MPS is committed to continual learning, best practices and collaboration, which is why we’ve been members of the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) since 2001. SIMA is a non-profit trade association with a focus on training, events, and best practices related to snow plowing, ice management, and business management. Their mission is to empowering snow & ice management for success
This year MPS’ Fleet Manager, Dave Grant, was nominated for and awarded SIMA’s ‘Snow Operations Employee of the Year’. Dave joined the MPS team in 2019, and although relatively new to the MPS organization, Dave stepped up and led by example, becoming a member of the MPS Leadership Committee and displaying continual commitment to the company and its growth. His communication skills and foresight allowed our winter staff instant access to the operational status of our entire fleet of vehicles and equipment. Dave never failed to show up when called in in the middle of the night to deal with breakdowns, another great example of leading by example. His ability to manage breakdowns and repairs allowed MPS to reduce our downtime and increase operational efficiency. His improvements to our damage tracking system also allowed MPS to have access to up-to-date repair costs and budget status. His implementations saved MPS thousands of dollars in downtime and prevented service disruptions too
One of Dave’s most impactful changes was the implementation of a web-based digital Vehicle & Equipment tracking portal (Fleetio) that allowed dispatch & operational personnel to continually see which (if any) vehicles or pieces of equipment were not operational or requiring service. This portal eliminated situations requiring “last-minute” operational planning changes due to lack of equipment. Dave and his team of mechanics maintained near 100% availability of our fleet of 150 vehicles and loaders, and an additional 120 pieces of equipment for walkway crews. When breakdowns did occur during snow events, the 24-hour scheduling and staffing of his team of mechanics allowed MPS to make repairs on-site or at the MPS shop. Dave is also a very proactive fleet manager, continually on the lookout for the best new pieces of equipment or vehicles, developing great relationships with dealers and distributors to plan for future growth. His impactful organization, knowledge and expertise has allowed MPS to grow our fleet and ensure near 100% operational functionality when the snow flies.
Thanks Dave, you’re a really important member of our MPS Team!