History & ValuesNine decades of automotive excellence


From a single Ford dealership in New Jersey in 1924 to a global automotive leader, Holman has come a long way over nine decades. With 6,500 employees across six operating companies delivering value and service around the world, Holman offers a distinctive value proposition for organizations with automotive needs.

Our family history

Holman Automotive opened its doors in 1924 when Steward C. Holman signed a contract with Ford Motor Company to become the area dealer in Merchantville, New Jersey. 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, New Jersey, and after one year – as Merlin Motor Co. – relocated to Camden, New Jersey.

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. 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.

Looking toward the future

Now into the third generation of family leadership, Holman is poised to continue its success for decades to come. In addition to Holman Parts Distribution, we drive diverse automotive value by operating one of the largest dealership groups in the United States, a leasing and auto retail finance company, a truck upfitting and manufacturing business, a full-service insurance brokerage, and the largest privately-owned fleet leasing and management company in the world.

Our values

See who we are as people, and you’ll see what we can do for you as a company. You’ll feel the culture difference the first time you walk in our doors, a positive atmosphere of caring and mutual respect. It’s The Holman Way – where people come first and feel valued.

Together we do the right thing

Our name stands for transparency, fairness and trust. Every decision we make for employees and clients alike takes ethics into consideration. Will this action benefit the greater good for the most people, in the long term?


Together we treat others as we would like to be treated

Our goal is to create Raving Fans, and that counts equally for our coworkers as for our customers. Our people treat each other with trust and respect, enjoy open lines of communication, and bring positive energy to project and client management.


Together we are passionate about our work and find new ways to do it better

Our people are encouraged to innovate and always look for a better way to do their jobs. We even host an Executive Challenge event to support employees in finding ways to improve the business. We invest in our people so they can make themselves better, and deliver better results to our clients.


Together we trust and support each other

People that feel appreciated and energized will deliver the best service to our clients as well as their colleagues. Our Partners In Excellence® program fosters an atmosphere of trust, support, and recognition. Employees participate in a wide variety of engagement activities and receive an annual bonus based on collective achievement of continuous improvement performance goals.


Together we do good for the community

Our founder Steward Holman believed in giving back to the community and pioneered the generosity that has become a company hallmark. Our employees contribute to the annual United Way campaign, spend a paid workday volunteering for the Holman Days of Caring, sponsor or participate in many charitable activities, or even apply for a temporary role as a United Way Loaned Executive.