Our family history

Our people have been helping fleets achieve thier strategic objectives for over 70 years.

Our past and present is the foundation for building a bright future.

1924

Holman Enterprises, parent company of ARI, launched in Merchantville, New Jersey when Steward C. Holman signed a dealership contract with the Ford Motor Company.

1948

Ford asked Holman to organise a new renting and leasing company for passenger cars and trucks. With one desk in the corner of the Ford dealership, ARI was open for business.

1980s

ARI introduced services and online systems for maintenance, renewal and title management, including reports and analysis tools. Clients also gained access to our Client Information Systems team– the industry’s first team to provide customer-direct, technology-related support.

1990s

To meet the needs of companies growing geographically, ARI expanded operations throughout North America. We also opened the first of several maintenance call centers. As the century closed, ARI introduced web-based systems for both fleet managers and drivers.

2000s

To help customers control costs in the midst of the recession in the US, ARI offered consulting support geared toward sustainability, fuel efficiency, and compliance.

2010 & beyond

In 2011, ARI opened locations in England and Germany and acquired upfitting companies to support global and vocational fleets.

Since this date the UK has gone through a transformation of systems and management team to ensure the success of the business for the future and place it as a leader.

This investment has culminated in numerous awards with the most recent successes being Commercial Fleet Awards, Supplier of the year 2018 and What Van SMR award 2019.

ARI’s parent company has also formed Holman Strategic Ventures to develop our core business competencies aligned with disruptive technologies in order to meet the challenges of the future.  As fleet and mobility strategies evolve, we will continue to invest in innovative technologies and processes to keep you on the cutting edge.


Our evolution in motion

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

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