AFLA Announces New Board Leaders
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Posted by: AFLA Staff
Menomonee Falls, WI –The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) announced today that seven members were recently elected and appointed to serve on their board.
Steve Bender, President/Owner of Fleet Street Remarketing, was elected to serve as Secretary. “My years serving on the board have taught me to truly understand the value that comes with being an engaged member of AFLA. I’m excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead this organization and look forward to building on future initiatives with all of you,” Bender said.
SuYvonne Bell, Manager of Sales Operations at Gilead Sciences, Inc., will serve as the Director of Fleet. “Board service fuels my desire to give back to an industry that has welcomed and taught me so very much,” Bell said.
Carrie Miller, Vice President of Fleet Partnership Solutions & Implementation at Element Fleet Management, will hold the office of Director of Fleet Management on the AFLA board. “I’m honored to be recognized by my peers and elected to the AFLA Board of Directors. I look forward to making impactful contributions, leveraging my fleet expertise and network, while continuing to expand my fleet knowledge,” Miller said.
Jennifer Costabile will serve as Director of Manufacturers. Costabile is currently the General Director of Rental Sales, Marketing and Used Vehicle Activities at General Motors Fleet. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the AFLA board as Director of Manufacturers. With the current challenges we are all facing in the industry it’s more important than ever to use our experience and network as a community to adapt to the changes and provide best practices for a successful future,” Costabile said.
Yann Kulp has been appointed to serve a one-year term as Director of Allied Service Providers. Kulp is co-founder and VP Business Development at eIQ Mobility. "The fleet industry in North America is massive and is a critical component of our economic prosperity. But it is facing a tidal wave of change, from e-commerce, autonomous technology, regulations on clean air, ridesharing, connectivity and the migration to electric vehicles. I am excited to help AFLA and its fleet members build up EV expertise and develop EV strategies that are economically viable for their bottom line, realistic for their operations & customers, and good for our communities,” Kulp said.
Lori Olson will serve as Director at Large. Olson is Pulse Fleet Sales Director at Kinetech, LLC. “Thank you for entrusting me to serve as a board member for AFLA! It will truly be an honor to collaborate with other fleet leaders to strengthen our membership network, while also continuing to provide valuable resources that will help us all lead more effectively,” Olson said.
Jon Stanley, Executive Director of B2B and Strategy of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, continues as AFLA’s Director of Strategy. “I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the AFLA membership and look forward to continuing to help guide the organization in the future,” Stanley said.
AFLA’s new leaders will officially begin their terms at the close of the 2020 Virtual Corporate Fleet Conference, AFLA NextGen, which will be held October 5 -7.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, AFLA promotes growth, expansion and professionalism within the fleet industry by providing education, research, technical standards, representation and advancement of member interests. AFLA has more than 600 members representing all industry segments, including fleet managers and sourcing professionals, fleet management company professionals, auto manufacturers and dealers, remarketers, maintenance and repair companies and many other specialized suppliers. AFLA’s annual conference attracts more than 550 attendees. The organization also hosts educational webinars, publishes whitepapers and offers opportunities for members to network with key leaders throughout the fleet industry. For more information, visit www.afla.org or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.