Brendan P. Keegan Wins Silver in 9th Annual Best in Biz Awards

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Written By: Alicia Hart, Vice President, Human Resources

Nashua, N.H., native recognized in Executive of the Year category

Nashua N.H. native and CEO of Merchants Fleet Brendan P. Keegan has been named a silver winner in the Executive of the Year – Medium Companies category in Best in Biz Awards, an independent business awards program judged by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Keegan was recognized for his innovative leadership, which has fueled Merchants Fleet’s strategic direction and been the driving force behind its industry-leading growth. The company is the fastest-growing fleet management company nationally, and it recently moved into an expanded, state-of-the-art headquarters in Hooksett, N.H.

“With our strategic focus on innovation across the company and our move into our new building, it has been a remarkable year for Merchants,” said Gary Singer, Owner of Merchants Fleet and Chairman of the Corporate Board. “Brendan’s leadership is a core reason why we have achieved such success, and we are excited that his efforts are being recognized on a national scale.”

Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards’ entrants have spanned the spectrum, from some of the most recognizable global brands to innovative local companies and start-up. With more than 700 entries, the 9th annual program attracted a record number of entries from public and private companies of all sizes, spanning all geographic regions and industries in the U.S. and Canada. Best in Biz Awards 2019 honors were conferred in 80 different categories.

“With Brendan as CEO, we have seen rapid growth and continued to build upon the award-winning culture that makes our work environment unique,” said Robert Singer, Owner and President of Merchants. “He is an exemplary leader, and Best in Biz Awards could not have selected a better candidate for this award.”

Each year, winners in Best in Biz Awards are determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled from respected newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. The 2019 judging panel included, among others, writers from USA Today, Wired, Associated Press, Barron’s, AdWeek, Consumer Affairs, Healthcare Innovation News, Inc., Accounting Today, Investment Advisor Magazine, and eWeek.

Keegan has served as CEO at Merchants Fleet since January 2018. He has been involved with Merchants Fleet since 2009—as a client, board member, and strategic advisor. He is focused on transforming the company’s business model and creating FleetTech, an industry model that merges fleet and technology. He was recently named the gold winner for Innovator of the Year by CEO World Awards. Prior to joining Merchants, he was a six-time, transformational President & CEO of companies ranging from 500 to over 10,000 employees located in nearly 150 countries in the technology and financial services sectors. Brendan also served as the Fortune 100’s youngest Chief Sales Officer for EDS, a $22-billion technology industry leader. Brendan has raised nearly $2.0 billion in capital and returned over $4.0 billion to investors. He has trained over 250,000 leaders, led nearly 50,000 employees, and driven sales of over $100 billion.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2019, visit:

About Best in Biz Awards: Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has maintained its premier status as the only independent business awards program judged by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, Best in Biz Awards judges have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy to local companies and some of the most innovative start-ups. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 80 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit:

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