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Fleet Manager of the Year

“Winning the 1995 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award increased my credibility at my company and recognition within the industry. My career has been greatly expanded with additional responsibilities; the largest are our corporate travel and relocation programs.” So explains Debbie Mize of her win almost 20 years ago. Automotive Fleet magazine started the Professional Fleet Manager Award in 1985 as a way to recognize the professionalism, experience, and commitment of fleet managers. Our first winner was Jack Lamb of Exxon and in the years since, such industry leaders as Patsy Mance, George Weimer, Joe LaRosa, and Josie Sharp have won.

We thank Jim Frank and his team at Wheels for the support they’ve given the award program through the years. As Jim himself noted at the awards ceremony in 2011, there are so many accomplishments relative to safety, cost savings, and legislative compliance because of the role of the professional fleet manager. As Frank said then, “The fleet manager's role in the implementation of successful enhancements to the fleet program is complex and multifaceted. It requires, at a minimum, obtaining endorsement of senior management, selection and supervision of appropriate vendors/partners, internal coordination and communication, and in many cases, securing enthusiasm and commitment from the vehicle operators.”

2016
George Survant
Senior Fleet Director| Charter Communications

Meet the 2016 AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year

2015
Brenda Davis
Fleet Commodity Manager | Baker Hughes

Meet the 2015 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year

2014
Gage Wagoner
Senior Manager, North American Fleet Management | Philips

A Closer Look at the 2014 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year

2013
Dick Malcolm
Fleet Administrator | State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

State Farm Exec Named Fleet Manager of the Year

2012
Lee Miller
Senior Manager of Fleet Services | Boehringer Ingelheim

A Journey to the Top: Lee Miller Named 2012 Fleet Manager of the Year

2011
Theresa Belding
Senior Manager, Fleet Services | Foreset Pharmaceuticals

Belding Named 2011 Fleet Manager of the Year

2010
Michael Sims
Fleet Operations Manager | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Sims Helps Propel Fleet to Industry Forefront

2009
Christy Coyte (Meyer)
Global Fleet Manager | Johnson Controls Inc.

Award-Winning Fleet Manager Rises to Business Challenges

2008
Joe LaRosa
Director of Global Services | Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck's LaRosa Implements Cost-Saving Global Strategies

2007
Lynda Dinwiddie
Associate VP, Fleet & Travel | Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)

LabCorp's Dinwiddie Cuts Costs & Lifts Driver Morale

2005
Jim McCarthy
Director, Vehicle Management Services | Siemens Shared Services

Siemens Shared Services Leverages Fleet Expertise

2004
Henry Paetzel
Manager, Automotive Fleet Services | General Mills, Inc.

General Mills Instills Broad Vision

2003
Josie Sharp
Manager, Fleet and Safety | Aventis Pharmaceuticals

Aventis Josie Sharp Innovates Fleet Management, Wins Fleet Manager of the Year

2002
Jim Anselmi
Director of Fleet Operations &Travel | Lorillard Tobacco Company

Looking at the Big Picture Helps Anselmi Win Fleet Manager 2002 Award

2001
Patsy Brownson
Fleet Director | Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Bailment Pool Program Saves $3 Million for Cox Enterprises

2000
Shirley Collins
Director, North America Fleet | GlaxoSmithKline

How Glaxo Wellcome Managed Fleet Growth While Reducing Costs

1998
Sue Miller
Manager, Fleet Program & Services | McDonald’s Corp.

McDonald's Sue Miller Trims Costs in Growing Fleet

1996
Sal Giacchi
Director, Fleet Operations & Travel | Lorillard Tobacco Co.

Giacchi Nets $22.7 Million in Savings for Lorillard’s Fleet

1995
Debbie Mize
Corporate Services Manager, Fleet, Relocation & Travel | Hallmark

Under Debbie Mize’s Leadership Hallmark Has Experienced a Marked Decrease in Employee Accidents

1994
Larry Giddens
Director, Fleet Operations | RJ Reynolds Tobacco

Larry Giddens' Expense Control Saves RJRT $21 Million

1993
Charles Bowen
Manager of Automotive Fleet Services | Georgia-Pacific

How Charles Bowen Reduced Georgia-Pacific's Fleet Costs

1991
Patsy Mance
Manager of Corporate Fleet Services | Bristol Myers Squibb Co.

Patsy Mance of Bristol Myers Squibb Winner of '91 Fleet Manager Award

1990
Tim Hoffmann
Manager of Employee Transportation & Travel Services | 3M

3M's Tim Hoffmann Manages a 5700-Vehicle Fleet With a Team-Based Attitude

1989
Ron Pink
Business Manager, Vehicle Fleet Business | Xerox Corp.

Fleet Manager Award Goes to Xerox's Ron Pink

1988
George Weimer
Director of Transportation Services | Contel Service Corp.

George Weimer Receives 1988 Professional Fleet Manager Award

1987
Richard Catino
US Fleet Manager | Digital Equipment Corp.

Richard A. Catino Copes With Rapid Change and Utilizes Human Resources

1986
E. Pierce Walsh
Director of Fleet Management | IC Industries

E. Pierce Walsh Wins AF's Profesional Fleet Manager Award

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