Louis Balazs

Louis Balazs was born on May 15, 1936 on Long Island, New York. He was one of a family of eight, four brothers and three sisters. Growing up on Long Island he successfully completed a two-year automotive course while attending Lynbrook High School which he graduated from in 1954.

He served in the United States Army from November 1954 to November 1956. He was assigned to the 531st Field Artillery Missile Battalion Motor Pool with the Rank of Corporal, and was in charge of over five hundred vehicles, the majority of which were specialized equipment. Lou met Lee States in December of 1956 and they were married in January of 1959. They have four children; Louis, Karen, Christine and Douglas. For the past twenty-eight years, they have resided in Wantagh, Long Island.

Lou has been employed over the past 37 years by the following:
Robert Chevrolet, Auto Mechanic;
Veterans Transportation, maintaining a bus fleet;
County-Line Mercury, Service Manager;
Jamaica Lincoln Mercury, Service Manager;
New York Telephone, Fleet Supervisor in the Brooklyn/Queens area where he was responsible for over 2,000 vehicles. He also worked on the Motor Vehicle Staff, purchasing vehicles and associated equipment.

Mr. Balazs joined D&A Fleet Maintenance in April of 1978 as a Sales Manager, creating a new sales department for sales of Truck Bodies and Equipment. The company's name was changed in 1989 to Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company, Inc.

Dejana is a family owned business that has grown into the largest truck equipment house in the Northeast. As Sales Manager, Lou has three outside and two inside sales personnel reporting to him.

Lou joined the Society of Fleet Supervisors in 1977 and has been active on various committees and the Executive Board. He has served as Secretary, Second Vice President, and from 1992 to 1994 as President. He was Chairman of the Society's 50rth Anniversary Celebration and is now serving on the Executive Board as Advisor.

In 1995 Lou was elected "Member of the Year".



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