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16 Nominated for 2012 Fleet Manager of the Year

This year’s group of nominees manages fleets operating 400 to more than 37,000 vehicles and has a combined industry experience of nearly 245 years.

March 2012, by Staff

Each year Automotive Fleet magazine recognizes a fleet manager for his or her skills, achievements, unique approaches to fleet management, and contributions to the fleet industry. The nominees for the 2012 Fleet Manager of the Year award are listed below, along with descriptions of each individual's current role and achievements. The 2012 Fleet Manager of the Year Award is sponsored by Wheels Inc., AFLA, and Automotive Fleet magazine.

2012 Fleet Manager of the Year Nominees

  • Tom Armstrong, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas
  • Donna Bibbo, CAFM, CCTE, Novo Nordisk Inc.
  • Chuck Bunting, NiSource Inc.
  • John Dmochowsky, CAFM, Kraft Foods Inc.
  • Jeff Hurrell, CAFM, Hewlettt Packard Co.
  • Ron Kimbell, Rollins Inc.
  • Dick Malcom, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co.
  • Patrick McGrath, United Technologies Corp.
  • Steve McLain, Cummins-Allison
  • Lee Miller, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Jason Pucely, Best Buy Stores, L.P.
  • Bud Reuter, Comcast Corp.
  • Keith Scolan, Illinois Toolworks
  • Leonard Scolaro, Henry Schein
  • Rachael Smith, The Scooter Store
  • Gage Wagoner, Philips Electronics NA

2012 Fleet Manager of the Year Nominee Bios

Tom Armstrong

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, Director of Fleet

  • Total vehicles: 3,200
  • Staff supervised: 1
  • Years with current fleet: 11
  • Total years in industry: 20
  • Replacement policy: 5-6 years

Memberships: LeasePlan USA Client Advisory Board; Fleet Response Advisory Board; Ford Fleet Advisory Board (past member); Clean Cities; and National Clean Fleets Partnership.

Primary responsibilities: Total fleet responsibility, including acquisition, liquidation, leasing, maintenance, fuel, risk, safety, DOT compliance, fleet policy, and fleet sustainability.

Notable achievements: Achieved 2011 total operating cost annual savings of $250,000 for more than 500 vehicles by right-sizing applications; reduced costs by $1.125 million in annual fuel spend by moving to fuel-efficient four-cylinder vehicles; and saved an additional $2 million through process improvements and partnership with leasing provider. Cost-savings initiatives also extended to risk and accident management. Armstrong led the effort to increase returns on subrogation by 25 percent, lowered average per-vehicle repair cost by 10 percent, and reduced average number of days to repair by 15 percent. Sustainability efforts included incorporating propane-autogas and electric vehicles into fleet. Through this process, he created the "Five Cs" of analyzing alternative fuels and alt-fuel vehicles to determine the right direction for fleet, which led to his involvement in sustainability in the industry including Clean Cities meetings, presenting his expertise at the Green Fleet Conferences, and being featured on the 21st Century Business media event.

Donna Bibbo, CAFM, CCTE

Novo Nordisk Inc., Manager, Fleet & Travel

  • Total vehicles: 2,972
  • Staff supervised: 1
  • Years with current fleet: 5½
  • Total years in industry: 22
  • Replacement policy: 36 months/70,000 miles

Memberships/certifications: NAFA (CAFM; New Jersey Chapter treasurer for more than nine years and current chapter chair; chair of new Safety Advisory Council and member of 2012 I&E Curriculum Committee; and past chair of Audit and FleetEd Committees); AFLA (10-plus years as member, current secretary, and past director-at-large and vice chair of the Education Committee); client advisory board member for Wheels, Fleet Response, and World Travel Inc.; and Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE).

Primary responsibilities: Make the employee experience as best as possible as it pertains to company vehicles/driving and travel while keeping in mind fiduciary responsibility to the company and its commitment to the environment; and constantly seek out value-added services for drivers to allow them to stay productive and safe while maintaining their vehicles.

Notable achievements: Reduced maintenance costs by 12 percent and depreciation costs by 2 percent over 2010, CO2 emissions by 4 percent per mile over 2010, and preventable accidents per million miles down 2.4 percent over 2010.

John Dmochowsky, CAFM

Kraft Foods Inc., Sales Fleet Manager

  • Total vehicles: 4,700
  • Staff supervised: 1
  • Years with current fleet: 11
  • Total years in industry: 11
  • Replacement policy: 36 months/60,000 miles

Memberships/certifications: NAFA (Chicago Chapter chair, I&E Curriculum Committee member, Education Development member, FMS training instructor, and CAFM certification); AFLA (vice president, chair for Business Development Committee, Conference Committee member); Ford Fleet Advisory Board; and GE Capital Fleet Services Client Advisory Board.

Primary responsibilities: Overall management of U.S. sales fleet program, including fleet policy administration, strategic partner relationships, management, budgeting, vehicle acquisition and disposal, driver safety, auditing, reducing GHG emissions and carbon footprint, fuel management, and repair-maintenance cost-saving initiatives.

Notable achievements: Multimillion dollar savings as a result of accelerated vehicle replacement initiative; reduced total CO2 emissions by 5 percent by replacing 2,500 vehicles with four-cylinder engine Ford Fusions; and reduced preventable accidents by 10 percent.  

Dick Malcom

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Fleet Administrator

  • Total vehicles: 12,341
  • Staff supervised: 0
  • Years with current fleet: 11
  • Total years in industry: 29
  • Replacement policy: 85,000 miles

Memberships/certifications: AFLA (board member); and GM Commercial Sounding Board.

Primary responsibilities: Manage and monitor vehicle expenses, including fuel, maintenance, and depreciation; choose safe, reliable, cost-efficient, and comfortable vehicles for selector list; and provide departments with sufficient information to help them make sound business decisions.

Notable achievements: Implemented new driver policy and internal charge-back system to increase accountability and compliance; 75 percent of all new vehicle orders SmartWay-certified; implemented new accident review committee; and replaced company vehicle management software system.

Chuck Bunting

NiSource, Inc., Fleet Administrative Manager

  • Total vehicles: 6,226
  • Staff supervised: 0
  • Years with current fleet: 16
  • Total years in industry: 16
  • Replacement policy: Varies based on equipment (minimum 84 months/100,000 miles; maximum 144 months/300,000 miles)

Memberships: NAFA Local Tri-State Chapter; AGA/ANGA NGV Committee; EUFMC; ARI Customer Technology Advancement Group; Utility Fleet Manager Forum.

Primary responsibilities: Lead and develop a strong fleet team to provide customers units as and when needed; administer and advance fleet core policies, processes, and systems of acquisition through disposal; and oversee and develop OEM and body upfitter relationships, production, and post-delivery service programs.

Notable achievements:
Saved more than $3.1 million; added 100-plus hybrids over past two years and piloted a hybrid heavy-duty aerial device; replaced three asset and cost management programs with one new fleet management system; and implemented new replacement/order system.

Ron Kimbell

Rollins Inc., Fleet Manager

  • Total vehicles: 7,900
  • Staff supervised: 2
  • Years with current fleet: 6
  • Total years in industry: 6Replacement policy: 36 months/80,000 miles (management vehicles); 48 months/90,000 miles (service vehicles)

Primary responsibilities: Manage the ordering, delivery, replacement, and retirement of vehicles; and ensure all fleet data is captured and processed accurately.

Notable achievements: Celebrated 40 years with Rollins; reduced costs by moving to closed-end leases and utilizing upfitters; transitioned to four-cylinder engines; assisted in transition and implementation of fleet management company; transitioned to higher level platform with fuel-card provider.

Lee Miller

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Senior Manager, Fleet Services

  • Total vehicles: 3,800
  • Staff supervised: 2
  • Years with current fleet: 32
  • Total years in industry: 32
  • Replacement policy: 36 months/75,000 miles

Memberships: NAFA (23 years, holding several positions: chapter chair, vice chair, and secretary); AFLA (Commercial Sounding Board member, Conference Committee member, and past secretary); Wheels Steering Council; and Fleet Response Advisory Board.

Primary responsibilities:
Manages leased vehicles for all operating units in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with budget exceeding $70 million; vendor management and negotiation, content expert for senior leadership, policy implementation and administration, asset management, and driver risk assessment; manage and execute executive fleet program; continually review and analyze auto industry and current trends to determine financial impact on corporation and implement cost savings/avoidance process improvements when appropriate.

Notable achievements: Exceeded $6.5 million in cost-savings initiatives over past three years; reduced CO2 emissions over past three years; served as lead organizer and facilitator of fleet safety committee meetings since 2006; and successfully deployed 700 additional vehicles over last 12 months.

Steve McLain

Cummins-Allison, Manager of Operations Accounting

  • Total vehicles: 441
  • Staff supervised: 1
  • Years with current fleet: 15
  • Total years in industry: 15
  • Replacement policy: 40 months/115,000 miles

Primary responsibilities: Monitor and maintain fleet of 440 cars and trucks, manage all cost accounting, and manage all inventory accounting for home office and 43 physical and audit branches.

Notable achievements: Downsized from six- to four-cylinder engine vehicles, resulting in an average annual 100-gallon per-vehicle reduction in fuel consumption and emissions since 2008; and initiated companywide mandatory safety program for all drivers.

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