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.

Aim Salesmen Earn Top Honors with NationaLease

Posted on April 27th, 2018

Masters Club status, has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? As it should. Sales professionals within the NationaLease network who earn this prestigious standing have exceeded the highest level of performance.

Aim is thrilled to share that Aim Business Development Managers John Matthews and Mike Wall reached Masters Club status for their extraordinary sales performances in 2017. This is Mike Wall’s second time attaining this triumph, having earned it for the 2016 sales year alongside Aim Executive Vice President of Sales Matt Svancara.

Accomplishing this feat isn’t easy. It’s reserved for the top of the top echelon. Consider that NationaLease, one of the largest truck leasing organizations in North America, is comprised of 150 independent businesses, including Aim Transportation Solutions. This year, 21 salespeople, of those 150 businesses, made their way into Masters Club, two of which were Aim’s very own.

This year’s special award ceremony was held at the Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where salespeople in attendance received various awards, including a ring, wall plaque and sport jacket.

The benefits accrue far beyond this moment for years to come,” said Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales for NationaLease. “Witnessing our four first-time award winners celebrate among a group of multiple-year recipients only reinforces our belief that success breeds success.”

Matthews and Wall have been all-stars. Both recently earned awards at Aim’s 2018 National Sales Meeting: Strategies for Success in Fort Myers, Florida.

Aim is proud of the hard work put forth by Matthews, Wall and our entire sales staff each and every day.

Pictured is Aim Business Development Manager, John Matthews, holding his Masters Club award next to
the President of NationaLease, Dean Vicha.

Aim Employee Visits School on Career Day

Posted on April 24th, 2018

ROMULUS, MI – Christina Slagenwhite, a five-year Aim employee, has a diverse work week. Monday through Friday she’s the Parts Administrator at Aim’s location in Romulus, MI. And every Saturday? She works at a flower shop.

Going from trucking to flowers every week is unique, and it’s also one of the reasons Debby Cunningham, teacher at Rawsonville Elementary, was happy to have Slagenwhite speak to children at the school’s career day on April 20.

The school was looking for a positive and diverse group of people to talk to students about their jobs, the special skills needed, where they grew up, how they got started and anything else that might urge young, eager minds to begin thinking about the future.

Slagenwhite spoke to eight different groups of students about her career, and she had this to say about the experience: “The most exciting part was seeing the change in the young people’s faces, as they filled with excitement, when they knew the answer to a question and how proud they were to be involved, asking their own questions.” This exemplifies the importance of events like these in spurring kids to think ahead about career goals and the path they need to take to achieve them.

Aim is proud to have employees like Slagenwhite taking the time to inspire youths. And who knows? Maybe she inspired a few future Aim employees!

Pictured is Christina Slagenwhite (left) with other Career Day volunteers.

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