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. For nearly 100 years, 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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