Bill Gibson, director of national sales for ELMS, passed away on August 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness. Gibson is best remembered for his fleet career at General Motors, where he retired on April 30, 2011, as director, sales for General Motors Fleet & Commercial Operations. He worked at GM for 38 years, which included 21 years in GM Fleet & Commercial Operation, which included rental, commercial, and global fleet sales.
August 28, 2021
Maria Acuna, the comptroller at Big Valley Auto Auction where she had worked 13 years, passed away on Aug. 14 at age 47.
August 17, 2021
Frank Grochal retired from Automotive Resources International and Holman Enterprises in 2005, culminating a successful career that spanned five decades. He was inducted in the NAAA Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the first person in fleet to achieve this honor.
July 28, 2021
Dave Funston, manager, national fleet operations for Mazda North American Operations, passed away on April 1, 2021, following a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 61. Funston passing caught many in the fleet industry unexpectedly and they posted their remembrances of him.
May 5, 2021
Brian Hunt, a former president of PHH Canada, passed away on Feb. 9, 2021, from cancer. He was 69. Hunt joined Peterson, Howell & Heather (PHH) in 1982, a fleet management company headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md., which is now part of Element Fleet Management.
April 26, 2021
Dave Funston, manager, national fleet operations for Mazda North American Operations, passed away on April 1, 2021, following a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 61.He has the distinction, to date, of being longest reining fleet manager in the history of Mazda North American Operations.
April 3, 2021
Gerald (Jerry) Frick, retired director, commercial and government sales for North American Fleet, Lease & Remarketing Operations (NAFLRO) for Ford Motor Co., passed away on Feb. 10, 2021. He was 73.
February 13, 2021
Beatrice Coolican, a past president of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association, passed away on Dec. 26, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.
December 28, 2020
Al Cavalli, one of the founding members of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), a past NAFA president, and inductee in AF’s Fleet Hall of Fame, died of heart failure on Jan. 16, 2020. He was 96.
January 21, 2020
Joseph Holman, chairman emeritus of Holman Enterprises, passed away on Dec. 12. He was 93.
December 16, 2019
Jim Hoffer, 78, who retired in Argos, Ind., died on Dec. 6, 2019 at Miller's Merry Manor in nearby Culver, Ind., where he was rehabbing from back surgery. He was 78.
December 11, 2019
Tim Janssen, the retired president of IFS (Innovative Funding Services LLC), passed away on Aug. 14 in Largo Vista, Texas. He was 55. Janssen founded IFS in 2007 and served as president of IFS for more than 12 years until his retirement in Jan. 1.
August 19, 2019
Pat Crahan, retired vice president of governmental relations for U-Haul, passed away on Dec. 31, 2017. He was 89.
April 24, 2018
Robert (Bob) Ferraresso, retired vice president at Motorlease Corp., passed away Jan. 25, 2018. He was 78.
January 29, 2018
Mike Baessler, director, fleet procurement for Rollins, Inc., died Jan.12, 2018. Baessler joined Rollins in June 2013, where he worked until his death. He was 67 years old.
January 16, 2018