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"When you focus on people, profits will follow."


Tom Gartland is a compassionate, strategic and inspiring author, speaker, and leader who helped transform the culture of a Fortune 500 company into an engaged, collaborative, top-performing organization that experienced unprecedented growth.

Currently a Member of the Board of Directors of two publicly traded companies (Xenia Hotels and ABM), and a Senior Advisor to a private equity firm which was founded by the Rockefeller and Mellon families (AEA Investors), Tom is the former President, North America for Avis Budget Group (2008 to 2014).

Tom was responsible at Avis Budget Group for the daily management of more than 20,000 employees in 5,000 locations, overseeing over 350,000 vehicles, which accounted for more than $5 billion in annual revenue.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of St. Thomas, where he is on the Board of Governors at Opus College.

Tom’s book, Lead with Heart, which focuses on his message that business is personal, will be published by BenBella in May of 2018. 


"Tom knows that strategy without culture does not exist and culture without committed and engaged team members is meaningless. “Lead with Heart” is an inspiring reminder to each of us of what it takes to move an organization – and yourself – to accomplish greater things in work and in life." - Adam Johnson, Chairman and CEO, NetJets