NGVAmerica, the U.S. national organization committed to the development and commercialization of vehicles powered by natural gas or hydrogen, has come to the end of an era as President Richard Kolodziej decides it is time to retire. Kolodziej has been the organization’s president since 1995.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead NGVAmerica during these past 18 years,” said Kolodziej. “NGVs have gone from a niche application to a recognized and essential part of America’s transportation system. Today, the NGV industry is poised for historic growth in both traditional on-road markets and new non-road markets — like off-road, marine and rail.
I believe now is the right time for NGVAmerica ’s transition to new staff leadership to position the association to serve the needs of this rapidly expanding industry.”
“NGV Global and the worldwide natural gas vehicle industry have benefited greatly from Rich Kolodziej’s leadership and conviction,” said Alicia Milner, Chairperson of NGV Global. “Rich has been a passionate advocate for natural gas use in transportation for more than two decades. In addition to leading NGVAmerica, he served as President of NGV Global (formerly IANGV) from 2008 to 2010. As a colleague and an industry role model, Rich has consistently set the bar high and demonstrated how to achieve results that benefit the industry.”
“Rich has done an extraordinary job as leader and spokesman for the NGV industry ,” said Ronald Eickelman, chairman of NGVAmerica and president of Agility Fuel Systems. “The industry has seen tremendous growth during these past two decades, and Rich has been instrumental in helping drive that expansion and successfully leading the association through this evolution.”
Last November, NGVAmerica publicly recognised Kolodziej’s dedication to the NGV industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The NGVAmerica Board of Directors has initiated an executive search for a new president. Kolodziej will remain as president until the new president is selected and then stay on as an adviser to ensure an orderly transition.