We are proud of our entire team at Merchants Fleet Management – hard working individuals, collaborating to solve our clients' needs.

Below you can read more about some of our executive team members, most of whom are also leaders within their fields.

Ownership

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GARY SINGER
Owner and Chairman of the Board


Merchants Automotive Group was founded over 50 years ago by Irving Singer.  Today it is run by three of Irving Singer’s sons, as well as his son-in-law.  As one of Irving’s sons, and Chairman of the Board of Merchants Automotive Group and Merchants Fleet Management, Gary is directly and actively involved in guiding the operation of the Leasing division, including establishing policies, procedures, developing, mentoring and coaching our sales team, and ultimately contributing to the overall financial results of the company.  Gary has a rich history in the Automotive Fleet Business and brings with him incredible knowledge regarding all aspects of the industry. 

After graduating from New York University with a BS in Business Management, Gary began working at Merchants Automotive Group and has been at Merchants for the past 40 years. Gary is a leader and volunteer for numerous community non-profit organizations.  He is the former President of Temple Israel, former Chairman of United Jewish Appeal of New Hampshire, and former Advisor to The Salvation Army.  To name a few of the many organizations that he has been actively involved with, Gary has worked with The American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and was an Incorporator of Catholic Medical Center.   

Gary has also received the William Booth Award from The Salvation Army.  In the history of this award, this has been presented to just a few recipients in New Hampshire.  This award was also awarded posthumously to his beloved father, Irving Singer.


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ROBERT SINGER
Owner and President

Robert Singer began his involvement in the family business 47 years ago. His vision and drive have played a major role in the aggressive and profitable growth of Merchants Automotive Group.  Under his guidance, Merchants has grown from 60 used vehicles in 1962 to having a national leasing division, Merchants Fleet Management, that has become one of the top 10 largest in the country.  He acted as the syndicating agent and key force in effectively broadening the financial base of the multi-million dollar corporation.  

Robert actively contributes in the day to day business of the corporation, directly handling a vast number of Merchants’ prime national accounts, managing a very large portfolio, as well as continuing to play an important role in risk management insurance initiatives. He was appointed as President in 2012 succeeding his brother, Stephen Singer, who retired December 31, 2011 after 40 years with Merchants. As President, Robert has continued best-in-class excellence with a commitment to the employees and most importantly, Merchants’ valued clients.


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JEFFREY SINGER
Owner and Vice President

Jeffrey Singer has worked at Merchants for over 42 years. He plays an integral role in setting residuals for closed-end leases. In addition, Jeffrey plays a very active role with acquisition and dispositions of Merchants’ fleet. He has spent countless hours giving back to the community, serving on several non-profit boards such as the Webster House and Maimonides school and is a past President of Temple Israel in New Hampshire. Jeffrey obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from New York University.


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MICHAEL SYDNEY
Owner and Vice President

Michael Sydney has worked at Merchants for over 30 years. He plays an integral role in the management focus and direction of the company, leading and handling the real estate and facilities division for Merchants Automotive Group and the Singer family. He spearheads many company initiatives and plays an active role in contributing to the overall financial success of the organization. Michael has over 35 years of experience in real estate and business management and received a degree in Business Management and Finance from Bentley College in 1979.

Michael has contributed his time and energy to a variety of charities over the years; notably the Salvation Army, Jewish Federation of NH and Temple Israel of Manchester.


Executive Leadership

Brendan-Keegan-Indoor-3BRENDAN P. KEEGAN

Chief Executive Officer

Brendan P. Keegan serves as Chief Executive Officer at Merchants and has been part of the Merchants Fleet Management team since 2009; first as a client, then as a consultant, and most recently a board member. Brendan is a 5-time industry leading President & CEO of large private-equity-backed companies in the technology and financial services sectors and also served as the Fortune 100’s youngest Chief Sales Officer for Electronic Data Systems [EDS], a $22-billion technology industry leader.  Brendan has raised nearly $1.0 billion in capital and returned over $2.2 billion to investors through successful exit strategies. As both a CEO and business owner, he has trained over 100,000 leaders, led nearly 50,000 employees, driven sales of over $100 billion and worked globally in over 150 countries.  Brendan is a sought-after speaker, author and has served on over 50 corporate boards.  He is active in the community as a youth coach, leadership advisor, volunteer and founder of the Victory Academy, nashuaHUB business incubator and Keegan Courage & Faith Foundation focused on serving at-risk youth.

Brendan was named a Distinguished Fellow by Dartmouth College, a Fast50 Executive by FastCompany, Best-of-the-Best CEOs by Incentive, amongst many other recognitions. Brendan received his Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his MBA from the George Washington University and Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Chicago.  



Jerry PJERRY PAVELICH
Chief Financial Officer 

Jerry brings 30+ years of proven leadership, success, and in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry to Merchants. His professional background encompasses a broad range of credit card lending, insurance, banking and leasing experience.

After spending much of his early career at General Electric, where he rose to the position of CFO for GE Capital – North America Fleet Services, Jerry assumed the role of CFO for several operating units of Citigroup and for CUNA Mutual Group. Jerry also served as CFO for Barclaycard US where he played a key role in achieving its growth objectives by partnering with and advising its chief executive and business leadership on all areas of financial management. Jerry has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Jeanine Charlton

JEANINE CHARLTON
Chief Technology Officer

Jeanine Charlton joined Merchants Fleet Management in June 2018.  As Chief Technology Officer, Jeanine is responsible for providing groundbreaking leadership that will position Merchants for technological advancement and continued growth while creating a culture that celebrates innovation, collaboration and inclusion. Jeanine has an extensive executive technology leadership background in automotive, transportation, supply chain & manufacturing and has previously served on the Merchants Board of Advisors. Most importantly for Merchants, Jeanine brings a high-energy, service-first, collaborative style that will fuel the development of Merchants expansion into the FinTech industry. 

 As a technology leader, Jeanine has been on the forefront of IT and business integration by leading the consolidation of manufacturing and IT processes and strategies to create a superior customer experience at technology powerhouses DXC Technology, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Over the past 25 years, she has successfully enabled multiple enterprise and government transformations leveraging technology, services and people resulting in improved financial, customer and employee metrics. 


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TOM COFFEY
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Tom comes to Merchants with over 25 years experience in the fleet and equipment leasing industry. Most recently, he was employed as the Senior Vice President of Sales for Donlen where he was responsible for sales and new business development. His prior experience includes work as Senior Vice President of Financial Solutions at GE; leading business development and customer service activities. During his time there, Tom also led the North American efforts in Truck Fleet Services and held regional sales management positions in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. Tom has a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College with additional training in Six Sigma Quality and Credit. His role at Merchants is to provide vision and leadership for a best-in-class high performance sales team and marketing department.


Adam Secore - 2018ADAM SECORE
Vice President, Fleet Operations

Adam is a 12-year veteran of the Merchants organization, having spent the last six doubling the size of one of the country’s largest single point retail car operations as General Manager of Merchants Automotive Group. Adam will now focus his talents on the fleet operations side of the business, streamlining internal processes and delivering on the company's brand promise of customer service.

 

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JACK FIRRIOLO
Vice President, Fleet Credit 

Jack oversees the company’s increasing number of diverse accounts across many industries, while also ensuring a strong overall credit quality. Jack's experience includes both senior level operations, as well as sales and finance positions at banks and other financial services companies. Most recently, Jack was the owner of a consulting business specializing in strategy, mergers, acquisitions and business restructuring in the healthcare industry.


Dan Hannan 2015

DAN HANNAN
Executive Director Products & Services

Dan leads partnerships with customers to drive costs savings, fleet efficiency and safety through personalized lifecycle management, which includes powerful fleet services and technology solutions powered by TotalView.  He is responsible for leading the business wide reengineering of products, operations and customer technology to enhance the core value proposition and effectively scale the organization.  Dan has 25 years’ experience in fleet management industry working at GE, Donlen, and Merchants.


Senior Leadership

Brad JacobsBRAD JACOBS
Director of Strategic Consulting

 
As the Director of Strategic Consulting at Merchants, Brad partners with clients to identify long and short-term cost savings and policy opportunities through customized lifecycle management, analysis, technology and benchmarking. He is also responsible for project management efforts for many of Merchant’s strategic initiatives. Brad comes to Merchants with over 10 years of fleet management experience, most recently with Donlen Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Michelle Dillman 2017MICHELLE DILLMAN
Director, Client Integration Services

Michelle Dillman joined Merchants Fleet Management in August, 2011.  As Director of Client Integration Services, Michelle is directly responsible for the effective transition of all clients to Merchants Fleet Management as well as all billing and invoicing functions of the organization. She is the business owner for multiple internal processes and represents the Voice of the Customer on all internal process change and TotalView development. Michelle utilizes more than 20 years of extensive operational leadership experience in high profile, customer first environments to develop, implement and execute strategic plans of action that create a solid foundation of success for our clients.  Michelle lives in Hooksett, New Hampshire and is currently continuing her education at Harvard University with a concentration in Business Administration.


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STEVEN CURT
Director, Client Services

Steven joined Merchants Fleet Management in April, 2012 where he initially served as a Lease Operations Analyst.  Steven now serves as the Director of Client Services and is responsible for overseeing the service and support to the core client business as well as the lease booking process.  Steven also ensures the client service team embraces Merchants’ “Go Further” philosophy in their approach with all clients.  Steven lives in Hooksett, NH and is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration - Finance


JamesJAMES CROCKER
Director of Fleet Operations

James oversees remarketing, transportation, and payoffs at Merchants. He maintains multi-channel operations, tracks and monitors all new and used vehicle inventories, as well as streamline the vehicle order-to-delivery process. James works with major auto manufacturers and key vendors to establish and develop strong partnerships and relations. James brings Merchants over 15 years in the automotive industry within the operations realm.



Candice GrothCANDICE GROTH
Director of Purchasing


As Director of Purchasing, Candice is focused on enhancing both customer-facing and internal processes related to new vehicle acquisition. Groth has over two decades of experience in the factory order process and has partnered with various industry leaders, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, and VW. She is regarded as a subject matter expert in the fleet industry.


Cheryl Horn

CHERYL HORN
Director of Fleet Resources

As Director of Fleet Resources, Cheryl is responsible for license and compliance. Cheryl also leads the credit  team and oversees special projects for the operations department.  With nearly 10 years of industry experience, Cheryl’s contributions have helped achieve record growth for the Merchants.  Prior to joining Merchants, Cheryl worked for ARI in operational and customer service roles.


Diana Holland 2015

DIANA HOLLAND
Regional Vice President, Northeast Region

As Regional Vice President of the Northeast, Diana is responsible for a team of sales representatives.  She has been with Merchants for nearly 20 years with previous experience launching product lines, leading product growth and overseeing the marketing and sales administrative functions.  Diana participates in corporate strategy and in steering the evolving technology needs. Diana earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is an applicant for the Master of Liberal Arts, Management degree at Harvard Extension School.  


Jon Keller JON KELLER

Regional Vice President, East Region

As Regional Vice President of the East, Jon is responsible for a team of sales representatives. He has been with Merchants since 2014 and has nearly 15 years of sales experience in the fleet industry, in addition to account management experience. Jon earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.  



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JEFF THOMAS
Regional Vice President, West Region

 As Regional Vice President of the West, Jeff is responsible for a team of sales representatives. He has been with Merchants for over five years, and was recently promoted from Regional Sales Manager. He comes to Merchants with years of experience as a Strategic Account Manager, Region Sales Manager, and Vice President of Business Development at GE Capital. He is located in Dallas/Fort Worth area.


Mike Combs

MIKE COMBS
Regional Vice President, Southeast Region

 As Regional Vice President of the Southeast Region, Mike is responsible for a team of sales representatives. He has served clients across broad industries to provide responsive and creative leasing and fleet services to drive optimization of assets. Prior to Merchants, Combs served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at The Bancorp Commercial Fleet Leasing for over six years and has 15 years of fleet experience having served in several different roles at industry players such as Enterprise Fleet Management and Sutton Leasing. He is located in the Greenville, South Carolina area.


Dusty Cummins

DUSTY CUMMINS
Regional Vice President, Southeast Region

 As Regional Vice President of the Southeast Region, Dusty is responsible for a team of sales representatives. He is a seasoned business development leader focused on providing consultative & solution-oriented recommendations in the mid and large fleet segment. During his tenure in fleet, Cummins served as Vice President of Sales at Element Fleet Management for four years as well as served as Regional Sales Manager at The Bancorp Commercial Fleet Leasing. He based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the Membership Chair at the NAFA Fleet Management Association Atlanta Chapter. 


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BILL STUEBER
Regional Vice President, Southeast Region

 As Regional Vice President of the Southeast Region, Bill is responsible for a team of sales representatives. He is a seasoned leader with tremendous experience in driving fleet solutions for customers across a broad spectrum of industries to include commercial and municipal fleets.  Stueber previously served as Vice President of Commercial Fleet Leasing at The Bancorp Commercial Fleet Leasing for over six years. Stueber has 20 years of fleet experience having worked for and driven sales growth at Enterprise Fleet Management and Sutton Leasing. He is based in Orlando, Florida.


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