Dave Funston, manager, national fleet operations for Mazda North American Operations, passed away on April 1, 2021, following a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 61.He has the distinction, to date, of being longest reining fleet manager in the history of Mazda North American Operations.
April 3, 2021
In addition to Avis, Vittoria served in a global role at Hertz. After car rental, he developed a line of sailing superyachts.
February 6, 2021
Through his marketing campaigns, government relations, and ability to manage a powerful group of franchisees, the former Budget CEO is credited with propelling the brand “into the major league of car rental.”
May 11, 2020
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.
April 13, 2018
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.
April 6, 2018
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.
January 3, 2018
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.
December 20, 2016
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.
June 29, 2014
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.
July 6, 2012
Robert A. Smalley, Sr., was a mentor, a legend in the industry and the man responsible for the powerhouse that Hertz is today.
May 31, 2012
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.
May 29, 2012