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BRINGING UNITY TO A The Foun History Promoting growth and professionalism in the commercial feet industry, the Association has experienced more than four decades of evolution and success. BY LAUREN FLETCHER The newly elected offcers of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA)'s frst board posed in Toronto, Canada, after the formation of the Association. AFLA's frst board consisted of (left to right) M.C. (Bud) Morrison, president; E. Woody Woodard, second vice president; Mark Rosenstock, third vice president; Don Fenton, executive vice president; and Jack Rosenbaum, frst vice president. T he feet management industry began as a fragmented industry. Changes needed to be made. Knowledge needed to be shared. A small group of professionals saw the need, and laid the foundation of what we know and love today. Te Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) was founded in 1969 and has grown to be a dynamic organization that promotes growth, expansion, and professionalism within the commercial feet management industry by providing education, networking, research, technical standardization, representation, and advancement 40 of member interests. It also supports legislative issues, when and where appropriate, that could impact its members. Today, AFLA has more than 300 members representing all industry segments, including: commercial feet managers and sourcing professionals; auto manufacturers and dealers; remarketers; feet lease, management, maintenance, and repair companies; safety; transporting; upftting; and many other specialized suppliers. AFLA works with members to address key issues facing the entire commercial feet industry and delivers cutting-edge pro- AUTOMOTIVE FLEET & LEASING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REVIEW 2013 grams from the commercial feet perspective, which advance member skills and enhance the environment in which they buy and sell products and services. AFLA brought unity to an industry so fragmented that, by 1969, it had no networking forum for feet buyers and sellers to exchange reliable and valuable industry information or education. In 1969 in Toronto, Canada, Ed Bobit, publisher and editor of Automotive Fleet, assembled a group of approximately 70 feetminded professionals, which included M.C. BOBIT (Bud) Morrison, Konner Chevrolet; Don Fenton, Tom Edwards Chevrolet; Jack Rosenbaum, Park Circle Chevrolet; E. "Woody" Woodard, Al Piemonte Ford; and Mark Rosenstock, Dale Oldsmobile. Tese pioneers discussed some changes they felt were needed in the commercial feet management industry. Aferward, Bobit met with an attorney who helped put together a set of association bylaws. Later that year,

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