Personalities Shine Away from Work
New and well-known industry figures reveal their personal sides as they discuss favorite hobbies, share their dreams, and offer a few words of wisdom.
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Corporate Equipment Manager
Parsons, Global Equipment & Fleet Services
- Hobbies and passions outside of work: Horseback riding, fishing, skiing, and hiking.
- Favorite book and/or movie: Night Fall and the Da Vinci Code.
- Top personal achievement: Becoming the first female Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) in the U.S.
- Who do you consider the best fleet manager, other than yourself? Robert Andrade, VP, Parsons (also my mentor).
- Most interesting life experience: Learning, planning, and developing my first fleet pool for my previous employer and visiting auto factory plants.
- What advice do you wish someone had given you before entering fleet? Have plenty of patience if you are a female and surround yourself with great mentors and/or vendors willing to guide you in your new career.
General Manager, Fleet and Commercial Operations
General Motors Corporation
- Hobbies and passions outside of work: My passions include my family and snow skiing, and I’m a fan of motorsports.
- Favorite book and/or movie: I’ve always enjoyed the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, and currently I am reading the book Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy.
- What do you consider your top personal achievement? I value the opportunity I’ve had to live in different cities over the years. Living in different regions of the country and meeting lots of people has been a great adventure!
- Who do you consider “the best” in fleet? My predecessor, Brian McVeigh, led the GM Fleet & Commercial team in Canada and then in the U.S. for the past six years. The real testament to Brian’s career is the relationships with customers and partners, and the teams he built over the years. Brian always gave credit to the team.
- Most interesting life experience: My dad always wanted to walk the beaches of Normandy, so several years ago I had the opportunity to take my parents on a trip to do just that. We toured the Normandy area and learned about D-Day. It was a proud and moving experience.
- What advice do you wish someone had given you before entering fleet? Since I just entered the fleet business, I’ve been seeking advice from experienced leaders in the industry. One of the best opportunities I’ve had is traveling across the country during my first month on the job and getting to meet many of our partners and customers who have a broad range of skills and years of experience in the fleet business. I’ve been listening more than talking and asking for advice as I start my tenure in this job.