NAFA CEO Moving On After 14 Years

PRINCETON, NJ—Phillip E. Russo, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), has left the association after more than 14 years at the helm.

Phillip E. Russo

“I have loved my time with NAFA,” Russo said. “I’ve made many great friends and have so many great memories.”

Russo, who has been with NAFA since 2005 as its Executive Director and CEO, had an employment contract that was set to expire at the end of this year. Russo and the NAFA Board of Directors agreed on an exit strategy that will permit Russo to leave before then.

“Phil is well-respected and appreciated by the fleet management community,” said NAFA President Patti Earley, CAFM. “He has left an indelible mark on the association; we thank him for his service and wish him well in his new ventures.”

Under Russo’s leadership NAFA accomplished the following:

* A rebrand which included a name change, a logo redesign and a revision of bylaws
• Growth in annual conference sponsorship
* An increase in reserve funds
• An increase in member engagement through a fleet sustainability credential, a micro-certificate exam, extensive government affairs activities, and an online community initiative

Russo’s last day with NAFA was August 2, 2019. “I am eagerly and excitedly pursuing new opportunities,” he said.

NAFA is beginning an immediate search for its next CEO. Bill Schankel, CAE, NAFA’s Chief of Staff & Operations, will serve as the association’s Interim CEO.