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TRALA Recognizes Aim Driver for Exceptional Driving and Community Service

Posted on May 31st, 2018

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) has recognized Aim driver Daniel Kinsman for his commitment to exceptional driving and community service that benefit the truck renting and leasing industry and respective communities.

“The honor I feel to be nominated for this award, I can’t put into words; it was, and still is, unbelievable,” Kinsman said. “I am also extremely humbled to be among other drivers who are counted as being amongst the best in the industry, despite my record not being near as accomplished as the others’. I don’t know how to convey how honored I truly am to have been chosen to represent Aim.”

Kinsman has been with Aim for 1½ years and drives for Aim Integrated customer Youngstown Pipe & Steel (YPS), out of Youngstown, OH, whose customers Kinsman is committed to taking care of.

Kinsman also trains Aim’s new YPS and apprentice drivers. And because of his positive attitude, patience and knowledge, Aim’s Operations and Safety departments rely on Dan to be “the face of Aim,” often pairing him with new drivers on their first days.

“Dan Kinsman shows up every morning ready to work, and most importantly, ready to work safely,” Mark Pelini, of Youngstown Pipe & Steel, said. “He takes care of one of our more difficult routes, and we truly appreciate Dan’s daily work ethic and communication. We at YPS want to congratulate Mr. Kinsman on his nomination for this great award and look forward to our continued work relationship for a long time.”

For those who know Kinsman, they’re probably not surprised by his adeptness behind the wheel. It is, after all, in his blood. His mother, who sadly passed away last year, was an over-the-road trucker and raised him in the truck, even going as far as to “homeschool” him while on the road. She did this for 16 years before becoming a driver instructor at New Castle School of Trades, in New Castle, PA.

And when he’s not in the driver’s seat? Well he’s still committed to trucking. In fact, he spends much of his free time developing new technologies for the industry and is currently working on obtaining a patent for a new suspension system he’s been working on for years.

Even with Kinsman’s extraordinary dedication to trucking, he still finds time to be an active participant in a Youngstown outreach program, where he helps the area’s homeless population.

Kinsman also spent four years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps.

“Dan Kinsman is one our best and brightest drivers at Aim. It is truly a pleasure working with someone that represents himself and Aim so well,” Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy said.

According to TRALA, this year, the organization received 21 nominations, of which 20 drivers will be receiving certificates of merit for their outstanding service. These 20 drivers logged over 25 million miles, which includes city and over-the-road driving and have already earned statewide and company recognition for their safe driving careers.

Aim, as well as the transportation industry as a whole, is extremely fortunate to have individuals like Dan on the road and serving their communities.

Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy (left) presents TRALA Certificate of Excellence to Aim Integrated/Youngstown Pipe & Steel Driver Daniel Kinsman and are joined by Aim Integrated Operations Dispatcher Ralph Wilson.

Two Aim Finalists Place in the Top Three in the Final Round of NationaLease Tech Challenge

Posted on May 23rd, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC – The NationaLease Tech Challenge, now in its eighth year, recognizes member company technicians with the opportunity to show off their abilities in a series of events testing their maintenance knowledge and skills, and in March, Aim announced it had four technicians place first in the preliminary round of this event: Those winners were Bob Mrzyglod, out of Buffalo, NY; John Norwood, Elmhurst, IL; Ray Evans, Canton, OH; and Steven Vought, Loveland, CO.

Last week, on May 15, our winners took their talents to Charlotte, NC, for the final round of this NationaLease event, and Aim is pleased to share that Bob Mrzyglod grabbed second place, and John Norwood landed in third.

But it doesn’t end there.

The week of September 16, Bob and John will go on to compete for tech glory in Orland, FL, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s National Technician Skills Competition (TMCSuperTech).

The TMCSuperTech is the premier skills competition for the best-of-the-best commercial vehicle technicians. During the two-day event, competitors will compete in a series of written and hands-on challenges.

Best of luck in Orlando, Bob and John!

Pictured, from left to right, are Leroy Casali, Regional Maintenance Director; Ray Evans, mechanic, Canton, OH; John Norwood, mechanic, Elmhurst, IL; Bob Mrzyglod, mechanic, Buffalo, NY; Steve Vought, mechanic, Loveland, CO; Justin Torgeson, Gainesville, GA; Chris Disantis, Director Corporate Training.

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.

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