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17 Vie for 2011 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award

This year’s group of nominees includes 10 men and seven women, many of whom manage some of the largest commercial fleets in the industry.

March 2011, by Staff

Theresa Belding

Forest Pharmaceuticals

Senior Manager - Fleet Services

 Total vehicles: 2,950

Staff supervised: 3

Years with current fleet: 18

Total years in industry: 18

Replacement policy: 36 months/75,000 miles

Memberships: AFLA (executive vice president), NAFA, Ford Fleet Advisory Board

Primary responsibilities: Oversees 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: In 2010, Belding reduced costs by more than $5 million by optimizing vehicle replacement cycles, reducing vehicle offerings, managing daily rental spend, and decreasing fuel consumption by transitioning more drivers into four-cylinder models. From a safety perspective, claims for 2010 were down 13 percent over 2009 and a total of 27 percent since 2007 when fleet launched a Web-based driver assessment and training tool. Belding is actively involved in the fleet industry, currently serving as executive vice president of AFLA, and celebrated her 10th year as a NAFA member in 2010. This is the fourth time she has been nominated for Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.


Donna Bibbo, CAFM

Novo Nordisk Inc.

Manager, Fleet & Travel

Total vehicles: 3,100 (U.S. and Canada)

Staff supervised: 2

Years with current fleet: 4.5

Total years in industry: 21

Replacement policy: 36 months/70,000 miles

Memberships/certifications: NAFA (chairperson of NAFA FleetEd Committee, chapter chair of NAFA's New Jersey Chapter, CAFM certified), AFLA (AFLA Education Committee co-chair, director on AFLA Board), CCTE (Certified Corporate Travel Executive)

Primary responsibilities: Handles all fleet duties including acquisition, maintenance management, disposal, vendor negotiations, fleet safety and insurance/accident-related issues, etc.; all travel management duties including vendor negotiations, contract management, problemsolving, etc.; all fleet/travel environmental initiatives; and manages, coaches, and shares knowledge with two fleet employees.

Notable achievements: In 2010, Bibbo took on a leading role in the company's CO2 global fleet pilot program to set global goals for entire Novo Nordisk fleet; recognized by Automotive Fleet as an Environmental Leadership Award recipient for second year in a row; managed field force expansion of 465 new drivers (18-percent increase); and negotiated new leasing contract that saves the company more than $500,000 per year.


Michael Bieger

Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)

Senior Director Global Procurement

Total vehicles: 3,360 (1,750 U.S.; 60 Canada; 1,550 EU)

Staff supervised: 3

Years with current fleet: 5 years

Total years in industry: 14 years

Replacement policy: 30-40 months/75,000-95,000 miles (North America); 4 years/150,000 kilometers (Europe, varies by country)

Memberships: Current - NAFA Corporate Fleet Advisory Council, AFLA, GM Commercial Sounding Board. Past - GE Capital Fleet Services Client Advisory Board, GE Technology Client Advisory Board, Wheels Client Steering Council

Primary responsibilities: Responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of ADP's four distinct North American fleets, providing concise, accurate, and actionable financial reporting, cost data analysis (trending), and annual budget projection; providing goals and direction to representatives for all ADP European businesses as Corporate Global Procurement lead; and setting policy direction for ADP fleet.

Notable achievements: With lessor, Bieger created an integrated financial reporting solution, replacing an antiquated in-house process, which ties ADP's financial systems directly with Wheels' reducing processing time and increasing financial accuracy. Consolidated the number of lessors in the EU from 25 to five, implemented global CO2 standard, and introduced CO2 tax reduction plan for Europe.


Melissa Bushong

Marathon Oil Company

Corporate Fleet Coordinator

Total vehicles: 2,000+

Years with current fleet: 4

Years in fleet industry: 4

Staff supervised: 0

Replacement policy: 67 months/90,000 miles (cars, vans, and SUVs);

67 months/100,000 miles (trucks)

Memberships: NAFA, Wheels Client Steering Council

Primary responsibilities: Manages all aspects of the fleet, such as vehicle acquisition and disposal, policy and procedures, maintenance, accidents, vendor relations, and implementing new fleet programs.

Notable achievements: In 2010, Bushong implemented a managed maintenance and fuel program within Marathon's upstream organizations, compliance monitoring procedures, year-end driver tax reporting procedures, and improved vehicle standardization and ordering process. She also developed and implemented MVR and driver tax compliance programs.


Mike Butsch

Director of Global Fleet Operations

Joy Global

Total vehicles: 1,400 (Global)

Staff supervised: 2

Years with current fleet: 11

Total years in industry: 11

Replacement policy: Variable

Memberships: AFLA, NAFA

Primary responsibilities: Oversees and manages all global fleet operations, strategic fleet alliances with OEMs, and DOT compliance for each of the three Joy Global business units.

Notable achievements: Developed centralized policy to standardize all company vehicle activities; documented cost avoidance and savings of more than $22.3 million since 2000; right-sized fleet to boost fuel and operating cost savings and resale values with a projected lifecycle savings of $2.6 million on right-sized units; lowered accident rate from 20 percent in 2007 to 6 percent in 2010; implemented telematics/GPS technology across fleet resulting in more than $700,000 in savings; reduced fuel consumption 250,000 gallons (N.A.) for net savings of $600,000 and 2-percent reduction in total fleet emissions; and maximized supplier relationships, resulting in longer-term agreements and incentives. In addition, Butsch authored and published two articles in Work Truck magazine on DOT issues and compliance, which were among the 2009 "Top 10 Most Viewed" stories online.


Oleg Cytowicz


Senior Analyst, Corporate Fleet Management

Total vehicles: 900

Staff supervised: 0

Years with current fleet: 21

Total years in industry: 21

Replacement policy: 3 years/65,000 miles (or depending on market conditions)

Memberships: NAFA (New York Chapter chair, Branding Oversight Committee member, and I&E Curriculum Committee member); GE Capital Fleet Services Client Advisory Board

Primary responsibilities: Solely responsible for managing supplier relationships and ongoing effective execution of the fleet programs for N.A., including vehicle acquisition and disposal, vehicle maintenance, repairs, and fuel management. Cytowicz is an active member of Unilever's Safety, Health, and Environmental Team and was instrumental in developing a driver safety program, which monitors driver education, policy compliance, and environmental standards, including carbon reductions.

Notable achievements: Created one of the first online vehicle selectors, which provided Unilever fleet drivers the opportunity to view photographs and vehicle specifications before placing vehicle orders; recipient of the 2005 Larry Goill Award for the development of an electronic policy and procedures manual.

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