Industry Veteran Gordon Downing Dies

LOS ANGELES – Gordon Downing, vice president of sales and marketing for Beverly Hills Rent A Car, died of cancer this week.

Downing's career in car rental began 30 years ago at National Car Rental. While at National, he held a number of executive positions, including vice president of sales and marketing from 1987 to 1991.

From 1991 to 1993, Downing was vice president of sales and marketing for General Rent A Car. He joined Beverly Hills Rent A Car in 2001.

"Gordon was such a hard worker and was taken from us way too quickly, after just months ago being diagnosed with cancer," said Marylin Hemenway, one of his colleagues at Beverly Hills Rent A Car. "There is a large amount of young, talented men and women that owe a lot to Gordon for what he has shared with us."


  1. Ann Compagno [ February 11, 2014 @ 08:34AM ]

    I owe my career in Dallas Sales and marketing to Gordon. Some of the things I remember is that you never were late to a meeting, you always dressed professionally and when it is time to work you worked. He was always considerate to our needs. The bottom line was to close the deal. He knew how to have a good time when work was done. He is missed.

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