One Day in the Life of a Fleet Asset Manager
A day in a fleet asset manager’s busy life is enough to make your head spin. Staying organized and upbeat, enjoying what you do, and treating each day like a brand-new one are some keys to successfully running a fleet operation.
Tony Orta, fleet asset manager for SoCalGas Company, manages a fleet of 5,536 vehicles, comprised mostly of light- and medium-duty vehicles.
Typically, no work day is a duplicate of another, especially in fleet. Each day changes and has unique challenges, and fleet managers definitely stay busy. Automotive Fleet reached out to a fleet asset manager and charted his “typical” day.
Tony Orta, fleet asset manager for Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), who has more than 30 years of fleet experience, manages a department that oversees vehicle replacement, acquisition planning and execution, utilization and redeployment, remarketing, and maintenance operations quality assurance for environmental compliance and quality of work. He is also involved in influencing fleet policies and procedures, and actively supports SoCalGas’ national involvement in promoting the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel.
The 5,356-unit fleet mostly consists of light- and medium-duty vehicles (around 3,900 units), as well as automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, and equipment. The fleet operates 1,187 alternative-fuel vehicles, with 22 percent of the over-the-road fleet operating on natural gas (around 965 units).
Following is an overview of a typical day.