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April 1, 2015


Skyler Austin has been named Regional Director of Sales at Element Fleet Management, responsible for identifying and closing new business relationships in Northern Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.

"Skyler has proven to be a valuable member of the Element team and I'm confident that his prior experience and consultative approach will bring value to our prospective customers," said Suresh Rajapakse, vice president of sales, West Region, Element Fleet Management.

Austin most recently held the position of Regional Manager and was responsible for management of business relationships across the U.S. Southwest region.

March 27, 2015

Pieter VandenBos
Pieter VandenBos.
Ebi Saffarzadegan
Ebi Saffarzadegan.

Jim Pattison Lease has announced several appointments and promotions.

“We are pleased to welcome the new additions to our team and congratulate existing personnel on their increased responsibilities. Our focus is to provide outstanding personalized service to our customers. We have a great team of fleet experts that provide the highest level of personalized service in our industry,” said Steve Akazawa, President.

Gerry Corcoran
Gerry Corcoran.
Tom Simmons
Tom Simmons.
Ebi Saffarzadegan is Retail Sales Associate in theVancouver Remarketing Department. Saffarzadegan has over 10 years auto sales industry experience. Pieter VandenBos is Sales Manager for the Pacific Region. VandenBos has over 25 years experience in sales.

Tom Simmons is now Vice President of Business Development. Simmons has been with Jim Pattison Lease since 2001 and held several leadership positions in the organization. Gerry Corcoran is National Director of Commercial Remarketing Services.

Kevin Sambleson
Kevin Sambleson.
Wayne Rose
Wayne Rose.
Wayne Rose is Senior Vice President responsible for Jim Pattison Lease fleet management programs and based in the Toronto, Ontario office.

Kevin Sambleson is Regional Director Eastern Region. He has more than 20 years experience in client services and sales in automotive fleet management.

March 24, 2015


Monique Powers has been appointed Implementation and Purchasing Manager at Foss National Leasing. Powers has 30 years industry experience, in Operations at ARI Canada for 20 years and with Triathlon as Purchasing Manager, Eastern Region. She will oversee new client activations as well as day-to-day management of Foss’ Purchasing department.

March 24, 2015


Stephen Lester
Stephen Lester.
Stephen Lester becomes Managing Director at Infiniti Canada, effective April 1. He will be reporting to Christian Meunier, President, Nissan Canada Inc. and Randy Parker, Vice-President, Infiniti Americas.

“Adding strong and experienced Canadian leaders to our management teams will be critical to our success as we continue to implement our growth plan for Infiniti in Canada,” said Meunier. “Stephen has shown great leadership and strategic thinking since joining our team as national general manager and we are excited to have him lead the Infiniti brand into the future.”

Lester has over 12 years automotive industry experience. Lester was most recently, national general manager, Infiniti Canada, responsible for sales and service operations, retailer performance and generating business development.

“Taking on this new role is very exciting as we look to expand our product portfolio of premium products and provide more Canadians with the inspired performance they deserve,” said Lester. “Infiniti has assembled a great team, both here in Canada and globally, and I’m eager to continue strengthening the brand in this new role.”

March 10, 2015


Chris Conroy
Chris Conroy.
Chris Conroy is now Executive Vice President of Holman Automotive Group, Inc., parent company of ARI, and President of ARI. Holman also named Melinda “Mindy” K. Holman as Chairman of the Board, Carl A. Ortell becomes CEO, Brian R. Bates is now COO and CFO of Holman Automotive. Joseph Holman the current Chairman, becomes Chairman Emeritus serving as mentor and providing counsel to the Holman board and executive team.

Bill Cariss will serve as Executive Vice President at Holman and President of Retail Operations.

“This is both very exciting and a very natural progression for the Holman organization, which has grown significantly since the company was founded by my grandfather Steward Holman more than 90 years ago,” said Mindy Holman. “This change in leadership will allow us to leverage our talent, resources and knowledge across all of our lines of business which in turn will allow us to become an even more flexible and dynamic organization.”

Melinda “Mindy” K. Holman
Melinda “Mindy” K. Holman.
Ortell has been with Holman for 29 years and has been President of ARI since 2010. Bates has been with Holman for 26 years and held numerous leadership positions in the organization most recently as CFO for Holman and ARI.

Conroy has been with ARI since 1994 and held a number of leadership positions at ARI in Canada and the United States. Most recently he was Executive Vice-President, Global Operations.

“I am tremendously honored to be asked to serve as CEO of Holman Automotive,” said Carl Ortell. “Holman is comprised of four unique automotive businesses, all of which provide critical, industry-leading products and services but which also complement each other incredibly well.

Carl A. Ortell
Carl A. Ortell.
"We also have the best people – professionals who are incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional customer service. We are well positioned to draw upon our strengths in order to pursue new opportunities and continue to grow and expand. Our future will be about building a one-business mindset that serves consumers, businesses, governments and other entities in various markets, industries, countries and regions.”

Cariss started at ARI in 1984 and moved to the dealership side of the business in 1996 to become Vice President of Dealership Operations in 2000.

Brian R. Bates
Brian R. Bates.
Other appointments include:
Frank Cardile, Group Vice-President, Holman Automotive.Cardile will continue to be responsible for Holman’s manufacturing business at Auto Truck Group. Cardile joined ARI in 1983 and served in a variety of leadership positions including Senior Vice-President of Operations.

Anne Williams is Group Vice-President, Holman Automotive, she will continue as President of RMP Powertrain Solutions. Williams has served at several Holman retail locations in management positions since joining the company in 1989. Williams became President of RMP in February 2014.

Bob White has been named Executive Vice President and COO of ARI. White joined ARI in 1989 and served in a variety of operational leadership roles most recently as Executive Vice-President, Fleet Management.

Glenn Gardner is COO of Holman’s Retail Operations. Gardner joined the company in 1983 and was promoted to Vice-President of Southern Dealership Operations in 2002.

March 6, 2015

Russell Seton
Russell Seton.
Russell Seton has been appointed Manager Certified Pre-owned Remarketing and Commercial Fleet Programs at Hyundai Canada. Seton will be responsible for the development of Hyundai’s CPO growth strategies as well as spearheading expansion into the commercial fleet segment.

Seton has been involved with the automotive industry for over 35 years with GM Canada having held several management positions in manufacturing, distribution, brand management, advertising and Fleet sales.

Thomas Roth will continue in his role of Manager of National Fleet while Seton will focus on commercial fleet.

March 3, 2015

Inder Gill
Inder Gill.
Inder Gill has been named to a new position; National Ram Commercial Manager, FCA Canada Inc., dealing with a portfolio of Ram Trucks, including Ram ProMaster City.

Gill’s experience in the fleet management sector, includes vehicle specification analysis and recommended up-fit solutions for commercial fleets. He will be stationed at Canada Fleet Operations in Mississauga, Ontario.

Camil Gingras has been appointed Fleet Service Manager, Western, FCA Canada Inc. Gingras will deal with service requirement of Western Canadian fleet accounts, from Manitoba to British Columbia.

Camil Gingras
Camil Gingras.
Gingras experience is in the automotive mechanical and service field sectors including sales and marketing. He will be based out of the Western Business Centre in Calgary, Alberta

“This is an exciting time for the team at FCA Canada’s Fleet Department,” said Ken Tuckey, Senior Manager, National Fleet, FCA Canada Inc. “Not only is our product portfolio the strongest and most desirable in our company’s 90-year history, but our already excellent personnel ranks are growing with the addition of Inder and Camil in newly-created positions. Both of them bring a skill set, experience and enthusiasm that will benefit both our customers and our team going forward. Please join me in welcoming them.”

March 3, 2015

Frank Johnson
Frank Johnson.
Frank Johnson has been appointed General Manager at Barrie Auto Auction.

Johnson has more than 20 years experience in the fleet/lease industry and an extensive background in remarketing fleet/lease and police vehicles.

February 20, 2015

Jo-Anne Lamontagne
Jo-Anne Lamontagne.
Jo-Anne Lamontagne has been appointed National Corporate Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz Canada following six years as Key Account Manager.

Before joining Mercedes-Benz, Lamontagne became experienced in corporate sales and established a reputation in the fleet industry developing an extensive network of industry contacts. She will focus on developing Mercedes-Benz Corporate Sales in Canada.

February 10, 2015

Jennifer Chapman
Jennifer Chapman.
Jennifer Chapman has been promoted to Manager of Canadian Operations at Wheels, Inc. She has been in fleet management for more than 18 years and has broad experience including operations, customer service and sales.

Chapman will be responsible for managing all aspects of the business in Mississauga, Ontario, including client services, call centres and product fulfillment.

“I am extremely excited for this new opportunity,” said Chapman. “I plan to build on our existing framework and leverage my knowledge to help Wheels and our Canadian clients continue to achieve great results.”

February 10, 2015

Tom Bessinger
Tom Bessinger.
Element Fleet Management has added two new Vice-President of Sales to its North American Business Development team, one appointed in the Central region, one in the West.

Tom Bessinger, is Vice-President of Sales Central Region, and bring over 18 years of sales management experience. Bessinger was most recently Director of Client Relations for Runzheimer International, his background also includes that of a regional sale leader for GE Capital.

Suresh Rajapaks
Suresh Rajapaks.
"Tom brings a strong market-based approach which will help our clients improve their bottom line," said Michael Quimby, senior vice president of sales for Element Fleet Management.

Suresh Rajapakse, is Vice-President of Sales West Region and has more than 10 years sales and account management experience.

"The previous roles and experiences Suresh brings range from business development and new client acquisition to marketing and sales," said Quimby. "This background will make Suresh a great asset for Element Fleet Management and our clients."

February 9, 2015

Wendy Ladd
Wendy Ladd.
Wendy Ladd has joined the Pfaff Automotive Partners team as a National Account Manager with Pfaff Leasing. Ladd has over 20 years of automotive leasing, fleet management and industry experience.

“The professionalism, positive energy and expertise Wendy brings to the table will be a huge asset to Pfaff Leasing and we are excited to have her as part of the Pfaff team.” said Paul Hewitt, General Manager, Pfaff Automotive Partners.

January 16, 2015

Tom Fronimadis
Tom Fronimadis.
Tom Fronimadis has been appointed National Fleet and Supply Chain Manager at Midas Canada. Fronimadis will replace Bob Schmidt who is retiring. Fronimadis’ responsibilities will be managing Midas Canada’s fleet development strategy, business development and franchisee support programs.

“I am extremely enthusiastic in joining Midas Canada. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Midas team as the company has come off a very strong 2014,” said Fronimadis. “I am looking forward to this new challenge and in leveraging my knowledge and experience of the fleet industry to help Midas achieve even greater results in 2015 and beyond.”

Fronimadis has been involved with the automotive and fleet industry for over 18 years and has held several senior management positions on the vendor and fleet management sides.

January 13, 2015

Barb Tilly
Barb Tilly.
Barb Tilly has been appointed Remarketing Operations Manager at Ford of Canada. She replaces Steve Ross who is now Dealer Sales Manager, Vehicles.

Tilly has been with Ford since 1990 after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has held several sales, service and marketing roles over the past 25 years and began her career at Ford Credit where she gained sales and service experience, including overseeing customer satisfaction programs and extended service plans. Until this appointment, Tilly carried out marketing roles in product marketing, consumer research, communications, and retail marketing.

“I am excited to join the Remarketing team and be involved in such a vital part of our business,” said Tilly.

January 13, 2015

David Shuttleworth
David Shuttleworth.
David Shuttleworth has been appointed Commercial Sales Manager at Ford of Canada, replacing Larry Stillwell.

Shuttleworth joined Ford in Europe in 1984 and worked in engineering and technical areas before moving into in dealer and fleet roles. In 2007 he joined Ford of Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta servicing fleets throughout Western Canada. Since 2011, he has been involved with launching the new Police Interceptor, Transit Connect and Transit vehicles as Product Marketing Manager for Commercial Vehicles.

“Larry Stillwell has worked tirelessly to grow Ford of Canada’s commercial sales and has built an outstanding network of Pool and Ship-Thru Account partners” said Shuttleworth “and I look forward to building on those relationships and initiatives to support Ford’s successes”.

January 12, 2015

Ryan Hartley has been appointed Operations Specialist at Foss National Leasing. He has experience working in a dealership and most recently held an internship at Maple Leaf Sports.

Tina Erbetta becomes Client Service Representative. She has over seven years of client service experience in the fleet and banking industries.

January 5, 2015

Denise Wildish
Denise Wildish.
Denise Wildish assumes the position of Senior Vice-President, Global Service Excellence, at ARI. Denise has 20 years experience with ARI Canada and has been involved with client relations and operations. She served, until this move, as Vice-President of Global Performance Excellence.

Wildish will have executive responsibility for ARI in client relations, strategic services, and Partners in Excellence areas for North America. Also, she will oversee the fulfillment of ARI’s client service and Partners in Excellence strategies globally.

Wildish will relocate to ARI's Global Headquarters in southern New Jersey.

January 5, 2015

Matthew Pawluk has been promoted to Pre-Owned and Corporate Fleet Sales Specialist overseeing part of Central and all of Western Canada at BMW Group Canada. Adam Brtnik has replaced Pawluk and is now Pre-Owned and Corporate Fleet Sales Coordinator. Bart Drozdziewicz remains Pre-Owned and Corporate Fleet Sales Specialist looking after the other half of Central and all of Eastern Canada. Bruce Caton remains National Manager, Pre-Owned and Corporate Fleet Sales.

January 5, 2015

John Vernile
John Vernile.
John Vernile has been appointed Director of Sales for Volkswagen Canada. He replaces Darren Maloney who becomes President, Volkswagen Credit – Canada.

Vernile will head sales operations and initiatives for the VW brand in Canada. He will be responsible for VW brand sales nationally; ensuring that new and used vehicle sales volumes are aligned with profitability objectives at both wholesale and retail levels.

Vernile has had extensive automotive experience with Hyundai Auto Canada since 2006, where he was most recently Vice President, Sales.

January 5, 2015

David Bellitto
David Bellitto.
David Bellitto is the newly appointed Fleet Account Executive, Quebec at Chrysler Canada Inc. He replaces Eric Gauthier who moves to another position within the organization.

Bellitto is a professional engineer with a Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University and has had a wealth of experience in the heavy truck sector.

“This is an exciting time to be joining the Chrysler Canada team, as the company has just achieved its highest annual sales ever in Canada," said Bellitto. "I hope to help maintain that momentum as a Fleet Account Executive. I am excited for this new challenge and hope that my skill set, experience and enthusiasm can contribute to Chrysler going strong into 2015”

January 5, 2015

David Lemon
David Lemon.
David Lemon is now Regional Business Manager at Mister Transmission.

He will be based in Vancouver, British Columbia responsible for the development of western Canada, including the creation of new franchisees and growth of existing store sales.

“We’ve been looking to fill this role for quite some time,” said Randall Moore, President and CEO, Mister Transmission. “We are happy to have Lemon join the team, and look forward to strengthening our presence in the west.”

Lemon joins Mister Transmission with a degree in Business Administration, and extensive experience in the automotive industry and related management sectors.

December 10, 2014

Ted Lancaster
Ted Lancaster.
Ted Lancaster has been named Vice-President, Nissan Field Sales and Sales Operations for Canada. The appointment is effective January 1. He will be replacing Mike Colleran, who in turn is appointed Regional Vice-President, Nissan Northeast Region in the U.S.

Lancaster has over 20 years automotive industry experience, he joined Nissan Canada in 2013 as Regional General Manager,East Region. He also held the position of Director, National Development for the Dilawri Group as well as various sales and marketing leadership roles with Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi.

“Mike has been an important part of the Nissan team success in Canada, we’d like to thank him for his commitment and tireless energy over the past three years, and wish him all the best in his new role,” said Christian Meunier, President of Nissan Canada Inc. “Ted was an immediate asset upon joining the Nissan team and we’re very happy to promote from within to this very important role.”

December 9, 2014

David W. Paterson has been appointed Vice-President, Corporate and Environmental Affairs at General Motors Canada. He will also be a part of GM's global public policy and communications organizations. He will take over for Neil Macdonald who will retire effective March 1, 2015.

Previously, Paterson was Global Senior Vice-President, Government Relations for BlackBerry and prior to that was Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs for Manulife Financial.

"I am very pleased to welcome David back to GM. His extensive experience and strong relationships will be a great asset to GM as we continue to build an innovative, profitable and customer-focused business in Canada based on world-leading vehicles and technologies,” said Stephen K. Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada. "I would like to thank Neil for leading both the corporate affairs and legal functions at GM Canada throughout a historic period for General Motors of Canada. We are grateful for his leadership and dedication."

Paterson will join GM Canada's Executive Committee. Macdonald will remain as General Counsel; a successor will be named later.

December 2, 2014

Mark Boutilier
Mark Boutilier.
Mark Boutilier has been named Director of Business and Fleet Development for Action Car and Truck Accessories.

“As a key part to our success, Mark has shown the dedication needed to further enhance our position as a leader in the Canadian automotive fleet upfitting business,” said Craig Crossman, COO, Action Car and Truck Accessories. “Having established key relationships amongst the Canadian Automotive Fleet Industry over the past few years, it made sense to promote Mark to this position”

Boutilier’s new responsibilities involve maintaining current customer relationships and heading a team of business development managers top grow business in 32 plus locations across the country. Before his promotion, Boutilier was Fleet Project Manager for Action Car and Truck Accessories, overseeing multiple upfitting projects in all locations.

“I am excited for this new challenge and hope that my enthusiasm and drive can lead Action Car and Truck Accessories to enhance its position as a leader in Fleet Upfitting across Canada,” said Boutilier.

December 1, 2014

Ed Woiteshek has been appointed CEO of CarProof Corporation, taking over from founder Paul Antony who remains Chairman of the Board.

"Paul's commitment to creating transparency in the automotive industry is the reason why CarProof exists today," said Woiteshek. "Thanks to his vision and leadership over the past 14 years, CarProof has built a reputation as an industry leader and is on a path to enable a number of next-generation products that will add value to our loyal customers. It's truly an honour to take on this role and be a part of a team that is changing the way vehicles are bought and sold. I look forward to working with all the great people at CarProof to aggressively pursue the company's expansive strategic plans."

For the past 10 years, Woiteshek was an investment professional at Hellman & Friedman, and over the last five years worked extensively in automotive and information services in North America and Europe.

"I want to thank everyone that has supported CarProof on its journey to drive a new industry standard in transparency. I've been so lucky to have led this tremendous company in an industry I love and have grown up in," said Antony. "As a patron of CarProof in this journey, I realize that the skill sets required to lead us up to this point will not necessarily be the same as the ones required to lead us into the next chapter. With that said, the time is right to transition out of the CEO role and into the role of Chairman, providing strategic vision and insight to the company while stepping out of the day-to-day operations. It is my privilege to welcome Ed Woiteshek to CarProof as the new CEO. "

November 21, 2014

Stephen K. Carlislen
Stephen K. Carlisle.
Canadian-born Stephen K. Carlisle has been appointed President and Managing Director for General Motors Canada. Carlisle replaces retiring Kevin W. Williams.

Most recently, Carlisle was Vice-President Global Product Planning and Program Management in the United States. He has also been VP U.S. Sales Operations, and served as President and Managing Director, GM South East Asia Operations. Carlisle will report to Alan Batey, President, GM North America. He began his GM career as a co-op student at Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre in 1982

“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to return to Canada and build on the winning foundation established by Kevin and the team over the past four years,” said Carlisle. “Having worked intensely on GM’s world-leading new products and technology strategies, I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and product focus to Canada. I look forward to working with our employees, dealers and other key stakeholders to continue to build an organization that puts the customer at the centre of everything we do.”

Williams held the position of President GM Canada since 2010; he will retire effective December 31, 2014. Williams has been with GM since 1983, as has had responsibilities in manufacturing, supplier quality and development, purchasing and service and parts operations in several GM locations around the globe including Canada, Mexico, Germany, and the United States.

"I'd like to thank Kevin for his leadership and significant contributions throughout a long and distinguished career with GM," said Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Company. "In his most recent assignment, Kevin helped rebuild GM Canada after one of our most challenging periods and has established a solid foundation for growth into the future."

Carlisle was born in Woodstock, Ontario and received a bachelor of applied science degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from the Sloan School of Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

November 21, 2014

Christina St-Germain
Christina St-Germain.
Manheim Montreal’s Assistant General Manager Christina St-Germain has been promoted to General Manager.

“A key part developing talent and creating a great customer experience is to have the right leaders in place,” said Mike McKinney, RVP, East Region Operations. “We are excited to promote Christina, an experienced and talented individual who has delivered strong business results and will continue to help us and our customers further prosper.”

Christina served as Quebec regional manager for DMT Development Systems Group of Winnipeg, Manitoba, from 2011-13.

Manheim Montreal is located at 715, rue Dubois in St Eustache, Quebec.

November 10, 2014

Derek Wcislo and Vanessa Timariu have been appointed to positions of Account Executives at Foss National Leasing.

Wcislo was with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car as manager of a flagship location. He been recognized for his achievements in customer service, sales growth and increased operating profit. Wcislo has a history of fleet growth with the company.

Timariu brings experience in sales and account management; she has consistently expanded her account portfolio and exceeded yearly sales targets.

October 29, 2014

Michael Cole
Michael Cole.
Michael Cole has been named Vice-President Canada and Northern Region Trustee for NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), replacing Pedro Miranda. Cole has been with NAFA since 2007, and was most recently Chair of the Ontario chapter.

"Michael Cole has quickly shown the enthusiasm and determination required to move NAFA forward within the Ontario Chapter," said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, CEO, NAFA. "I am confident that he will represent our Canadian members well on the NAFA Board of Trustees (BOT) as well as contribute to leading the Association as Vice President for Canada. I look forward to his perspective on subjects that impact the whole of North America, as well as being an envoy as NAFA moves toward a leading position in the international fleet community."

Cole is presently Team Lead Strategic, for the Government of Ontario Fleet Management Centre. He has been with the Ontario Government since 2006 and helped to create and implement Ontario’s green fleet strategy.

“I’m a firm believer that ideas foster ideas,” said Cole. “I hope that my enthusiasm for fleet management will be shared, and as we move forward we can advance fleet management not only in Canada, but throughout North America and internationally.”

October 28, 2014

Joe Foster has been named Midwest National Sales Manager and Jesse Hopperstad as National Sales Manager for the Western region at Auto Truck Group. Bill Carey, has been promoted to National Strategic Account Manager. Lisa Morales will continue as Northeast National Sales Manager.

“Lisa, Joe, Jesse, and Bill bring deep and relevant experience to their new sales roles at Auto Truck Group," states Dennis Jones, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "These positions reinforce our commitment to our valued work truck upfit customers across the continent."

Sean Otterberg, Manager, Special Projects, and Brian Swat, Van Sales Specialist, will head up sales for Auto Truck's van product lines. Moving forward, all fleet sales positions will now report to Corey Stanley, Director, National Account Fleet Sales.

October 14, 2014

Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin.
Bill Goodwin has been named Director of Business Development at CARSTAR Automotive Canada inc., in his new position he will be responsible for leading CARSTAR’S business development strategies and team, working closely with regional directors and managers across the country.

Goodwin has been involved with the automotive and fleet industry for more than 20 years and has held senior management positions with a North American fleet management company.

October 7, 2014

Stewart Pinos has been named Chief Commercial Officer at BSM Technologies Inc. a provider of fleet management, fleet diagnostics, remote monitoring, and automated vehicle security systems.

"This is an exciting time for BSM and we are very pleased to have Stewart join our organization and serve on our executive leadership team," said Aly Rahemtulla, President and CEO, BSM. "Stewart is a results oriented innovative sales and marketing executive with a proven track record of success. We look forward to his contributions to our business and future success."

Pinos has over years experience in senior sales and marketing roles in North America and Europe. Most recently, he was the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at the SCI Group Inc.

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