Brad Forbush

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The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 5:05:07 PM

Earth_Day_2016.pngThe following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

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Topics: Driving Green

How to Renew Your Vehicle Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Feb 15, 2016 2:03:43 PM

Great Idea #6 - from RCRI Workshop

"Sustainablity and Transportation?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top   Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not having  the budget to replace all of their old, high-mileage vehicles. This is a  growing problem that requires a creative financial solution. The  following Case Study highlights how one Community devised a  workable  solution for "renewing" their vehicle fleet. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:03:31 PM

OldMan_Winter.pngAre you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

How to Manage The Lifecycle Cost of Your Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 22, 2015 1:13:47 PM

Great Idea #5 - from RCRI Workshop

"Three Ways To Manage Lifecycle Cost"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not knowing how to calculate the Lifecycle Cost of a vehicle and how this information can help identify ways to reduce the operating cost of your fleet.  Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices to consider. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

When and How to replace old vehicles in your fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 16, 2015 5:27:03 PM

Great Idea #4 . . . one more to come!

"When is the right time to replace a vehicle?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is knowing when a vehicle should be replaced, and how to obtain the highest possible selling price. Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices that are easy to implement. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Reduce Fleet Costs with Measurement

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 8, 2015 3:39:05 PM

Great Idea #3 . . . two more to come!

"You can't manage what you don't measure"

Whether your community has 30, 100 or 500 vehicles, how in the world do you track all the dollars spent to keep each vehicle properly maintained over its lifetime? When a driver takes their vehicle to a shop and is presented with a $1,000 estimate that includes a long list of items, how can the driver possibly know for certain if everything on the list is really necessary? Or, how can you find out which vehicles in your fleet cost the least to maintain and which ones cost the most? During our RCRI workshop, we turned to one of our guest speakers, Mr.Geof Fowler, who is a VP with LeasePlan, the world's largest fleet management company that manages over 4 million vehicles globally. Geof commented that it all begins with having a system with the right tools and process in place to track and analyze information. He also highlighted three Best Practices . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Reduce Cost of Vehicles for Religious Communities

Posted by Brad Forbush on Nov 17, 2015 1:03:02 PM

During the RCRI Conference in Orlando, CARITAS conducted a workshop focusing on the Top Five Challenges & Solutions for managing the transportation needs of Religious Communities. A panel of guest speakers presented Best Practices and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions  and decide which of the Best Practices should be implemented back home in their own communities. We received copies of everyone's Ideas into Action worksheets, we've summarized all of the ideas, and we are passing these along to assist in your planning efforts. 

Have you started working on a Strategic Plan for managing your vehicle fleet in 2016? This is the first article in a five-part series that shares Great Ideas from the workshop. You can use these ideas to form your community's Strategic Fleet Plan for 2016 . . .now is a good time to plan improvements for next year. We hope this information is helpful!

Great Idea #1 . . . four more to come!


Auto manufacturers have different fleet incentives and VIP programs with pricing tiers that are based on the volume of vehicles to be purchased by a community in the coming model year. These volume discounts allow your community to acquire vehicles for thousands of dollars less than typical retail prices at car dealerships. Here are the basic steps to include in your plan that will ensure you'll receive the maximum fleet discounts:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

GE Fleet Up For Sale . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 7, 2015 9:39:00 AM


Automotive Fleet reported that General Electric recently annouced plans to sell its Fleet Management business unit by 2018 in a move to shed its non-core businesses. This continues a recent flurry of buy-sell activity among the top four Fleet Management companies in the U.S. Click on the link below to read the full story . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Does Your Community Need A Vehicle Coordinator?

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 16, 2015 3:51:00 PM

Top Three Reasons For Appointing a Vehicle Coordinator


At 7:30 a.m., Sr. Barbara who is the Finance Manager for a Congregation of Catholic Religious Women, arrives at her office and immediately receives a call from a driver who had just been in an accident. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured, but the vehicle was disabled and the driver was stranded in a remote location without transportation. While speaking to the driver, Sr. Barbara receives another call from from a repair shop to review a $2,000 repair estimate for another vehicle. It takes the next two hours to gather information, sort through the details, call the insurance company and rental car agency, and make sure that both drivers are properly taken care of. During the flurry of commotion, Sr. Barbara remembers that she needs to return two emails from other drivers with questions about their vehicles, and she has to figure out which four cars the community should replace before the annual budget committee meeting, which is in two days. It's now 11:00 a.m. and Sr. Barbara hasn't even begun the work she had planned for the day.

 For many Religious Communities, this scenario is all too familiar, and for those who've ever wondered if there's a better way, I would like to introduce you to Sr. Carol Janowiak, Vehicle Coordinator for the IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan. For the past 20 years, Sr. Carol has served her community of Sisters as their "go to" person for all of their auto-related needs. I recently had the pleasure of visiting with Sr. Carol to learn about her experience and how she has managed to juggle the responsibility of managing over 200 vehicles along with her other duties for these many years. What she shared can be summarized into the top three reasons your community should appoint a Vehicle Coordinator . . .

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How to turn a penny into $120,000 !

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 6, 2015 12:03:00 PM

To the average person, a penny is only worth one cent. But, if your organization owns and operates 30, 100, or over 500 vehicles, one penny can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. How can this be so? It’s all in the math . . . let’s take a look:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

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