07/05/2020 | Issue 1                    
Longtime NVLA Leader, David Blassingame, Announces Retirement

NVLA Past President and Clemens-Pender Award recipient David Blassingame, Managing Partner of Dallas-based Autoflex Leasing, announced in January that he is retiring on February 28 after a 46-year career in the automotive industry.

Blassingame began his career in the automotive industry in 1972 and spent 12 years working in the body shop and service department before taking a position as leasing specialist with Autoflex Leasing in 1985.

"I started off as a cashier in a body shop at a Chevrolet store. I worked in the back-end of the business for the first 12 years. Then I sold cars because I wanted to get into the front-end of the business," said Blassingame. "Every job I’ve had was just another piece of my education..."

NVLA Member Spotlight
Banker's Corner
Long time NVLA member and experienced commercial banker, Paul Dell’Aquilo of Metropolitan Commercial Bank, offers his take on funding for the leasing industry.
This month, we caught up with our Director-at-Large, Nick Markosian. He shares what initially drew him to the industry and his personal experience in the LHPH market.
President's Message
It’s often been said that education is the key to success. I say we might as well have fun along the way! That’s why I recommend to all of our members and industry friends to plan on attending our annual conference March 27-29 at One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

As usual, the NVLA conference is chock-full of networking opportunities, educational sessions, cutting-edge industry suppliers, and impressive speakers for both traditional vehicle lessors and the Lease Here-Pay Here industry.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jared Rice, VP and Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship – PGA Tour. Jared will share his experiences on the PGA Tour, as well as his years of experience with the NHL, MLB, Walt Disney Company, and sports marketing. I know all attendees, business owners and executives alike, will greatly benefit from what will be an inspiring presentation.

There will be several panel discussions on topics ranging from succession planning to remarketing strategies. Each panel consists of subject matter experts who dynamically present critical information about our industry.  

We will also have dedicated breakout sessions for the Lease Here-Pay Here industry that you will not want to miss. Each session will provide opportunities to gain practical information, adding value that you will take home to your businesses.

We are already experiencing limited space at the conference hotel, so I urge you to reserve your space as soon as possible. Click here to register for the conference.

As always, it is my pleasure to serve as your NVLA president. Feel free to reach out to me at or 516-444-3621 with any questions. I hope to see you soon in Atlantic Beach!


Edward P. Kaye
President, NVLA  

NVLA News & Notes
Accepting Nominations
NVLA is accepting nominations for the Clemens-Pender Lessor of the Year Award, the highest honor given by the National Vehicle Leasing Association.

Click here for more information or submit a nomination for the award by March 1.
Seeking Volunteer Leaders
The Nominating and Elections Committee is seeking candidates interested in serving on the NVLA Board of Directors or an NVLA committee for a one-year term commencing July 1, 2019.

Click here for more information or complete the Call for Candidates Survey by March 1.
NVLA Member News
View the latest on NVLA members, NVLA Companies, and other updates in the leasing industry. This month features NVLA new members, Kontos Kommentary, and The Bancorp.

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