Clean Cities-Atlanta Board of Directors
William Lewis Cook, Chairman
Engine and Fuels Unit Manager
Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch, Mobile and Area Sources Program
William Cook is the Engines and Fuels Unit Manger in the Mobile and Area Sources Program in the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began work with the Environmental Protection Division in March 1993 as an Environmental Engineer and became the Engines and Fuels Unit manager in July 2000. His primary responsibilities include the implementation of the Georgia Diesel Emission Reduction Program, which includes compliance with emission standards, retrofits, and idling reduction; the Georgia Low RVP and Sulfur Gasoline Rule; Gasoline Vapor Recovery; Clean Fueled Fleets Program; and Alternative Fuels.
William serves as the Chairman for Clean Cities – Atlanta (CC-A). He became involved with CC-A in late 1993 just after its designation as a Clean Cities coalition. William has served as co-chair of various committees within CC-A and was voted as Chairman in 2002 and currently serves in this role. He also served as co-coordinator from January 2002 to March 2009. CC-A has played a major role in EPD’s alternative fuels program.
Patsy Brownson, Treasurer
Manager, Fleet, Relocation and Travel
Patsy Brownson has been in fleet management since 1976. She recently retired from Cox Enterprises, Inc., a leading multi media company and operator of automobile auctions, based in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1987. Major subsidiaries include Cox Newspapers, Inc.; Cox Broadcasting, Inc.; Cox Communications, Inc.; Cox Auto Trader and Manheim Auctions, Inc. Cox was founded in 1898 by Ohio Governor James Cox. Cox also ran for President under the Democratic Party with running mate Franklin Roosevelt but lost to Harding. The fleet consists of over 15,000 vehicles with the majority of those vehicles being light trucks and vans.
Brownson is a past President of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) and Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA). She became one of the first Certified Automotive Fleet Manager’s and was awarded NAFA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award in 1998. In 2001 Brownson was awarded Automotive Fleet’s Fleet Manager of the Year Award.
Brownson has worked with EPA, and DOE on clean air and energy issues and served on a presidential task force that inspired the Clean Cities program. In recognition of her accomplishments and leadership, President Clinton appointed her to the Policy Dialogue Advisory Committee to Develop Options for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Motor Vehicles. She is the current Treasurer of Clean Cities – Atlanta.
Brownson is an active member of NAFA and AFLA. She is an active member of several client advisory boards.
Steven Saltzgiver, Secretary
Group Director - Fleet Operations, North America
Steve Saltzgiver is Director of Fleet Operations-North America for Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). CCR operates a fleet of over 50,000 assets. CCR is committed to it global leadership role in corporate stewardship, responsibility and sustainability which is exemplified by its operating the largest commercial fleet of Hybrid Electric vehicles.
Prior to joining CCR, Saltzgiver worked as the Office of Fleet Management for the State of Georgia the fourth largest state vehicle fleet with over 20,000 units. Previously, Saltzgiver worked full time as a consultant specializing in fleet management in which he served as the Executive Director for the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators under an agreement with Mercury Associates Incorporated which is North America’s largest dedicated fleet management consultation company.
Finally, Saltzgiver served 12 years as Director of Fleet Operations and Surplus Property for the State of Utah in the Department of Administrative Services, where he oversaw a diverse state-wide fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment. Saltzgiver is a respected public speaker, teacher and author in the fleet management community who has over 30 years experience in the fleet management and public transit industries. Moreover, Saltzgiver holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management (BSBM), a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management (MAOM) and a various array of fleet industry and management certifications.
Michael G. Britt, Sr.
Director of Maintenance and Engineering - International Operations
Michael has spent 25 years at UPS. He has worked in different capacities spending time in operations, industrial engineering and automotive engineering. For 5 years he worked in California as the Region Automotive Engineering Manager and has a clear understanding of the environmental concerns in that state. Michael has led efforts in alternative fuel projects and technology development for the domestic fleet and recently for the international fleet. These projects include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electric technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid vehicle development including both hybrid electric and hydraulic hybrid technologies.
Presently, he manages maintenance and engineering for all international operations and continues to manage fleet sustainability issues in the U.S.
He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Technical Advisory Group to the America Trucking Association, Clean Cites Board Member and served with The United Way as a member of the Board of Directors in several California locations.
Michael holds a B.S. degree in Automotive Technology and a M.B.A. in Management.
Program Manager for Electric Transportation
Georgia Power Company
Ben Echols is the Program Manager for Electric Transportation for Georgia Power Company, a Southern Company. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has managed electric transportation program activities for Georgia Power Company since 1997. Ben has served on the board of Clean Cities-Atlanta representing Georgia Power for over 5 years.
Before working with Electric Transportation, Ben worked in multiple areas within the Southern Company and has 25 years of service. Some of these areas include Information Technology and Accounting Systems.
Ben received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University.
Regional Vice President
Blossman Gas, Inc
James has spent 16 years in the propane industry working in various capacities. Currently he manages the operations in Georgia, western North Carolina, northwest South Carolina and sections of Tennessee for Blossman Gas, Inc. Blossman is the founder of Alliance AutoGas, which is the industry leader in bringing propane AutoGas solutions to many parts of the United States and Canada. Currently, Alliance AutoGas has 64 partners in the United States and Canada.
James currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Propane Gas Association as the Alternative Fuels Chairman.
He holds a B.A. in History from the University of South Carolina.
C.W. "Bill" Malcolm
Fleet Services Director
City of Atlanta, Department of Public Works
Bill Malcolm serves as the Fleet Services Director for the City of Atlanta, Department of Public Works’ leading the Office of Fleet Services since 2012. Previously he was the Manager of Fleet Operations for Metro Nashville leading the Office of Fleet Management. Prior to joining Metro Nashville, he was the Fleet Administrator for the State of Georgia and fleet manager for CSX Transportation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. He retired from the United States Navy, having served as an aerospace maintenance duty officer. In total, he has over 40 years of fleet maintenance management experience. Mr. Malcolm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Management with an integrated logistics support specialty from the Naval Postgraduate School. He holds a Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) certification from the American Public Works Association (APWA).
DeKalb County Sanitation
Billy Malone graduated Clayton College in 1976 and has over 35 years of experience in Managing Solid Waste Facilities for both the Public and Private Sectors. Billy presently serves as the Director for DeKalb County Sanitation that provides collection and disposal services for all of unincorporated DeKalb County including the Cities of Chamblee, Dunwoody and Lithonia. He serves as Past President of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Georgia Chapter. In 1988 he was certified by SWANA as a Manager of Landfill Operations for all of North America and in 1992 was certified as a Landfill Specialist. Billy was elected as SWANA Technical Division International Board of Directors Representative for Landfills in North America. Billy was appointed by EPA Global Methane to serve as a instructor and site evaluator for the Country of Indonesia. Billy has been an active Member of the Nature Conservancy since 1978 and the Wilderness Society since 1979. Billy championed the first Renewable Electrical Energy Project for Georgia Power in 2004 and the Landfill Gas to Renewable Natural Gas and a Public CNG Fueling Facility under a DOE Petroleum Reduction Grant from the Department of Energy.
Ian M. Skelton, P.E.
Director, Natural Gas Vehicles
Atlanta Gas Light Company
Ian graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA in 1987 with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. He started working for Atlanta Gas Light in March of 1987 as a commercial representative in Augusta and transferred back to Atlanta in 1999 as Manager of Major Accounts. He assumed the position of Manager of Business Development in 2008 and is now responsible for AGL’s Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) program.
Ian is a registered Georgia professional engineer and also holds a Conditioned Air Contractor Class II license in Georgia.
Director of Fleet Sales
Scott Sargent is Director of Fleet Sales for A123 Systems and has spent the last 2 years working directly with fleets and OEM partners to bring A123’s advanced lithium ion energy storage solutions to market. These solutions enable higher performance and increased efficiency in passenger and commercial electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A123 Systems proven engineering expertise and extensive knowledge of electric drive-train technologies allow the company to work closely with automotive customers to deliver at the cell, module or fully-integrated system level to help commercialize new vehicle concepts.
Prior to joining A123 Systems, Sargent spent 9 years serving Utilimaster Corporation in the capacity of Vice President of Sales. Utilimaster, is a leading manufacturer of walk-in vans and commercial truck bodies for the delivery and service market place. Utilimaster designs, develops and manufactures products to customer specifications for use in the package delivery, one-way truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, and utility and linen/uniform rental businesses working directly with fleets like UPS, FedEx, Bimbo Bakeries and Frito Lay.
Finally, Sargent served 12 years as Director of Sales and Business Development at Bush Leasing in Cincinnati OH. His role accelerated the company’s growth throughout North America providing small a full menu of financial services to the Transportation market place. Sargent holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management (BSBM) from Northwood University and various fleet industry and management certifications.
Don Francis, Clean Cities-Atlanta Coordinator & Executive Director
Don Francis became the Executive Director of Clean Cities-Atlanta in April 2009. Prior to being elected as the Executive Director, Don served on the Board of Directors and as the Treasurer of Clean Cities-Atlanta from 2000 to 2005.
He has forty years experience in automotive engineering, sales and marketing activities. He was employed by Georgia Power for 31 years.
For 13 years he was assigned to the company’s electric transportation program. His primary responsibility was business unit manager for the sale, installation and service of electric vehicle charging equipment to internal and external customers. Prior to the Electric Transportation program, Don worked for 15 years in Fleet Services at Georgia Power and ten years with General Motors.
Don has served on many local community and industry committees working on electric vehicle infrastructure and market development. He continues to be active in the electric vehicle community and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Auto Association. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and received a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute.
Don first moved to Atlanta in 1973 and since 1978 have lived and worked in the metro area full time currently residing in DeKalb County.