Merchants Fleet Wins Multiple Stevie® Awards in the 2022 American Business Awards®

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Written By: Merchants Fleet

Hooksett, N.H. May 5, 2022: Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest-growing fleet management company, is proud to announce three members of the Merchants’ senior leadership team have received Stevie® Awards in the 20th Annual American Business Awards®.

Merchants CEO Brendan P. Keegan has been named Thought Leader of the Year in the Business Services category; Senior VP and CFO Jerry Pavelich has been awarded with an Achievement Financial Services Management; and VP of Strategic Alliances Rick Bell has been recognized for Achievement in Transportation Management. All three are tenured fleet professionals whose experience and expertise in the industry are the driving force behind Merchants’ meteoric growth. In 2021 the Merchants portfolio of vehicles grew by nearly $500 million to a total of value of $2 billion—a 34% increase, with 20,000 vehicles on the road and 4 million packages per day delivered in a vehicle managed by Merchants.

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do, and it’s no secret that Merchants is setting the standard for excellence in the transportation industry,” said Brendan P. Keegan. “We are incredibly proud to be recognized by the American Business Awards, and to be part of the award-winning Merchants team.”

Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the American Business Awards received more than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes each year, with more than 230 professionals worldwide participating in the judging process to select this award winners.

“We are so pleased that we will be able to stage our first ABA awards banquet since 2019 and to celebrate in person, the achievements of such a diverse group of organizations and individuals,” said Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards. The awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 13.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2022 Stevie winners are available at


About the Stevie Awards 
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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