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Merchants Names CFO, Alamo Leasing President

November 10, 2016


Merchants Fleet Management has named Jim Kessler president of its Alamo Leasing division and hired Jerry Pavelich as its chief financial officer, the Hooksett, N.H., fleet management company announced.

Kessler will now lead the San Antonio-based Alamo Leasing, which maintains a significant role with fleet clients in the hospitality, healthcare, and oil and gas business segments. Merchants announced a strategic alliance with the company in August of 2015.

Pat Breen, Alamo’s former owner, has stayed on to focus his energy on sales efforts and the growth side of the business, according to Merchants.


Kessler comes from vRide, a van carpooling business, where he held roles of CFO and COO since 2013. Before joining that company, Kessler spend 16 years with Pep Boys in various vice president roles in operations, finance, supply chain, and strategic reporting.

Pavelich brings fleet industry experience to his role. He spent  21 years at GE Capital, including four years as CFO of their North American fleet services division. For the past six years, Pavelich worked at Citibank Card Services.

He also spent three years at Barclaycard US where he developed and executed the strategic guidance of the $21-billion U.S. credit card business and led the bank's successful self-funding strategy.

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