Chairman, Board of Advisors
Milton Reid is an accomplished professional with nearly three decades of expertise in the transportation industry and a reputation for excellence in fleet maintenance and management. Milton started his outstanding career as an engineer with General Electric and Ford and is now fully embracing the latest phase of disruption in this dynamic industry through his role as a co-founder and partner at Beep, specializing autonomous urban mobility solutions, including driverless electric transportation options.
Before Beep, Milton was with the City of Gainesville, Florida-- the largest city and county seat of Alachua County and the cultural, educational and commercial center for the north central Florida region-- joining them, first as a Fleet Manager, and progressing to become the General Services Director for the city. As its Fleet Manager, Milton was responsible for a broad range of services and functions, such as vehicle financing, vehicle maintenance, vehicle tracking and diagnostics, driver management, fuel management and health and safety management. In addition, he was tasked with leading strategic initiatives to improve efficiency and productivity of the function while reducing the city’s overall transportation costs and ensuring 100% compliance with government legislation.
Later, as its General Services Director, he managed a $6M annual budget and his responsibilities expanded to include planning, organizing, and directing the operations of building structures, mechanical equipment maintenance and automotive fleet usage, including the development of specifications and contracts and identifying sources for the fleet. He continued to manage the city’s fleet maintenance garages and provided oversight to the construction of new city facilities including a centralized fleet garage, a police headquarters building, a senior center for the Community, a fire station and a Public Works Administration building.
After Milton retired from the City of Gainesville, he continued consulting with them, as well as withAlachua County School Board, the University of Florida, and Okaloosa County, conducting studies and recommending strategies for improving the efficiency and performance of their fleet vehicles.
Prior to joining the City of Gainesville, he spent four years with ALCOA and Occidental Chemicals in their Service Department for Mining Operations Fleets, first in Jamaica and then in Florida. He was responsible for the management of all repairs and maintenance services delivered through the company’s on-site garages.
Before ALCOA, he was a Developmental Engineer at General Electric in their Locomotive Division and before that a Product Design Engineer at the Ford Motor Company in their Engine Engineering Division.
Throughout his career, Milton developed and maintained excellent relationships within his industry as well as with automotive dealers and major suppliers of fleet related services and products. He is also very involved in other affiliations and activities that contributed to the recognition of his leadership and innovation in his field. He was a Chair and a Past President of the Florida Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) and a Past President of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA). He also served as Vice Chair, Senior Vice Chair, Immediate Past President, and Regional Trustee for NAFA. In addition, he was the Reporting Officer for the National Public Safety Group and served on the I&E Curriculum and I&E Arrangements Committees.
Milton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC.