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Aim Celebrates the American Driver with a Driver Appreciation Family Picnic

Posted on September 23rd, 2019

“Without you and the service you provide our customers,” said Tom Reda, Vice President of Business Development for Aim Integrated Logistics, speaking to Aim drivers during the Driver Appreciation Family Picnic, “we would be nothing.”

Around 125 people showed up on a picturesque Saturday afternoon in Youngstown, OH, for Aim’s first annual Driver Appreciation Family Picnic, an event inviting all company drivers—plus any and all commercial truck drivers—and their families to a cookout filled with prizes and fun activities for kids.

Kids had a great time getting their faces painted and playing oversized bowling with Aim employees.

Alice Paul, from Aim’s recruiting team, talks with drivers.

Aim held the event in celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Each year in September, during this seven-day salute, the country takes time to honor and thank the hardworking men and women who have committed themselves to one of the nation’s most important and demanding jobs. On the grand scale, our country, as Reda similarly put it, would be nothing without the job they do each and every day. It’s exactly this fact why Aim wanted to make sure the industry as a whole would be celebrated and why the invitation went beyond its own family of drivers.

This extended invitation paid off beyond simply showing appreciation for professional drivers. It’s no secret that a changing economic landscape has hit the Youngstown region particularly hard over the last few decades. However, Aim is happy to continue bringing good-paying driving jobs with great benefits to the area, which is why recruiters and driver managers were on site to talk about the exciting employment opportunities Aim has to offer. As a result, according to Arnold, six attendees are now potential Aim new-hires!

“We are very pleased with the turnout for the picnic,” said Aim’s Director of Recruiting and the event’s organizer, Eleanor Arnold. “The drivers and their families made new friends, won great prizes and enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren have a fun-filled afternoon.”

The day topped off with an Aim-driver-only drawing for a brand-new Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV. Several of Aim’s executive staff, including Tom Fleming, Owner; Scott Fleming, Co-President; Dave Gurska, COO for the Integrated Logistics division; and Reda, gathered around to draw and present the name of the lucky winner, who turned out to be Suzette Newman, a driver for Campbell’s Soup, a valued Aim customer.

The picnic crowd, including members of Aim’s executive staff, gather around for the ATV giveaway.

“We look forward to an even larger turnout next year!” said Arnold.

Drivers in need of a job can reach out to Arnold directly at 330-759-0438 or earnold@aimntls.com. Aim works with a large variety of customers all over the country, so there’s always something available for everyone.


Aim Attends Annual United Way Event

Posted on April 18th, 2019

Close to 500 people, including Aim’s Vice President of Human Resource, Patty Durkin, filled the Lake Club’s banquet room in Poland, OH, for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s annual event that reflects on the prior year’s successes while setting goals for the year ahead. This year is particularly special as it marks 100 years of the organization making a difference in Youngstown, OH, and surrounding areas.

Aim, headquartered in the Mahoning Valley, is a corporate sponsor of and has been partnering with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley for more than 20 years. This decades-long collaboration has seen Aim contributing time, resources and money to numerous community-enriching campaigns, such as participating in the Day of Caring, mentoring in the Success After 6 program, raising money during an annual employee-led fundraiser and more.

To help ring in the United Way’s centennial year in the area, the U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, Mary Sellers, was on hand to give the evening’s keynote address.

“It’s a big a deal when any organization hits a hundred years,” Sellers said, “but when you’re a venerable organization like United Way, who’s served this community for those one-hundred years, it’s really remarkable.”

Last year’s campaign raised $3,065,532, which is the third year in a row the nonprofit earned more than $3 million. Given this accomplishment, and the excitement of the 100-year anniversary, Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, set an ambitious goal of $3.5 million for 2019.

United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley President Bob Hannon celebrates the organization’s past, present and future as he addresses attendees at the Lake Club in Poland, OH.


“The United Way is truly an incredible organization, impacting more than 200,000 people in our community annually,” said Durkin. “I know every individual at Aim is proud of the work the United Way is doing for the area and is equally proud to be a part of their efforts.”

To reach this year’s objectives, including Mr. Hannon’s bold $3.5 million goal, United Way will need all the volunteers it can get. Aim employees can watch for communications about participating in various events throughout 2019. However, if you would like to get involved on an individual level, head over to www.ymvunitedway.org/get-involved to see what you can do to make a difference. Non-local residents can visit www.unitedway.org to find volunteering opportunities near them.


Five of Aim’s Finest Honored at NationaLease Event

Posted on April 12th, 2019

In March, five of Aim’s finest were honored during the NationaLease 2018 Masters Club event, in tropical Aruba, for their commitment to excellence and outstanding sales performances.

“Each year, the Masters Club event recognizes the accomplishments of those sales professionals who exceed the highest threshold of performance,” said Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales for NationaLease. “Each of our Masters Club honorees exemplifies the hallmarks of successful selling including determination, self-confidence and effective communication skills.”

When you zoom out for a moment, you get a true sense of just how impressive this feat is. First off, Aim alone represented five of the 25 2018 Masters Club honorees. That’s pretty impressive. However, it’s especially impressive when you consider the scope of the entire NationaLease network: It’s one of the largest truck leasing organizations in the U.S., composed of more than 150 independent businesses (including Aim), located in more than 900 locations across the country, all with their own sales force competing for one of those 25 spots.

Aim’s 2018 Masters Club Award winners are:

  • Kerry Langlois, Senior Account Executive
  • Candy Paulus, Business Development Specialist
  • Brian Peisker, Business Development Specialist
  • Matt Svancara, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
  • Mike Wall, District Sales Manager

Pictured in the left photo, at the NationaLease 2018 Masters Club Awards event in Aruba, from left to right, are Wall, Peisker, Paulus and Svancara; In the right photo, Aim Senior Account Executive Kerry Langlois, who qualified for Masters Club but was unable to attend, is pictured between Svancara (left) and Aim Founder and CEO Tom Fleming (right) at Aim’s 2019 National Sales Meeting: Strategies for Success.


“This event gives perspective to the efforts of our talented and dedicated sales staff,” said Svancara. “As with selling any high-dollar transaction, leasing commercial vehicles and equipment isn’t easy. It takes a special kind of person to do this job, and I’m immensely proud of the Aim sales staff for what they’re able to accomplish each and every day, especially those who were honored at this year’s Masters Club event.”

Svancara, in 2017, was inducted in the Masters Club Hall of Fame after achieving Masters Club Awards for 10 consecutive years. He has been immortalized on the wall of NationaLease’s headquarters, in Downers Grove, IL, where a plaque etched with his name is permanently displayed.

“I think I speak on behalf of everyone at Aim when saying we’re all incredibly proud of the hard work put forth by Kerry, Mike, Candy, Brian and the entire sales team each and every day,” said Svancara.


Private Fleet Restructuring Webinar: Decrease Your Cost, Decrease Your Liability

Posted on March 4th, 2019

Aim is hosting an exclusive webinar for decision makers and business owners looking to decrease your expenses and liability through restructuring. We have the experts on hand to advise you on how you can benefit. Andrew K. Light and Ronald J. Morelock, both legal partners at Law Firm of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary will be hosting this hour long webinar, including an open Question and Answer segment. This firm offers advice and counsel to more than 5,000 transportation-related clients in the 48 contiguous states.

Do any of these apply to you? If so, this webinar will have some valuable information you don’t want to miss:

  • Are you already leasing commercial vehicles? If so you there may be breaks you are missing.
  • Are you running your own shop? If so you may be exempt on paying tax on parts and services.
  • Are you operating in a state with tax benefits you’re unaware of?
  • Are you interested in increased liability protection for your operation?
  • There’s more… Join us to hear about the savings and benefits available to you.

When: Thursday, March 14th at 2:00PM EST

Who: Tax Attorney’s Andrew K. Light and Ronald J. Morelock
Why: Increased revenue and decreased liability for your company

How: Register HERE (an Outlook Calendar Invitation will be sent to you after you register)

We look forward to your participation!


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