Joseph Evangelist

Executive Vice President,

Joseph is a seasoned transportation executive with domestic and international experience in sales, operations, mergers and acquisition with heavy emphasis on post-acquisition assimilation planning to maximize new growth and business combination opportunities.

He joined Transervice in 2007 and currently serves as executive vice president with sales, operations and staff responsibilities. He is also heavily involved in new business development and account management.

Previously he was president of LLT International, Inc., an international transportation consulting firm with operations in the U.S. and the Far East. He oversaw the maintenance and fleet management of a 2,000-vehicle cement distribution fleet in Indonesia.

Joseph was also president and CEO of Lend Lease Trucks Inc., a truck rental, leasing and dedicated carriage firm with operations throughout the U.S.

He also was vice president/general manager of The Hertz Corporation – Truck Division, a subsidiary of The Hertz Corp. While there he participated in the acquisition and successful integration of the Canadian licensee operations.


The ELD Mandate: What to expect

You’d have to be living under a rock not to be aware of the impending deadline for the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS).

HOS regulations were initially developed in 1937, with paper logging rules established in the early 1960s. There were not a lot of changes to the rule until the 2000s as legislation began to intersect with the demands of the modern supply chain.

When leasing: Seek a lender that offers customized solutions

Having reliable equipment you can count on is extremely important. The decision of whether to own or lease should not be taken lightly. How you pay for that asset — buying or leasing — also requires careful thought. Either way, you are entering into a contract that you will have to live with for a long time. And with leasing, that contract can be anywhere from three to seven years.

The fine art of warranty claims negotiation

Warranties are pretty straightforward. Something is covered for 5 years/500,000 miles or 2 years/250,000 miles. Simple, right?

Perhaps. But what happens when a part fails just after the warranty period? Or if something doesn’t perform as advertised as a result of another component failing? That is a gray area and a time when having good information, good recordkeeping and a good maintenance program is invaluable.

The role of maintenance in spec’ing

Fleets are faced with a myriad of options when it comes to spec’ing their new vehicles. In addition to products that are currently in use, products are updated and new ones come on the market all the time.

Why outsourcing compliance makes sense

Between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), fleets are inundated with rules and regulations they must comply with to operate in a safe and legal manner. Then there are also state and local compliance ordinances.

Performance-based safety programs

Everyone wants to operate in a safe manner and most fleets go to great lengths to develop safety programs to keep their drivers, technicians, other employees and the general public safe.

A well-thought out and executed safety plan can also help fleets reduce their insurance premiums. Insurance companies look favorably on fleets that work to reduce risk by having an extensive formalized safety program in place.

Eight ways to get the most out of warranties

You might think it’s easy to recover every warranty dollar you’re entitled to, but the reality is, warranties can be more complicated than they seem at first glance.

Building strong relationships with your suppliers is a good idea for a variety of reasons, but especially when it comes to the assistance they can provide when it comes to warranty coverage.

Here are some other actions you can take to ensure that you get all the warranty you are entitled to.

Beyond warranty: Understanding policy adjustments

The Business Dictionary defines warranty as: a legally binding assurance that a good or service, is among other things, (1) fit for use as represented, (2) free from defective material and workmanship, (3) meets statutory and/or other specifications. A warranty describes the conditions under, and period during, which the producer or vendor will repair, replace or otherwise compensate for the defective item without cost to the buyer or user.

Why you should computerize your maintenance operations

Given the increasing complex nature of today’s vehicles with their components that have tighter tolerances, the role of maintenance to the successful operation of a fleet is more important than ever.

If you have not yet computerized your maintenance operations, here are some reasons why you should do it today.

Look for a vendor-partner, not just a vendor

When you are selecting an outside company to do business with, whether it’s one for purchasing parts or turning over your service work, look beyond selecting a vendor. Instead look for what I call a vendor-partner.

The word vendor implies a transaction. And while the term vendor-partner is not a legal arrangement, it is a contractual one. In a relationship with a vendor-partner there are shared expectations. For example, a vendor-partner does not merely sell tires; it sells cost per mile.

Full-service leasing vs owning with your choice of maintenance

Lease vs. buy is undoubtedly a question you have considered when in the midst of an asset acquisition. There is no right or wrong answer to the question. The decision depends on what is best for you and your organization at a given point in time. It’s a decision that will be undoubtedly influenced by your company’s financial situation and one that can change from one instance to the next, from one type of equipment to another.

Step-by-step guide to performance benchmarking

Benchmarking is a way to evaluate whether you are achieving the best possible performance in your fleet operation. You can set internal benchmarks that measure your performance against pre-set goals, see how you stack up to a competitor’s benchmarks, or even determine how you measure up to industry standards.

To execute a successful benchmarking program you need to follow an orderly process. Here are key steps you need to follow.

Repair orders help you recover warranty dollars

Repair orders contain a wealth of information. They identify a problem, outline a solution, indicate parts needed for the repair, and include both a timeline for completing the work as well as an initial estimate of the cost to complete it.

In other words, they spell out everything you need to know about a repair so the fleet manager knows exactly what to expect. In addition to defining the service needed, a repair order is an important document in the warranty recovery process.

Finding the contract maintenance provider best suited for you

Increasing vehicle complexity and changing maintenance needs are causing some fleets to consider turning maintenance of their vehicles over to someone else.

Before getting into key areas you need to consider when moving to contract maintenance, it’s important that you are clear about the type of support you are looking for to properly handle your account. Any contract maintenance provider needs to have a complete understanding of your operation in order to provide proper service.

Relieving the driver shortage headache

Finding and keeping qualified drivers continues to be a headache for most fleets. Driver turnover rates remain high and the problem is expected to get worse with the productivity “hit” that is anticipated with the full implementation of the ELD (electronic logging device) mandate later this year.

Fleets have tried a variety of ways to attract drivers, including signing bonuses, recruiting from the military, and partnering with local driving schools.

But there is one thing that will make the driver headache go completely away —outsourcing drivers.