Outstanding people, plus outstanding dedication and teamwork, result in outstanding sales, service, and customer satisfaction. That’s what we believe. Our leadership team proudly supports this philosophy as the key to our success.
Our company has a reputation for honesty, fairness, courtesy and reliability in servicing our customers, driven in part by our leaders who have personally built relationships with our clients, business allies and others. Through efforts such as these, we will remain a leader in the vehicle fleet management industry.
Carl A. Ortell is the president of ARI and is responsible for overseeing all of ARI's global operations. In his 27 years in fleet management, he has established himself as a leader both at ARI and within the industry, helping the company to substantially expand its global footprint, expand its range of services and products through strategic investment, and develop its workforce into one of the most respected and well-tenured in the business.
Carl, who holds a B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University, joined the Holman family of companies in 1986 as an internal auditor, transferring to ARI in 1987. In his time with ARI, he has served in multiple operational and financial positions with increasing responsibility, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer before being appointed to his current role in 2010. Since becoming president, Carl has sought to build upon ARI's traditional strengths in the marketplace while expanding the company's offerings and developing ARI's presence in targeted industry segments. Together with the company's senior management team, he has pursued a plan of strategic investment in three key areas - people, processes and technology - to ensure the company continues to offer its customers superior service and the most innovative solutions that deliver real results and drive efficiencies that lower a company's total cost of ownership.
A leader within the industry as well, Carl has long been active in many of the leading industry associations, including NAFA and the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA). He currently serves as President for AALA, after having served as Vice President of State Government Affairs. Until 2010, he also served as president and chairman of Global Fleet Services, Inc. (GFS), a premier alliance of fleet management companies founded in 1994 offering comprehensive solutions to businesses worldwide.
Chief Financial Officer, Holman Automotive Group, Inc.
Brian Bates is the chief financial officer for Holman Automotive Group, Inc., the parent company of ARI. As CFO, he is responsible for the global financial operations for all of Holman's operating companies. This includes automotive dealerships in New Jersey and Florida, ARI, RMP, and Auto Truck Group.
Brian began his career with Holman in 1989, initially completing an internship as a service writer at Holman Ford, and then going on to complete an internship as an ASE-certified service technician in ARI's Call Center. Upon graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics in 1991, he joined ARI full time as a financial analyst in the accounting department. Since then, Brian has held several management positions within ARI, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO.
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Appointed in June 2012, Chris leads ARI's sales and client service areas in Canada and oversees global operations in Mexico and Europe. He also directs the ARI Global Sales and Consultation team and the Global Fleet Services alliance. Chris has been a key architect of ARI's strategy and overall success in Canada. His leadership, strategic planning and execution experience are invaluable to the company's global operations and expansion.
Chris joined ARI in 1994 in Canada client services and moved to sales in both Canada and US in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He returned to Canada in 2003 as director of sales and service. In 2005, he became the vice president and then senior vice president of Canada Operations. Prior to his current role, Chris was promoted in 2010 to senior vice president, Sales and Service.
Senior Vice President, Auto Truck
Frank oversees the ARI licensing and compliance services and vehicle acquisition and supply chain. After joining ARI in 1983, Frank has held managerial and sales positions within the company, served as Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations.
Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation
Steve is responsible for designing and executing the IT strategy for ARI that provides a competitive advantage for our customers. He is also responsible for infrastructure and networks, security, help desk, internal applications, budgeting, staffing and research and development for new technologies. Steve joined ARI in 2008 as our Vice President of IT. He formerly served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Commerce Bank.
Senior Vice President, US Sales & Client Relations
Gene joined ARI in the fleet management services area in 1987. After spending time in billing and truck acquisitions departments, he moved to the Chicago sales office, where he began a steady path of advancement from District Manager to Regional Sales Manager; Manager of vehicle acquisition department, Manager of client services, Vice President of Northern Sales Zone, and Vice President, Sales. Today, he is responsible for the sales and sales support efforts of all U.S. sales offices, including the Marketing and Strategic Consulting teams which oversee ARI's Sustainability Program.
Executive Vice President, Fleet Management
Bob oversees ARI's Client Relations, Fleet Management Services, and Vehicle Remarketing departments, and ARI’s six North American call centers. Bob joined ARI in 1989 and was manager for three operations areas at ARI before being promoted to Director and then Vice President of Operations.