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NTEA forms Fleet Advisory Council

The council will provide perspective and guidance on association resources for the work truck community.


NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry has announced the formation of the Fleet Advisory Council, composed of innovative and forward-thinking 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 Reagan 

Fleet Administrator

City of Columbus

Kathy Wellik 

Director of Fleet Services

Iowa State University

An early focus, and area of significant growth and constant evolution for NTEA, is educational programming. 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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