Dennis Madden has been a Member of the Society of Fleet Supervisors for 51 years-without any break in Membership! He has held every position on the Executive Board at least once, with the exception of that of the Treasurer, by choice! The hours, days, months and years Dennis has contributed to this organization is invaluable, and his recognition as Member of the Year is well deserved and long overdue.

Dennis began his membership in the Society when we held our meetings in a restaurant called Jeantet’s in Corona, when there were only 35 or so members. He describes those days as “the days of iron men and wooden trucks”. Of course, Dennis doesn’t really remember wooden trucks! In 1966, as a guest of his boss, Pete Abrams of US Trucking, a long-standing member, he met many of our most “colorful” members—Frank Eipper, Big Joe Schlesinger, and Little Joe, a very youthful Carl Aronin, Hank Hasiwar, and many others. In 1967, he was inducted as a member, became the Program Chairperson that night and has been active ever since.

Dennis followed Pete Abrams to the Cummins Engine Company, leaving 20 years later to join Carl Orza at H an D Transmissions in Whitestone. The owners, Abe Hollander and Charlie Daun retired and closed the business in 1999, and Dennis went to Motive Engines in Port Washington as Sales Manager. He said then, that Motive would be his last job and his door to retirement. And so it was.

Dennis is also proud of another recognition he recently received; the Golden Achievement Award from the American Truck Historical Society, in honor of his 50 year career in the trucking industry.

None of us can live for our jobs alone, and Dennis was no different. As he was forging a career for himself, Dennis managed to fall in love with and marry his lovely wife, Anne, and together had four lovely daughters. They started out in Middle Village, Queens but after the birth of their first daughter they purchased a home in Commack, and have been there ever since. Their daughters, as well as their spouses are professionals and have given Dennis and Anne five grandchildren. Grandparents spend as much time with them as possible. Luckily, most of their girls and families live locally, but Dennis and Anne enjoy traveling whenever possible.

Dennis is a person of immeasurable generosity. It’s hard to imagine that with a wife, full time job, kids to raise and his involvement in the Society that he had time to spare to contribute to a cause very near and dear to his heart—his fellow Veterans. He has been Commander of American Legion Post 1244 in Greenlawn for three years, and was 1st Vice Commander for ten years from 2005-2015. His involvement with the American Legion and four other Veteran Posts in the Town of Huntington has initiated the formation of a consortium of Veterans to assist each other and bring their needs to the forefront.

And in case you thought that he was so busy that he had no time for community issues, guess again! He is the Founder and President of the Whitman’s Hollow Civic Association, and has run several political campaigns to elect members of the community to the Suffolk County Legislature. He has even run for two elections himself.

It is with great pride and appreciation that the Society of Fleet Supervisors honors Mr. Dennis Madden as Member of the Year. We look forward to many more years of his wisdom and guidance.


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