MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - ARI®, a leading global fleet services provider specializing in complex car
and truck fleets, has been named to FORTUNE's 2013 "100 Best Places to Work For" list. Now in its 16th year, the annual list recognizes companies that seek to foster employee
engagement and develop a culture of trust, cooperation and
"This is an incredible honour," said Carl A. Ortell, president of ARI.
"Without question, our employees are the most important part of our
business and critical to our overall success, which is why we seek to
create an environment that is supportive and open, provide work that is
interesting and engaging, and offer opportunities for growth and
development. By making this kind of investment in our employees, we
know our company will be stronger and our customers will benefit."
Listed at number 70, ARI was only one of five newcomers to the list. The
company was recognized for its family-like culture, its internal
employee engagement and empowerment program, Partners in Excellence®, and its emphasis on employee development.
"What makes ARI different is our people," noted Bill Kwelty, senior vice
president and Chief Quality Officer. "Ultimately, we want to make sure
ARI is more than just a place to work - we want to be the kind of
company where an individual can build a satisfying and fulfilling
career. By doing so, we are making a solid investment in our long-term
success." The company, which has never had a layoff, has a turnover
rate of just 2.7 percent.
ARI seeks to foster a supportive, community-like environment and
actively nurtures the skills that support its core competencies:
flexible fleet management, high-quality customer service and
best-in-the-business vehicle knowledge. ARI encourages an atmosphere of
teamwork by supporting programs and initiatives that foster
communication and recognition, including:
Partners in Excellence (PIE): This is ARI's internal, fleet-specific
quality assurance program which, in addition to ensuring 100 percent
customer satisfaction, offers rewards and bonuses for employees based
on the company's achievement of articulated performance management
goals. ARI also rewards employees for savings or revenue enhancement
Professional Development: All employees are encouraged to actively
pursue new opportunities to grow and develop through advanced learning,
either through the company's unique on-site program, ARI University, or
through other available educational programs or training. ARI supports
a generous tuition reimbursement program which begins on the first day
of employment with the company.
Community Engagement: At ARI, community service and giving back is a
fundamental part of the business model. Employees at all ARI locations
are permitted to take time off with pay to participate in their local
United Way "Days of Caring," and the company is very active in
supporting the regional United Way chapters where it has offices.
ARI Canada is a full-service fleet management company with offices in
Mississauga, Calgary, EdmontonVancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. ARI
currently manages 143,000 vehicles in Canada and over 900,000
vehicles across North America and the United Kingdom. In addition to
Canada, offices are located in the United States, the UK, Mexico, and