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TRALA elects chairman, new board members

TUCSON, Ariz.-- Edart NationaLease President and CEO Mark Siegal of Hartford, Connecticut, was unanimously chosen ...

TUCSON, Ariz.– Edart NationaLease President and CEO Mark Siegal of Hartford, Connecticut, was unanimously chosen by the members of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association as its 2005-2006 Chairman at the associations 2005 Annual Meeting held recently in Tucson, Arizona.

Over the next year I will seek to encourage all those engaged in the vehicle renting and leasing industry to work together, colleagues and competitors alike, in seeking reform in areas such as tort reform and taxes. Unfair laws that discriminate against our industry hurt both our companies and our customers and must be overturned or defeated. Working as a unified industry, we can accomplish remarkable results, Siegal said in his acceptance speech.

In addition to Siegal, the TRALA Board of Directors elected the following members as officers:

h Robert Shingle, president of PRIMMS LP in Oak Brook, Illinois, was elected vice chairman.
h Steven Lawrence, president of Lawrence NationaLease in Red Wing, Minnesota, was elected second vice chairman.
h Charles Sommer, president of Public Service Truck Renting, Inc. of Long Island City, New York, was elected Secretary.
h Frank E. Walter, president of Palmer Leasing Group in Indianapolis, Indiana, was elected treasurer.
h Jerry Kress, president of Carmenita Leasing of Santa Fe Springs, California, was elected immediate past chairman.
Also at the annual meeting, the following members were elected to the associations 2005-2008 Board of Directors:
h Ken Adkins, vice president and general manager of Salem Leasing Corp., a NationaLease affiliate located in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
h Joe Benacci, president of AmeriQuest Truck Rental of Erie, Pennsylvania.
h Brian Hogan, president of Hogan Motor Leasing, Inc., an AmeriQuest affiliate located in St. Louis, Missouri.
h Michael McMahon, president of Southeastern Leasing and Rental Company, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina.

To fill a vacancy on the 2003-2006 board, the members elected Terry Young, president of Advantage Truck Leasing of Charlotte, North Carolina.

To fill vacancies on the 2004-2007 board, the members elected Gregory Hyland, executive vice president V fleet management solutions of Ryder System, Inc., in Miami, Florida, and Stephen Lawrence, president of Lawrence NationaLease of Red Wing, Minnesota.

In addition, the following members were appointed to the Board of Directors to serve one-year terms for 2005-2006:

h Michael Breeden, executive director of national accounts for Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana.
h Doug Clark, president of AmeriQuest Transportation and Logistics Resources in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
h Terry Dubowick, director of Mack Leasing System Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
h John Grainger, president of NationaLease in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
h Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Freightliner Trucks in Portland, Oregon.
h Scott Kress, senior vice president of sales and marketing of Volvo Trucks North America Inc. of Greensboro, North Carolina.
h Bob Southern, president of PACCAR Leasing Company in Bellevue, Washington.

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association, based in Alexandria, Va., is a voluntary, non-profit national trade association, organized in 1978 to provide a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry. TRALA’s membership includes more than 600 leasing and rental firms and 100 suppliers that make up nearly the entire truck renting and leasing industry. The industry is responsible for over 35 percent of all new class 3 through 8 commercial truck registrations.

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