New ATA committee
to promote RPs
Apr 17, 2009 2:13 PM
The new Service Provider Committee (SPC) formed by the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations Inc (ATA) will promote the creation of maintenance recommended practices (RP).
According to ATA information, the RPs promotions will be designed to improve maintenance practices and relationships relative to both independent service/OEM dealer networks and transportation providers.
"The committee has taken on the task of raising the bar on service," said SPC Chairman Chas Voyles, service manager for Truck Centers Inc.
The committee will rely on the interaction of TMC’s Fleet members and its growing service-dealer membership.
"As we gain a better understanding of the challenges that both the fleets and service providers face, procedures can be created that will benefit both parties," Voyles said.
The committee, formed during TMC’s Annual Meeting in February, has designated seven Task Forces that will target issues frequently identified as problematic:
- Repair Assessment Task Force — Chairman Scott Zeppenfeldt, vice president of service operations, Velocity Vehicle Group. The Task Force will create a recommended practice to provide customers with a repair diagnosis within a specified period of time.
- Warranty Task Force — Chairman Jack Porter, fleet/service trainer, Decisiv Corporation. The Task Force will create a recommended practice for each OEM to follow that will allow them to determine a customer’s basic coverage and extended coverage.
- Approval and Authorization Task Force — Chairman Gary Cummings, executive vice president, Fleet Net America. The Task Force will create a recommended practice for estimating repairs and determining the approval process for repairs to begin.
- Customer Notification Task Force — Chairman Ike Chunn, group service manager, Lonestar Truck Group. The Task Force will create a recommended practice for communicating the status of a fleet’s truck being repaired at a service provider.
- Customer Satisfaction Task Force — Chairman Dick Von Lehman, national sales and marketing manager - service, PACCAR. The Task Force will provide a training outline that will cover the elements needed to facilitate a successful and repeatable service event from a customer satisfaction perspective.
- Successful Practices Task Force — Chairman Bob Bullard, service director, Empire Truck Sales. The Task Force will identify the practices that successful providers employ to achieve the highest levels of trust with their customers.
- Fair Bill Times Task Force — Chairman Randy Haines, service center division manager, Bosselman Companies. The Task Force will define a fair industry standard for repair times.
Creation of the SPC was the initiative of immediate past TMC General Chairman Brent Hilton, director of maintenance for Maverick Transportation. Hilton was assisted in his outreach efforts to the service-dealer community by Chairman of Associates Advisory Group Jerry Anderson, manager for national aftermarket fleet sales for Daimler Trucks North America, and Chairman of Membership and Publicity Committee Jerry Warmkessel, marketing product manager for Mack Trucks. General Chairman Steph Sabo, maintenance manager for Norrenberns Truck Service, has pledged to keep up the momentum, building on Hilton’s initiative.
In addition to Voyles, SPC leadership includes: first vice-chairman, Ken Calhoun, vice-president for customer relations for Truck Centers of Arkansas; second vice-chairman, Eric Ostrowsky, vice-president of operations for W W Williams Corp; secretary, Jill Gingrich, director of business Implementation for Wheeltime; and board liaison, Oren Summer, president and chief executive officer, FleetNet America. For more information about the SPC, contact Voyles at 800-669-3454, extension 3241, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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