ST. PAUL, MNThe Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) recently elected five new members to its board of directors:

Vice President: Jim McCarthy, Siemens Shared Services LLC

Director Allied: John Ruppert, Ford Motor Company

Director Fleet: Shirley Collins, GlaxoSmithKline

Director Lessors: Mary Sticha, GE Commercial Fleet Services

Director At Large: Matthew Betz, AmeriFleet Transportation

The five newly elected individuals will join the following current board members to make up the 2008-2009 AFLA board of directors:

2008-2009 AFLA Board of Directors

Past President: Elsie Lucia, Estee Lauder, Inc.

President: Mike Antich, Automotive Fleet Magazine

Executive Vice President: Tom Donato, ARI - Automotive Resources International

Treasurer: Debbie Mize, Hallmark Cards Inc.

Secretary: Debra Watkins, PHH Arval

Director Dealers: Brian Farrar, Umbrella Fleet Partners

Director Remarketers: Ron Shoemaker, Flexco Fleet Services

Director At Large: Dick Malcom, State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.

AFLA provides an advanced forum for fleet professionals to network with industry leadership. AFLA works with member companies to address key issues facing the entire industry and deliver leading-edge programs, on everything from advanced vehicle design to telematics and remarketing, that advance their skills and enhance the environment in which they sell products and services.

The AFLA Annual Meeting & Conference is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Year – September 10-12 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. For registration and further information, visit


Originally posted on Automotive Fleet