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11 Compete for the Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Six men and five women have been selected by their industry peers to compete for Automotive Fleet’s 26th annual award. The nominees will be narrowed down to three, and the winner announced at the annual NAFA Institute & Expo in Detroit.

March 2010, by Grace Lauron - Also by this author

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Bob Adamsky, Fleet Manager
Del-Air Heat and Air Conditioning

Total vehicles: 531
Staff supervised: 4
Years with current fleet: 16
Total years in industry: 20    
Replacement policy: Variable
Memberships/certifications: NAFA, ASE certification
Primary responsibilities: Manage three fleet maintenance locations, mechanics, and operating costs for all locations; fuel system management and reporting; and fleet office administration.
Notable achievements: Teamed up with SCT Fleet Solutions to increase fuel mileage by 10 percent (1.2 mpg) on recalibrated trucks. Recalibration has not only saved fuel, but lowered fleet emissions and promotes safer driving by limiting fleet's top speed. 

Melissa Bushong, Corporate Fleet Coordinator
Marathon Oil Company
Total vehicles: 2,062
Staff supervised: 0
Years with current fleet: 3
Total years in industry: 3
Replacement policy: 48 months/80,000 miles (cars, vans, SUVs); 60 months/95,000 miles (trucks)
Memberships:  NAFA, PHH client advisory board (2008)
Primary responsibilities: Communicate with and educate management on current fleet program, initiatives, and expenses; assist on-site fleet coordinator; expedite any important or "hot issues" that come up; work on implementing new fleet management programs.
Notable achievements: Implemented a driver-assigned mileage reporting program, an MVR program, a semiannual order process, and created a new fleet procedures document during the past six months. 2010 goal is to continue promoting the various fleet programs while analyzing issues such as personal use policies, standardization, and vehicle utilization within the fleet.

Theresa Belding, Senior Manager - Fleet Services
Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Total vehicles: 2,950
Staff supervised: 3
Years with current fleet: 17
Total years in industry: 17
Replacement policy: 36 months/75,000 miles
Memberships/certifications: AFLA (vice president), NAFA
Primary responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of U.S. and Puerto Rico-based fleet operations, including fleet management, fleet staff supervision, vendor relations, and fleet safety programs, including accident management, driver risk level analysis, and safety training.
Notable achievements: Reduced fuel purchases by 2.55 percent in 2009 and cut accidents per million miles down 12 percent from 2008. By the end of the 2010 model-year, entire sales fleet will be converted to four-cylinder vehicles. This is the third year Belding is in the running for the Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award.

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