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Work Truck Group Forms Fleet Advisory Council


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NTEA has formed a Fleet Advisory Council.

NTEA has formed a Fleet Advisory Council, composed of fleet leaders who will provide perspective and guidance on association resources for the work truck community.

“NTEA continues to increase its efforts to keep the fleet management community informed on the latest trends in products, alternative fuels, and regulations impacting the design and specification of commercial vehicles,” said Fleet Advisory Council chair Tony Orta. “I am looking forward to working with such a respected group of fleet managers as we support the Association in this endeavor.”

The Council will offer insights on how the association’s current efforts to support educational programing, vehicle optimization and design, regulatory compliance, risk management, alternative fuels, and electrification and technology applications are resonating with industry fleets. In preparing for future needs of fleet professionals, Council members will help identify new areas of support aligned with NTEA’s technical and regulatory focus.

“This diverse group of fleet experts extends the reach of the association and brings decades of experience from the vocational fleet society,” said Christopher Lyon, NTEA director of fleet relations. “This group will provide ground-level perspective on issues, challenges, and solutions that fleet managers face every day.”

Fleet Advisory Council members:

Tony Orta (chair)

Fleet Operations Manager

Southern California Gas


Dean Ainardi

Assistant Utilities Fleet Manager

Tacoma Public Utilities


Scott Bucciere

Fleet Operations Manager

Davey Tree Expert Company


Jamie Cooke

Chief Operating Officer

Department of General Services

Montgomery County, Maryland


Robert Ellingsworth

Fleet Manager

Minnesota Department of Transportation


Tom Lattimore

Statewide Fleet Operations and Maintenance Coordinator

Minnesota DNR


Jimmy Pang

Engineering and Development Lead

Verizon Fleet Operations


Kelly Regan

Fleet Administrator

City of Columbus


Kathy Wellik

Director Fleet Services

Iowa State University

An early focus, and area of significant growth and constant evolution for NTEA, is educational programming. The Fleet Advisory Council will assist in identifying topics for potential incorporation in NTEA’s events, publications, whitepapers, case studies, and webinars.

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