In Memoriam: Dan Poryles - 1926 - 2003
Dan Poryles, one of the five founders of Guardsman Lease Plan located in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY, passed away on Sept. 4, 2003 in Lido Beach. He was 76, one month shy of his 77th birthday.
Poryles was the president of Guardsman Lease Plan, commonly referred to as Guardsman Leasing, which primarily specialized in fleet leasing and some retail leasing. The company was founded in the early 1970s by Poryles and four Buick dealers: Herbie Caplan, Warren Leopold, Gene Malese, and Ray Miligi. Prior to founding Guardsman, Poryles worked for Avis. Poryles was the last surviving member of the five founders. He remained with Guardsman Leasing as president following its acquisition by Gelco and Gelco’s subsequent acquisition by GE Capital. One of his accomplishments as president of Guardsman Leasing was leasing all of the vehicles used by the 1982 Los Angeles Olympics, which consisted of 2,800 Buick Centurys.
Poryles retired from GE in 1991 and divided his remaining years at his homes in Lido Beach and Boynton Beach, FL. In addition, he was one of the early members of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA).
Poryles is survived by Della, his wife of 54 years, and three children: son Martin and two daughters, Robin and Susan.