History & ValuesEight decades of automotive excellence


Our parent company, Holman Automotive, was founded in 1924 when Steward C. Holman signed a contract with Ford Motor Company to become the area dealer in Merchantville, NJ. Steward Holman’s success led to many other opportunities in conjunction with Ford Motor Company. In 1939, he took over the area distributorship for Lincoln Mercury. This operation began at the Maple Avenue facility in Pennsauken, NJ, and after one year – as Merlin Motor Co. – relocated to Camden, NJ.

In 1946 the company began remanufacturing Ford engines and transmissions. This operation grew steadily, and in that same year Reconditioned Motors and Parts (RMP) was established, a Ford authorized remanufacturer, also located in Pennsauken, NJ. In 2015, RMP was renamed Holman Parts Distribution, Inc.

In 1947, the Holman partnership with Ford Motor Company continued when Ford asked Holman to organize a leasing and rental subsidiary to supply the RCA service fleet. This company was named Automotive Rentals, Inc., now known as ARI – the fleet management leader in North America with over 1 million vehicles under management.

Today, the Holman organization consists of over 25 operating companies which include Holman Parts Distribution, ARI the world’s largest privately held fleet leasing and management company, retail automotive dealerships representing 17 manufacturers and two small leasing and auto retail finance companies, Stewart Financial.

During the past eight decades the Holman Family of businesses has established a record of successful growth Рa result of attracting and rewarding quality people to represent their businesses and providing outstanding service to its customers  and a steadfast commitment to the company values that have guided the Holman organization since the beginning. Now into the third generation of family leadership, the Holman is poised to continue its success for decades to come. Read the complete Holman Automotive Group history here. (Holman Complete History PDF.)

Our Values…

Honesty & Integrity
Actions and behaviors that support the Holman culture are built upon a foundation of honesty and integrity. Employees should do the right thing all the time. Doing what’s right all the time is simple. Think about the “correctness” of your decisions and planned activities before acting upon them.

Dedication to Exceptional Customer Service
As Holman employees, we need to be dedicated to providing each customer with a positive experience each time they use one of our facilities. We need to do whatever it takes to make sure our customers are satisfied. Our jobs exist because our customers exist. If we fail to serve them properly and put our needs before theirs, we won’t keep them as customers.

Teamwork, Mutual Support and Respect for Each Other
Business, like many athletic games, is a team sport. Each team member has a role and if the roles are not carried out, the team can fail. Our success will depend on our ability and willingness to work together as a team toward our common goals. Cooperation, mutual support and respect by and between each and every employee, department and dealership create the foundation for achievement.

Continuous Focus on Improvement
With the ever-changing complexion of the automotive industry, those who are receptive to change and progress remain in the forefront of our business. All employees must look for ways to improve our processes and systems on an ongoing basis.

Devotion to the Community
Our philosophy has been to give back to the communities that support our success. Whether it is contributions to charitable organizations or coaching your child’s sports team, the effort put forth is positive and rewarding in many ways.