(l to r) Jacqueline Joseph of Leisure Car Rental received the 2013 Professional of the Year Award for the independent category and Kathy Nieves from the Thrifty Car Rental franchise in Syracuse, N.Y., was selected as the winner of the 2013 Professional of the Year Award in the franchise category. Photo by Amy Winter-Hercher.
The deadline for the 2016 Auto Rental News Professional of the Year Awards has been extended to Monday Sept. 19.
For 2016, a new Professional of the Award will be presented in a new vendor category. The criteria for this award will be judged based on customer service, operations management, sales, leadership, and industry and community involvement for an associate from a vendor company to the auto rental industry.
Additionally, the award categories for operators — previously issued to an associate from a corporate, franchise, and independent location — will now be bestowed on one winner from any of those categories.
Click here to fill out an application for the 2016 Professional of the Year Awards for operators and vendors and view the prospectuses.
A panel of five judges will evaluate entries based on five areas of performance criteria: customer service, operations management, sales, leadership, and industry and community involvement. The judges are: Sharon Faulkner, executive director of the American Car Rental Association; Leslie Pujo, attorney at Plave Koch PLC; Ziad Khoury, founder and president of the Frontline Performance Group; Jim Tennant, principal of The Tennant Group; and Chris Brown, executive editor of Auto Rental News.
Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the fifth annual Auto Rental Summit on Oct. 24-25, 2016 at the B Resort & Spa near Orlando, Fla. The winners will also be featured in an article in Auto Rental News magazine and online at www.AutoRentalNews.com.