Government Fleet magazine inducted six industry veterans into Public Fleet Hall of Fame. The award, sponsored by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), recognizes fleet leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the profession.
Government Fleet established the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2014 with 10 founding members. In 2015, eight fleet professionals were inducted, and this year, six were inducted. Four will be inducted in 2017, followed by three each year after.
Nominations are accepted at the beginning of the year, and the industry votes for candidates via an online ballot. To qualify, nominees must have at least 20 years of experience in the fleet industry, 10 of which must have been spent working for a public fleet or a private company contracted to manage a public fleet.
The following inductees were recognized at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) during The Honors Celebration on June 21. Their photos will be displayed in Torrance, Calif., at the headquarters of Bobit Business Media, publisher of Government Fleet.
John Alley, CAFM, King County Metro Transit, Wash.; City of San Diego, Calif.; Washington State Patrol; U.S. Military
Years in Fleet: 49
John Alley has served as a fleet executive at the federal, state, city, and county levels. He was the recipient of the 2010 Public Fleet Manager of the Year award from Government Fleet magazine and the Larry Goill award from NAFA in 2009. Under Alley’s leadership, the City of San Diego Fleet Services successfully consolidated three fleets, saving taxpayers nearly $2 million annually. The King County Metro Transit Vehicle Maintenance Section is considered the leader in instituting Lean Principles and has successfully reduced bus parts inventory by nearly $3 million in the past two years.
Sharyl Blackington, San Diego County, Calif.; U.S. Navy
Years in Fleet: 37
Sharyl Blackington dedicated 30 years to federal fleet management and operations and seven more years to county fleet management. She started her career as a civilian crane operator and culminated her federal career as the U.S. Navy’s Southwest Region fleet manager, receiving two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards for her leadership and was awarded the 2005 NAVFAC Robert Ronick Navy Fleet Manager of the Year. Under Blackington’s leadership, San Diego County has been recognized in the top five Leading Fleets for the past three years for its innovative and cost-effective fleet operations.
Barb Bonansinga, State of Illinois
Years in Fleet: 30+
Bonansinga is past president of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA). During two terms as president, she helped stabilize the organization after the economic downturn, helped bring back an annual educational workshop, and advocated for the NCSFA government fleet benchmarking survey. As a NAFA Board of Governors member, she helped draft NAFA’s updated Best Practices documentation on fleet right-sizing. Recent accomplishments include a passenger vehicle fleet utilization study, leading an enterprise Lean initiative mapping, and changing current processes for acquiring state vehicles more cost-effectively while providing better customer service.
Paul Condran, City of Culver City, Calif.
Years in Fleet: 35
Paul Condran led the Culver City fleet team to national recognition as an efficient operation and as an environmental leader. He was an early adopter of compressed natural gas (CNG) for fleet use and is always willing to share knowledge. Condran is president of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) and led MEMA’s expansion into Northern California and Ohio. Condran was the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year in 2014, and Culver City was named the No. 1 fleet and No. 1 Government Green Fleet in recent years.
Dave Head, Head Fleet Management; County of Sonoma, Calif.
Years in Fleet: 44
Dave Head was progressive throughout his career, from installing a computerized fleet management system back in the late ’80s to recently co-writing the “Fleet Managers Guide to Deploying Electric Vehicles.” He gives back to the fleet community by making himself available to others and speaking at various conferences. Head currently serves as the MEMA Northern California chapter chair and sits on the Board of Directors for East Bay Clean Cities and Sacramento Clean Cities. The Sonoma County fleet became an award-winning organization under his leadership.
Dave Seavey, CAFM, Public Fleet Summits; Pacific Gas & Electric; City of Seattle, Wash.
Years in Fleet: 20
Dave Seavey co-founded Public Fleet Summits, a company that delivers two-day educational events for the fleet industry. He serves as its director of operations. During his time at Seattle, the city was named the No. 1 Fleet in 2012, Fleet of the Year in 2011 by Fleet Owner magazine, and No. 1 Green Fleet in North America in 2010. He helped create the Leading Fleets award and has served as a judge.