The 2007 National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) Annual Conference held June 6-9, 2007 met with resounding success as attendees from all segments of the vehicle leasing industry convened at the Venetian Resort and Casino to foster the future of vehicle leasing in North America. Building on the success of the previous conference, the 2007 event shattered attendance records set only a year ago and included representatives from primary bank and credit union funding sources, independent lessors, captive funders, manufacturers and many suppliers of industry related goods and services. The exhibit hall featured vehicles from Ford, Toyota and Nissan as well as commercial up-fitted vehicles from Leggett & Platt (ABC) and Ford Commercial. These manufacturers were invited to launch their 2008 fleet product and program presentations during lunch and evening general sessions, generating much buzz about what’s new on the scene in the automotive world for 2008. Annual Awards recognizing outstanding service to the vehicle leasing industry and the NVLA are integral to the NVLA Annual Conference. The highest honor awarded by the NVLA, the Clemens-Pender Lessor of the Year Award, given to the lessor who best exemplifies the highest standards of professional conduct was bestowed upon Dale Davis, president of Republic Fleet Services. Kathleen Everhart, CVLE, received the Samuel J. Lee Memorial Award for her distinguished service as an associate member of the NVLA. Awards were also presented to Elaine Litwer, Mike Wood and Tarry Shebesta for their outstanding commitment to the NVLA while serving on the 2006/07 Board of Directors. For more information, visit