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Manager of National Fleet Operations for Mazda Passes Away

Manager of National Fleet Operations for Mazda Passes Away

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 Memoriam: Joe Vittoria, Former Avis CEO
In Memoriam: Morris Belzberg, Budget Rent a Car Pioneer

In Memoriam: Morris Belzberg, Budget Rent a Car Pioneer

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

In Memoriam: Robert Bentley, Industry Veteran
In Memoriam: Pat Crahan, TRALA Board Member

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.

January 3, 2018

Top 10 Auto Rental News Stories of 2016

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.

December 20, 2016

Ed Bobit, Founder of Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business Media, Passes Away
In Memoriam: Robert Smalley, Former Hertz CEO and Founder of Cruise America

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.

May 29, 2012

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