J.J. Keller secures PHH agreement, hires promotion manager

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PHH Arval has signed an agreement with J.J. Keller & Associates Inc., a provider of risk and regulatory management products, by which J.J. Keller will provide regulatory compliance services for PHH clients. J.J. Keller also announced that Thomas Hines has joined its marketing staff as corporate creative and promotion manager.

PHH Arval says it is a one-stop source of comprehensive services to fleets, including fleets with vehicles that are more than 10,000 pounds gross or combined weight, which are categorized as commercial vehicles and subject to regulatory compliance laws.

Neenah, Wis.-based J.J. Keller will enhance PHH’s offering by providing its comprehensive U.S. Department of Transportation regulatory compliance and vehicle legalization services suite to PHH clients. This includes the full spectrum of driver qualification services, vehicle regulatory compliance services, risk mitigation and on-site client consulting and assessment; in addition, PHH Arval says its solution includes services such as permitting, tax filings and hours-of-service compliance.

“For those fleets that include vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross or combined weight, it’s crucial to understand all DOT requirements and stay in compliance,” says Michael Lewis, senior vice president of truck strategy for Sparks, Md.-based PHH Arval. “We see our relationship with J.J. Keller as a strategic benefit to our clients, as the company is the premier provider of this class of services in the industry.”

J.J. Keller says Hines is responsible for strategically leading its creative and promotion marketing team to ensure brand consistency, improve direct mail and catalog offers, align creative resources and implement technology-initiated process improvements. Hines brings more than 20 years of corporate creative advertising experience to the company.

Most recently, Hines was the senior marketing manager for J&P Cycles Inc. in Anamosa, Iowa, where he was responsible for staff development in the direct marketing, catalog, design and e-commerce departments. Prior to that, he spent three years as the director of advertising for Emed Co. in Williamsville, N.Y. He also worked for 11 years in a variety of catalog and creative marketing management roles at Conney Safety Products in Madison, Wis.