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.
Owner and Chairman of the Board
Merchants Automotive Group was founded over 50 years ago by Irving Singer. Today it is run by 3 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.
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.
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.
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.
BRENDAN 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.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer at Merchants, Jack is responsible for providing vision, senior leadership and delivering best-in-class results in all operating areas. Specific duties include developing tactics to execute the initiatives in the strategic plan, delivering net income and other key deliverables on an annual basis, overseeing the completion of information technology projects, along with building and growing the organization. Jack's experience includes senior level operations, 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.
Chief Information Officer
Ken hails from Gurnee, Illinois and has held leadership positions with Experian Automotive, and other Fortune 500 companies. While at Experian Automotive, Ken rose to the position of Executive Vice President COO/CIO and helped grow the technology solutions company from a start-up to an automotive solutions leader. He has won a number of business awards in Data Warehousing, Technology Innovation and for creating the 10th Largest Database in the World in the automotive industry.
At Merchants, Ken spearheads the IT department and initiatives on both operations and business development sides of the organization. He will continue the growth of Merchants’ information technology infrastructure which includes data administration, IT operations, and state-of-the art fleet management software tools and solutions Merchants creates for their clients in order to improve cost effectiveness, efficiency, total cost of ownership and service quality. Ken received his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Michigan Technological University and his MBA from The Ohio State University.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mike Reilly began his career at Merchants in January of 2000. He initially served as the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management and was promoted to his current position as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2012. Prior to Merchants, Mike worked in the insurance industry for several large companies including AIG and Liberty Mutual.
At Merchants, Mike is responsible for the development and execution of the human resources strategy. Significant areas of focus for Mike and his staff include hiring and recruitment, talent development, performance management, wellness programs, compensation and training. Under Mike’s leadership, Merchants wellness initiatives have been recognized by several organizations including Business New Hampshire Review and the American Cancer Society.
Mike has a Business Administration Degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He also earned his Senior Professional Human in Resources certification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Director of Fleet Operations
James oversees logistics, remarketing, transportation, and purchasing of vehicles 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.
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.
Director of Sales, North East Region
As Director of North East Sales, 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.
Director of Sales, East Region
As Director of East Sales, Jon is responsible for a team of sales representatives. He thrives on the challenge of building organizations that meet and exceed revenue and profitability goals and objectives. Jon is located in the Virginia area, and has been with Merchants for over two years. He comes to Merchants with over 16 years of experiences in sales.
Director of Sales, West Region
As Director of West Sales, 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.