Carmine (Carl) Orza

Carl was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and attended Iona College before entering the United States Army in 1958. Upon his discharge in 1960, Carl was drafted by his family as a laborer and worked on many of the high-rise construction projects that now enhance the Manhattan skyline.

It wasn't long before Carl found his way into another family enterprise, Westchester Bronx Truck Sales, the old Diamond Reo dealer in the Bronx. He began in the Parts Department and seven years later wound up in the Service Department. His love of the business and his broad background led ultimately to a partnership.

When Reo closed its doors, Carl moved to the Petro Heat Company as Fleet Supervisor in the Astoria operation. With him he brought many years experience in maintaining vehicles on a "for -hire" basis. He knew where and how to save money. In 1979 he moved over to Universal Ford to try his luck in the Sales side of the heavy truck business and in 1982 moved to H and D Automatic Transmission, the Detroit Diesel and Allison Transmission dealer in Flushing, where he is today as Sales Manager.

Carl and his lovely wife of thirty-one years, Kathy, live in Long Beach and have raised four wonderful children; Daniel, Andrea, Michael and Christopher. They love to bicycle on the boardwalk in the nice weather and are always active with long time friends from the community and the industry.

Carl's office wall stands testimony to all the civic and association oriented endeavors he has supported over the many years in the Trucking Industry. In our own Society he has served for eight years on the executive Board, has been active in the journal Committee for all eight of those years and chaired the Scholarship Committee for six years.

Carl's efforts on behalf of the Society of Fleet Supervisors have truly earned him the distinction of our "MEMBER OF THE YEAR."



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