TRALA selects Thayer as chairman

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Tom Thayer, president and chief executive officer of Idealease of Richmond, was chosen unanimously by his industry colleagues as 2009-10 chairman of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association.

“TRALA’s first priority is advocacy with government, and Tom has long been engaged in the pursuit of industrywide priorities,” says Peter Vroom, TRALA president and CEO. “In his new leadership capacity at TRALA, he will be particularly well positioned to affect the critical issues in Washington, Richmond and other state capitols that impact our industry.”

Prior to being appointed to the highest officer position within TRALA, Thayer already was recognized as a leader within the industry. He was named 2005 North American International Dealer of the Year; is the annual recipient of International’s Circle of Excellence and Idealease’s IDEAL Gold; and currently sits on International’s Parts Advisory Board.

“It is an honor to serve as TRALA chairman over the next year,” Thayer says. “The vehicle renting and leasing industry will face many new challenges over the coming years, and I am ready to begin working with our members and board of directors to advance such issues as protecting the industry from unfair fees and taxes, overly burdensome lease accounting standards and attacks on federal vicarious liability repeal won several years ago.”