milestones

An evolution of steady growth across ten decades. It’s been a great journey. See just how far Holman has come since 1924. Experience every Holman milestone below.

the early years: rice & holman

  • 1924: Rice & Holman opens in Merchantville, NJ
  • 1939: Rice & Holman assumes the area distributorship for Lincoln-Mercury, operating initially at Holman’s Maple Avenue location in Pennsauken, NJ and eventually moving to Camden and opening as Merlin Motor Co.
  • 1939: Rice & Holman Ford begins remanufacturing Ford engines and transmissions

growing success

  • 1946: Responding to growing success and increased demand, Steward Holman opens Reconditioned Motors and Parts (RMP), an authorized Ford remanufacturer, in Pennsauken, NJ
  • 1947: Holman Automotive expands its operations south with the opening of a Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 1948: Responding to a request from Ford Motor Company and the RCA Corporation, Rice & Holman Ford creates a subsidiary named Automotive Rentals, Inc. to lease and rent fleet vehicles to companies and corporations
  • The Early 1950s: An additional Lincoln-Mercury dealership opens in Hollywood, FL and R&H Management is formed
  • The Late 1950s and Early 1960s: Dealership expansion continues in Florida and New Jersey, and R&H Leasing is formed to support growing business operations

acquisitions and more

  • 1970: RMP acquires several remanufacturing companies in Massachusetts, Maryland and the Delaware Valley (PA/NJ)
  • 1972: R&H Management becomes Holman Enterprises
  • 1974: Holman Enterprises opens a new Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Pompano Beach, FL
  • 1979: ARI completes construction and moves into a new state-of-the-art facility in Maple Shade, NJ
  • The Early 1980s: RMP acquires new territory in Ohio and Michigan
  • 1982: ARI acquires Fleet Body Equipment, a custom upfitting company in Kansas City, MO
  • 1985: Holman Enterprises enters the high-end luxury auto market with Lauderdale Imports, Ltd., a Rolls Royce/Bentley dealership and opens a Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Stratford, NJ.
  • 1988: The company opens a Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Margate, FL
  • 1989: ARI enters the Canadian market with the acquisition of Lend Lease Cars, Inc.

strength in numbers

  • 1990: Holman Leasing opens in Pennsauken, NJ; South Florida Leasing opens in Fort Lauderdale, FL and  ARI moves into a newer, larger facility in Mount Laurel, NJ
  • 1991: Holman expands to open Saturn of Mount Laurel, NJ;  Holman Infiniti of Maple Shade, NJ; and Lauderdale Imports, Ltd./BMW, FL 
  • 1993: Saturn of Turnersville, NJ opens
  • 1995: ARI now employs more than 900 individuals and has two locations in Mount Laurel and one in Maple Shade, NJ
  • 1996: Saturn of English Creek, NJ opens 
  • 1998: Holman Ford of Turnersville, NJ opens and the Lincoln-Mercury dealership located in Stratford, NJ is transferred to Turnersville
  • 1999: Construction on a new facility to house Pines Lincoln-Mercury in Pembroke Pines, FL is completed

dealership expansion

  • 2000: FBE opens a second location in Fort Worth, TX
  • 2002: Lauderdale MINI opens, sharing a facility with Lauderdale Imports, Ltd./BMW
  • 2003: Holman opens its first Honda franchise in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2004: Holman acquires a Volvo franchise and couples it with its existing Lincoln-Mercury franchise in Margate, FL and Lauderdale Imports, Ltd./BMW expands into a second location in Pembroke Pines, FL
  • 2007: Holman acquires DeSimone BMW and Cadillac in Mount Laurel, NJ, and an additional Ford dealership in Southern Florida and merges it with the existing Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Pompano
  • 2008: The company acquires Cherry Hill Toyota-Scion and moves it to a new facility in Mount Laurel, NJ; Holman Ford and Holman Lincoln-Mercury merge operations in Maple Shade, NJ; and Holman Enterprises is renamed Holman Automotive Group, Inc.
  • 2009: RMP acquires Dealers Engine Sales and Audi Pembroke Pines opens in Florida
  • 2010: Lauderdale Infiniti opens in Florida, Holman Leasing starts operating under the trade name of Steward Financial Services and ARI acquires Auto Truck Group

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  • 2011: MINI of Mount Laurel opens in New Jersey, a new Aston Martin franchise opens in Florida, ARI expands in the UK by acquiring Fleet Support Group and Holman marks its first $1 million campaign in support of the United Way
  • 2013: ARI continues its global expansion by acquiring two different companies, bringing them together as ARI Germany
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017: ARI named to Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For” list
  • 2014: Holman celebrates 90 years in business
  • 2014 & 2016: ARI named to Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
  • 2015: Company announces the ONE Holman initiative and names Joseph Holman Chairman Emeritus, Mindy Holman Chairman, Carl Ortell CEO, and Brian Bates COO
  • 2015: RMP is renamed Holman Parts Distribution
  • 2015 & 2016: ARI is named to Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in the US
  • 2015: Holman acquires Audi Willow Grove, Princeton BMW and Princeton MINI
  • 2015: ARI named to the CIO 100 list for a second time for the technology behind its innovative driver safety program, ARI Driver Excellence® and ARI receives the International Fleet Industry Award from Fleet Europe for its innovative, unbundled solutions
  • 2016: ARI opens the Technology & Innovation Center in Mount Laurel, NJ; Holman Insurance Services, LLC is founded and Holman acquires Kuni Automotive becoming one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the nation
  • 2017: Holman Parts Distribution and ARI both named to the 2017 Best Places to Work in New Jersey List by NJBiz and ARI is named to Fortune’s Best Places to Work in Canada
  •  2017: Holman Enterprises partners with Cox Automotive in a joint venture of the Flexdrive brand