Bob Graham, vice president, vehicle remarketing at ARI, has announced his retirement, effective at the end of 2015.
Graham joined ARI in February, 1973. He started in the new vehicle ordering area, moved to the maintenance management department, then ultimately to vehicle remarketing where he became manager in 1984. In 2005, Graham was promoted again to director, and then again to his current role of vice president in 2010.
According to ARI, Graham played an integral role in the growth and success of the fleet management company’s remarketing services. As remarketing best practices and markets evolved, Graham was instrumental in moving ARI's remarketing services to a Web-based environment, which led to revenue opportunities such as ARIAutoDirect, ARIBuyDirect, ARI's Virtual Market, and other programs.
At ARI, Graham provides the strategic direction and vision for the vehicle remarketing area to assure maximum sales results for clients and increase revenue streams through value-added services and other business opportunities. Developing an exceptional staff and maintaining remarketing industry partnerships and relationships is also a major focus of his daily responsibilities, plus managing used-vehicle inventory and keeping the company in compliance with all laws and policies.
Throughout his career, Graham was active and a leader in the industry. In 2009, he was named president of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) and held the position of Chairman from 2011 through 2015.
During his two-year term as president of the IARA, Graham worked with the leadership of auctions and other industry associations, providing continued value for the membership along with conducting monthly board meetings.