Posted on February 14th, 2018
It is with a heavy heart that Aim Integrated Logistics announces the retirement of its very first employee, Bruce Berger, after 29 years with the company. Bruce, the current Senior Vice President of Operations at Aim’s corporate headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio, will be sorely missed by his coworkers and customers alike when he retires in March. He has been a guiding light of leadership throughout his career.
When asked about the decision to retire, Bruce says the following: “I appreciate the opportunities that I have been afforded and have tried to make the best of them. It’s been my honor to be a part of the Integrated division and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of everyone at Integrated, every day, in order to service the needs of our customers. I will always hold my fellow employees in high esteem because it really takes a team to make it all work. Of all the things I value from Aim, the thing I value most is the trust that I’ve earned over the years more than the authority that I’ve been granted. I feel it’s time to step back and let the next generation take the controls, they will do well. I ask that they don’t forget the past as they look to the future. I’m looking forward to taking more time to enjoy another chapter in my life and to cycle, golf and fish more than I’ve been able to in recent years. Most importantly, to finally get to spend more quality time with my wife and daughter and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather.”
When Bruce started his career at Aim he was hired as the Purchasing & Warranty Manager. Since that time he has climbed the ranks to now oversee Aim Integrated’s logistical operations, which partners with customers to manage their entire supply chain function. In addition to his work at Aim, Bruce is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Aim Integrated Logistics’ Executive Vice President and COO, David Gurska, says of Bruce leaving: “I am proud to have worked side-by-side with Bruce for the past 8 years. He has had an outstanding 30-year career at Aim. He has been integral in the company’s growth from 1 driver to over 500 - his presence and leadership in operations will be certainly missed. I wish Bruce the best in his next chapter of life.”
Lastly, Aim President, Tom Fleming, says of this departure: “Bruce Berger has been an integral part of Aim’s growth and success over the years. His insight, experience, and knowledge of logistics has assisted Aim and many of our customers in finding success. We could always count on Bruce to jump right in to do whatever was necessary to solve a problem. I wish him a happy, healthy, and long retirement.”
Posted on February 1st, 2018
Loud, fast and exciting, so goes the widely popular sport of sprint car racing.
Sprint cars are notable for their small, aerodynamic bodies and their ability to reach speeds in excess of 160 mph, all the while drivers make their turns inches away from cement barriers that separate the track from its spectators.
Aim is proud to be a part of this thrilling world as a sponsor of the TOPP Motorsports team, and if you follow the sport, you may have seen Aim’s logo zooming around the track or front and center in the winner’s circle as it sits affixed to the side of the #23c TOPP Motorsports car.
TOPP Industries President and CEO Kevin Birchmeier established TOPP Motorsports in 2015. He always had a passion for racing, and after attending the World of Outlaws Nationals, with TOPP as the title sponsor, it was a no-brainer. He combined his business acumen with his passion for the sport to launch TOPP Motorsports.
Last year, the TOPP Motorsports team competed in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division. With driver Tyler Courtney behind the wheel, they claimed several victories, including winning the Kokomo Speedway Smackdown and six other national races among numerous top-10 finishes.
This year, look for the #4 TOPP Motorsports car with seasoned driver Justin Grant behind the wheel as TOPP Motorsports guns for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Championship.
And, of course, keep an eye out for the Aim logo in 2018 as we continue to support TOPP Motorsports in its quest for gold!
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 January 26th, 2018
Aim is excited to announce the hire of Josh Lombardo into the newly created position of Corporate Director of Rental. Josh will be working out of Aim’s corporate headquarters in Girard, OH and reporting to Executive Vice President Matt Svancara. “Josh comes to Aim with great Industry experience and we are excited to have him be part of our growth strategy for our commercial rental truck division” says Svancara.
Josh was brought on to re-structure and change the culture of the rental department in order to drive rental sales efforts, revenues and profitability. “To do this the plan is to completely re-structure the rental administrator and regional rental manager positions, starting with new job descriptions for both positions in order to clearly define each role as well as to attract top talent when we are looking to hire,” says Josh of his new charge.
Josh has been active in the transportation industry for nearly 15 years. “I chose to come to work for Aim because it is a family owned business and truly has the family values at its core. I also felt that they understand and actively practice a work/life balance which is something I have never had before in my career and with a growing family it was very important for me” says Josh.
Josh has an aggressive plan for revitalizing Aim’s rental program. He says of this: “I want the rental department to have clear and concise policies, procedures and training programs in place so as the company continues to grow and add new locations rental can play an integral role in the expansion and growth. Ultimately in 5 years I want the rental department to be a key provider for the company’s bottom line and for Aim to remain as a leader in the rental industry.”
Josh graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s of science in Business Management. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Erica, and their 15 month old daughter, Emilia. Josh is also an avid golfer, snowboarder, and skeet shooter.
Posted on January 16th, 2018
2018 National Sales Meeting: Strategies for Success
The sales Staff at Aim Leasing Company attended its second annual National Sales Meeting: Strategies for Success at the Holiday Inn Airport at Town Center in Fort Myers, Florida.
The meeting began Monday, January 9 th, with a formal banquet and awards ceremony. This portion of the meeting recognized the members of the Aim sales team who met or exceeded their goals for the year. Those meeting or exceeding their revenue goal are awarded as President’s Circle Members in 2017. The following were honored: Alex Marchal, Ben Shaffer, Dave Nichols, Hal Luebbe, Jeff Leas, John Matthews, Kerry Langlois, Michael Wall, Mike Williams, Rick McNerney, Rudy Corpus, Steve Sawin and Tom Ristvey. Additionally, the regional managers who reached their goals were also recognized: Joe Telega, Mike Chopp, Tim Hanley and Vince Hellem. The members of the sales team who qualified for the incentive trip at La Playa resort following the meeting are: Alex Marchal, Brian Peisker, Dave Nichols, Hal Luebbe, Rudy Corpus , Jeff Leas, John Matthews, Kerry Langlois, Mike Williams, Rick McNerney, Steve Sawin and Tom Ristvey as well as the Regional managers, Joe Telega, Mike Chopp, Tim Hanley, Vince Hellem and Dan Fleming.
Standout achievements were also recognized during this banquet: Dave Nichols for signing the most new accounts; John Matthews for leading in total revenue; and Army Master Sergeant Shirley Bland, who works as the Corporate Fleet Asset Manager at Aim, for 30 years of service at Aim.
Matt Svancara, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, “This awards banquet is a time for members of the sales team to get recognition for their hard work over the last year.” Svancara went on to say, “I’m proud to lead a team of such high achievers – they deserve to be spotlighted for their efforts.”
The following day kicked off with this year’s Strategies for Success sessions, which included presentations from Svancara and other executives, guest speaker Mark Russell of LoVante Leasing Consultation, Dean Vicha, the President of NationaLease, Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales, NationaLease and roundtable discussions, designed to inform and inspire the sales staff for a successful 2018 sales year. The implementation of a new Customer Resource Management tool (CRM), by Regional Vice President, Dan Fleming, was one of the highlights of the meeting. The meeting was led by Svancara and he said of the day: “Today is about our sales staff coming together to learn with and encourage each other. They will walk away with the tools needed to help develop and execute their sales strategies for this new year.”
Tuesday’s meetings were punctuated by a vendor fair that concluded the evening. Aim’s valued vendor partners, whose generous sponsorships make this annual event possible, set up booths in the hotel ballroom for the Aim sales staff to visit. “Tonight, as our sales staff visits each booth, they will gain useful information about new products and services as well as insights into the latest industry technologies,” Svancara said. “But more than that, our team will continue to foster their invaluable relationships with our vendor partners.”
To view the entire album of pictures from this event view our Facebook album here!