Presenting AF's 2009 Fleet Manager of the Year Nominees
Eleven qualified fleet managers were nominated to compete for this year’s award. The field will be narrowed to three finalists and the winner announced April 26 at the NAFA Institute & Expo in New Orleans.
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Theresa F. Anderson
Corporate Equipment Manager, Parsons
Total vehicles: 1,200+
Staff supervised: 29
Years with current fleet: 3
Total years in fleet industry: 13
Replacement policy: 4 years/125K miles
As operations manager for the $100 million construction fleet, Anderson manages 1,200-plus vehicles and 600 owned and leased units of construction equipment. Having served more than 12 years in the construction industry, she is a certified crane inspector, rigger inspector, and forklift trainer. She is working with fleet to implement programs to reduce GHG emissions and its carbon footprint, as well as cut fuel and maintenance costs. Anderson is a current member of NAFA, ISM, ACEM, and AEMP (first ACEM-certified female equipment manager in 2002 and current board VP).
Senior Manager – Fleet Services,
Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Total vehicles: 2,900
Staff supervised: 3
Years with current fleet: 16
Total years in fleet industry: 16
Replacement policy: 36 months/75K miles
Belding’s team is responsible for fleet administration and safety. Over a 10-year span she has turned a 250-vehicle closed-end leased, fully-insured fleet into a 2,900-vehicle, open-end leased, self-insured fleet. Cost reductions in fleet expenses have continued since a 2007 RFP consolidated the fleet with one fleet management company. MY-2008 offerings included more four-cylinder vehicles due to a focus on fuel consumption. Despite year-over-year mileage increases, her safety group continues to see accident reductions per million miles. Belding’s team continues efforts to provide the most fuel-efficient vehicles to meet business needs, increase driver safety, and ensure fleet uses industry best practices.
Fleet Operations Manager,
Total vehicles: 500 (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico)
Staff supervised: 0
Years with current fleet: 2
Total years in fleet industry: 2
Replacement policy: 3 years/55K miles (cars); 3 years/65K miles (vans)
Since May 2007, Burke has served as operations manager for the Travel Fleet and American Express Programs in Rochester, N.Y., managing approximately 500 vehicles for the sales and service organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. In addition to fleet, she manages the corporate card program and handles travel policies and guidelines for Carestream travelers. Burke’s focus in fleet is working with suppliers to set cost savings goals while evaluating the program’s effectiveness. Prior to joining Carestream, Burke was employed at Eastman Kodak Co. for more than 30 years. She holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.