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

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