Vice President, Fleet, Essential Utilities
Charles Stevenson is the vice president of fleet for Essential Utilities Inc. (NYSE: WTRG). Essential is one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people in 10 states.
In this role, Stevenson oversees fleet operations across the Essential 10-state footprint and has responsibilities for more than 2,600 vehicles and 1,100 pieces of mechanical equipment. He leads a team focused on serving and advocating for internal customers' needs, leads business enhancement efforts, drives strategic planning and supports merger and acquisition work. He is Chairman of the Aqua Safety Committee, responsible for leading safety throughout Fleet.
Stevenson joined Aqua in 1987 as a fleet service technician. In his nearly 35 years with the company, he has held various positions of increased responsibility, including Fleet Technician, Fleet Supervisor, Fleet Manager, Director of Fleet and Materials Management, Vice President of Supply Chain, and now Vice President of Fleet for Essential Utilities. He has automated many manual processes and excels at providing efficiencies to the organization.
Education, Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
Stevenson earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management from the Pennsylvania State University. He also earned certificates in Business Administration from Cabrini College, Supply Chain Management from Villanova University, Supply Chain Operations from Penn State and Fleet Management from Western Illinois University, among others.
He is on the boards of the Delaware County Community College Education Foundation and the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation. He also serves on Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association’s (AFLA) Commercial Fleet Sounding Board Task Force for Advancing Corporate Fleets Worldwide.
Stevenson is a PennDOT-certified instructor for both the PA Safety Mechanic Certification program and the PA Emission Certification Program for Auto Technician Certifications; a Certified Transportation Professional with the National Private Truck Council; a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager with the National Association of Fleet Administrators; and a curriculum advisor for the automotive program at the Chester County Technical College High School Brandywine Campus.
He is a known leader in alternative fuels, winning both the Alternatives Fuel Leadership award in 2017 and being named the 2014 Sustainability All-Star Winner for reducing emissions and fuel consumption as a result of his work to incorporate CNG vehicles into the fleet. Additionally, Automotive Fleet Magazine nominated him for the 2021 Fleet Manager of the Year award the 2020 Fleet Executive of the Year award.
Under his leadership, Essential Utilities was named to the NAFA’s 100 Best Fleets for 2021 and won the Green Garage Contest Certificate of Excellence as the #10 Green Garage for 2020.