The winners of the inaugural Fleet Maintenance/Kansas University Scholarship Program

The winners of the newly created Fleet Maintenance/Kansas University (KU) Scholarship Program for the university’s Maintenance Management Online Certificate Course have been selected. The annual program, sponsored by Michelin and WorkSafe USA, advances the cause of maintenance management.

Applications for the scholarships came from across the nation, from people with various levels of experience. For those of us involved in the scholarship decisions, it was a most challenging task.

One thing all of those chosen for a scholarship had in common was a commitment to continual learning - a necessity for steady success in today’s challenging business environment, a passion for our industry and the desire to help others advance their business skills, knowledge and careers.

The Recipients

Chosen from more than 40 entries, the scholarship winners are:

Thomas Huff, Facility Manager, Precision Motor Transport Group (PMGT), Okemos, MI. With a fleet of approximately 300 trucks, the company provides premium automotive transport services throughout the Eastern Seaboard and interior of the U.S. Huff, who has worked for PMTG for the past nine years, was recently promoted to facility manager of the company’s Williamston, MI, facility.

James Husted, Director of Maintenance, Garner Transportation Group, Findlay, OH. A family-owned and operated fleet of some 100 trucks, the company focuses on transporting general commodities regionally, east of the Mississippi River. Husted has been involved with vehicle maintenance for more than 30 years.

Gerald Mead, Vice President of Maintenance, PAM Transport, Tontitown, AR. The company provides nationwide dry van truckload, expedited truckload, intermodal and logistics services to the manufacturing, retail and automotive industries. Mead’s involvement with vehicle maintenance spans 23 years.

Joe Murzynsky, Fleet Maintenance Manager, South Walton Fire District (SWFD), Rosa Beach, FL. The SWFD is responsible for fire protection, emergency medical services, public fire education and prevention duties for an 84-square-mile area within Walton County, Florida. Murzynsky, who has been with the SWFD since 2006, oversees a fleet of 15 emergency vehicles and eight staff vehicles.

Don Sunseri, Equipment Maintenance Supervisor, City of San Jose, San Jose, CA. San Jose, with an incorporated area of 179.8 square miles, is the largest city in the Bay Area, located roughly 50 miles south of San Francisco, and the third largest city in California, following Los Angeles and San Diego. Sunseri has been in the government/municipal fleet trade for 23 years.

Linda Vinson, Fleet Maintenance Manager, Caledonia Haulers, Caledonia, MN. The company transports bulk-liquid food products throughout the U.S. and Canada with a fleet of more than 190 units. Vinson became involved with the maintenance industry in 2000. She started reading job cards and doing data entry into a simple computer system and has worked her way up through the maintenance department to her current position by self-educating herself along the way.

The Online Course

The Maintenance Management Online Certificate Course is designed for all types of mobile fleets and maintenance environments. Upon successful completion of the course, the scholarship recipients will be awarded a certificate by Kansas University and Fleet Maintenance documenting their specialized education and knowledge in maintenance management.

The instructor for the course is Joel Levitt, a leading trainer of maintenance professionals and the author of a column on management matters that appears regularly in Fleet Maintenance.

Complete details about the course can be found on the KU Continuing Education’s website at

Worthwhile Cause

Sponsoring the Fleet Maintenance/Kansas University (KU) Scholarship Program are Michelin ( and WorkSafe USA (

Supporting the program is an opportunity for you to give back to the fleet maintenance industry, plus make a real difference in helping to further evolve professionalism within our industry.

For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Joel Franke, Fleet Maintenance’s associate publisher, by phone at 920-563-1775, or by e-mail at