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AF Announces Professional Fleet Manager Award Finalists

Three fleet managers have been selected finalists for the 2010 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award. The winner will be announced April 25 at NAFA’s 2010 Institute & Expo in Detroit.

April 2010, by Staff

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 Fleet Management Association, and a member of the Ford Fleet Advisory Board.
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. 

Louise Davis-Lopez
Fleet Manager
Johnson & Johnson

Total vehicles: 9,000
Staff supervised: 0
Years with current fleet: 35
Total years in industry: 35
Replacement policy: Flexible
Memberships: AFLA; NAFA Fleet Management Association (New Jersey Chapter - past chapter president and current board member, former facilitator of Pharmaceutical Workshop, National Audit Chair, Chapter Treasurer); and member of the GE Client Advisory Board.
Primary responsibilities: Oversee and manage fleet program with 30-plus operating companies and external supplier relationships while providing year-over-year savings; strategize and negotiate lowest total cost of ownership with OEMs via Web-based competitive bidding; build an environmentally friendly fleet with aggressive mpg goals by 2015; effectively execute fleet programs, including vehicle acquisition and disposal, vehicle maintenance and repairs, fuel management, and expanding spend with diverse suppliers.
Notable achievements: Delivered $7.4 million in cost avoidance over the past two years; helped move fleet program to universal selector and expand total hybrid composition to 27 percent of inventory; founded "Fleet Excellence Program" at Johnson & Johnson to recognize best-in-class performance and influence more efficient driving; and received Bobit Business Media's 2009 Fleet Environmental Leadership Award.

Michael Sims
Fleet Operations Manager
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Total vehicles: 12,800
Staff supervised: 2 direct reports, 8 indirect reports with 16     additional co-staff
Years with current fleet: 26
Total years in industry: 36
Replacement policy: 4 years/75,000 miles (trucks); 3 years/55,000 miles (sedans)
Memberships: NAFA Fleet Management Association, AFLA (Commercial Fleet Sounding Board member), Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association, General Motors Fleet Sounding Board (chairman), General Motors Global Fleet Sounding Board (co-chairman), Ford Fleet Advisory Board (past chairman), and Ford Fleet Advisory Board (past member).
Primary responsibilities: Planning and sourcing vehicles worldwide; manufacturer agreements, including working with purchasing to ensure vehicles are acquired at best price available; vehicle specification using four different selector lists; specification and purchase of all vehicles in the U.S. and Canada; global assistance on global agreements and vehicle recommendations; financial information source for vehicle budgets.
Notable achievements: Improved lifecycle cost tool for purchasing decisions; increased driver accountability using a GPS-based system to improve driving habits and reduce accidents; replacing current fleet management system with a true global system; working on promoting global contracts and standardizing global processes implementing rules, metrics, consolidated information, and inventories.

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