A Thanksgiving Message from Tom Callahan

This has been an incredibly busy year at Donlen and it’s hard to believe another year has gone by. The adage “time flies when you get older” never seemed more appropriate.

As we enter this holiday season, we pause first to remember those we’ve lost this year, including our founder Don Rappeport. Don is missed and his legacy lives on in everything we do here.

This week, we’re reflecting on the many things that we’re thankful for at Donlen. I speak for the entire leadership team when I thank our employees who go above and beyond every day of the year to help customers and each other.

And we’re giving thanks to you, our valued customers. We’re thankful for the trust you place in us, and we appreciate that you continue to push us to be better. We couldn’t ask for more in our business partnerships.

Personally, I’m thankful for the time spent with my family, my health, and the opportunity for personal and professional growth that I know will come next year. I look forward to the challenges that await me.

If you’re traveling to be with loved ones across town or across the country, may the journey be a safe one and your time filled with laughter. If you’re the host this year, may you also have patience!

Have a wonderful holiday.

And finally, we asked some of our Donlen team members to tell us what they were thankful for this year. We would love to hear from you too; what are you thankful for?

“I’m thankful for the support of my family, friends, and co-workers.”
Ann Jonas, Executive Assistant

“I’m so thankful that we got word that my son Eric might be coming home early from Afghanistan; instead of February 2013 it could be before New Year’s. I am thankful that he will finally get to meet his daughters Abigail Joy and Rebekah Kristine for the first time. I am also so thankful for my amazing family; they are the best!!”
Karyn Horvath, Receptionist

“I’m thankful for family, friends, loved ones and the opportunities made available to me to grow and develop myself into a better individual, father, and friend.”
Carlos Oropeza, Manager, Brand Management Group

“I’m thankful for my family, our home, food on the table, and good friends to share my life with and thankful for my job.”
Karen McMichael, Renewal Specialist

“I’m thankful for my competitive drive that helps gain focus on my goals in life.”
Dawn Wood, Vice President, Business Development

“I’m thankful for a wonderful husband, great kids, fabulous grandkids, and fantastic friends to make my life complete.”
Mary Joy, Invoice Adjuster

“I’m thankful for the time I get to spend on my bike with the people I care most about. I’m thankful for my health that allows me to explore the limits of what my body and mind can do when pushed further than I imagined. And I’m thankful that I find inspiration daily from those around me.”
Suzanne Deveney, Vice President, Brand Management

“I’m thankful for my family and our health.”
Steve Jansen, Manager Regulatory Compliance and Truck Services

“I’m thankful for the wonderful family and friends in my life, good health, great job, my Melodeers Chorus…and I suppose I am also thankful for my trainer at the gym, who I refer to as “Ab Ogre, the Evil.”
Julie Barnett, Vehicle Acquisitions

“I’m thankful for my family. I have a wonderful son who has given me two beautiful granddaughters.”
Lisa Vitola, Fleet Administrative Services Account Manager

“I’m thankful for my healthy children that still want and need their Mom to tuck them in each and every night; grateful children that remind me that laughter is always the best medicine; my husband who still makes me laugh and cooks the best weekend breakfasts; a great group of neighborhood friends and family that are there in good times and bad; and thankful for all the people at Donlen that have made me feel so welcome during my first month as I am looking forward to many more wonderful hires to come!”
Kim Ramos, Corporate Recruiter

“I’m thankful for my son. I’m grateful to see him smile and laugh and tell me he misses me everyday.”
Linda Serrano, Truck Account Coordinator

“I’m thankful for having a good job and my loving family and friends.”
Christine Sweetwood, Renewal Generalist

“I’m thankful for The Lord that gave me salvation through his son Jesus Christ.”
David Ponx, Vice President, Business Development

“I’m thankful for waffles.”
Mark Levy, System Analyst

“I’m thankful for my life, family, a job, and my health.”
Carla Thomas, Collections Specialist

“I’m thankful for good health for me and my loved ones.”
Sharonda Jones, Vehicle Relocation Specialist/Stock Buyer Assistant

“I’m thankful for having the opportunity to serve my country in the Marine Corp and the Vietnam Conflict. I am truly thankful for all my brothers and sisters who before, during, or after me gave some or all to ensure our freedom.”
Michael Prestia, Collections Specialist

“I’m thankful for my health, my job, and a wonderful family that cares for me.”
Demetrios Varnasidis, Accident Management Advisor

“I’m thankful for family and friends, my health, our freedom, my career, and the opportunity to work with so many great colleagues.”
Kent Gable, Vendor Network Manager

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with my team members over the last two years. Coming to work is a joy when you get to work with dedicated, highly motivated individuals on your team!”
Trip O’Neil, Vice President of Sales

“I’m thankful for my family and friends. I don’t know where I would be without them.”
Andrew Piekarczyk, FMS Advisor

“I’m thankful for all my family and friends that surround me, and all the blessings God has given me.”
Rachel Bruske, Customer Service Account Manager

“I’m thankful for my amazing family and friends.”
Anna Stanke, Vehicle Remarketing Process Manager

“I’m thankful for balanced life in this day and age.”
Rakesh Rathod, FMS Advisor

” I am thankful that I have come this far in life, have a job, how my life has dramatically changed since immigrating to the USA, for my family here in the USA, and for the support of all my work colleagues.”
Danny Kyriazopoulos, Truck Application Specialist

Driver’s Corner

Don’t forget these simple rules for Thanksgiving travel:

  • Obey all traffic laws, and be patient! Pay attention to the road and other drivers.
  • Be sure that everyone in the car fastens his or her seatbelt.
  • Put your phone away: Don’t text, talk, or search the web.
  • Never drink and drive. Be sure to select a designated driver before the festivities begin.

Everyone at Donlen wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend. Remember these wise words from Fredrick Koeing: “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on November 21, 2012

About Donlen
A wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), Donlen (www.donlen.com), with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, is the fleet industry’s most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service, and their workplace excellence has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” each year from 2009-2011, a Leader on “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for six of the last seven years, and a National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. Donlen’s innovation has been awarded with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Opportunity,” named to “2012 InformationWeek 500” for innovative technology; the Stevie® “2012 Gold Award for Business Intelligence Solution,” the Silver Award for “2012 Front Line Customer Service Team of the Year,” and the “2011 Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year.”