A former U.S. Army Ranger, Gary Tepas' early business career included positions with General Motors, Hertz Car Leasing Division, and Donlen Leasing. In 1978, Samuel Rea, chairman of Emkay Inc., recruited Tepas as executive VP of administration and finance. He was named president, CEO, and chairman, retiring in 2007, but remains chairman in a non-executive capacity.
Tepas played key roles in AALA, including 1990-1992 president and 1992-1994 chairman. As federal legislation chair, he represented AALA in discussions with the Treasury Department on fleet vehicle depreciation, with the House Ways & Means Committee regarding taxation, and with the Department of Commerce. He led industry efforts on odometer reform, standards that still apply. He initiated AALA’s first State Tax and Legislative Committee.
He was inducted into the Automotive Fleet Hall of Fame in 2008.