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May 1, 2017

Who’s Up Next?

Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

February 1, 2016

10 Ways Fleet Managers Can Avoid Being Under-Rated by Senior Management

There is an ongoing perception by senior management that fleet management is not a complicated and sophisticated profession. As a result, one of the biggest challenges facing fleet managers is getting management to recognize and acknowledge their contribution to the company. Here are 10 ways to ensure management recognizes your contribution to the company’s bottom line.

January 21, 2014

How to Develop a Fleet Manager Job Description

When formalizing the fleet manager position, there are skills and experience that are critical to the job. What they are will depend on where the position will fit in the in the company’s leadership hierarchy, what kind of fleet it is, and to whom it reports.

December 10, 2013

IRS to Focus on Auditing Fleets for Personal-Use Reporting & Compliance

Last August, the IRS announced areas it will prioritize for audits in 2014, one of which is fringe benefits, especially the personal use of company vehicles. Managing personal-use compliance is a headache. It is also expensive, with internal costs ranging from $35 to $75 per year per vehicle. Here's what you need to do to be prepared should your friendly IRS agent come knocking on your front door.

February 5, 2013

Prediction: There Will Always Be a Fleet Manager

A number of firms have attempted to eliminate their entire fleet department in favor of outsourcing. There are sound reasons why these companies inevitably reinstall a fleet manager.

January 17, 2013

Wanted: Fleet Manager - Experience Necessary

With falling unemployment and a relaxation on hiring, there are an increasing number of opportunities for fleet managers to make a change. Identifying the right candidate can be easy if the focus is on essential qualifications.

July 13, 2011

True Confessions of a Fleet Manager

Lost staff, reduced resources, late night calls at home from drivers, “advice” from executives. It’s easy to imagine what thoughts might go through the mind of a fleet manager during the course of a year.

March 11, 2011

10 Ways to Increase Fleet Policy Compliance

A formal fleet policy document is the foundation on which any successful fleet management process is built. Writing it is one thing, getting drivers and others to follow it is very much another. Here are 10 ways to ensure they do.

March 11, 2011

What Your Fleet Manager is Afraid to Tell You

Most executives have good relationships with their staff, with open communication in both directions. But no matter how open it is, there are some things your fleet manager may be afraid to tell you.

July 13, 2010

Who Will Succeed You as Fleet Manager?

I asked a number of long-time fleet managers, who have the perspective of history, their thoughts about the future of the fleet manager position. In particular, I asked who they thought would succeed them when they retire or move on to other opportunities. A surprising number felt the future for in-house fleet managers is bleak. Others cited no "new blood" being infused into the ranks of the fleet management profession.

June 28, 2010

Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions Remain Cautious for 2011-MY

Many companies continue to be uncertain as to whether the economic recovery is sustainable and are hesitant to recommence hiring. Most companies anticipate 2011-MY fleet orders will be comparable to 2010-MY ordering, but this is still below 2008-MY levels. Delayed 2011 introductions are prompting fleets to shift some of their orders from fall fleet buys to spring fleet orders. In an exclusive market survey, 300 major corporate fleets reveal their 2011-MY buying inclinations.

June 25, 2010

Keig Named Fleet Manager for NCH

IRVING, TX - J.J. Keig was named fleet manager for the oil and gas services division of NCH in Irving, Texas, on June 24.

June 4, 2010

In Memoriam:<br>Thomas H. White, 1928-2010

POCASSET, MA - Thomas H. White, a former regional fleet sales manager for Chrysler Corporation, passed away April 14 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 82.

May 21, 2010

Fleet Survey Reveals Cost Savings Are Top Concern in 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - Cost containment is a top priority for fleet managers and executive management, according to a recent survey conducted by GE Capital Fleet Services.

November 17, 2009

Former Fleet Manager & Wife Charged in Rite-Aid Scam

WILSONVILLE, OR - Ricky Alan Dralle, former fleet manager at Rite-Aid's regional distribution center in Wilsonville, Ore., and his wife Deborah Radcliff-Dralle, were sentenced to prison Nov. 13 after scamming the company out of more than $400,000 over the course of 9 years.

September 8, 2009

The ‘Gray Areas’ of Fleet Management

Let's face it, some companies don't take fleet as seriously as they say they do. For them, fleet is not core to their business. The refrain is: We're in the "widget" business, not the car business. Internal corporate politics introduces many gray areas to fleet management such as making fleet decisions based on favoritism, giving lip service to safety, greenwashing, and pressuring suppliers for favors.

August 11, 2009

What Fleet Managers Find Rewarding About Their Jobs

In these challenging times, you might think the rewards of being a fleet manager are few and far between. However, this is not so with many fleet managers. There are six common themes to what fleet managers find fulfilling about their jobs.

July 31, 2009

Are Fleet Managers Still Having Fun?

Any long-time fleet manager knows change is the norm in the fleet management profession. However, in the past 12 months, fleet managers have had to deal with unprecedented challenges. In the wake of tumultuous events buffeting the auto industry and ongoing market uncertainty, do fleet managers still think their jobs are fun? Here are their confidential responses.

June 5, 2009

Edick Earns CAFM Designation

TACOMA, WA – In addition to earning a CAFM designation, Tacoma Public Utilities' Jonathan Edick also holds an ASE Certified Master Medium in Heavy-Duty Truck Technology.

May 29, 2009

Fleet Manager Releases New Book on Fleet Maintenance

ROSELAND, NJ – John Dolce, a New Jersey-based fleet manager, has released a new book edition reviewing the latest technologies and best practices used in fleet maintenance management.

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