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Member of the Year


Susan Denaro

Susan Denaro has been a proud Associate Member of the Society since 2009 and is currently our 1st Vice President. During her tenure as a member of the Executive Committee, Susan has served as 2nd Vice President, as well as chairperson of both the Arrangements and Programs Committees.

Susan is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in Maspeth, Queens and later Melville, Long Island.

Susan studied Business Economics at SUNY Oneonta, after which she returned to Long Island and was recruited by a large independent lease finance company as a loss negotiator. She spent twelve years in the lease finance industry - first in operations management and later in fleet sales and sales management. She relocated to Virginia Beach, VA in 1993 and accepted a position as a client development manager for a Maryland based software company focused on the automotive industry and it’s interaction with state and government agencies.

In early 2000, Susan joined RMP Powertrain Solutions, a division of Holman Enterprises and distribution arm for Ford Motor Company, in order to head up their Ford accessories division in Norfolk, Virginia. Two years later, Susan returned to New York with RMP as a marketing specialist for its Ford Powertrain division.

Susan is now RMP’s Business Development Coordinator. This challenging role sends her around the country working for and collaborating with with large national fleets, as well as continuing to support the regional fleets in the New York tri state area. She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association, American Public Works Association, National Joint Powers Alliance, Long Island Sanitation Officials Association and the Suffolk County Highway Superintendents’ Association.

Susan lives in Smithtown, NY with her husband John, and their goldendoodle “Jack”.

Susan plays as hard as she works. Her passion is scuba diving and ocean conservation. She is a certified rescue diver who travels to the Caribbean and Central America several times a year to get up close with sharks, barracuda, sting rays, dolphins, and giant moray eels.

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