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AFLA SPIRIT 2013

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John Dmochowsky, CAFM, Executive Vice President rowing up in Detroit, each summer John Dmochowsky, CAFM, had the opportunity to work on an assembly line building vehicles. Today, he is senior sales feet manager for Mondelez International. In between, he spent 18 years as a salesperson driving a company car (among other things). As Dmochowsky said, "I built them, drove them, and now I'm managing them. I went full circle." Dmochowsky has earned a B.S. in business administration from Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., an MBA at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Schaumburg, Ill., and NAFA's Certifed Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) professional designation. He has also enjoyed a 30-year career in the consumer products industry. Dmochowsky's time with AFLA began in 2009, when he frst served on the Conference Committee seeing the Association's value from the very frst conference he attended: the networking, best practices, and help with the challenges feet managers faced. In 2012, he became vice president. He will take on the role of president in 2014. To Dmochowsky, leadership comes naturally: He has coached youth baseball, hockey, and soccer, and was a registered U.S. hockey offcial for 25 years. s When it comes to his vision for AFLA, he hopes to always keep up with the ever-changing nature tu of the industry, particularly in terms of government regulations, technology, and the political landscape. "My vision is to stay current with these things so that AFLA can be a one-stop shop la where our membership can get resources from experienced corporate feet managers that will w help them with their strategic planning activities and controlling costs," he said. h Moreover, education is what truly motivates Dmochowsky. "In the early part of my life, I wanted to go into education, but, obviously, I took a different path. The unique thing is I came back," e he said. "Fleet managers have to work with many cross-functional groups, and education in these areas is important. We have to be aware of how the cross-functional group thinks, and our Association provides key learnings on dealing with those challenges." When Dmochowsky becomes president next year, he plans to continue to grow AFLA's membership, enhance educational opportunities, and carry the torch of his predecessors. G Brian Barber, Vice President ive years ago, Brian Barber joined AFLA to network with other corporate feet professionals, stretch his feet knowledge, and, to some degree, challenge the status quo. These same qualities fuel his vision for the organization today. "We need to continue to attract outstanding feet professionals that bring fresh ideas, challenge the status quo, and look to raise the level of feet professionals," he said. Barber's feet career began in 1993, when he was an Ohio-based district sales representative for US Fleet Leasing. Later, he became regional vice president of sales, then vice president of sales and relationship management, Eastern USA for CitiCapital Fleet Services. He took a three-year break from the feet management industry in 2003 to become director of account management and client metrics for Concentra Health Care. In 2006, it was back to the feet world, serving as national vice president of client services for LeasePlan USA. Since September 2010, he's served as senior vice president – sales, providing leadership for the new client acquisition teams for national, strategic, and government feets. He also sits on multiple management committees and senior management boards within LeasePlan USA. He holds a B.A. in business from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In his frst year as vice president of AFLA, Barber plans to learn from and engage with current and previous AFLA leadership, as well as become an integral part of committees, and be an re engaged and contributing member of the Board. As his tenure continues, Barber would like to e see AFLA leverage the collective knowledge of its membership to enrich the Association. "Cons tinuing to grow our membership base with talented individuals will make us a wiser and a more t widely sought out association, outside just the boundaries of feet management," he said. w When it's his turn as president, Barber plans to continue his strategy of building on the strengths of others — and of the Association — to grow AFLA. "Following in the footsteps of Tom Callahan and John Dmochowsky isn't going to be easy," he said. "But, leveraging the momentum of the previous presidents will be key to keeping our trajectory on course. Continuing education; expanded networking opportunities, webinars, and learning opportunities; increasing membership, and leveraging our members' input and requests, sponsors' guidance, and Board's experience and expertise, will help create the best association inside — and outside — the feet industry." ■ F AUTOMOTIVE FLEET & LEASING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REVIEW 2013 5

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