Meet Kim LaRue, Fleet Operations, Goodman Networks


Update 8/31/12: Kim is no longer at Goodman Networks. However, her advice to new fleet managers is as poignant as ever.

This week, we’re proud to present the next profile in our series of women in fleet. It’s such a pleasure to speak with Kim, who is quick to laugh and always thoughtful. Big thanks to her for giving us a glimpse into her work and personal life.

donlen-women-in-fleet-management-goodman-networksKim LaRue is a fleet veteran, managing the vehicle needs for Mary Kay’s independent sales force for almost ten years before joining Goodman Networks. Kim now manages a fleet of mainly light-duty trucks for Goodman, a telecommunications services company headquartered in Plano, Texas. Goodman has field operations across the country. Born in Ohio and raised in Indianapolis, Kim now calls Texas home.

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Meet Amy Blaine, Director of Strategic Consulting and Sustainability, Donlen

FridayFleet® sat down with Amy Blaine, Donlen’s Director of Strategic Consulting and Sustainability as part of our women in fleet series. Amy’s group leads the Fleets for Change initiative, working directly with customers and member companies on their environmental impact.


Amy Blaine: I was born and raised in Detroit. My dad worked for Ford, so I’ve grown up around the auto industry. I always joke that when you’re growing up in Detroit, having a parent who worked at Ford – or any of the big automakers – gave me street cred. I’m married now and live in Chicago, but I still keep my Detroit area code on my cell phone. Hard to leave your roots, I suppose.

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Earning CTP: Hard Work, Big Reward

FridayFleet® sat down with two guys we’re pretty proud of: Joe Hart and Ron Bayer of Donlen’s Truck Services team (pictured below). What makes these guys so special? This week, both of them earned one of the truck industry’s most prestigious certification designations: Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) from the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). Continue reading

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Meeting Fleet Challenges

FridayFleet sat down with Tom Callahan, Donlen President, to get his take on the top five challenges facing commercial fleets, as reported recently in Automotive Fleet. Tom is a fleet industry veteran and he has seen fleet managers deal with many challenges over the years. Continue reading

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