Fleet Advantage, a provider of truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management announced that Brett Wilkie, senior director of Fleet Services, and Tony Thompson, director of Fleet Services, earned their VMRS Specialist Certification from the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC).
Only 295 individuals hold a VMRS Certification in the United States, and those who are certified must exhibit an exemplary knowledge of VMRS standards and reporting.
Wilkie has over fifteen years of experience in the transportation maintenance industry, helping fleets and service providers to maximize their compliance and efficiency. Through his broad-based experience, he has learned to navigate the complex challenges that many fleets face today. Wilkie is heavily involved in ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC), including serving as a judge in the SuperTech competitions, serving as the 1st Vice Chairman of S.6 Study Group (Chassis and Brake Systems) and participating in the future leaders development program, TMC of Tomorrow.
Thompson is a seasoned professional who creates strategic partnerships for fleets to increase productivity and reduce costs. Thompson began his career as a heavy equipment technician for the United States Marine Corps, and now focuses his time on increasing operational readiness while creating standards for maintenance processes. He has also been recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine.
“Our mission at Fleet Advantage is to provide differentiating value to our customers through leading edge technology, coupled with expertise in all aspects of the trucking industry,” said Jim Griffin, COO and CTO at Fleet Advantage. “Brett and Tony have shown extraordinary commitment to these values through achieving their VMRS Certification status. We are honored to have them as part of our Fleet Services team.”
Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards (VMRS), are the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information and costs. VMRS concepts have been around for more than 40 years, but industry wide adoption has been slow. With the advancement of technology and access to data, VMRS has quickly gained more traction over the last few years and is now a key focus for many in the trucking industry.