NAFA Announces Formation Of Government Affairs Committee At 2014 Institute & Expo

The fleet pro­fes­sion requires a strong, deci­sive voice at the table when it comes to the rela­tion­ship between fleet and leg­is­la­tion. NAFA has always been that voice for its mem­ber­ship and beyond, but at the Annu­al Busi­ness Meet­ing at NAFA’s Insti­tute & Expo in April, the Asso­ci­a­tion announced steps to take it even far­ther.

Con­ven­ing at the Min­neapo­lis Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Min­neapo­lis, MN,  NAFA Pres­i­dent Claude T. Mas­ters, CAFM, announced the for­ma­tion of NAFA’s Gov­ern­ment Affairs Com­mit­tee, a unit that will become the pre­em­i­nent voice for fleet to the halls of leg­isla­tive influ­ence.

“(The Com­mit­tee) will pri­or­i­tize the issues fac­ing NAFA mem­bers, draft­ing posi­tion state­ments and devel­op­ing strate­gies to ensure that our fleet voice is heard and that it has mean­ing­ful, pos­i­tive impact,” Pres­i­dent Mas­ters said.

“NAFA rec­og­nizes the respon­si­bil­i­ty the Asso­ci­a­tion has for being the fleet rep­re­sen­ta­tive to law­mak­ers,” said NAFA Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE. “We have been instru­men­tal in stat­ing with, clar­i­ty and pres­ence, what fleet’s posi­tion is in terms of leg­is­la­tion. With this announce­ment, we are tru­ly stak­ing our claim.”

The Gov­ern­ment Affairs Com­mit­tee con­sists of dis­tin­guished NAFA mem­bers:

  • Richard Bat­ters­by, CAFM, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis
  • Kevin Fish­er, CAFM, ARAMARK Ser­vices Inc.
  • Jeff Jeter, Chester­field Coun­ty
  • Paul Lau­ria, Mer­cury Asso­ciates, Inc.
  • Kei­th Leech, City of Sacra­men­to
  • David Lighthall, CAFM, Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
  • James Maedel, CAFM, JEA
  • William McCar­ty, City of Spring­field
  • Maria Neve, Mer­chants Fleet Man­age­ment
  • David Thompsen, CAFM, Matanus­ka Tele­phone Asso­ci­a­tion

“NAFA, as the lead­ing asso­ci­a­tion of fleet pro­fes­sion­als, needs to con­tin­ue to increase our inter­ac­tion with the Depart­ment of Ener­gy, with the EPA, with Clean Cities, and with all the fed­er­al agen­cies that impact fleets,” Pres­i­dent Mas­ters said. “We want to improve the world we live in, and breathe in. We want to leave it a bet­ter place. We want to be a part of the solu­tion.”




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