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Our History

Proudly celebrating 65-years of delivering fleet management excellence.

Our long-standing roots in the industry support our continued growth and drive our passion for innovation and focus on superior customer service.


Holman Automotive, the parent company of ARI, had its beginnings in Merchantville, New Jersey when Steward C. Holman signed a dealership contract with the Ford Motor Company.


Fast-forward to 1948, when Ford Motor Company asked Rice & Holman Ford to organize a new division for the purpose of renting and leasing passenger cars and trucks. This company was called ARI.


By the late 60s, the industry moved toward computer automation, and ARI introduced computerized operations.


In the 80s, the industry moved beyond simply leasing vehicles to offering fleet management services. During this time period, ARI established its maintenance management and licensing services. In 1989, the company implemented its award-winning, one-of-a-kind quality assurance program, Partners In Excellence® (PIE). Also with that decade came the acquisition of a Midwestern company that allowed ARI to design and build complex, upfit vehicles.


The 90s marked ARI’s entry into the Canadian fleet marketplace, bringing a pioneering commitment to customer service, coupled with innovative fleet management offerings. In a little over a decade, ARI Canada grew from a small fleet provider to one of the country’s largest, organically growing to over 167,000 managed vehicles. Through this, ARI has continued to bring new innovations to Canadian fleets such as the industry’s first integrated Garage Management System (GMS.)


With the new century came new strategies for fleet managers. ARI supported its clients through strategic consulting services, the industry’s first “green” initiatives and enhanced fuel efficiency measures, and important compliance programs that helped clients successfully manage the increasingly complex landscape of rules, regulations and laws that govern fleets.


In 2011, ARI announced its acquisition of UK-based Fleet Support Group (FSG) headquartered in Chippenham, England, the starting block for ARI’s future global expansion. In 2013, ARI expanded operations to more than 15 European countries through the acquisition of two companies: Fleetlevel+ and HPI Fleet, which merged under the name ARI Fleet Germany. That same year, ARI was named to Fortune’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, and was named to the list again in 2014 and 2015. As the company moves forward, ARI continues to expand globally and strengthen its people, processes and technology to retain its leadership position.


Sharing more of our story with you to learn more about our people, process and technology.

ARI Evolution

Learn how ARI has thrived throughout the decades and has grown to become the largest privately held fleet management company in the world.


Meet our People

Hear from ARI employees firsthand about the company’s unique culture, Partners in Excellence Program, and commitment to the communities in which they work and live.


Giving Back

At ARI, giving back and supporting the communities that support our success is one of our core values. Our annual United Way campaign is one of the ways we work to make a difference.


Creating Raving Fans

At ARI, we believe every day is a chance to do more, to deliver the best and to exceed expectations. Every day is an opportunity to do something great. Learn why at ARI we don’t just want casual fans – we want raving fans.