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Two Aim Techs Place High in NationaLease Tech Challenge

Posted on June 21st, 2017

Two Aim Leasing technicians placed among the top three in the 2017 NationaLease Tech Challenge in San Diego in April. JOHN NORWOOD, maintenance technician at the Aim shop in Elmhurst, took second place in the competition. John graduated from Aim’s apprentice program in 2016 and is the second apprentice to place in a NationaLease Tech Challenge. BOB MRZYGLOD, maintenance technician at our Buffalo facility, took third place. This isn’t his first time placing. Bob won first place in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. “This speaks highly of our apprentice program and also the effort that John and KORY STOUDT have put into the program to become such great technicians,” said CHRIS DISANTIS, corporate training director. John and Bob were among nine regional finalists tested in a series of events that measured their maintenance knowledge and skills. John, Bob and the first-place contestant, Richard Davis of Hogan Truck Leasing, will advance to represent NationaLease at the national TMC Super Tech Competition in Orlando, Fla. in September. The national competition is sponsored by the American Trucking Association. This was the seventh year for the Tech Challenge.

John Norwood

Bob Mrzyglod


Second Harvest Campaign Beats Goals

Posted on June 21st, 2017

The generosity of Aim employees is boundless and results from the recently completed drive for Second Harvest Food Bank prove it. “We collected 483 pounds of food and $759 in 30 days, and both totals exceeded our goals,” said ANNA ULMER, recruiting manager, who chaired the committee. “It tripled what the committee set as goals and it’s the best ever.” Anna praised the commitment of her fellow associates for setting an Aim record with this latest campaign. She also praised volunteers from the company who donated 27 hours of work at the food bank warehouse. “Amazing job, everyone,” she wrote in an email. “We knocked it out of the park.” The company offered a number of incentives that played a role in setting those record-breaking results, Anna said. At the top of the list was a day of paid time off for one employee. A PTO day for a second employee was added “since everyone gave so much,” Anna said. “We gave away more prizes than anticipated because we tripled our goals,” she said. Everyone who contributed either food or money received tickets and from those donors, winners were drawn at random. The two PTO winners were DAWN SMITH and JOANN CONVERY. Seven other lucky winners received gift cards of either $25 or $50 to area restaurants, movie theaters and service stations. The next campaign will be held this summer, a time when Second Harvest needs the most help, and the committee is already working on other ideas and incentives. The bar has been set high with the latest results, which is fine with Anna and the committee members. “I think if we challenge everybody, we can find a way to exceed those numbers because we’re very competitive here,” Anna said. “Maybe we’ll consider challenges between departments or buildings. “We’ll have a team meeting within the next few weeks to solidify what we want to do for our next campaign,” she said.

Helping to pack food recently at Second Harvest Food Bank were (from left) Betsy Slater, Molly Slater, Paul Slater, Anna Ulmer, Sandra Osborne, David Barnes, Amy Barnes, Sarah Barnes and a volunteer who joined the Aim employees


Patty Durkin Nominated for ATHENA Award

Posted on April 27th, 2017

Valley Business Magazine will recognize the ATHENA Award nominees in its June/July 2017 issue. Established in 1982, the ATHENA Awards program recognizes outstanding individuals who have achieved professional excellence, given back to their communities and created leadership opportunities for women in Northeast Ohio. This year Aim’s Vice President of Human Resources, Patty Durkin, has been nominated for this prestigious award.

The ATHENA Award is named in recognition of the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage. Today, ATHENA is an established international awards program that has recognized thousands of women and men for assisting women in realizing their full leadership potential. Congratulations to Patty and all the ATHENA nominees!


Spotlight Employee: Scherry May

Posted on March 29th, 2017

Scherry May

Aim’s spotlight employee for the month of March is Scherry May, a valued member of the Corporate Maintenance Support Team. Scherry has worked at Aim for 18 years and is a highly regarded by all that come in contact with her.

Regional Maintenance Director, LeRoy Casali says of Scherry: “She exemplifies how customer service should be handled whether internal or external. She does not pass the buck. She takes ownership and should be recognized.” Leroy goes on to say: “She is very helpful every time me or my team members call for help. She is always cheerful and happy when you call. Scherry goes out of her way to help resolve issues no matter what the issues are.”

Scherry’s free time is spent with her teenage daughter and all of her various school and sports activities. She also enjoys focusing on a healthy lifestyle including walking.


Midwest Convenience Store Chain, Family Express, Partners with Aim

Posted on March 28th, 2017

Aim is proud to be selected & excited to continue the improvement process as the logistics partner of choice at Family Express. Aim will bring a wealth of food service direct store delivery experience as well as C-store specific logistics intelligence. This particular partnership is a home run for many reasons but none more important than our parallel commitment to “Family”. Aim expects to add 12 to 15 new Aim/Family Express positions in April 2017. The drivers & management team will focus on consistency of service ensuring that Family Express customers always have a positive convenience experience.

Family Express started on Christmas Day, 1975 when Gus Olympidis opened his first convenience store on the west side of Valparaiso, Indiana. Much has changed since then, but much has remained the same – Gus is still President and CEO and Family Express still maintains a total commitment to our customers.

We operate stores throughout Northwest and North Central Indiana. Our unique logistics model consolidates 30 traditional DSD weekly deliveries into a single daily delivery thereby achieving transportation efficiencies and unsurpassed freshness for perishables. We are known for high-performance fuels and our proprietary brands, including JAVA WAVE gourmet coffees, the JW European Cafe, Buzzed Energy Drinks, Squeeze Freeze frozen carbonated drinks, private label natural spring water, milk products, and ice. The Cravin’s Market brand includes a line of fresh sandwiches and bakery products such as our signature square donuts that are prepared and delivered daily from our central distribution facility.

“In the 4 to 5 weeks I have been around Family Express I have found this particular customer to be fun and serious about it.” Says Tony Miele, Aim’s Regional Director of Operations.”Business is fun when you believe in your product and want others to experience what you have created. I see a positive & creative environment that is focused on bringing the best products and services to the customer. This is going to be one great relationship, I can already tell!” Tony goes on to say.


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