From History to Innovation for 72nd Annual Meeting

By September 28, 2016Meetings, Members

NationaLease’s 72nd Annual Meeting, “Make No Little Plans,” was held on September 18-19 at the Four Seasons in Chicago.

Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services for NationaLease, welcomed the group to Chicago, the birthplace of NationaLease, and charged them to make big plans, as the founding members did 72 years ago. Jane then introduced NationaLease President Dean Vicha who kicked off this year’s meeting and asked the group for their participation in helping to set the direction for NationaLease for the coming years. Dean also welcomed keynote speaker Frank Abagnale, cyber-security and fraud expert, and subject of the film “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo Di Caprio as Frank. He shared the story of his life, as well as practical tips to avoid being the victim of cyber-crime and identity theft.

The afternoon sessions continued with breakouts on Extended Warranties with Joe Puff, Vice President of Truck Technology and Maintenance for NationaLease, Fred Bentley, Bentley Truck Service, a NationaLease Member, and Vic Corley, Vice President of LTG Lonestar NationaLease; the Used Truck Market with Dale Tower, Vice President of Remarketing for NationaLease; and Insurance Coverage with Danny Badovinac of Cottingham and Butler. The evening concluded with a Trade and Technology Show and Reception featuring many of NationaLease’s preferred supplier partners.

Day 2 of the meeting began with Dean Vicha welcoming the Nominating Committee Chair, Tom Brown, President of Brown NationaLease, who nominated John Congdon, Chairman of Old Dominion NationaLease, and Bill Hicks to replace outgoing board members. The group unanimously approved these two nominations.

Jane Clark then introduced Jim Meil, Principal and Industry Analyst for ACT Research, who shared his economic forecast. Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales for NationaLease, followed with an in-depth interview with Reyes Holdings, as Paul Rizzo, Vice President of Operations for Reyes Holdings, shared his insights into his company and their partnership with NationaLease. Neil Dishman, Partner with Jackson Lewis, then joined the group to shed some light on the upcoming changes to Employment Law, especially regarding the Department of Labor’s upcoming December 1 overtime rule. The morning session continued with an update on what’s happening on “The Hill.” Truck Rental and Leasing Association’s President & CEO Jake Jacoby shared what TRALA is doing to help protect those in our industry and what pending issues to watch.

The afternoon’s interactive sessions were led by the chairs of the four Board of Directors committees:  Reciprocal Service with Jim Airoldi of Airoldi Brothers NationaLease, National Accounts with Tom Fleming of Aim NationaLease, Purchasing with Andrew Flynn of TCI Leasing/Rentals, a NationaLease Member, and Executive Committee with Dave Renz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. These sessions encouraged members to share their insights and recommendations in each of these areas to help guide the direction of NationaLease in the future.

The meeting concluded with the Closing Awards Dinner and Reception. Dean Vicha began the awards ceremony by recognizing Aim NationaLease for sponsoring the winner of the 2016 NationaLease Tech Challenge, Kory Stoudt. He also thanked Universal Technical Institute – Lisle Campus for hosting this year’s Tech Challenge. Julie Mueller, Campus President,  and Ian Hardie, Employment Services Director, were in attendance to accept the award. Dean also recognized outgoing Board Members Matt Cummings, Cummings Leasing, a NationaLease Member, and outside director Jack Zolomy, as well as the newly elected directors of the Board. He continued by acknowledging members with milestone anniversaries as NationaLease members.

Celebrating 10 years:

  • Four Star Leasing, LLC, a NationaLease Member
  • M & K NationaLease
  • Trailcon Leasing Inc.

Celebrating 15 years:

  • Kenworth of Central California NationaLease
  • Schilli NationaLease

Celebrating 25 years:

  • Koch NationaLease
  • TCI Leasing/Rentals, a NationaLease Member

Celebrating 30 years:

  • Hogan Truck Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Lesher NationaLease
  • Williams NationaLease

Celebrating 35 years:

  • Tandet NationaLease

Celebrating 50 years:

  • Interstate NationaLease
  • Old Dominion NationaLease

Dean presented Mark and Marcia Taylor of Interstate NationaLease and John Congdon of Old Dominion NationaLease with proclamations to commemorate 50 years in the system. He also presented Dave Bylenga of Star Truck Rentals, Inc., a NationaLease Member, with a memento to mark their 100th year operated by the Bylenga family.

Jane Clark then joined Dean for the presentation of the Leadership Circle Awards. The criteria for this award are: adherence to Member Standards; participation in NationaLease programs; meeting attendance; participation in the National Accounts program; and volunteerism, including participation on the board, task forces, panel discussions, and more. Thirty-six NationaLease members met the criteria for the award this year:

  • Advantage NationaLease
  • Aim NationaLease
  • Airoldi Brothers NationaLease
  • All Services Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Autow NationaLease
  • Bentley Truck Services, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Brown NationaLease
  • C & W NationaLease
  • Carco NationaLease
  • Century Leasing LLC, a NationaLease Member
  • Conway Beam NationaLease
  • Cummings Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • DeCarolis Truck Rental, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Diversified Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • Fox & James NationaLease
  • Grane NationaLease
  • Hogan Truck Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Interstate NationaLease
  • Koch NationaLease
  • Kris-Way Truck Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Lawrence NationaLease
  • Lesher NationaLease
  • McMahon Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • Miller NationaLease
  • Old Dominion NationaLease
  • Parrish Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Public Service Truck Renting Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Salem NationaLease
  • Star Truck Rentals, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Success NationaLease
  • Suppose-U-Drive Truck Rental Service, a NationaLease Member
  • Tandet NationaLease
  • TCI Leasing/Rentals, a NationaLease Member
  • Truckway NationaLease
  • VEL NationaLease
  • Velocity Truck Rental and Leasing, a NationaLease Member

The NationaLease 73rd Annual Meeting will be held September 17-18, 2017, at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA.

Bridget Bradshaw

About Bridget Bradshaw

Bridget Bradshaw is the Marketing Manager for NationaLease and oversees the marketing of NationaLease meetings and events, the NationaLease NEWS, Webinars, and various other projects.

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