During the Chapter Appreciation Luncheon on April 24, an individual who is well-known to NAFA membership took the stage to let I&E attendees know of great things on the horizon. NAFA Foundation President Claude Masters, CAFM, described the changes the organization took on recently, as well as the strategic goals it has set for itself in the near future.
Masters, who previously served as NAFA’s President from 2013 to 2015, defined the NAFA Foundation as the Association’s “sister organization,” formed in 1976 primarily to conduct industry research and provide scholarships for those in the field of fleet management.
“The NAFA Foundation is different from NAFA in that the Foundation is a charitable organization,” Masters said, “meaning that we have the ability to accept donations that are tax-deductible for the donors. So the NAFA Foundation can – and should – play a vital role in collaboration with NAFA to develop and conduct objective, valuable, research for the fleet industry.”
Earlier in 2018, the NAFA Foundation went through a complete reorganization process and Masters was elected President.
Joining him on the Foundation’s leadership team are:
Vice President Patsy Brownson, CAFM, formerly of Cox Enterprises
Secretary Doug Weichman, CAFM, City of Gainesville, Florida
Treasurer David Hayward, formerly of Teva Pharmaceuticals
The NAFA Foundation Directors are:
Bridget Butterfield, Ford Motor Company
Pedro Conte, Instituto PARAR
Jeff Jeter, BlueBird Virginia
Tom Lubas, formerly of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Stuart Ellis Myers, I-Twitch
Janice Sutton, Fleet Management Weekly
Masters continued, “With our new structure and leadership team in place, the Foundation plans to be more active in pursuing projects – and funding for those projects – that will help the industry.”
Masters announced that the NAFA Foundation has teamed up with international mobility expert Lukas Neckermann to develop a series of deliverables on the subject of fleet and mobility. “Over the next few months, Lukas will develop the first piece, an in-depth white paper that will include immediate steps for fleet managers to take to embrace mobility options.”
In order to accomplish results, Masters said, the Foundation needs support. “If you have a stake in the mobility game, I’m asking that you consider making a donation to the NAFA Foundation.”