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Merchants Fleet Celebrates Growth, New Headquarters at Inaugural Fleet Summit ‘19

For its first-annual Fleet Summit, Merchants Fleet focused on the future – the future of the industry, the company’s forward-looking emphasis on growth and innovation, and a new chapter in a state-of-the-art headquarters – while also celebrating the qualities that have kept it in business for over 50 years. Fleet Summit ’19 was part celebration, part industry-deep dive as Merchants Fleet clients, employees, and business partners gathered to mark the company’s rapid growth and [...]

October 4th, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Recognizes Fleet Response with Supplier Excellence Award

Merchants Fleet presented Fleet Response with the Supplier Excellence Award this week in recognition of their long track record of supplying excellent safety services. The award was presented during the opening of Fleet Summit '19, an event bringing together Merchants Fleet’s clients and business partners to discuss relevant industry topics and celebrate the company’s new headquarters. It is the first time Merchants has awarded a company with the honor. “It has been a pleasure [...]

October 3rd, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Adds to Workplace Accolades

Merchants Fleet continues to grow its reputation as one of the best places in the state to work. The company recently was entered into Business NH Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For Hall of Fame, and it also was named one of Boston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.

September 27th, 2019|Tags: , |

Merchants Fleet Wins 2019 Impact Award from Innovation Leader

Innovation Leader, a fast-growing media and events company focused on helping the world’s largest companies build competitive advantage, recently awarded Merchants Fleet with a 2019 Impact Award. The award recognized Merchants Fleet’s INNOV8 program, which offers training and resources to help employees innovate solutions by thinking and acting differently.

September 26th, 2019|Tags: , |

Merchants Fleet CEO Brendan P. Keegan Named Innovator of the Year in Business Services by CEO World Awards®

Merchants Fleet CEO Brendan P. Keegan has been named the gold winner of Innovator of the Year by CEO World Awards®. He was recognized in their business services, 11 to 2,499 employee category. He also won the silver for CEO of the Year, USA, and the bronze for Visionary CEO of the Year. He was recognized for his innovation, forward-thinking, and his ability to develop people and improve products and services for clients.“Brendan has made [...]

August 6th, 2019|Tags: |

Merchants Fleet Expands Fleet Consulting Team, Hires Three Industry Experts

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce it has expanded its fleet consulting group by hiring three senior fleet consultants: Chad Edmonson, Lawrence Liu, and Eric Miller. The hires bring a combined 50 years of experience from the fleet and financial industries and are based across the country. The expansion is the latest success in the company’s FleetIQ initiative, which is dedicated to recruiting and retaining the best talent in the fleet industry. To date, [...]

July 31st, 2019|Tags: |

Jen Gordon Promoted to Merchants Fleet’s Southeast Sales Team

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce Jen Gordon has been promoted to a full-time sales role as a Regional Sales Manager for its Southeast Team. Gordon will be responsible for new client acquisition & retention efforts in Virginia and North Carolina. Previously, Gordon served as a Product Sales Consultant/Account Manager at Merchants and was responsible for the strategic growth of various product lines. “Jen has long played a critical role in supporting and enabling [...]

July 22nd, 2019|

Bob Barna Joins Merchants Fleet’s Southeast Sales Team

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce Bob Barna has joined its Southeast region as a Regional Sales Manager. The Merchants Southeast team has significantly expanded its presence over the past year. Barna will be responsible for new client acquisition & retention efforts in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. “Bob is well-known in the industry for his expertise and his ability to deliver creative solutions to his clients,” said Dusty Cummins, Regional Vice President of the [...]

July 11th, 2019|Tags: |

Merchants Fleet Recognized for Outstanding Work Culture

Company receives Great Place to Work certification and named one of  Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce it recently received two recognitions for its excellent work culture. The company was named Great Place to Work-Certified™ for its fourth consecutive year, and it was named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” for the first time. Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics [...]

July 8th, 2019|Tags: |

Jessica Bruning Elected to National Association of Women in Construction – Greater Orlando Chapter Board of Directors

Merchants Fleet is proud to announce that Regional Sales Manager Jessica Bruning was recently elected as a Director for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) – Greater Orlando Chapter. NAWIC’s goal is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. They offer their members opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service, and more. Bruning has been involved with NAWIC since 2016. “I ran for a Director position [...]

July 8th, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Breaks Down Walls with New Headquarters

For a few minutes this week, Merchants Fleet’s staff put down their laptops, picked up some sledgehammers, and started hammering away at a wall, breaking into a new chapter for the 50-plus year-old company. The group gathered as part of a Demolition Day event celebrating the remodel of what will be the company’s new headquarters at 14 Central Park Drive in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Ownership, leadership and staff members kicked off the afternoon by [...]

May 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Brendan P. Keegan & Jeanine L. Charlton Accepted into Forbes Technology Council

Merchants Fleet CEO Brendan P. Keegan and Senior Vice President & CTO Jeanine L. Charlton have been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives. Keegan & Charlton were vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of their experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors. [...]

April 11th, 2019|

Jim Murray Joins Merchants Fleet’s Central Sales Team

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce Jim Murray has joined its Central region as a Regional Sales Manager. He is responsible for large-market sales in the Midwestern states. “We’re excited to welcome Jim to our growing sales team,” said Jon Keller, Regional Vice President of Merchants Fleet’s Central Region. “His deep knowledge of financing and leasing will make him a great asset to Merchants Fleet’s clients, and we’re happy that he chose to bring [...]

April 10th, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Invests in Innovation with Launch of New Innovation Department

Merchants Fleet has launched its Innovation Department and hired Lisa Bonacci as its Director of Innovation. The Innovation Department is dedicated to providing resources to further develop the skills, behaviors, and processes needed to continue to drive an innovative client experience. The new department, which Bonacci leads, is part of the company’s growing efforts to drive innovation in the fleet management space. Prior to joining Merchants Fleet, Bonacci served as the Engagement Manager for [...]

March 22nd, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Expands Truck Sales & Engineering Group, Hires Chris Johnston

Merchants Fleet is expanding its Truck Sales & Engineering Group, and recently hired Chris Johnston as its newest Senior Truck & Upfit Engineer. Johnston joins an extensive team that includes Senior Truck & Upfit Engineer Joe Birren, Regional Sales Manager Jake Hebenstreit, Mobility Leasing Services – Business Development Russ Williams, Director of Operations – Purchasing Candice Groth, Senior Vice President of Sales Tom Coffey, and Senior Vice President of Operations Adam Secore. “As more [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Jeanine L. Charlton, Senior VP & CTO at Merchants Fleet, to Speak on AGENDA19 Innovation Panel

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Jeanine L. Charlton will be a panelist at AGENDA19, an immersive, interactive business leadership conference focused on driving businesses forward in changing times. Organized by IDG and CIO Magazine, AGENDA attracts a variety of business and technology leaders. This year’s event is being held March 18-20 at the Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and focuses on the theme “Winning [...]

March 7th, 2019|

CEO Brendan P. Keegan Talks Leadership, Innovation with NH Department of Safety

CEO of Merchants Fleet Brendan P. Keegan spoke to a full room of New Hampshire’s safety leaders this week as the keynote for the Department of Safety’s Leadership Meeting, which was held at the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services. During his session Keegan encouraged the state’s leaders to take time to innovate, engage in strategic thinking, and invest in their teams through leadership and coaching. Commissioner John J. Barthelmes [...]

March 1st, 2019|

Holly Hafenmair Joins Merchants Fleet’s Southeast Sales Team

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce Holly Hafenmair has joined its Southeast region as a Regional Sales Manager. She is responsible for large-market sales in the southeast region, specifically Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. “We’re thrilled to have Holly’s talents on our growing Southeast sales team,” said Dusty Cummins, Regional Vice President of Merchants Fleet’s Southeast Region. “Her extensive fleet experience, combined with her excellent project management and relationship-building skillsets, make her a [...]

February 12th, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Named Among National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

Merchants Fleet is excited to announce it has been named one of the country’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. The award recognizes companies that excel at employee relations, use innovation to motivate employees, implement creative compensation programs, and more. Winners were assessed by the National Association for Business Resources, an independent research firm, which reviewed several key measures relative to other nationally-recognized winners. It is the first time Merchants Fleet has received [...]

February 6th, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Signs Lease on New Corporate Headquarters to Accommodate Growing Workforce & Client-Base

After a year of unprecedented growth, Merchants Fleet has signed a 10-year lease on a state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Southern New Hampshire. In January 2018, the company launched a new and aggressive strategic direction focused on growing the company’s national client base while attracting the best and brightest employees across the fleet industry. The new headquarters allows Merchants to build on their legacy of delivering exceptional service and the most innovative fleet management experience [...]

January 31st, 2019|

Merchants Fleet Management Expands Mobility Leasing Services with New Truck Rental Program

Hooksett, N.H. October 29, 2018: Merchants Fleet Management has launched a new truck rental program to add to its growing suite of mobility leasing services. Designed for industries in need of light-duty, all-wheel drive trucks, the program offers flexible rental terms for top-quality vehicles, along with a variety of customized options. Customers will be able to take advantage of features like unlimited mileage, off-road usage, custom upfitting, added safety equipment, and 24/7 roadside assistance, [...]

October 29th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Announces Leadership Team Changes

Hooksett, N.H. October 25, 2018: Merchants Fleet Management is pleased to announce several changes in its fleet leadership team. As Merchants continues to make strategic changes to adapt to the future of fleet and move toward its aggressive growth goals, several members of leadership have been promoted into new roles to capitalize on their strengths and years of fleet management experience. “Over the past year, Merchants has experienced incredible growth. We’ve hired some of [...]

October 25th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Expands on Newly Formed Southeast Region

Hooksett, N.H. October 17, 2018: Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce three sales executives; Steve Merkel, Jake Brunner, and Jessica Bruning have joined the newly formed Southeast region. This team will work under the direction of the three Regional Vice Presidents who joined Merchants last month, industry veterans Bill Stueber, Dusty Cummins, and Mike Combs. Merkel, Brunner, and Burning will cover the Southeast area, helping corporate fleets meet their business needs with the extensive [...]

October 17th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Wins Nationwide Government Contract with Sourcewell

Hooksett, N.H. October 11, 2018: Merchants Fleet was recently selected by Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance), a national cooperative purchasing organization, in the fleet management category for its government, nonprofit, and education members. Sourcewell contracts are solicited across North America and are awarded after a thorough and competitive process. Sourcewell’s 50,000 members will have access to a variety of Merchants Fleet services, including accident management, driver history profiles, safety training, maintenance, toll and [...]

October 11th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Announces Brian DeFoney as Regional Sales Manager

Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce Brian DeFoney has joined their team as Regional Sales Manager. His territory will be focused on Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Prior to Merchants, DeFoney spent 18 years in fleet sales, focusing on new business development and client retention in Michigan and the greater Chicago area. He developed business relationships in all sizes of fleet management markets, and he will continue to develop this market at Merchants. “We’re [...]

October 9th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Announces Candice Groth as Director of Purchasing

Hooksett, N.H. September 27, 2018: Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce that Candice Groth has joined their team as its Director of Purchasing. With the strong growth Merchants continues to experience, Candice will be focused on enhancing both customer facing and internal processes related to new vehicle acquisition. Groth began her fleet management career in 1998 with GE Capital Fleet Services and progressed to Director of Operations at Element Fleet Management, where she was [...]

October 1st, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Grows Industry Expertise and Leadership with Market Expansion

Hooksett, N.H. September 24, 2018: Merchants Fleet announced today the expansion of its sales team to a fourth Sales Region to continue to fuel the company’s rapid market expansion.  The announcement of the new region includes hiring three industry veterans as Regional Vice Presidents to lead the Southeast Region; Bill Stueber, Mike Combs, and Dusty Cummins.  In addition to the Southeast Region, Jon Keller, Regional Vice President, will lead the Central Region, Diana Holland, [...]

September 26th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Management Wins Best Company to Work For

Read the Business NH Magazine Article HereHooksett, N.H. September 12, 2018 - - - Merchants Fleet Management is proud to announce it has again been recognized as a Best Company to Work For in NH by Business NH Magazine.The 2018 competition included an employee engagement survey that had to be completed by at least 50 percent of a company’s workforce as well as an extensive employer survey, detailing benefits and workplace practices. By combining the [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Expands Senior Leadership Team

Hooksett, N.H. August 8, 2018: Merchants Fleet  announced today it is expanding its senior leadership team to meet the growing needs of their client base which has experienced a 35% increase in leased and managed units over the last 12 months. Jack Firriolo will assume his new role of Vice President, Fleet Credit, while Adam Secore will become Vice President, Fleet Operations. Adam Secore is a 12-year veteran of the Merchants organization, having spent [...]

August 8th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Eclipses 50,000 Managed Units

Hooksett, N.H. July 11th, 2018: Merchants Fleet is excited to announce it has surpassed 50,000 leased or managed units.  Over the past 5 years, the company has expanded its portfolio by 46%. The strong showing is another step towards the recent expansion goal set by CEO Brendan P. Keegan, to double the size of the company by 2023.   “We are thrilled to reach 50,000 units and are looking forward to continued growth” stated Keegan.  “We’re continuing to add business with existing clients while [...]

July 11th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Names Jeanine L. Charlton as New Chief Technology Officer

Hooksett, N.H. June 11, 2018: Merchants Fleet has named technology industry veteran Jeanine L. Charlton as Chief Technology Officer. “We launched a global search for the technology industry’s brightest mind with a combination of business savviness and enabling technology thought leadership; we are extremely excited to welcome Jeanine to the Merchants family,” said Brendan P. Keegan, Chief Executive Officer. Charlton has been on the forefront of IT and business integration at technology powerhouses such [...]

June 11th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Introduces New Fleet Operations Manager

Hooksett, N.H. June 6th 2018: Merchants Fleet is excited to announce a new addition to their Purchasing Team. Charles Mathew will now serve as the Fleet Operations Manager. With more than 14 years of fleet experience, Mathew is the latest in a string of hires for the growing company. In his new role Mathew will lead Merchants Fleet's factory order team, managing the order to delivery process for fleet customers. Mathew has a Bachelor [...]

June 6th, 2018|

Merchants’ Singer Family Receives Granite State Legacy Award Honoring a History of Giving Back

Hooksett, NH (June 1, 2018) – The Singer Family, founders of Merchants Automotive Group, was honored with a 2018 Granite State Legacy Award recognizing the family’s extensive history of giving. Presented by the New Hampshire Union Leader and sponsored by Eastern Bank, the award celebrates the accomplishments of New Hampshire’s most distinguished citizens who have given the most to the state through business, philanthropy, politics and more. Gary Singer accepted the honor at a [...]

June 1st, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Continues Sales Growth

Hooksett, N.H. May 2018: Merchants Fleet is continuing to grow its sales team. The two newest members are Andrew Camp, and John “Rocky” Petrone. The move comes as part of Merchants Fleet's commitment to double in size again over the next several years, as part of Merchants CEO Brendan P. Keegan’s multiyear plan. Andrew Camp, in his role of Reginal Sales Manager, will cover central and northern California. Camp previously worked as the Vice [...]

May 1st, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Adds Customer Value Through Streamlining Services

Hooksett, NH March 22, 2018: Merchants Fleet, an expert in the fleet industry for over 50 years, announced it has streamlined its offerings to increase long-term customer value. Merchants now offers a single point of entry for all products and services: Fleet Management Services (core fleet business), Business Leasing Services (executive, hospitality, and franchise vehicles), and Mobility Leasing Services (short-term fleet options and automated pool management technology). The move allows Merchants to provide customers a [...]

March 22nd, 2018|

Maria Neve Elected to NAFA Board of Directors

ShapeHooksett, N.H. February 26th, 2018: Merchants Fleet is pleased to announce, Government Sales Manager Maria Neve has been named to the NAFA Board of Directors for a three-year term ending in February 2021. Neve has over eighteen years of experience in various sales and operations roles in the government fleet management industry. She has been with Merchants Fleet for the last four and half years. Before coming to Merchants Neve was with Admiral Leasing, [...]

February 26th, 2018|

Merchants Fleet Management Names New CEO

Hooksett, N.H. November 21, 2017: Brendan Keegan was named Chief Executive Officer of Merchants Fleet, today. Merchants appointed Keegan as the interim CEO this past August and today the company announced he will take over as the company’s full time CEO. Merchants conducted a national search for the best person to fill the CEO seat. Merchants Chairman of the Board, Gary Singer stated, “After many conversations, we continued to identify the best candidate as [...]

November 21st, 2017|
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