‘Tis the Season for Thanks – A Letter from Tom Callahan, Donlen President

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‘Tis the Season for Thanks – A Letter from Tom Callahan, Donlen President

Dear customers, business partners, and colleagues,

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close, but as we approach the holidays, I wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for your support not only this year, but for the past 50 years.

In these past 50 years, Donlen has contributed countless technical advancements to the industry, and I cannot think of a better group of customers, employees, executive leaders, and shareholders to spend the next 50 years with. Donlen is truly successful because of all of your contributions.

Any success we’ve had is all thanks to you. Every product or service we launch is developed through a collaborative effort with you so that we can deliver the best products for your fleets. We continually strive to provide the best service in the industry as appreciation for your support and business. Here at Donlen, we’re focused on you.

Thank you again for your continued support. From all of us here at Donlen, happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

Best wishes,


Tom Callahan

Happy Holidays from Donlen!

The holidays are the perfect time to gather around a warm, cozy fire and share stories with your friends and loved ones. Everyone gather ‘round as we share our holiday story with you in our holiday video card below!

Donlen and Hertz Round Out the Year with Awards and Recognition!

Donlen chosen as one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has named Donlen as one of the best companies to work for in the country for 2015, recognizing Donlen for Human Resources practices and employee satisfaction. You can learn more about this prestigious award in our press release here.

Hertz recognized as the Best Car Rental Company in the World. Hertz has been recognized as the Best Car Rental Company in the Word by two top travel industry awards – Global Traveler GT Tested Reader Survey Awards and Business Traveler Magazine’s 2015 Best in Business Travel Awards. You can read more about Hertz’s awards here. Donlen is proud to be a member of the Hertz Global family!

Year in Review – 2015 Donlen Milestones

50TH-Anniversary-External-3It’s been a big year for all of us here at Donlen! We celebrated our 50th anniversary, launched several new products, and we were recognized with awards for our industry-leading technology. Because we can’t say it enough, we couldn’t do any of it without the support of our customers and business partners.

As part of Donlen’s ongoing effort to provide our customers with the latest and greatest technology in fleet, we released several new product updates in 2015. In case you missed any of this year’s offerings, here is a list of the new products we released this year to improve our customers’ experience:

street-legal-camry-winnerIn addition to exciting new product offerings, Donlen was also recently selected to be the official fleet management partner for Interstate Batteries. Working with Interstate Batteries and other partners, we delivered 60 street-legal vehicles wrapped to look like the official Interstate Batteries NASCAR Toyota Camry for Interstate Batteries’ Drive for Good campaign.

InformationWeek-Elite-100-LogoThis year we also celebrated award recognition for our technology. We were honored to receive the 2015 Ericsson “Innovation Award” in April, which is an award to recognize suppliers that embrace innovative thinking and actively challenge the status quo. This year we were also ranked 61 on the InformationWeek Elite 100 list, as one of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. We were the highest ranked fleet management company on this exclusive list.

We are very happy about all of our achievements in 2015, but even more so, we are looking forward to all of the exciting things to come in 2016!

Lease vs. Reimbursement: Six Reasons to Lease Your Fleet Vehicles

Lease-Versus-ReimbursementAre you still reimbursing your employees for business miles traveled using their personal vehicles? That may seem easier than leasing vehicles through a fleet management company, but through our research and experience we have discovered six reasons why leasing is a better option.

Among some of those reasons are:

  • cost-effectiveness
  • challenges with reimbursement
  • and driver satisfaction and morale

Overall, leasing provides greater benefits to your fleet than reimbursing your drivers. Find out how by downloading our latest white paper!


We’re Focused on You!

focused-on--you-landing-pageAs you read in Tom’s letter above, we couldn’t be more grateful for our customers. We’re focused on helping our customers succeed. You’re our number one priority.

You don’t have to just take our word for it, though. Listen to what a few of our satisfied customers have to say about the Donlen difference here.

Is Your Personal Property Tax Address Correct?

This is a friendly reminder that for personal property tax purposes in the states that tax personal property, and especially vehicles, it is important that your address is up to date and correct in FleetWeb. Your address must be correct by the following dates in the following states, as they are the dates which are used to determine if property tax is due. This date is known as the assessment date, and all changes should be done no later than two weeks after the assessment date. If you have any issues updating your address by this date, you must let your account manager know by the same date, otherwise the filings will be done with the information contained on file.

This list is only for states in which we need to file a rendition (return) listing all vehicles present on the assessment dates. However, keep in mind that all other states’ addresses should be kept current as well.


If you have questions about updating your address or personal property taxes, contact us.

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Donlen Experts in the Media

Donlen regularly shares opinions and advice with members of the fleet industry regularly. Today we feature one of the many stories that we were involved in. Enjoy!

Predictive Analytics Will Give Fleet Managers a Bigger Voice features:

  • Tom Callahan, President

Driver’s Corner

With lower gas prices across the country, you may be tempted to top off your gas tank in order to take advantage of the lower prices. However, you’re not getting as much bang for your buck as you think when you top off your tank – in fact, you could be damaging your car, leading to expensive repairs. According to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, overfilling your tank is bad for your vehicle, your health, and your wallet.

Even though there is additional room in your fuel tank beyond the point when a station pump automatically shuts off, that space is there to handle gasoline vapor emissions, and if fuel gets into that system it can lead to a stalling condition. So protect your vehicle, your health, and the environment – don’t top off.

And Finally

RM Sotheby’s staged its first “Driven By Disruption” sale at Sotheby’s in New York this month. The auction showcases “extremes of motoring history” – some of the world’s most valuable and famous cars, and these awesome collectible cars broke auction records. Look in awe at the cars that were up for auction in a photo gallery here.

Have a happy holiday and New Year, and safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on December 18, 2015