The History of Holman

From a single Ford dealership in New Jersey in 1924 to a global leader in automotive services with more than 6,000 employees, Holman has come a long way.

Mindy Reflects on Holman’s Founding Story

“The Holman story began in 1924 with a dream to build a family business and a vision to always do the right thing for our employees, our customers and our community. Since then, we have held true to that commitment. Our collective actions have taken a firm place in our lives and work. We will continue to be guided by the core principles on which our company was founded: hiring and developing the most talented people, providing exceptional customer service and giving back to our communities.”

Important Moments In Our History

  • 1924
  • 1946
  • 1948
  • 1972
  • 1982
  • 1985
  • 1989
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2015
  • 2017
  • Today
  • Holman’s Founding

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    Rice & Holman establish R&H Management and open a Ford dealership in Merchantville, New Jersey.

  • Holman Establishes RMP

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    Steward Holman opens Reconditioned Motors and Parts (RMP), an authorized Ford remanufacturer, in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

  • Holman Establishes ARI

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    Rice & Holman Ford creates a subsidiary called Automotive Rentals, Inc. (ARI) to rent and lease fleet vehicles to businesses and corporations.

  • R&H Rebrands

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    R&H Management becomes Holman Enterprises.

  • Vehicle Outfitting

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    Holman acquires the first of two major vehicle outfitting companies to build custom, complex fleet vehicles.

  • Holman USA Adds Portfolio First Luxury Brand

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    A Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealership, which grew into Holman Motorcars Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Fleet Leasing

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    Holman acquires a small fleet leasing company, expanding presence to Canada. That same year, it also expands into Mexico.

  • United Kingdom and Germany

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    Holman becomes a global company by acquiring fleet leasing companies in the United Kingdom and Germany.

  • ONE Holman Mindset

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    Company announces the ONE Holman initiative and names Joseph Holman Chairman Emeritus, Mindy Holman Chair, Carl Ortell CEO, and Brian Bates COO

  • RMP Rebrands

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    RMP is renamed Holman Parts Distribution

  • Holman Flourishes

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    Holman Parts Distribution and ARI are both named to the 2017 Best Places to Work in New Jersey List by NJBiz

  • Holman Comes Together

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    Holman unites all of the group’s companies and with them all of its expertise, under one brand name: Holman. Driving What’s Right.

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