Posted on February 1st, 2018
Aim is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary with long-time employee, Shirley Bland. Shirley works out of Aim’s corporate headquarters in Girard, Ohio where she holds the title of Corporate Fleet Asset Manager. “Shirley has been an integral part of Aim’s growth and success over the last 30 years” says Aim President, Tom Fleming. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without her” he goes on to say.
Shirley started out in the Permitting and Licensing Department in 1987. She moved around to several other positions gaining knowledge and a broad understanding of the leasing business. “I have been working in Asset Management since 2004” says Shirley. “I have had the pleasure over the years of working with some of the most incredible people! I believe in the importance of teamwork” she goes on to say. Her motto is “Teamwork makes the dreamwork!”
In addition to working for Aim Shirley is also an active member of our country’s armed forces. Shirley is a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, stationed in Columbus, OH. She is the Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the Human Resource Section for a Combat Training Battalion. She has also been heavily involved in Drug Testing/Prevention during the last 20 years in the military. She has spent 2 ½ years deployed in Afghanistan and Kuwait and been in the Army for a total of 33 years.
Shirley has 4 children with her husband of 33 years, Joe Bland. Her children are: Rheadus Bland – Sergeant First Class stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (Military Intelligence) - son, Joe Bland – Sergeant stationed in Germany (Sniper) - son, Daughters - Joanna and Christina both live and work in Nashville, TN. Two grand-daughters – Liyah and Mariah, one grandson – Beau and one on the way.
Posted on November 3rd, 2017
Aim’s annual service managers meeting was held again this year at the Meadows Casino. The meeting was kicked off by Tom Fleming and Terry Dimascio. This was followed by a great presentation on Technician Retention by guest speaker Kelly Anderson, President of Impact Solutions Inc. Next up were several presentations covering Uber, Tires, Emissions, GHG Mandates, ELD, Engine Electronic alerts and more. The day concluded with our awards dinner where the following awards were presented.
Region 1 Service Manager of The Year 2017 – Bob Komarnisky
Region 2 Service Manager of The Year 2017 – Justin Keeler
Region 3 Service Manager of The Year 2017 – Mike Brochu
Region 4 Service Manager of The Year 2017 – Mark Szpara
Region 5 Service Manager of The Year 2017 – Phil Vicinanza
Region 8 Service Manager of The Year 2017 – Dan Fein
Region 99 Service Manager of The Year 2017 –Marcus Hawk
Regional Director of The Year 2017 – Nick Martin
Regional Director of The Year 2017 – LeRoy Casali
The Exceptional Effort Award 2017 - Chris Wilson
Thursday was highlighted by our vendor roundtables, where Volvo, Cummins, Detroit/Freightliner, Navistar, Thermo King and Imperial all did small group presentations on current product issues and future products coming out. The meetings ended with our always lively shop-talk conversation, and the night concluded with the always popular vendor fair, where the service managers got to talk one-on-one with all our major suppliers.
On Friday, the meeting started with sales and maintenance having a very constructive conversation on opportunities both groups are facing. The meeting concluded with the Survivor Service Manager Challenge; our winners are: 1st place is Chris Church, 2nd place is JP Sheehan, 3rd place is Tony Morris.
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.
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!