the process has positioned Geotab as the chosen telematics platform for many of the world's largest Government fleets, including the GSA Fleet, Department of Homeland Security, New York City, and a number of States. Neil leverages a deep understanding of technology adoption and Government contracting to develop programs and strategies that improve public sector operating efficiency and safety.
Dain Giesie oversees government marketing and partner relationships, as well as Enterprise Fleet Management’s client advisory board, strategic initiatives and overall marketing efforts. The business provides full-service management for companies, government agencies, and organizations operating medium-sized fleets of 20 or more vehicles, as well as those seeking an alternative to employee reimbursement programs. Giesie started his Enterprise career in Texas as a Management Trainee in 2001, shortly after graduating from Sam Houston State University. After a year in rental, Giesie was promoted to Account Executive on the Fleet Management team in Houston. Nine years later, he was promoted to Director of Fleet Management in Pittsburg. In 2013, Giesie moved to the company’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis to oversee Enterprise Fleet Management’s government business. He earned a promotion to his current role in 2017.
Mario Guzman has over 20 years in public fleet management experience. He has a master's degree in public administration and served in numerous roles throughout his career. Currently he manages the Fleet Management and Facilities Operations division for the City of West Palm Beach.
Michelle Hardy is the AT&T Fleet Complete Government Sales Director, and a veteran Fire Fighter. Michelle is responsible for helping transportation fleets in the government, first responder, and education sectors improve their operations. Michelle not only has dedicated her professional life to helping communities be safer, but is also the driving force behind the Fleet Complete’s Vision Zero Network partnership. Michelle is part of an elite group of child advocates, transportation safety and security experts who will not rest until every student rides on a bus that has the technology and safety standards required to see a “Vision Zero” outcome (no fatalities or serious injuries) become a reality for the student transportation industry.
Tyler Herrmann is Co-Coordinator for Louisiana Clean Fuels. Tyler graduated from LSU in 2017 with a BS in Physics with a concentration in Astronomy. He started working for LCF in 2017 as the Project Assistant and was quickly promoted to Project Coordinator, then Co-Coordinator. He is responsible for the Louisiana Clean Fuels Green Fleets Certification Program, emission reduction analysis, Landfill Gas to Compressed Natural Gas Curriculum development, and other various projects and programs.
Julie leads the Advanced Vehicle Technology Business Development efforts for Ryder Systems, Inc. She has over 28 year of Sales and Marketing leadership experience working for multimillion dollar brands and innovative startups. At New Leaf Paper, a Public Benefit Corporation, Julie discovered her passion for driving change that serves both business growth and environmental stewardship. With a focus on collaboration (Private and Public Fleets, NGOs, Policy Makers) and leveraging Ryder’s investment as well as industry leadership, Julie builds business cases to support fleet deployment strategies that advance the adoption of zero and near-zero advanced vehicle technologies.
Brad Kelley is a co-founder of Mercury Associates, Inc.'s fleet technology and Cloud services, and has over 22 years of experience serving private and public-sector organizations throughout North America, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and Australia. Extensive expertise acquiring and deploying commercial fleet technologies in on-premise, Cloud, and hybrid environments; integration and harmonization of disparate data source, including edge IoT solutions; design and development of business process and governance automation, workforce management, and dynamic predictive analytic solutions; and engineering and implementing technology-workforce transformation strategies. He is the principal architect and has served as the head of Mercury's Cloud Services for nearly two decades, which powers businesses and governments throughout the world.
John King has 30+ years of experience in automotive technology that includes roles as an ASE Master Auto Tech, Service Writer, Operations Manager, Fleet Director, Instructor at Chicago’s Automotive Technical Institute, and member of MCPS Auto Business Advisory Council working to establish internship opportunities for high school students. In 2013, he initiated the opening of Central Florida’s first CNG station, resulting in annual savings of $300,000. He currently manages a municipal fleet of 1,750 vehicles/equipment and two fuel facilities. John has garnered a reputation for implementing creative solutions to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. John attended Northwestern University’s undergraduate program and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College.
Sam Lamerato, CPFP 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).
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.
Brian Madden is a Managing Partner – Public Sector at Verizon Connect. In this role, Brian and his team help customers integrate Verizon Connect software into their operations. He has worked in telematics for over a decade and has extensive experience helping clients achieve their safety goals and gain operational efficiencies.
David Martin is a business analyst within Baltimore City's Department of General Services. Focused primarily on the department's Fleet Maintenance department, he works with technicians and managers to help improve the productivity and cost efficiency of Fleet operations. He also serves as the project manager of DGS' award-winning gain sharing program, which has generated more than a million dollars in cost avoidance over its first year of operation.
Tyler Mortensen moved to Phoenix, Arizona after graduating with a Marketing and Management degree from Southern Utah University in 2007. During his time in Arizona he’s raised three kids with his wife Ashley and together they enjoy fitness, the outdoors, traveling and watching their kids compete in sports. Professionally Tyler has worked in software and technology for over 12 years and has focused on helping organizations grow strategically by leveraging technologies that support their corporate initiatives. Currently, in his role at GPS Insight, Tyler and his teams help Enterprise and Government Organizations reduce cost, reduce risk, and increase revenue by connecting Telematics Data to their organizational goals and strategy.
Maria serves as Government Sales Manager for Merchants Fleet. She joined Merchants in September 2013. In her role, she focuses on growing the Merchants government leasing portfolio at the state and local levels while augmenting current efforts at the federal level. Maria has over nineteen years of experience in various sales and operations roles in the government fleet management industry, including with Admiral Leasing and prior to that, with Donlen Government Services, Inc. She also has been involved in the alternative fuels and transportation safety sectors as a marketing and policy consultant for automobile manufacturers and the U.S. Department of Energy. She is actively involved in industry organizations and is currently a member of the NAFA Board of Directors. Maria received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University. She resides in the Harrisburg, PA area.
Chichi is the Deputy Director for the Department of General Services. A Certified Public Manager with extensive program and policy experience in both private and public sector operations. During her 7 years at the City of Baltimore, Chichi has served as the Deputy Chief of Fleet Management and the Assistant Deputy Director of Human Resources. Some noted accomplishments while in Fleet Management were the implementation of the Master Lease (a lease-financing model through which the City spends $25 on annual vehicle purchases) Program and the creation and implementation of the City's first ever GainSharing program. She has presented at notable industry conferences, including the Florida Government Fleet Manager Association (FLAGFA), American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Government Fleet Expo (GFX)
Dania is Vice President at Escalent, a top 50 global research and consulting firm serving. She is leading the company’s efforts to develop products that provide contextual understanding to complex data sets. Dania has applied her 20 years of automotive and consumer behavior research experience to create a suite of analytical tools designed to optimize Total Cost of Ownership for commercial vehicle owners and to improve product quality and brand loyalty for automotive OEMs. Dania holds a M.S. degree in Psychology from Walden University.
Mike leads Samsara’s Core Fleet Product Group where he focuses on enabling customers to manage fleet operations, including communication, maintenance, compliance, dispatch, routing, scheduling, and analytics. Previous to Samsara, Mike served in the United States Navy where he flew the F/A-18 as a fighter pilot and test pilot. He holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford and an MS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Brad Salazar has served citizens of the City and County of Denver as a dedicated fleet professional for the last 20 years. Brad started as an On-call Technician and was quickly hired as a full-time employee as Technician. He has since promoted to Lead Technician, Supervisor, Operations Manager and currently is the Fleet Director for the Fleet Management Division, Public Works Department, City and County of Denver. Brad oversees over 2,400 pieces of fleet on a $16,000,000 annual budget with 94 employees. He is a devoted husband and father who enjoys his time with his family. Brad believes in an open-door policy, walk arounds, and being accessible to his employees. He values and empowers his employees by utilizing their suggestions in the decision-making process. Brad also is a member of Fleet Professional Organizations and volunteers with ADA organizations. He is LEAN Black Belt certified. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.
Steve Saltzgiver is with Mercury Associates working with all fleet sectors focusing on process improvement, cost reduction, and optimization. He has managed over 50,000 assets with annual operating budgets exceeding $1.5B. He was VP at Coca-Cola, Republic Services and state fleet director for Utah and Georgia. Mr. Saltzgiver is recognized for achievements in data analysis, benchmarking, cost reductions, sustainable fleet, and telematics deployment. Mr. Saltzgiver is the recipient of the 2000 Honda Leadership award, 2005 NCSFA Distinguished Service Award, 2015 FTX Sustainable Fleet of the Year, Government Fleet Manager Hall of Fame inductee, and 2017 Government Fleet Legendary Achievement Award recipient. Saltzgiver has a CAFS with a BSBM and MAOM degrees.
As part of the Mobility Group at Escalent, Michael works at the information and strategy development intersection of shared mobility, connected vehicle, ADAS electrification and autonomy with responsibilities centering on the future of the broad global transportation industry, including retail, commercial and fleet vehicles. Before coming to Escalent Michael co- founded Birmingham, MI based The Planning Edge, Inc. Prior to forming TPE, Michael was Director, Forecasting for J.D. Power and Associates in Troy, MI. He holds a BA from the University at Albany – New York and a MBA from The Ohio State University.
Bob Shoop is the Senior Product Demonstrator with Caterpillar for the Building Construction Products Division. With over 45 years in the construction and mining industry, Bob has experienced the changes in the industry for machines, attachments and technology. As an expert operator at the Peoria Proving Grounds, Bob devoted 18 years to developing new products including dozers, excavators, wheeled loaders, and the launch of the skid steer loader line. As an owner/operator, Bob knows what it takes to get the job done at the right cost, at the right time, with the right equipment. For the past 5 years, Bob continues to develop Attachments to improve owning and operating costs, share his expertise globally to maximize productivity and promote versatility through Attachments.
Rudy Six was part of the founding team at INVERS in 1995, helping to build the technology and workflows behind the original products. In 2002, Rudy saw the market potential of the company’s technology in North America and started INVERS Mobility Solutions. Since then, Rudy has worked closely with public and private sector fleets, as well as carsharing operators worldwide to improve their day-to-day operations. Rudy now oversees the growth and continuous development of INVERS products to better help fleet managers save costs and optimize vehicle use.
Ed Smith is a subject matter expert in fleet management and fleet right-sizing, with extensive program management and systems engineering experience in the fleet industry. Having led the implementation of numerous complex fleet and motor pool automation projects, Mr. Smith specializes in the analysis of vehicle utilization data for accurate planning and execution of car sharing and right-sizing initiatives. Mr. Smith has been a featured speaker at numerous fleet industry events such as GFX and NAFA, and is frequently quoted in Government Fleet Magazine and FleetSolutions Magazine on right-sizing and other fleet-related topics.
Graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and began his career with Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving the Detroit metropolitan area. Spent years in cross training activities with Purchasing, Union Relations, Overhead lines, and served as General Foreman for Fleet Maintenance operations for the main repair facility and 21 satellite service centers. Ultimately promoted to Heavy Equipment Engineer responsible for the design, engineering, specifications, and procurement of all heavy equipment such as bucket trucks, digger derricks, and cranes. After 10 years of service accepted the position of Fleet Manager for the City of Pompano Beach, FL. Established a state-of-the-art Fleet Management operation comprising fleet management information software, fuel management software, and complete operational procedures. Customers included Police, Fire, Public Works, Utilities Parks & Recreation and assorted support divisions. After 20 years of service, accepted the position of Fleet Manager with the City of Asheville, NC. His experience with Fleet operations helped establish objectives to meet sustainability goals legislated by city council. He was instrumental in upgrading the city’s CNG public access fueling site as well as establish a time fill CNG station for the increased use of CNG. Augmented the city’s alternative fuel program to help reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint. Accepted the position of Fleet Manager with the City of Sacramento, CA in July of 2015, which was already one of the top government fleet operations in North America. Created substantial changes to the vehicle replacement process and standardized much of the vehicle procurement practice. Also updated an already robust Sustainability Policy to require 50 % alternative fuel procurement for all replacement vehicles and 75 % ZEV procurement for all replacement light duty vehicles.
Jeffrey Tews is the Fleet Services Manager for the City of Milwaukee, responsible for all fleet activities including operations, repairs and administration. He has over 38 years experience in fleet operations, including 35 years in fleet management. Milwaukee’s Fleet Services Section has a staff of 200 professional operators, technicians, and support personnel, a $28 million annual operating budget, and a fleet replacement value of over $228 million. Jeff has written numerous articles related to fleet operations, snow preparedness, and alternative fuels use.