ACRA Adds Four Members to Board of Directors

The new ACRA board members (left to right): William Plamondon, Bob Stuart, Michael DeLorenzo and Monty Merrill.
The new ACRA board members (left to right): William Plamondon, Bob Stuart, Michael DeLorenzo and Monty Merrill.

The American Car Rental Association (ACRA) has added four new members to its board of directors: William Plamondon, Bob Stuart, Michael DeLorenzo and Monty Merrill.

William Plamondon currently serves as president of Advantage Rent a Car. Prior to joining Advantage, he held the position of president and CEO of R.I. Heller & Co LLC. In 1978, Plamondon began his career at Budget Rent a Car in franchise development and was named president of Budget in 1992.

Bob Stuart is the executive vice president of global sales for The Hertz Corp. Stuart joined Hertz in 2007 after serving in various senior level marketing and sales positions at General Electric. Prior to joining GE, he held senior marketing and sales positions at Halex and Philips Lighting companies.

Michael DeLorenzo serves as the executive vice president of NextCar, Priceless and Rent-A-Wreck franchise systems, which has 185 locations. With 45 years of rental car experience, he opened his first car rental location as a Budget franchisee in Washington, D.C., in 1969. After expanding to four locations and 300 rental cars, he sold the franchise in 1985.

Monty Merrill is the president of Clearwater Transportation. In 1983, he started working with Budget Rent a Car in Orlando. He held various positions at Budget, National and Thrifty Car Rental, including running the U.S. franchise sales department. Merrill purchased his first Thrifty franchises in Austin and San Antonio in 2001. He acquired a Dollar/Thrifty franchise in Killeen, Texas, in 2007 and a Hertz franchise in San Angelo, Texas, in 2014.


  1. martha Cutrumbes-Brienze [ March 24, 2016 @ 01:35PM ]

    Mr Plamondon,My husband and I rented a car in PHX airport and received very poor service.The GPS that we received broke the very first day that we had it We called the 800 number and never received a call back When we returened it at the airport Beatrice charged us for not returning a GPS (#25) which we did return on That charge was refunded but we are asking to have the $71.94 charge refunded since we never could use it I have been calling since Feb 29 about this problem.I spoke to Ken on the 29th KJenya on march 3rd Jamie on March 8th Marielle on March 16 Patricia on March 15th Tony in Phoenix March 17 Tony in Phoenix March 24th After this call Tony first said the GPS that we returned wasn't broken When I didn't accept that answer he said he was thinking of someone else He has assured me on two different occaisions that either manager Hassam or Manager Jason Spear would call me back I am still waiting My contract number wa PHX 226239 We are looking for a refunf od $71.94 I would hope as Pesident of Advantage that you would be able to handle this proble, My email is [email protected] and my phone number is 978-363-2096 Thank-you Martha Cutrumbes -Brienze

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