May 5, 2014
Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Sutton_Janice The Family of Fleet

Over the years, we have for­mally inter­viewed for Fleet Man­age­ment Weekly hun­dreds of our fel­low fleet pro­fes­sion­als. I can­not tell you how many peo­ple talk about the sense of fam­ily they feel in this indus­try. It’s a repet­i­tive theme as we chat with folks at the fleet indus­try con­fer­ences. And we love to hear when fleet man­age­ment com­pa­nies have been lauded for being great places to work. Maybe our indus­try is not unique, but it sure is a good feeling.

Thus, we were ter­ri­bly sad­dened to learn of the pass­ing of Jeff Cole­man, senior fleet man­ager for Time Warner Cable’s West region. Jeff was a mem­ber of NAFA and active in the Pacific South­west Chap­ter. Jeff will be remem­bered as a won­der­ful guy and will cer­tainly be missed by his col­leagues. We express our con­do­lences to his fam­ily and many friends.

Drive Safety,

Jan­ice Sut­ton
Exec­u­tive Director

Jeff Coleman In Memoriam: Jeffrey Coleman

Jef­fery L. Cole­man, 56, senior fleet man­ager for Time Warner Cable’s West Region, passed away on April 23 from acute res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure and result­ing complications.

Jeff began his career in fleet man­age­ment in school bus oper­a­tions at Laid­law Tran­sit in 1983, where he held posi­tions from school bus dri­ver to head dis­patcher to divi­sion man­ager. He joined fleet man­age­ment at Pinker­ton Secu­rity and Inves­ti­ga­tions in 1995 and later moved to the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Los Ange­les (UCLA) as fleet oper­a­tions super­vi­sor. In 2001, Jeff joined AT&T Broad­band, which was acquired by Com­cast in 2002. In 2006, he inte­grated three fleets in the Greater Los Ange­les oper­a­tions of Com­cast, Adel­phia, and Time Warner Cable. At the time of his death, Jeff man­aged the West Region fleet of 13,000 vehi­cles for Time Warner Cable.

Jeff was active in NAFA and was the chair and vice-chair of the NAFA Pacific South­west Chap­ter. The chap­ter will honor Jeff with a moment of silence at the Chapter’s May 7th Meeting.


VIDEO: Relocation Services - Passing the Test

Some­times vehi­cle relo­ca­tion is a very sim­ple propo­si­tion, but not always. Some­times fleet man­agers have com­pli­cated vehi­cle moves that require a bit of extra effort. Hear about how PARS passed the test for this for­mer fleet manager.

VIDEO: Membership Has Its Rewards
  The Benefits of Joining NTEA

Asso­ciate Mem­bers of the NTEA enjoy a vari­ety of ben­e­fits, includ­ing unlim­ited tech­ni­cal sup­port from full-time engi­neers — who are there to ensure that vehi­cles are prop­erly designed & spec’d.

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VIDEO: Fleet Safety
  Using Better Information to Encourage Better Driving

A lot of smart fleet man­agers are suc­cess­fully mon­i­tor­ing dri­vers, cap­tur­ing infor­ma­tion that allows them to encour­age and incen­tivize bet­ter, safer dri­ver behavior.

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The Fleet Spot

Mark Fields Mark Fields Succeeds Alan Mulally as Ford CEO

July 1 will bring one of the biggest tran­si­tions Ford Motor Co. has expe­ri­enced in years – but don’t expect to see many changes, short of who gets the best park­ing spot in the under­ground garage at Glass House, the automaker’s sub­ur­ban Detroit head­quar­ters. In what was arguably the worst-kept indus­try secret in some time, Ford offi­cially con­firmed that the 68-year-old Alan Mulally well retire as CEO and hand the reins over to his hand-picked pro­tégé, Mark Fields at the mid-year mark.


Shannon May Shannon May Named GE Capital Fleet Services VP of Sales, West Region

GE Cap­i­tal Fleet Ser­vices has named Shan­non May as vice pres­i­dent of sales — West region, based in Den­ver, Colo.

Build­ing on more than a decade of fleet man­age­ment indus­try expe­ri­ence, May sup­ports both exist­ing cus­tomers and new busi­ness devel­op­ment in her role with GE Cap­i­tal Fleet Ser­vices. Before join­ing GE Fleet, May held lead­er­ship roles in sales and account man­age­ment roles with ARI, Pit­ney Bowes and Enter­prise Fleet Management.


Ken Vlasman Ken Vlasman Promoted to Director of Service at DUECO

DUECO, Inc. has announced the pro­mo­tion of Ken Vlas­man to the newly cre­ated role of Direc­tor of Ser­vice. In his new role, Ken is respon­si­ble for lead­ing DUECO’s ser­vice teams in six ser­vice cen­ters through­out the orga­ni­za­tion and direct­ing and expand­ing the DUECO train­ing solutions.


Fleet Relocation  

Terry Lang­ness is Vice Pres­i­dent, National Sales for PARS, where he is respon­si­ble for all sales activ­i­ties for the US, Canada & Puerto Rico. Terry has over 35 years fleet indus­try expe­ri­ence, and is also an AFLA Board Mem­ber (cur­rently serv­ing on the Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee). We recently caught up with Terry at the Work Truck Show in Indi­anapo­lis, where we spoke with him about the var­i­ous ser­vices PARS has to offer beyond basic relo­ca­tion — and why their cus­tomers seem to like them so much.


Government Fleets  

The fleet pro­fes­sion requires a strong, deci­sive voice at the table when it comes to the rela­tion­ship between fleet and leg­is­la­tion. NAFA has always been that voice for its mem­ber­ship and beyond, but at the Annual Busi­ness Meet­ing at NAFA’s Insti­tute & Expo in April, the Asso­ci­a­tion announced steps to take it even farther.

Con­ven­ing at the Min­neapo­lis Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Min­neapo­lis, MN, NAFA Pres­i­dent Claude T. Mas­ters, CAFM, announced the for­ma­tion of NAFA’s Gov­ern­ment Affairs Com­mit­tee, a unit that will become the pre­em­i­nent voice for fleet to the halls of leg­isla­tive influence.

“NAFA rec­og­nizes the respon­si­bil­ity the Asso­ci­a­tion has for being the fleet rep­re­sen­ta­tive to law­mak­ers,” said NAFA Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “We have been instru­men­tal in stat­ing with, clar­ity and pres­ence, what fleet’s posi­tion is in terms of leg­is­la­tion. With this announce­ment, we are truly stak­ing our claim.”

READ MORE and find out who is on the committee


Fleet Trends & Issues

Ford-Transit-with-Nixon-and-Hinrichs-300x226Ford’s Newly Updated Transit Work Van Provides More Options

Intro­duced in the U.S. nearly six years ago, the Tran­sit Con­nect has been a hit with small busi­nesses – cater­ers, florists, even dog groomers – who need to run errands but don’t nec­es­sar­ily have a lot of equip­ment or mer­chan­dise to carry around.

The Tran­sit replaces the aging E-Series van which has gone years with vir­tu­ally no sig­nif­i­cant updates. For the launch of Tran­sit, how­ever, Ford has pumped about $1.1 bil­lion into the Kansas City plant, where it will add 2,000 new jobs.


NCSFA new logo 2011Upcoming Webinar and Networking Opportunties From NCSFA!

Webi­nar: Idling Reduc­tion for Fleets
May 14, 2014 2:00 — 3:00 CST

Join experts from Argonne National Lab­o­ra­tory as they dis­cuss how unnec­ces­sary vehi­cle idling dam­ages not only air qual­ity but a fleet’s pub­lic image and bot­tom line.  In this webi­nar, learn about the effects of idling and the approaches — from tech­nol­ogy to human fac­tors - to reduc­ing it.  Included is an intro­duc­tion to Idle­Box, a ready-to-use elec­tronic toolkit that helps fleet man­agers imple­ment their own idling reduc­tion initiatives.

Reg­is­ter Now!

gps-tracking-software-all-fleet-sizesUtilize GPS Tracking For Any Size Fleet

It is impor­tant to inves­ti­gate poten­tial GPS fleet track­ing solu­tions to make sure that they meet the require­ments of your fleet size. Whether your fleet is at the enter­prise level, or if you have just a few vehi­cles, it’s impor­tant to get a solu­tion that is adapt­able to your fleet’s require­ments. With an advanced solu­tion like GPS Insight, you can access the infor­ma­tion and func­tion­al­ity that will best fit the needs of your fleet.


dieselGM Mid-Size Pickup Trucks Will Have Diesel Engine Option

Until this year, diesel engines were the ele­ment of only the heavy-duty pick­ups offered by GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Auto­mo­biles N.V.

Gen­eral Motors Co. said it plans to offer a diesel engine option in its forth­com­ing medium-size pickup trucks, the Chevro­let Col­orado and GMC Canyon.

GM sees an oppor­tu­nity to reach new cus­tomers with a diesel offer­ing in the medium-size trucks. The new trucks, which will go on sale later this year, will be 1,100 pounds lighter than the cur­rent Ford Motor Co. F-150 pickup — the top-selling pickup.


Teen Driver Safety  

To help par­ents coach teens in devel­op­ing the skills to be safe dri­vers, the Net­work of Employ­ers for Traf­fic Safety (NETS) and Lib­erty Mutual Insur­ance have joined forces to release an elec­tronic edi­tion of The Novice Driver’s Road Map: An 8-Step Guide for Par­ents (eNDRM). The new guide is avail­able now as a free down­load from the NETS website.

READ MORE and Down­load the Guide

Fleet Telematics Solutions  

From Small to Large Oper­a­tors: A Look Across 20,000 Ser­vice Fleets

In this Fleet­Beat Report from Fleet­mat­ics, fleet oper­a­tors can see key bench­marks directly rel­e­vant or related to their spe­cific busi­ness type, in areas such as fleet uti­liza­tion, service/delivery stop per­for­mance, ser­vice radius, fuel con­sump­tion and pay­roll. These insights can be used to iden­tify areas for fleet and cus­tomer ser­vice improvement.

Addi­tion­ally, the data in this report details how, on aver­age, fleet oper­a­tors have an oppor­tu­nity to sig­nif­i­cantly improve fleet pro­duc­tiv­ity and cost effi­ciency through the appli­ca­tion of busi­ness intelligence-driven fleet management.

Fleet­Beat also presents a unique roll-up of the broad eco­nomic and envi­ron­men­tal impact of telem­at­ics adop­tion by com­mer­cial fleets based on detailed, real world indus­try bench­mark data from Fleet­mat­ics com­bined with com­mer­cial vehi­cle data from estab­lished third party data providers.

Driving the Global Fleet  
Stuart Donnelly, Chief Regional Officer, Northern Europe

Euro­pean fleet man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, Fleet Logis­tics Inter­na­tional, has launched a new salary sac­ri­fice car scheme in the UK, cal­cu­lated to be 10% cheaper than con­ven­tional schemes as multi-bidding is applied to every new car via a panel of fun­ders to find the most attrac­tive rate for the driver.

Thought to be the first of its kind to be struc­tured this way and to be intro­duced by a fleet man­age­ment provider rather than a leas­ing com­pany, the new scheme, called Fleet­BEN­E­FIT, is open to any sized orga­ni­za­tion, although research sug­gests that the opti­mal size is a min­i­mum of 500 employees.


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