News Release

Chris Leach Named Top Salesperson for NationaLease

June 11, 2008, Downers Grove, IL – With annual sales revenue of nearly $2 million, Chris Leach, Area Vice President for FirstLease in Atlanta, GA, was named the 2007 Top Salesperson by NationaLease, the largest full service truck leasing organization in North America. In March, he was one of 21 salespeople in the NationaLease System to be recognized with the organization’s prestigious Masters Club Platinum Award for sales excellence, an Award he has earned over six consecutive years.

“There is no question 2007 was a challenging year for all of us in the industry,” said Leach. “My focus on building relationships with my current customer base and key prospects and the diversity of my sales targets helped me overcome the economic negatives and actually increase my sales over the previous year. Our goal at FirstLease is to take care of the customer’s needs and do the little things that separate us from our competition.”

Leach sells full service leasing and contract maintenance to some 75 customers in the West side of Atlanta. His client roster includes food service clients, building industries and a diverse group of logistics customers. “As the economy has softened, we are seeing more demand for truck leasing as companies elect to reinvest their money back into the business rather than in depreciable assets,” said Leach. “The technical complexity of the new power units has also increased the contract maintenance side of the business as more companies are outsourcing this service to specially trained personnel.”

“Chris Leach has been a Masters Club Platinum Award winner an astonishing six times,” said Gene Scoggins, Vice President of Sales for NationaLease. “This is the first time he has won the Top Salesperson Award but I have no doubt he will be in contention for the top spot for many years to come. He has shown extraordinary creativity and motivation in his sales efforts and the results speak for themselves.”

Leach has been in the truck leasing industry for 13 years. At First Lease, he has sales as well as operational responsibility for the Florida, Georgia and Tennessee territories. He and his family reside in Smyrna, GA.

About NationaLease
Founded in 1944, NationaLease is one of the largest full service truck leasing organizations in North America, with over 900 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and a combined customer fleet of over 155,000 tractors, trucks, and trailers. The company provides comprehensive fleet management services for private fleets and transportation service providers. More information can be found at