L. Thomas Awards

Lance D. Thomas

Lance D. Thomas

The Lance D. Thomas Achievement Award has been presented at the National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association (NOTFEA) annual training Conference since 1995. The Award is to recognize members for noteworthy achievements in odometer and vehicle fraud cases. The award is in honor of the late Lance D. Thomas, one of the original investigators with U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) when the unit was formed in 1977. This was Lance’s second career as he was retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Marines Corps. Lance was assigned to NHTSA’s, Atlanta Regional Office, until his death in 1997. Those who were fortunate to have worked with Lance remember him as a true gentleman, trusted colleague and a tenacious Investigator.

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Lance D. Thomas Award Recipients

2017David Buehrle - Supervisory Special Agent - Missouri Department of Revenue
Robert Foster - State Investigator - Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
2016Nick Humphrey, Administrator - Missouri Department of Revenue
2015Gary Mitchell, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. DOT / NHTSA / Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation.
Casey Edds, Investigative Assistant, U.S. DOT/NHTSA / Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation
2014Kim McCluskey, Investigator - Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
2013Wendell Espeland, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. DOT / NHTSA / Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation.
2012David Sullivan, Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice – Consumer Protection Branch.
2011Charles “Chuck” R. Stepter, Jr., Partner Fishback, Dominick, Bennett, Stepter, Ardaman, Ahlers & Langley LLP.
2010David Sparks, Office Director, US DOT / NHTSA / Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation.
2009Jerry Conrad, Fraud Unit Manager, West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.
Berta Phelps, Vice President, Manheim Auto Auction.
2008Jerry Auch, Compliance and Dealer Services Manager, North Dakota DOT.
Allan Gordus, Attorney, US Department of Justice-OCL.
Alan Phelps, Attorney, US Department of Justice-OCL.
2007Kenny Roylance, Inv. WY Dept of Transportation.
2006Holly Merz, Inv. Iowa Attorney General.
Lyle Paulson, Administrator, NDDOT, Motor Vehicle Div.
2005Mary Marvin, Supv. Inv., Colorado MVB.
Tony Bartolome, Lt., Florida Highway Patrol.
Rodley Henry, Director, Louisiana Department of Justice.
2004Mary Ann Wehmueller, Dep. Attorney General, Indiana.
2003Kerry Kirkpatrick, Commander, IA Dept. of Transp.
Russell Laurens, Senior Inv., GA Office of Cons. Affairs.
2002LaDonna Devenberg, Investigator, CA DMV.
Bill Kadlowec, Chief Investigator, SC Dept. of Con. Affairs.
2001Monte Czaplewski, Special Agent, USDOT/NHTSA.
2000Ron Wedekind, Lieutenant, FL Highway Patrol.
1999Doug Stern, Attorney, US Department of Justice-OCL.
Bill Burton, Section Supervisor, MI Department of State.
1998Charlie Bradley, Special Agent, TN Highway Patrol.
Jay Bratt, Attorney, US Department of Justice-OCL.
Doug Cannon, Assistant US Attorney, NC.
Bob Eppes, Special Agent, USDOT/NHTSA, MO.
Ken Jost, Assistant Director, US Dept. of Justice-OCL.
1997Gary Dickinson, Dir. of Security, ADT Automotive Inc.,TN.
John Kelly, Dep. Attorney General, PA Office of Atty. Gen.
Jon Setzer, Special Agent, USDOT/NHTSA, CO.
1996Jim Arnold, Attorney, US Department of Justice-OCL.
Linda Marks, Attorney, US Department of Justice-OCL.
1995Tom Ley, Special Agent, MO Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Jim Scripture, Special Agent, MA Federal Bureau of Inv.
Dan Stodden, Investigator, CA Department of Motor Vehicles.