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Joined by New Vice Chair Anthony J. Buzzelli
to lead 117-Year-Old Federation

CHANDLER, Ariz. (May 7, 2019) – William (Bill) A. Mekrut was elected chair of the AAA Board of Directors at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting in Chandler, AZ on May 7, 2019. More than 230 delegates and club officials representing the federation’s 34 affiliated clubs in the U.S. and Canada were in attendance. Mekrut, the former vice chair of the AAA board, will serve as board chair for the 59 million member, not-for-profit federation for two one-year terms.  

Bill Mekrut

William A. Mekrut
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“AAA is a brand that is trusted by millions of consumers, and we must deliver the ultimate experience to our members through not only superior roadside service, but through competitive benefits and value-added programs,” said Mekrut. “I look forward to working with the AAA board and clubs to build upon our rich legacy, exploring and implementing new ways to delight and serve our members with the levels of innovation and service quality they have come to expect from us — at the roadside and beyond.”

In his role as chair, Mekrut will work closely with newly elected vice chair, Anthony (Tony) J. Buzzelli and AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney. This leadership team — drawing from diverse professional experience across the finance, insurance, healthcare and automotive industries as well as the arts and education — will guide AAA to meet the evolving needs of members through value-added travel, automotive, insurance services and partnerships.

Mekrut has been an active board member with AAA for 11 years both at a club in his home state of Rhode Island, and nationally. Additionally, he serves as a member of Providence College President’s Council, as an advisory board member of the Providence College School of Business and is a former chair of the Board of Delta Dental (Rhode Island). Most recently, he served as vice president and treasurer of FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers.

Anthony J. Buzzelli
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“Our nearly 60 million members put their trust in AAA to make their lives better and with Bill at the helm of the board, they can only expect that trust to grow,” said Marshall Doney, president and CEO of AAA. “He has already made an impact in the federation, utilizing his financial expertise and leadership skills to strengthen our organization and leadership position in roadside assistance. Together, he and Tony will be a positive force for AAA’s continued success.”

Vice Chair Tony Buzzelli is a retired vice chair and regional managing partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He was elected to the AAA Board of Directors in April 2017 and has served on the board of the Automobile Club of Southern California since 2011. In addition, Buzzelli serves on the boards of TriState Capital Holdings and MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system in Maryland and Washington D.C, and was recognized as a Business Leader of the Year (Los Angeles) in 2010.

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AAA provides more than 59 million members with automotive, travel, insurance and financial services through its federation of 34 motor clubs and nearly 1,100 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. To join, visit

Tamra JohnsonDaniels-Carter becomes first African-American woman to lead board of venerable 115 year old organization

BOSTON (May 2, 2017) – Announced today, Valerie Daniels-Carter, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of V&J Holding Companies Inc, the largest female food service franchise in America, has been elected chair of the AAA board of directors at the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Boston. More than 230 delegates and club officials representing the federation’s 38 affiliated clubs in the U.S. and Canada were in attendance. Daniels-Carter, the first African-American woman to hold the distinguished post, will serve as board chair for the 57 million member, not-for-profit federation for two one-year terms.  

“This is a historical time for AAA in that it really does reflect the fact that AAA is a brand that is more than a trusted, go-to resource for millions of drivers and travelers. It’s a brand that appreciates and is appreciated by diverse communities across North America,” said Daniels-Carter. “To be the first African American female to step into this role is important to me and the association. And while AAA is more than 100 years old, we don’t act 100. I’m taking over at an exciting time, when innovations are happening every day, where AAA is taking the lead.”

Daniels-Carter, who also serves as a director on the Green Bay Packers and various other corporate boards, has been active with AAA for 22 years both in her home state of Wisconsin and nationally. She has served on multiple board committees and, most recently as audit committee chair, leading the efforts to raise the association’s collective preparedness in cybersecurity. She was elected vice chair of the AAA board in 2015.

“As a visionary and committed AAA leader, Valerie will serve the organization well, building and expanding upon the trust our members have placed in the brand for more than a century,” said Marshall Doney, president and CEO of AAA. “Valerie has played an integral role in the AAA federation, putting her considerable business acumen to work on behalf of the organization and its members. And I know that as our new chair, Valerie will help ensure AAA remains a vital part of our members’ daily lives.”

A nationally known business leader, Daniels-Carter started her franchise empire with one Burger King restaurant in 1982 and built her company into a 137-unit, multi-brand organization. A talented basketball player in her own right, Daniels-Carter has teamed up with one of the NBA’s most famous and valuable players, Shaquille O’Neal, to expand the horizons of Auntie Anne’s Famous Pretzels. Together, they have opened 30 new locations nationwide.

“I view myself as a market innovator and I look forward to helping lead the ongoing innovation and the expansion of AAA,” continued Daniels-Carter. Along with electing Daniels-Carter chair, AAA elected as vice chair, William A. Mekrut of Lincoln, Rhode Island. And joining the board for a three year term is Anthony J. Buzzelli, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Incoming Vice Chair Mekrut is vice president of finance for FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers. He was elected to the AAA national board of directors in April 2015 and has served on the board of AAA Southern New England, now AAA Northeast, since 2008. Additionally, he serves on the holding companies affiliated with AAA Northeast – AAA Motor Club Holdings and Red Rooster Investment Company. Mekrut earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Providence College and a master’s degree from Bryant University.

Daniels-Carter has been awarded a number of distinguishing honors including the Business Woman of the Year Frazier Network; Northwood University, Distinguished Business Leader Award; Trailblazer Award from North Milwaukee State Bank; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented at the Multicultural Prism Awards; Essence magazine’s Top 10 Black Female Entrepreneurs; and Black Enterprise magazine’s Women of the B.E. 100. Her company, V & J has received awards such as the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses (Working Woman Magazine); Top 200 Restaurants in the U.S. (Restaurant Finance Monitor); and numerous other accolades, both locally and nationally.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at


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