Aim Founder, CEO Receives National Trade Association Award

GIRARD, Ohio – Tom Fleming, founder, chairman and CEO of Aim Transportation Solutions, was recently awarded the Truck Renting and Leasing Association’s Steve Lawrence Legacy Award.

TRALA is a nonprofit national trade association made up of more than 500 companies. Its Steve Lawrence Legacy Award recognizes those who have made significant, long-lasting impacts on the association and the industry as a whole.

“Tom has been instrumental in his dedication to our industry and to TRALA through his work in supporting key initiatives such as TRALA’s scholarship program, Legal Action Fund, congressional fly-in event and political action committee known as TRALAPAC,” said Jake Jacobyk, TRALA’s president and CEO. “He has been a leader for TRALA while maintaining an extremely kind and collaborative demeanor, which has helped foster such a fantastic comradery amongst TRALA board members.”

In 1903, Fleming’s grandfather, J.V. McNicholas, began hauling meat and luggage from rail yards in Youngstown using a horse and buggy. In just a few years, his enterprise grew into a full-fledged hauling business.

After deregulation in 1980, McNicholas Transportation branched into leasing trucks. Fleming managed the leasing division, known as Aim NationaLease, and its 25 trucks. Fleming purchased the leasing division in 1982 and moved it to 1500 Trumbull Ave., which remains Aim Transportation Solutions’ headquarters.

Today, Aim offers full-service leasing, rentals, integrated logistics, maintenance and repair services, freight brokerage and used truck sales. It operates approximately 11,000 vehicles out of more than 100 locations with 1,000 employees nationwide.

Pictured at top: From left are Dan Fleming, Aim Transportation Solutions’ vice president of sales operations; Tom Fleming, chairman and CEO; Geoff Fleming, co-president; and Matt Svancara, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.