Richard E. (Dick) Lightner, who for 26 years guided the association representing the Ohio car rental industry, was awarded the William H. Brown Memorial Award on May 25 at the 48th year Spring Conference of the Ohio Car Rental Association (OCRA). The award was initiated in 1992 at the suggestion of Lightner to honor Brown, who served the car rental industry as governmental affairs vice president from 1977 until his retirement from the industry in 1987, and “continued to offer his advice and counsel” until his death in 1990. The award was presented to Lightner for his years “of service and tireless effort and numerous contributions to the car rental industry” by Chairman Michael A. Reynolds of OCRA, the owner-president of the Columbus Thrifty franchise following the unanimous adoption by the OCRA membership of a resolution bestowing the award. Lightner resigned, effective Sept. 30, 2003, as executive vice president of the Ohio Alliance of Car Renting Agencies or OACRA – the predecessor of OCRA – to devote more time to his position as executive vice president of the Ohio Vehicle Leasing Association. He is an emeritus member of the OCRA Board of Directors. He also is involved in other projects.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials