Posted on August 25th, 2017
Four rental trucks donated by Aim Leasing recently enabled the Cleveland Browns to deliver dozens of new book shelves, high-top tables and rocking chairs to Cleveland schools and teen centers as part of “Browns Give Back,” a team volunteer day.
The day-long June 6 event included assembly and delivery of the goods by more than 120 employees of the NFL team and celebrations at the last two of the five synthetic football fields donated by the Browns at Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools.
“We were glad to donate these rental vehicles to the Browns to help them provide a nice lift to these local schools and teen centers,” said MATT SVANCARA, executive vice president at Aim Leasing.
The Aim trucks also delivered clothing and shoes used in Cleveland’s “Get 2 School, You Can Make It” initiative, which supports better attendance by eliminating clothing concerns that often keep students away from the classroom.
Browns corporate relations coordinator Cory Gilman thanked Matt for arranging the use of the Aim vehicles.
“The trucks were great,” he wrote in an email. “I think we used up every inch of space!”
The trucks’ Aim logo decals were prominent in photos and videos posted on social media and the Browns website.
The Aim NationaLease truck shown here is one of four Cleveland Browns employees used recently to haul newly assembled furniture and book shelves to Cleveland schools and teen centers.
Browns quarterback Deshone Kizer, center, shakes hands with Ken Silliman, chief of staff for the City of Cleveland, at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, where the Browns donated a new synthetic field. At left is Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Posted on June 30th, 2017
Aim Transportation Solutions is excited to announce the promotion of Ron Bourque to the position of Vice President of Safety. Ron started at Aim in 2015 as a regional director of logistics at Aim Integrated and has over 15 years of experience in the transportation industry. Ron has been credited with spearheading Aim Integrated’s transition from paper logs to the new, more efficient, ELD systems. Ron’s fluency in technology, deep understanding of the Department of Transportation’s regulation system, and commitment to safety are some of the qualities that make him a perfect fit for the position of Vice President of Safety at Aim. “In our current environment, an effective safety department needs to mirror an IT department in many ways. Ron has the technical savvy and leadership skills to head this department for years to come” says Chief Operating Officer, David Gurska. In his new position Ron will head up the safety department and be responsible for all safety activities within Aim’s operating companies: Aim Integrated Logistics, Aim Leasing Company, and Aim Services. Ron has a bachelor’s of arts degree in Finance from Michigan State University and is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. In Ron’s free time he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife Angela and two children: Cameron (9) and Leah (7).
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.
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!