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In Memoriam: Peter Wurmer, EagleRider Cofounder

A celebration of life will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Crimson, at the main pool entrance inside Red Rock Hotel and Casino.


In Memoriam: Robert Bentley, Industry Veteran

During his career, Bentley operated as a Thrifty Car Rental licensee in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and as an Ace affiliate in Jacksonville and Augusta, Ga.


In Memoriam: Pat Crahan, TRALA Board Member

Pat Crahan, Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) member and chairman of the Light Truck Rental Council (LTRC), passed away on Dec. 31 after a brief illness. Crahan was 89 years old.


Past AFLA President, Enterprise Remarketing Manager Janik Dies

Greg Janik, president of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) from 1986-1987, passed away on Sept. 8. He was 74. Janik was a long-time member of AFLA and a strong supporter of the fleet industry.


Top 10 Auto Rental News Stories of 2016

The top 10 Auto Rental News stories of 2016 from newsletter traffic covered several topics including personnel changes, financial reports, the rise of ride-hailing services, and a class-action suit.


Ed Bobit, Founder of Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business Media, Passes Away

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86.


In Memoriam: George S. Kairalla, Owner of Datura Auto Sales and Rentals and Founding Member of the South Florida Auto Rental Association

Kairalla, who passed July 1 while vacationing with family, was a founding member and past and current president of the South Florida Auto Rental Association, as well as owner and president of Datura Auto Sales and Rentals, where he worked for more than 50 years.


Guest Editorial: ‘If Ever I Would Leave You’

Robert A. Smalley, Sr., was a mentor, a legend in the industry and the man responsible for the powerhouse that Hertz is today.


In Memoriam: Robert Smalley, Former Hertz CEO and Founder of Cruise America

Smalley began his early auto rental career in the mid 1930's helping out his grandfather at his fledgling car rental agency on Miami Beach. From here, Smalley made a long-time impact at Hertz Corp. and launched a national RV rental company that now boasts a fleet of more than 4,000 RVs.


In Celebration of Michael LaPlaca...

Michael LaPlaca will be remembered as ‘the’ auto rental industry’s lawyer for his legal counsel to hundreds of car rental firms, his legislative advocacy, his written contracts and guides, and his roles as adviser, mentor and friend.


In Memoriam: Paul Schuster

Industry leader passes away


In Memoriam: Bill Timberman

Industry leader passes away.


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