Two Aim Finalists Place in the Top Three in the Final Round of NationaLease Tech Challenge

Posted on May 23rd, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC – The NationaLease Tech Challenge, now in its eighth year, recognizes member company technicians with the opportunity to show off their abilities in a series of events testing their maintenance knowledge and skills, and in March, Aim announced it had four technicians place first in the preliminary round of this event: Those winners were Bob Mrzyglod, out of Buffalo, NY; John Norwood, Elmhurst, IL; Ray Evans, Canton, OH; and Steven Vought, Loveland, CO.

Last week, on May 15, our winners took their talents to Charlotte, NC, for the final round of this NationaLease event, and Aim is pleased to share that Bob Mrzyglod grabbed second place, and John Norwood landed in third.

But it doesn’t end there.

The week of September 16, Bob and John will go on to compete for tech glory in Orland, FL, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s National Technician Skills Competition (TMCSuperTech).

The TMCSuperTech is the premier skills competition for the best-of-the-best commercial vehicle technicians. During the two-day event, competitors will compete in a series of written and hands-on challenges.

Best of luck in Orlando, Bob and John!

Pictured, from left to right, are Leroy Casali, Regional Maintenance Director; Ray Evans, mechanic, Canton, OH; John Norwood, mechanic, Elmhurst, IL; Bob Mrzyglod, mechanic, Buffalo, NY; Steve Vought, mechanic, Loveland, CO; Justin Torgeson, Gainesville, GA; Chris Disantis, Director Corporate Training.

Aim in Romeoville Opens its Doors for Tour and Food

Posted on May 22nd, 2018

ROMEOVILLE, IL – Aim in Romeoville, IL, opened its shop last week for an open house that invited our valued area customers and vendors, as well as anyone interested, to come and learn more about our operation and meet the faces behind the scenes.

Attendees enjoyed great weather while touring the facility, eating lunch and getting to know more about Aim and each other’s respective industries.

Along with our appreciated partners, Aim President and Owner Tom Fleming, Aim Executive Vice President of Sales Matt Svancara and Aim Regional Vice President of Sales Tim Hanley were in attendance.

“As always, our customers and prospects enjoyed meeting and speaking with our local staff and upper management,” Hanley said. “These events are a great way for our current customers to learn more about how we operate, and it’s also the perfect no-pressure, relaxed environment for would-be customers to come talk to us and learn about the company and what we can do for them.”

Aim would like to thank all who attended, as we always relish the opportunity to spend time with our partners and community members.

If you would like to learn more about how working with Aim can help you control the cost of your transportation operation and increase the uptime of your fleet, visit our website, and use the Request Quote button.

Attendees and Aim staff enjoy the weather while eating lunch and talking shop.

Aim Holds Its First Ever Regional Managers Group Meeting

Posted on May 18th, 2018

This week marked Aim’s first Regional Managers Group meeting, held at the Holiday Inn on Rockside road in Independence, OH.

The gathering served as a platform for Aim’s rental management team to come together and discuss policies and procedures; brainstorm ways to improve productivity and rental utilization across our national regions; and examine the vision and direction of the department.

Aim Director of Rental Josh Lombardo, a 15-year veteran of the transportation industry, led the meeting.

The day was also a means to build cohesion among Aim’s rental leadership. On this, Lombardo said, “I am looking to the regional managers to provide strategic direction to their rental teams and to drive rental revenue and profitability.”

One strategy Lombardo and his team developed during Wednesday’s event is a new training program for developing current staff members and new-hires. The group also addressed and underscored the importance of daily communication between departments and the necessity to utilize corporate support in order to meet all company financial goals.

“Overall, we covered many topics, and I feel by the end of the day, our rental leadership team is equipped and energized to drive productivity in order to meet Aim’s overall goals,” said Lombardo.

Aim recently brought Lombardo on board to re-structure and change the culture of the rental department in order to drive rental sales efforts, revenue and profitability. His goal coming in was to turn the rental department into a key provider for the company’s bottom line within five years, and so far, he and his rental team have delivered measurable success.

Shown (l-r) are Josh Lombardo, Director of Rental; Patti Huston, Corporate Billing Manager; Gerrie Tipton, Regional Rental Manager; Kim Weaver, Regional Rental Manager; Jessica Cairns, Regional Rental Manager; Kim Fischer, Regional Rental Manager; Fran Kennedy, Regional Rental Manager; Anthony Gabriel, Regional Rental Manager; Rich Lamping, Corporate Asset and Facilities Manager.

Josh Lombardo, standing, leads his leadership team in discussion

The Aim rental management team talk over how to increase the department’s success.

Aim Customer McCauley’s Helps Breed Horse to Kentucky Derby Gold

Posted on May 8th, 2018

LEXINGTON, KY – When talking about horsepower, we’re usually talking about motorized transportation, in some form or another, and not actual horses. But in this case, we’re talking about both.

Aim customer McCauley’s, nestled in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, has been building champion horses since the 1930s. They specialize in the creation of premium feeds and nutritional supplements for horses, and they utilize Aim’s transportation services to distribute their premium products to their customers.

Last weekend, many of you probably watched, or at least heard about, the Kentucky Derby, often referred to as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” where prized thoroughbred horses race in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

You also probably heard about the winner of the Derby: Justify. After Saturday’s win, Justify is now the second undefeated Derby winner since 2016 and just the ninth since 1915.

And perhaps even more important—to us anyway—Justify, at one point during his development, was raised on McCauley’s feed.

Moreover, the winner of the Kentucky Oaks, a race held the day before the Kentucky Derby exclusively for fillies, or female horses, was Monomoy Girl. She was also once raised on McCauley brand premium feed.

Other McCauley’s-fed horses to participate in the weekend events were:

The Kentucky Oaks: Classy Act, Eskimo Kisses, Take Charge Paula and My Miss Lilly.

The Kentucky Derby: Audible, My Boy Jack, Vino Russo, Solomini, Instilled Regard and Good Magic.

One thing is for sure—McCauley’s builds champions, and Aim is happy to be part of that success.

Justify (right) sprints to Kentucky Derby glory.

McCauley Brothers Inc

McCauley’s in Versailles, Kentucky.

Aim Celebrates 25 Years of Partnership with Paragon Foods

Posted on May 4th, 2018

Aim Senior Account Executive, Hal Luebbe, recently met with Paragon Foods Transportation Manager, Frank Barton, to present him and their company a plaque celebrating 25 years of partnership with Aim.

Paragon is the premier distributor of fresh and specialty foods to the restaurant foodservice industry in western Pennsylvania. In addition to fresh produce, Paragon provides premium quality dairy, fresh meats, seafood and epicurean products to restaurants, hospitals, universities and K-12 schools, clubs and corporate dining clients throughout western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.

Aim takes pride in our ability to service customers in a diverse range of industries, whether that be food and beverage, manufacturing or everything in between. No matter your transportation challenges, Aim is prepared to offer the most effective and efficient equipment for your particular needs.

Here’s to another 25 years of partnership and friendship with the great folks at Paragon!

Aim Senior Account Executive Hal Luebbe presents Paragon Foods Transportation Manager Frank Barton with
a plaque celebrating 25 years of partnership with Aim.

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