Don's Blog

It is with great excitement that we welcome you to the inaugural posting of Don's Blog! We hope that over the course of time you will look forward to the exciting and educational posts that are made from one of the leading professionals in the Automotive Fleet Industry, our own Don Saxon; the President of Saxon Fleet Services.


I first and foremost want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for reading my blog and following me along through the industry I am so passionate about, "The Automotive Fleet Services Industry".

I started my journey many years ago working at Saxon Ford in St. Paul, taking the bus when I was only 6 years old down to detail cars on the weekends. It was then that I realized my passion for the automotive industry which I have chosen to work in my entire career.

 

I come from an Automotive family background, as my Grandfather and Father were both franchised auto dealers. I found my passion in the Fleet Services Industry over 40 years ago, and have been growing Saxon Fleet Services with great ambition ever since.

Our company Saxon Fleet Services specializes in business to business vehicle fleet management solutions; from procurement and remarketing, to life cycle management, we offer ways to save time and save money while helping you run your vehicles more efficiently.   

When I am not on the road visiting with our customers, or working with our team at our office in Oakdale, MN - I enjoy being with my family.

As I always welcome feedback, please feel free to email me with questions or comments!

I can be reached at dsaxon@saxonfleetservices.com

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As the end of the year passes, and the new year begins, we would like to thank all of those who have embarked on this journey with us that we call Don's Blog.

As January begins, comes great opportunities for all of us to learn from the past year, and to help plan for the future. No matter how well you run your fleet, there are always several areas to be mindful of that could use constant improvement.

A few topics of conversation come to mind regarding the daily operation of any well ran fleet, I would like to highlight a few:

1.    Daily Issues, no matter how big or how small, require constant monitoring and attention. As you tackle these challenges, it goes without saying- to          be the best fleet manager you can be, you have to maintain a positive attitude and serious focus towards improvement.


2.     Vehicle repairs and manufacturer recalls are a fleet managers constant obstacle. As long as we can expect the unexpected, we can easily work through these matters. I have found that when we can communicate with our manufacturer partners directly, we can more easily overcome these types of challenges.


3.     During the time of year when we place our large fleet orders, suppliers will announce shortages, and transportation companies will announce logistic delays. These complications are handled in the same way as the other challenges in our role; using patience, planning, and communication. Having good processes in place to work with the drivers and locations of these new vehicle orders, is the key to handling even more delays that are out of our control.

    

As a long-time professional in the fleet industry, I can attest to the saying, "it's not about how we achieved our successes in our daily work, but in how we handled and learned from our failures". 

Many have reached out with great feedback and excitement, and as we look forward to bringing continued insight and perspective on the Automotive Fleet Industry, we again encourage your ideas and thoughts!