Bret Watson, CAFM, the long-time fleet manager for Sprint, voluntarily left the company as part of a severance package effective August 27 following the company’s merger with T- Mobile. Watson joined Sprint in April 1989. While at Sprint, Watson established a direct vehicle management program for the vehicle corporate fleet nationally and internationally, which at its peak reached 4,700 units. Watson’s vehicle management experience ranged from sales cars, light- and medium-duty trucks, to tractor-trailers to include custom equipment upfitting. During his career, he managed budgets of $40 million per year and total assets valued at $120 million.
Watson began his fleet management career at GELCO in 1984, which later became GE Capital Fleet Services. In 1989 he joined Sprint and worked for the company for the next 32 years, where he took an unbundled approach to outsourcing using many different suppliers to support his fleet. Watson is a long-time member of both NAFA and AFLA. He has served as Chapter chair of the NAFA Mid-America Chapter, Chair of NAFA’s Editorial and Certification Committees, and served as AFLA treasurer. He also served on client advisory boards for Element Fleet Management and Fleet Response. In addition, Watson is an ASE Master Certified Technician. In 2012 Watson received a Sustainability All-Star award for Innovative Accomplishments in Green Fleet Sustainability.
Watson says he wishes to continue his career in fleet management and can be reached at [email protected]