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.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
Total vehicles: 12,989
Staff supervised: 0
Years with current fleet: 10
Total years in industry: 28
Replacement policy: 75,000 miles (cars and minivans); 100,000 miles (trucks and full-size vans)
Memberships/certifications: AFLA (past board member and current member of commercial advisory group), National Vehicle Leasing Association Certified Vehicle Leasing Executive (CVLE), GM Commercial Sounding Board
Primary responsibilities: Advises 13 State Farm zone regional offices on best methods of fleet management and zone results; monitors adherence and updates internal fleet policy; creates vehicle selector list; negotiates manufacturer incentive programs; determines lease vs. purchase; communicates with upper management regarding fleet trends and internal results.
Notable achievements: Two-time recipient of AF's Fleet Environmental Leadership Award; recipient of internal diversity spend award; centralized vehicle purchasing; implemented State Farm Bank Visa Fleet Card and Employee Purchase Program (now exceeding 50 percent); assembled group responsible for ergonomically correct mobile office (G-van and Transit); introduced "domestically assembled foreign vehicles" into fleet; and helped downsize fleet from 22,000 vehicles to 12,989.
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Manager, Fleet Services
Total vehicles: 3,300
Staff supervised: 2
Years with current fleet: 31
Total years in industry: 31
Replacement policy: 3 years/75,000 miles
Memberships: AFLA (secretary), NAFA, Wheels Client Steering Council, Fleet Response Advisory Board
Primary responsibilities: Oversees management and administration of leased vehicles for all U.S. and Puerto Rico operating units with capitalization exceeding $66 million; partners and negotiates contracts, pricing, and SLAs with vehicle manufacturers, FMCs, and vendor partners; manages executive fleet program; determines financial impact on corporation and implement cost savings/avoidance when appropriate.
Notable achievements: Achieved savings in excess of $4 million over the past four years and created an industry-first fleet selector video for all sales force drivers; contributed in documenting nearly $1 million in cost savings by focusing on asset management.