WARREN, MI - 1986, a year when a gallon of gas was $.89, the price of a new car was $9,000 and a few passionate entrepreneurs sat across the street from the GM Tech Center wondering how they would ever get across that fence to assist with their visible fleet operational challenges.
These very ambitious individuals including Mr. Sam Cupp, QEK’s founder and first Chairman, assembled a team, made a pitch and a few short months later, Qual-Effic Services was formed! “Qual” for Quality and “Effic” for Efficiency was the foundation of our company from day one. Other names that deserve recognition are the co-founders of Qual-Effic Services; Terry Jozwiak, Wayne Twist, Lee Burt, Chuck Earl and Kerry Budry. This determined group of folks maximized any opportunity and their personalities, morals and ethics continue to be embedded within our company’s culture.
QEK is known professionally as the world’s largest fleet management company servicing the automotive manufacturing industry. On a more intimate side, QEK is known in the industry simply as a company who cares. We care about our people and their families. We care about our clients and their families. We care about upholding our reputation in the industry as being a company who is focused on providing honesty, expertise, client focus, teamwork, openness, innovation, professional integrity and taking full ownership for all we do. These simple values have not changed since day one and by following them; we have earned our merit as the “Can Do Company”.
“When I reflect on the beginning of this great company, I am mesmerized by all of our successes. Would I have ever guessed that this little company, starting our business out of a trailer in a back alley behind a shopping center, would go global with a reach covering North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific? That this little company would successfully do business with over 80% of the Automotive OEMs in the world? It is simply staggering!” quoted Kerry Budry, QEK’s President and CEO. “Our guiding principles have served us well over the years and I am honored and humbled to say, Happy 25th Anniversary QEK!”
25 years ago, the approaches were simple … be honest, keep it simple, deliver high customer satisfaction and always look for ways to get the job done and not for reasons why we cannot! Today, the approach remains just as simple and this is the key ingredient to our company’s success. QEK is a strong team who has delivered industry firsts in world class fleet management and has become a flagship company creating livelihoods for thousands of hard-working employees. If we keep the momentum and live and breathe by our core mission and values, there is no other choice but to succeed for many years ahead.