Last month, the first Fleet Masters Awards were presented by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) at its annual meeting in New Orleans. AEMP recognized two equipment-management teams—one in the private sector, one public—as exemplifying best practices in fleet management.
The top public-fleet award went to the Virginia Department of Transportation, and was accepted by Assistant Director for Equipment Erle Potter, CEM. The first runner up was the City of Jacksonville, Fla., Sam Houston, CEM, division chief; and the second runner up was Sedgwick County, Kansas, Fleet Management, Marvin Duncan, director.
On the private side, the top honor went to Barriere Construction Co. and was accepted by Equipment Manager Ben Tucker. First runner up was Hubbard Construction Co., Andy Agoos, senior vice president; and second runner up was Waste Management Inc., Doug Diemer, director of heavy equipment.
Fleet Masters isn't a beauty contest. Entrants were judged on the quality of their fleet-management strategies and goals; innovations applied to implement the strategies; and the degree of success in meeting their goals.
Fleet Masters is a logical extension of what AEMP exists to promote. It has long been recognized as a source for high-quality technical training, and it offers the industry's only certification program for those who manage the operations of heavy-equipment fleets, Certified Equipment Manager (CEM). Now, with Fleet Masters, AEMP stands even more firmly behind the profession.
Additionally, the AEMP Foundation exists to promote equipment management as a career. The Foundation provides scholarships for technical training and CEM courses, and it's working to develop strategies to address the industry's technician shortage. Recently, we were asked to serve on the Foundation Board of Trustees, along with equipment managers and heavy-equipment suppliers.
Others should take the step to involvement, too, and join AEMP as a member. There's really no better place to learn about the technical and business side of equipment management, and to talk with other managers. Go to www.equipment.org for more specifics.
|Rod Sutton, Editor in Chief, 630-288-8130, firstname.lastname@example.org|