MASAE Honors NAFA for Ongoing Community Service

In this sea­son of giv­ing, NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion was once again acknowl­edged for its con­tri­bu­tions. On Decem­ber 11, NAFA was rec­og­nized by the Mid-Atlantic Soci­ety of Asso­ci­a­tion Exec­u­tives (MASAE) for the Association’s ongo­ing com­mit­ment to its com­mu­ni­ty and the needs of oth­ers. “NAFA con­sid­ers this to be one of the high­est hon­ors it has ever earned,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE.

The hol­i­day mantra of “it’s bet­ter to give than to receive” has been one NAFA has believed for quite a while. NAFA’s involve­ment with Habi­tat for Human­i­ty began in 2009 when the Association’s annu­al con­fer­ence was held in New Orleans as the city con­tin­ued to recov­er from Hur­ri­cane Kat­ri­na. Pro­vid­ing new hous­ing for those affect­ed by the hur­ri­cane led to an annu­al pre-con­fer­ence rit­u­al. Since then, NAFA and Lease­Plan have tak­en part in Habi­tat for Human­i­ty projects in Detroit, MI; Char­lotte, NC, St. Louis, MO; and Atlantic City, NJ. In addi­tion, mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tions from NAFA, com­bined with match­ing dona­tions, have added up to more than $25,000 pre­sent­ed to Habi­tat for Human­i­ty dur­ing the last five years.

In addi­tion to the Habi­tat for Habi­tat projects, NAFA’s annu­al con­fer­ence also found a way to tie char­i­ta­ble work in with the exhibitors on the Expo Floor. A silent auc­tion allowed exhibitors to gain extra traf­fic to their booth by pro­vid­ing gifts and prizes sold to the high­est bid­der. All pro­ceeds from the auc­tioned items went to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hos­pi­tal. Since 2010, NAFA’s dona­tions to St. Jude’s have exceed­ed $20,000.

Clos­er to home, when Rus­so watched the images of Hur­ri­cane Sandy on the news, he knew the Asso­ci­a­tion had to help. NAFA’s head­quar­ters are not only locat­ed in New Jer­sey (one of the states that was bad­ly hit by the storm) but, as luck would have it, Atlantic City, NJ was the site for the annu­al con­fer­ence in 2013. Between NAFA’s own con­tri­bu­tions, those from NAFA chap­ters, and those from indus­try part­ners, over $8,000 was raised for the recov­ery efforts.

“No one at NAFA went into these activ­i­ties with the idea of get­ting recog­ni­tion for doing this work,” said Rus­so. “We have so much to be thank­ful for and we con­sid­er it an hon­or – and a duty – to share our gifts with oth­ers.”

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