Record Attendance in our Nation’s Capital for the 2015 Annual Meeting

By September 30, 2015 Meetings

NationaLease welcomed a record attendance to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, to kick-off the 71st Annual Meeting, September 20-21, 2015.

Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services, opened the meeting and introduced NationaLease President, Dean Vicha. He shared both recent successes and a preview of the exciting opportunities for the year ahead. Dean then presented the very prestigious 50th anniversary proclamations to three NationaLease members who hit this great milestone: AA NationaLease, Salem NationaLease, and Lesco NationaLease. Eric Roberts, President of AA NationaLease, and Tom Teague, President of Salem NationaLease, where both present to accept their awards and joined Dean on stage for a few words.

Dean then recognized two members for their involvement in this year’s NationaLease Tech Challenge: Aim NationaLease for hosting the Top Tech winner, and Bentley Truck Services, Inc., a NationaLease Member, for hosting 2015’s challenge.

The meeting got underway with the first of many dynamic speakers, John Venhuizen, President and CEO of Ace Hardware, who shared why small business drives big business. Following a quick break, Senior Vice President of Sales, Joe Gallick, recognized Salem NationaLease and Lacy Teague with the Top Sales Award for 2014.

The afternoon continued with a presentation by former Republican Congressman, Mickey Edwards, who joined the group to share his take on the government and discuss how to turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.

The first day concluded with a riveting session by Eric Maddox, Intelligence Officer/Interrogator, who shared his story, Mission: Blacklist #1—Finding Saddam, the Ace of Spades in the Nation’s Most-Wanted “Deck of Cards.” The group adjourned to a Trade and Technology Fair that was well-attended by NationaLease suppliers.

Day two opened with nominations of one new member of the NationaLease Board of Directors. Andrew Flynn, President of TCI Leasing/Rentals, a NationaLease Member, was nominated and unanimously approved by the membership in attendance to join the Board. The meeting then got into full swing with a packed agenda of outstanding speakers.

First up was Art Freedman, Speaker/Trainer at Ace Hardware’s Center for Excellence, who shared his tools on how to empower employees. The next speaker, Jake Jacoby, President & CEO of Truck Rental and Leasing Association, shared what’s happening on “the Hill”. The morning continued with presentations by Bruce Mehlman, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas, and Steve Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth and the Heritage Foundation.

After lunch, the attendees split into four groups for an in-depth look at NationaLease during the meetings final session, a Vision for the Future: a NationaLease Forum. This interactive session allowed members to learn and share ideas with NationaLease executives: Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services; Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales; Joe Puff, Vice President of Truck Technology and Maintenance; Rob Garcia, Vice President New Business Development, Supply Management; and Jim Sweeney, Vice President of Capital Equipment.

The Awards Dinner gave members an opportunity to celebrate their successes and recognize the best of the best. Dean Vicha opened the awards by recognizing those members celebrating a significant anniversary this year.

Celebrating 10 years

  • Diversified Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • McMahon Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • Truck Center Companies – Leasing and Rental, a NationaLease Member
  • Virginia Truck Leasing NationaLease

Celebrating 15 years

  • Coffman NationaLease
  • Trans Power NationaLease
  • Transervice Leasing, a NationaLease Member

Celebrating 20 years

  • Bergey’s Leasing Associates, a NationaLease Member
  • Cheeseman LLC, a NationaLease Member
  • Enterprise Truck Rental, a NationaLease Member
  • Wallwork NationaLease

Celebrating 25 years

  • Advantage Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • Parrish Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member

Celebrating 30 years

  • Fleetmaster Leasing Corporation, a NationaLease Member
  • McCoy NationaLease

Celebrating 40 years

  • Kirk NationaLease

Celebrating 50 years

  • AA NationaLease
  • Lesco NationaLease
  • Salem NationaLease

Celebrating 55 years

  • Star Truck Rentals, Inc., a NationaLease Member

He then turned it over to Jane Clark, who announced the winners of the Leadership Circle, an important award that is presented annually to recognize the NationaLease members who exemplify commitment to the NationaLease system.

This year’s Leadership Circle winners are:

  • 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
  • Carmichael NationaLease
  • Century Leasing LLC, a NationaLease Member
  • Conway Beam NationaLease
  • Cummings Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • DeCarolis Truck Rental, Inc., 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
  • Leroy Holding Company, Inc., a NationaLease Member
  • Lesher NationaLease
  • Location Brossard NationaLease
  • McMahon Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • Miller 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
  • Tandet NationaLease
  • TCA NationaLease
  • TCI Leasing/Rentals, a NationaLease Member
  • TEC Leasing, a NationaLease Member
  • Truckway NationaLease
  • VEL NationaLease
  • Velocity Truck Rental and Leasing, a NationaLease Member

Dean continued the awards ceremony with a special recognition for Bill Hicks, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Salem NationaLease, thanking him for his contribution to NationaLease and wishing him the best in his retirement.

Finally, Dean thanked and congratulated departing Board Member Tom Bylenga of Star Truck Rentals, Inc., a NationaLease Member; exiting Chairman, Fred Bentley of Bentley Truck Services, Inc., a NationaLease Member; and acknowledged the entire Board of Directors for their service throughout the year.

The NationaLease 72nd Annual Meeting will be held September 18-19, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL. We hope to see you there!


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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