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Subadan and Stanton Reflect on Position Changes

June 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

by Thi Dao & Greg Basich

Subadan & Stanton
Subadan & Stanton

Bob Stanton, CPM, CPFP, previously director of fleet management for Polk County, Fla., started his new position as director of fleet management for neighboring Hillsborough County, Fla., on May 16. He replaces Sharon Subadan, CPM, CAFM, CPFP, who is now deputy county administrator overseeing various departments including fleet. We recently caught up with Subadan and Stanton and asked them to reflect on their previous positions and the transition to their new positions in this interview for Government Fleet.

Stanton Moves to Home County

Stanton joined Polk County in 1992 and helped transform their fleet department into "a world-class fleet maintenance organization, made so by a strong, committed staff that believes what they do matters," Stanton said. At the time when Stanton joined Polk County, their fleet management was within months of privatization, and maintenance efforts were fragmented among different departments that operated their own shop facilities. Stanton's goal was to consolidate satellite operations, take custodial ownership of vehicle assets, and establish a replacement fund and strategy to bring the County's fleet up to date. He began by encouraging user departments to turn their vehicles over to fleet professionals, a move he said "took a significant amount of persuasion and 'ministry.'" Four years later, his efforts were implemented.

Since then, Polk County has been among the 100 Best Fleets, in 2010 earning the No. 3 spot. Their fleet has held the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence for the past eight years. This year, Stanton also received the Goill Quality Fleet Management Idea Award for incentivizing County drivers to drive more fuel-efficiently and achieving a fuel consumption reduction of nearly half a million gallons, or 13 percent.

Stanton's move to Hillsborough County is close geographically, as he has been a Hillsborough County resident for more than 30 years. "I'm looking forward to learning about and participating with a fleet operation I've admired from a distance for many years," he said. "Further, I have the benefit of following a true professional in our industry, Sharon Subadan. We'll make a great team."

But while Stanton looks forward to his new position, he'll have to say goodbye to the personnel and fleet team he's worked with for nearly 20 years. "I'll miss the people, particularly the staff at Fleet Management. We've made it our mission over the years to establish Polk County Fleet Management as an employment destination for technicians in Central Florida. As such, we've built a strong team of dedicated employee partners who not only excel in their work, but get along famously with one another. It's a cohesive and talented group of diverse individuals who I greeted with a smile and with admiration every day," Stanton said.

One of Stanton's favorite memories from his time at Polk County -- a 2010 open house at the main fleet facility, where County Commissioners, retirees, and the public were invited to attend. "We recognized our ASE certifications and our technicians at that event, giving them the chance to 'show off' by demonstrating their skills," he said. ASE-certified technicians are usually recognized during regular County Commission meetings.

Purely in numbers, the Hillsborough fleet, at approximately 3,500 units, is larger in comparison to Polk County's fleet size of 2,656 units. Another difference is Polk County insourced fleet maintenance of three facilities, while Hillsborough has no City responsibility. However, Stanton believes that with important factors, such as personnel management, customer service, and stewardship of assets, the fleet positions are very similar.

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