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  • Selling Isn't Just for Girl Scouts

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday January 21, 2009
    I’ve never sold anything in my life. Except a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the fourth grade. However, I have morphed into a salesperson role since September, after I witnessed the SuperTech competition for the first time.  What am I selling...
  • Introducing... the Fiat Ram?

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday January 21, 2009
    Maybe it's not that crazy... Fiat, Chrysler (and Cerberus, Chrysler's owner) issued a joint press release today stating that the Italian automaker will be taking a 35% stake in the troubled American firm. In exchange for that stake, Fiat will provide...
  • The High Cost of High Mileage

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday January 14, 2009
    The other day I attended a presentation by Jim Hebe, the Senior Vice President of North American Sales for Navistar, Inc., about International Truck's decision to buck the industry trend and avoid using a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) aftertreatment...
  • Why a Technician Competition?

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday January 14, 2009
    From an outsider’s perspective, it may be easy to think SuperTech is just a frivolous, expensive idea. But as I’ve learned from many Technology and Maintenance Council members, this is absolutely incorrect.  In a conversation I recently had with...
  • Rest Stop

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday January 7, 2009
    July is months away, and I’m certainly aware that the date is only getting closer. But, since we’re enjoying a little break in the planning, I thought this would be a good opportunity to go “behind the scenes” to introduce you to the rest of our...
  • Do You Network?

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday January 7, 2009
    We like to start out every new year with a fresh view of the fleet maintenance industry, and one way we do that is to survey our readers, to get their thoughts on industry issues and trends. We recently surveyed readers on their involvement in maintenance...
  • Merry Christmas!

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday December 18, 2008
    It's a little hard to concentrate on work this week, with Christmas now exactly one week away. The biggest excitement of all is that in two days my oldest daughter will be coming home from college, and bringing her roommate with her. The fact that her...
  • Date, Location... Now What?

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday December 18, 2008
    After the first couple of meetings of the SuperTech Steering Committee, we found ourselves a little overwhelmed. We have the date and we have the location, but now what?   As we sat down around our long oval table, the one problem we got stuck on was...
  • Booked Solid

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday December 11, 2008
    I had an interesting experience this week. I drove south to Woodstock, Illinois, with a winter storm warning hanging over my head, to pay a visit to Gordon Botts, owner of Botts Welding, an independent heavy-duty truck shop. The primary reason for my...
  • Location, Location, Location

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday December 11, 2008
    My mind is spinning, thanks to all the wonderful comments and suggestions I’ve received since the launch of the blog. Please don’t be shy, feel free to comment anytime.  The SuperTech Steering Committee (STSC for ease of use) had a teleconference...