Government Fleet magazine has inducted three industry leaders into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame. The award, sponsored by Sourcewell, recognizes fleet leaders who have contributed significantly to the profession. They were honored at the first Virtual Honors Celebration on June 16.
Fleet professionals, suppliers, and other members of the industry select the inductees via online ballot. Hall of Fame members must have at least 20 years of industry experience, including 10 years working for a public fleet or a private company contracted to manage a public fleet.
These three join the 34 pioneers who have been inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame since its establishment in 2014.
Liz Gray, fleet analyst, Collin County, Texas
Years in fleet: 33
Liz Gray joined fleet from the purchasing department when the county was centralizing all fleet operations. During her 33 years there, she established the county’s system of fleet administrative operations, became the fleet software expert, and eased the transition to new software systems, including a new automated fueling system and financial system. She also worked with IT and software providers to enhance their fleet management systems to incorporate more relevant information.
Gray has been instrumental in keeping county fleet operations running smoothly during changes in fleet managers. She is respected by coworkers, vendors, and other government agencies and is a prominent fixture with the fleet management community in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She has served as a moderator for fleet at Sungard HTE software conferences and is a member of NAFA.
Bruce Halliday, retired fleet manager, City of Rochester Hills, Mich.
Years in fleet: 39
Bruce Halliday has built, maintained, and advanced the City of Rochester Hills’ fleet throughout his 38 years there. He led a shared services initiative with neighboring communities, partnered on numerous cooperative purchasing initiatives, and has been a part of developing many of the best management practices used in the fleet services industry today. He is most proud of assembling a team of highly motivated and dedicated professionals and the relationships he has cultivated throughout his career. The Rochester Hills fleet operation has been awarded the 100 Best Fleets for several years. He retired in June.
Jeffrey Tews, CPFP, fleet services manager, City of Milwaukee
Years in Fleet: 42
At the City of Milwaukee, Jeffrey Tews developed and implemented an alternative fuels strategy, developed a new pay plan to retain Milwaukee’s seasoned workforce, and developed many classes of multi-use equipment. He educates the fleet community by writing booklets and articles, presenting at education programs, and mentoring fleet professionals.
Tews has leadership roles with Wisconsin Clean Cities, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the American Public Works Association (APWA). The fleet has been recognized by the Leading Fleets program, 100 Best Fleets and Green Fleets programs, and Wisconsin Clean Cities.