Steve Dragon, fleet sales manager for Faulkner Fleet Group, retired from the company on April 1, 2021, capping a 30-year career in fleet.
Later in his fleet career, Dragon became a children’s book author. His second children’s book, entitled “Were You Born a Dragon Too?” was released in March 2021.
The “Fleet Dragon,” as Dragon was known to some of his clients, wrote his first children’s book – “Were You Born a Dragon?” which was inspired by the bedtime stories that he would tell his kids while they were growing up.
“The books are something that has been rattling around my head for about 30 years now,” said Dragon. “When my daughter was young, I would tell her these stories about how since my name was dragon, I really was a dragon and could change into a dragon.” His goal is to turn his children’s books into a series to occupy his time during retirement.
Dragon began his career in fleet sales in 1984, when he was hired at a Philadelphia Toyota dealership as a leasing manager. As leasing companies began calling the dealership to order vehicles, all of their calls ended up being directed to Dragon.
“Next thing you know I’m essentially selling to fleet customers, and the business grew fast,” said Dragon. “The fleet department at Toyota Corp. told the dealership to take me off the floor and make me work Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then my general concentration moved to fleet.”
That same year, Dragon joined NAFA and began involving himself with the fleet association. By 1986, his Toyota dealership was the ordering dealer for PHH and ARI, who previously did not have a Toyota dealership to nationally order vehicles.
In 1995 Dragon joined the Faulkner Fleet Group and he remained there until his retirement.