Merchants Fleet Wins 2 Silvers in the 10th Annual Best in Biz Awards

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Written By: Merchants Fleet

Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest-growing fleet company, is proud to announce two members of their senior management team have been named Silver winners by the Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

“We are extremely proud of John Cail and Jerry Pavelich, who rose to the many challenges presented by 2020 by raising debt capital to fund vehicles and growing business to new heights in our last mile segment,” said Brendan P. Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet. “They demonstrated a remarkable ability to innovate and pivot their teams at a time when the nation was relying on companies like Merchants Fleet, to get goods and services into the hands of Americans when they needed them the most.”

Finance Executive of the Year Jerry Pavelich, CFO for Merchants Fleet, led an effort to secure $50 million in growth financing during one of the most volatile economic markets ever, and his efforts have positioned the company for growth. Thanks to Jerry’s leadership, Merchants will be able to bring on additional larger clients, launch new businesses, invest in its technology and people, and grow and become a stronger company.

Business Development Executive of the Year John Cail, Senior VP of Mobility for Merchants Fleet, and his team faced a pandemic where last mile and home delivery was critical. During the pandemic, it was calculated that in 24 hours, over one million homes received essential goods delivered in a vehicle managed by Merchants. By the end of 2020, it is projected that 2 million packages will be delivered daily by vehicles serviced by Merchants. Because of John’s quick efforts to make vehicles available to delivery businesses, more people had essential goods delivered to their homes at a time when they needed them most.

The judges were impressed with this year’s winners’ agility and adaptability that allowed their businesses to thrive and their willingness to always go the extra mile to help their customers in these unusual times.

“In this wild year, it’s amazing to see companies still innovating, adapting, and thriving,” said Christopher Null, Wired, having judged seven of the last 10 Best in Biz Awards programs. “There’s so much in the business world that is inspirational right now.”

Since the program’s inception in 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled each year from some of the most respected newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Combining top editors’ and reporters’ unparalleled expertise and experience with the objectivity inherent in the journalistic ethos and further enhanced by the variety of outlets represented, Best in Biz Awards judging panels are uniquely able to determine the best of the best from among the hundreds of competitive entries. The 2020 judging panel included, among others, writers from Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, USA Today and Wired.

About Best in Biz Awards: Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has been 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, judges in the premier awards program 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 global economy to some of the world’s most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 90 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit: 

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