Our family history

Our people have been helping fleets meet their biggest challenges for seventy years.

Our past and present is the foundation for building a bright future.

1924

Holman Enterprises, parent company of ARI, launched in Merchantville, New Jersey when Steward C. Holman signed a dealership contract with the Ford Motor Company.

1948

Ford asked Holman to organize a new renting and leasing company for passenger cars and trucks. With one desk in the corner of the Ford dealership, ARI was open for business.

1980s

ARI introduced services and online systems for maintenance, renewal and title management, including reports and analysis tools. Company clients also gained access to our Client Information Systems team– the industry’s first team to provide customer-direct, technology-related support.

1990s

To meet the needs of companies growing geographically, ARI expanded operations throughout North America. We also opened the first of several maintenance call centers. As the century closed, ARI introduced web-based systems for both fleet managers and drivers.

2000s

To help customers control costs in the midst of the recession, ARI offered consulting support geared toward sustainability, fuel efficiency, and compliance. In 2011, ARI fleet management company invested in in-memory technology, giving clients unprecedented ability to analyze their fleet data. ARI opened locations in England and Germany and acquired upfitting companies to support global and vocational fleets.

2010 & beyond

ARI’s parent company formed Holman Strategic Ventures to develop our core business competencies aligned with disruptive technologies in order to meet the challenges of the future.  As fleet and mobility strategies evolve, we will continue to invest in innovative fleet management technologies and processes to keep you on the cutting edge.


Our evolution in motion

Learn how ARI has thrived throughout the decades and has grown to become the largest privately held fleet management company in the world.

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