about TOM


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, focuses on his message that business is personal. To find out more about Tom’s book and speeches, visit his website: www.LeadWithHeart.com.

By opening ourselves up and truly caring about each other,” Tom said, “we can transform our organizations – creating trust, compassion, and (a word I use often) love for one another. While love is a word not often heard in a business context, I have come to realize that such words, matched with actions, can help us, as leaders, to truly connect with others, and create results that would otherwise be unimaginable.” He added, “As a leader, my philosophy can be summed up in eight words: When we focus on people, profit will follow.