NAFA appoints Bill Schankel as new CEO

PRINCETON, NJ – NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces Bill Schankel, CAE, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Schankel has served as NAFA’s interim CEO since August 2019. He joined the organization in September 2017 as NAFA’s chief of staff & operations.

“NAFA’s board of directors conducted an exhaustive search to fill the CEO position, and interviewed many highly-qualified candidates,” said NAFA president Patti Earley, CAFM. “It was our determination that Bill not only exemplified the qualities we were searching for, but also understood the unique challenges of moving our association forward during times of uncertainty. His commitment to action-based and results-based strategies assures that NAFA will continue to lead the way for the fleet and mobility industry.”

Bill Schankel. Image: NAFA Fleet Management

Schankel has had oversight in NAFA initiatives such as moving the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) Program and Exams online, spearheading a refresh of the education materials to reflect recent innovations in fleet to better serve members, and leading staff and member leaders in expanding NAFA’s reach and value to the Fleet Industry.

Prior to joining NAFA, Schankel spent the last 20 years in roles leading associations, most recently as executive director for the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and America Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).

He was also responsible for strategic direction, operations, event management and income development for associations including the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, New Jersey State Bar Association, National Kitchen & Bath Association.