05.03.11 - Beverly Mestelle’s success in securing and retaining employees during rapid growth a driving force behind company’s success

MINNEAPOLIS, May 3, 2011PeopleNet, the leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, today announced that Beverly Mestelle was named a “Woman to Watch” by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as part of its annual Women in Business Awards. Congratulating Mestelle, PeopleNet CFO Michael Goergen, summarized her invaluable contributions to the company. He said, “Beverly is a rare talent and an accomplished driving force behind the success of our company. Her hands-on experience in operations, sales, and business management has proven to be an essential commodity for helping our organization retain and recruit talent during what has been a tough economic time for our industry. Not only did she manage to secure over 100 new employees during our rapid growth period - most of them technologists with special skill sets - she also implemented programs to help us retain trusted employees and make them feel like part of the PeopleNet family. By creating an environment that always puts employees’ interests first, Beverly has created a corporate culture known for specialized training and development initiatives. We would be lost without her.”

Mestelle joined PeopleNet as director of operations in 2000 and was named vice president of operations in 2004. She increased productivity by 800 percent during a period of 50 percent annual growth. Operational success under Beverly’s leadership led to the executive team’s decision to start a formal Talent department in 2008. As Vice President of Talent, Beverly continually looks for ways to improve PeopleNet’s employee experience. From onboarding to exit, Beverly has created and implemented a number of new programs that support and position employees for success:

· Management by Objectives aligns goals and subordinate objectives throughout the organization;

· Dual Career Tracks rewards and promotes high-performing employees;

· New Leader Immersion moves new leadership from preparing and planning to contributing and leading in a 100-day assimilation process;

· Employee Recognition Program aligns achievements with company objectives on three levels;

· Wellness Program helps employees manage healthcare costs, and part of the $200,000 savings realized from the 2010 self-funded insurance plan that she implemented will be reinvested in this program in 2011;

· and Support Program helps employees get involved in Habitat for Humanity;  Service/Volunteer Day pays an employee to work at a charitable organization for a day.

Each year, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honors 25 Women to Watch — leaders to keep an eye on for continued success — as well as 25 Industry Leaders who are at the forefront of their industries. For a complete list of the winners, visit www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news. Mestelle and the other honorees will be featured in a special publication on May 13, where you'll get to read more about them, and recognized at a luncheon on May 12.

About PeopleNet
PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by nearly 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company annually reinvests 100 percent of its profits into the business for aggressively developing new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. For more information about PeopleNet and its
products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.