Meet Sam Lamerato, CPFF
City of Troy, Michigan
Sam started as a junior mechanic with the City of Troy "Motor Pool" 38 years ago and just recently won the highly prestigious, 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.
Sam told Government Fleet magazine, "I am always observant, searching for new or better ways to improve our operation and reduce our costs, while providing dependable and efficient vehicles and equipment to the city." He oversees 15 different service departments for the city with over 500 vehicles, including police, public works, engineering, assessing, fire, buildings and parks and recreational personnel.
A big major initiative that Sam has brought to City of Troy is an in-sourcing program that has captured national attention. Sam's division has "in-sourced a significant amount of work to more than replace the reduction of in-house vehicles and equipment, and has proven to be competitive with contracting vendors in the private sector."
A piece of advice Sam has for others is "to spend time on their shop floor, reviewing repair techniques of their staff, and attending training seminars and conferences to network with their peers."
|• Annual Fleet Budget: $7.5 Million
• Fleet Maintenance Facilities: 2
• Number of Repair Technicians: 13
|• Fleet Vehicles in Service: 500
• Number of Service Bays: 22
• In-Sourced Service Agreements: 13
Annual Parts Purchases: $600,000
More Fleet Facts
Light vehicle fleets control over 10 Million passenger cars, SUVs, cross-overs and pick-up trucks on U.S. roads
During 2010 fleet applications accounted for 2,264,752 units or 20.7% of all 2010 new light vehicle sales.
Fleet applications represented 33.5% of all 2010 domestic branded new vehicle sales.
During 2010 light vehicle fleets spent $8.2 Billon on fleet maintenance not including fuel charges. $5.1 Billion of that amount was for parts purchases. Fleets also spent an additional $1.1 Billion for replacement tires.
"Auto Service Professional" has identified 12,481 fleet owned maintenance facilities that employ 64,645 repair technicians and maintain 77,382 service bays.
Over 70% of all fleet service technicians are ASE Certified.
Sources: R. L. Polk and "Automotive Fleet" magazine.