Gage Wagoner, Philips' senior manager North American fleet management, was named Professional Fleet Manager of the Year for 2014.
Wagoner accepted a position at Philips in 2001 as a fleet administrator after completing a master's degree in environmental science. He took the job out of "desperation" because there were no jobs in his field in Seattle.
Wagoner had worked at a local Ford dealership and later managed a fleet of 40 vehicles for a landscaping company.
At Philips North America, Wagoner centralized management of a fleet of 4,800 vehicles. In 2005, Wagoner began shortcycling vehicles to capture maximum value.