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Advantage Rent A Car Opens New Location at the Stratosphere Hotel

ORLANDO, FL, Oct. 2, 2017 – Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) proudly announces the October 6 opening of its new rental location at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are excited to provide guests at the Stratosphere the mobility to explore some of the sights beyond the Las Vegas strip,” said Advantage CEO and President Scott Davido. “With the option to rent a car right at our new Stratosphere location, guests can drive out to Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, the Valley of Fire, Sloan Canyon, Hoover Dam and more, without the inconvenience of traveling for pick up and return of their vehicle. Our convenient Stratosphere station eliminates the worry about paying overnight parking fees or making an unnecessary trip to the airport.”

Stratosphere’s Kevin Ball said he was thrilled to have an Advantage location on site. Ball is Corporate Vice President, Purchasing/Strategic Sourcing for American Casino & Entertainment Properties.

“We are proud to partner with Advantage in offering this service,” he said. “Being able to rent a vehicle on our property is a significant amenity for our guests. At Stratosphere, we are committed to doing all we can to enhance our visitors’ vacation experience, and the new Advantage counter enables us to fulfill this goal.”

Rising 1,149 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, the Stratosphere is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. The hotel offers nearly 2,500 rooms and regularly welcomes guests from around the world. The tower features observation decks, Top of the World restaurant, 107 SkyLounge and AirBar, as well as four thrill rides: SkyJump Las Vegas, Insanity, X-Scream and Big Shot.

In addition to its McCarran Airport and Stratosphere locations, Advantage Rent A Car has locations at four other Las Vegas hotels: Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, The Orleans Hotel and Casino, the Suncoast Hotel and Casino and the Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel.

About Advantage

Advantage Rent A Car and its sister company, EZ Rent-A-Car, comprise Advantage/EZ (AEZ). The company is active nationwide with 75 locations in 44 markets, including 23 of the nation’s 25 largest airports, and globally through its partnership with Europcar. AEZ is the fourth largest car rental company in the United States.

About Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is a Las Vegas Strip resort with an 80,000-square-foot casino. The 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, featuring the Top of the World restaurant and highest view of the Las Vegas Strip from the Observation Deck as well as SkyJump Las Vegas and thrill rides Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity. Known as a great value to gamblers, Stratosphere is located close to the Convention Center at the gateway to downtown Las Vegas. It features 2,427 guest rooms and suites, uniquely themed restaurants, the Tower shops, MJ LIVE, the world’s most successful Michael Jackson tribute show, The World’s Greatest Rock Show and L.A. Comedy Club, showcasing the hottest up-and-coming stand-up comics. Additionally, Stratosphere’s ace | PLAY™ program allows players to enjoy awards, comps and exclusives based on their loyalty to American Casino & Entertainment’s four properties: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower on the Las Vegas Strip, Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, and two Arizona Charlie’s locations in Las Vegas. For more information, visit StratosphereHotel.com, call 702-380-7777 or 800-99-TOWER (998-6937).

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David Hale Sylvester (“Big Dave”) Travels the U.S. for Hugs and High-5s Road Trip

Advantage Rent A Car to Provide Vehicles Along the 58-City Route

Orlando, FL, July 6, 2017 – For nearly 16 years, David Hale Sylvester has crisscrossed the globe on a mission to spread happiness and love with hugs and high-5s. Today, Sylvester is pursuing the latest installment of his goodwill quest with a 58-city tour in the United States, with help from Advantage Rent A Car (Advantage).

“Big Dave,” as Sylvester is affectionately known worldwide, will be traveling through the U.S. from July through September, focusing on cities that have been recently impacted by violence and trauma. Among the tour stops are Orlando (July 3); Denver (July 24); Salt Lake City (August 10); and Chicago (August 23). Advantage will be providing Sylvester with vehicles along his route so he can travel with ease to provide hugs and high-5s.

“Advantage is helping me reach as many people as possible across the United States,” said Sylvester, 52. “It is gratifying and inspiring to have support from Advantage, a company that shares my goals of spreading happiness and goodwill at a time when so much of the focus is on what divides us.”

Sylvester, who works as a personal trainer and life coach, started his Hugs and High-5s Road Trips after he lost his dear friend Kevin Bowser in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. After processing the shock and heartbreak from losing his lifelong friend, Sylvester decided to make a positive change in the world, one hug at a time. To date, he has embarked on more than a dozen “Hugs and High-5s” trips, bicycling across North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In his travels, Sylvester has encountered hundreds of thousands of people. In 2012, he wrote about his journeys in his book, Traveling at the Speed of Life. He said he’s continuing his tour to spread an upbeat message, one hug and one high 5 at a time.

The partnership with Advantage will help Sylvester add to his record of nearly 200,000 hugs and high fives since September 12, 2001. Advantage President Scott Davido said Sylvester’s positive message of warmth is inspirational and uniting, coming at a time when much of public comment and focus is on conflict and division.

“We are thrilled to partner with Big Dave and provide him vehicles for his goodwill journey,” Davido said. “David connects positively and inspires people one at a time—just as Advantage strives to connect positively with each of our customers, one at a time. We are proud that our assistance will help Big Dave continue his goodwill odyssey.”

The following are Sylvester’s tour stops and the approximate dates. Dates are subject to change.

Orlando (July 3 or 4)
Atlanta (July 5)
Nashville, Tenn. (July 6)
Houston (July 13)
Dallas (July 17)
Oklahoma City (July 21)
Denver (July 24)
Phoenix (July 28)
Los Angeles (July 31)
Seattle (Aug. 7)
Salt Lake City (Aug. 10)
Minneapolis, Minn. (Aug. 20)
Chicago (Aug. 23)
Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 26 or 27)
Boston (Sept. 9)
New York City (Sept. 12)
Philadelphia (Sept. 15)

Sylvester has also partnered with the men’s grooming products company, Duke Cannon Supply Co.

About Advantage

Advantage Rent A Car and its sister company E-Z Rent-A-Car comprise Advantage/EZ (AEZ). The company is active nationwide with 75 locations in 44 markets, including 23 of the nation’s 25 largest airports, and globally through its partnership with Europcar. AEZ is the fourth largest car rental company in the United States.

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Advantage Rent A Car Named GayTravel.com’s First ‘Let’s Get OUT There!’ Travel Partner

Travelers Can Save 15 Percent Off Car Rental As Part Of Promotion

ORLANDO, FL, May 1, 2017 – Advantage Rent A Car (Advantage) is proud to announce that it has been named GayTravel.com’s first Let’s Get OUT There! (LGOT) travel partner.

“The Let’s Get OUT there! initiative is intended to inspire LGBT+ travelers to explore exciting destinations and seek out enriching events,” said GayTravel.com Chief Visionary Officer Steve Rohrlick. It also harnesses the collective buying power of gay travelers across the globe for the benefit of the gay community, allowing travelers to access exclusive discounts and/or access to VIP experiences offered by select corporate travel partners, such as Advantage and its sister company E-Z Rent-A-Car, comprising Advantage/EZ (AEZ).

Its first travel inspiration is Orlando, FL for “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness,” on June 12, which will honor the memory of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

“GayTravel.com is proud to recognize Advantage Rent A Car as its first international Let’s Get Out There! partner,” Rohrlick said. “AEZ’s commitment to the LGBT+ community is demonstrable. Headquartered in Orlando, they provided cars to the families and domestic partners of the Pulse victims immediately after the tragedy. Their leadership serves as an example to other brands around the world.”

As part of the partnership, AEZ is providing a 15 percent discount off its lowest online price for car rental. Travelers must book their vehicles through the Advantage website and use the code “gaytravel.” The promotion is good for any location served by AEZ and for any travel dates.

“Advantage stood with the LGBT+ community last year, providing free rentals to the families and partners of the victims of the Pulse shootings,” said Scott Davido, President of AEZ. “It was our way of supporting those who needed assistance and unifying the larger community.”

Orlando United Day is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Pulse victims, supporting survivors and recognizing the compassion and love displayed by the Central Florida community in the aftermath of the tragedy. Events include a Reflections and Remembrance event at Pulse; a remembrance ceremony at Lake Eola Amphitheater featuring city, county and community leaders; and a community gathering at the nightclub site featuring prayer, live music and inspirational dance from 10 p.m. to midnight. Details and a full schedule of events can be found on the Orlando United Day website.

Davido continued: “Advantage is proud to be GayTravel.com’s first Let’s Get OUT There! partner. We look forward to a relationship that will support the community and inspire travel for years to come,” said Scott Davido, President of AEZ. “Recent studies have put the global value of LGBT+ travel at more than $211 billion. On a business front, serving this growing segment of the market makes financial as well as social sense for any company. We encourage other companies to participate and join with us in sponsoring GayTravel.com’s Let’s Get Out There! initiative.”

About AEZ

AEZ, operating through its Advantage and EZ brands, is the fourth largest car rental company in the United States. A leader in the industry, AEZ is active nationwide with 75 locations in 44 markets, including 23 of the nation’s 25 largest airports, and globally through its partnership with Europcar. AEZ draws on the strength of its combined companies to deliver superior service, choice and value for its customers.

For more information, visit Advantage.com or E-ZRentACar.com, or engage with AEZ on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtags #AdVroomVroom, #YourAdvantage, #EZLiving, #TheEZWay and #EZBreezy to join the conversation online.

About GayTravel.com

GayTravel.com connects the LGBT+ community with gay-friendly destinations, hotels, cruises, tours, events, entertainment, attractions, clubs and restaurants throughout the world. Their mission is to provide the community with safe, welcoming and unique recommendations to ensure that every vacation is both pleasurable and memorable. For additional information, visit www.GayTravel.com or call (800) GAY-TRAVEL or follow @GayTravel on Facebook and Twitter, @GayTravelInsta on Instagram.

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Advantage Rent A Car Announces Opening of Philadelphia Location

Advantage Rent A Car, operator of the Advantage and EZ brands (AEZ), is proud to announce the opening of the company’s new rental car location at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

“AEZ is proud and excited to be opening at Philadelphia International Airport,” said Scott Davido, president of AEZ. “This latest location is a strategic choice designed to accelerate the company’s growth and increase our national footprint.”

“Philadelphia also is a significant hub for us because it handles a large amount of inbound European traffic, making it a major gateway city for our partner rental company, Europcar.”

PHL is the only major airport serving the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area. PHL serves more than 31 million passengers annually and accommodates 25 airlines, including all major domestic carriers, which offer 524 daily departures to 131 destinations worldwide. With the PHL opening, AEZ now serves 23 of the 25 largest airports in the U.S.  When considering total traffic at the nation’s top 100 airports, AEZ will have access to 75 percent of the deplaning passengers.

“Having a presence in the City of Brotherly Love is a superior business opportunity for AEZ,” Davido said, “one that allows us to continue to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations and deliver a rewarding travel experience.”

About AEZ

AEZ, operating through its Advantage and EZ brands, is the fourth largest car rental company in the United States. A leader in the industry, AEZ is active nationwide with 74 locations in 44 markets, including 23 of the 25 nation’s largest airports, and globally through its partnership with Europcar. AEZ draws on the strength of its combined companies to deliver superior service, choice and value for its customers.

For more information, visit Advantage.com or E-ZRentACar.com, or engage with AEZ on Facebook and Twitter.

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Advantage/E-Z Rent-A-Car Announce Executive and Board Changes

Mehrdad Memarpouri, CEO of Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car
(AEZ), is proud to announce three executive leadership additions and related organizational changes.

“The high-level appointments of Scott Davido, Al Farrell and Stewart Brown increase our talent base significantly and will be critical to our ongoing success,” Memarpouri said. “They will accelerate the improvements we have made since our two companies merged a year ago and further expand our market share and profitability.”

AEZ names a new President, Scott Davido, who will be responsible for a number of crucial initiatives, including operations (all field locations), revenue management, marketing, call centers, risk, the Company’s Europcar relationship and airports.

He was most recently Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, focusing on operational and financial improvements. He brings with him broad experience in industries ranging from retail, transportation and logistics to healthcare; all industries with a strong focus on growth and customer experience. Serving in such roles as CFO, President and CEO, he has delivered successful financial growth and performance improvements while developing/implementing organizational strategic plans for both public and privately held companies.

Earlier in his career he was CFO at Calpine Corp., a multi-billion dollar power generation business, where he led the development of the company’s overall financial improvement plan that improved Calpine’s value by $1 billion. He also was Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer at The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp., a 133-year-old department store chain.

Davido holds a BA in Accounting and a JD in law from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

AEZ names a new Chief Financial Officer, Al Farrell. He has been the CFO/COO of multiple private-equity backed companies in the areas of manufacturing, business-to- business services and asset rental. He comes to the company with more than three decades of finance experience, from private equity to investment banking, with deep expertise in corporate development, accounting, field operating systems, financial controls, modeling, budgeting and forecasting.

Most recently he was a Partner at ACM Capital Partners (ACM), where he focused on the restructuring and growth of private small- and mid-market companies involved in strategic transactions. Farrell began his career in investment banking at J.P Morgan & Company as a Vice President, and later Banc of America Securities LLC as a Managing Director.

Farrell holds a BS in Management Information Systems and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Finally, AEZ names a new Vice President of Revenue Management, Stewart Brown. Brown joins AEZ with more than 30 years of revenue management and pricing strategy experience in rental car. He began his career at Alamo Rent A Car, eventually overseeing all revenue management and fleet for Alamo’s European startup operation. He then worked at Dollar Thrifty as Vice President of Revenue Management, where he owned systems and processes that successfully delivered consistent revenue growth and margin expansion, via segmentation and adaptive pricing techniques. Brown has a successful track record developing Revenue Management capability in several companies seeking substantial transformation of their demand management and pricing capabilities while operating in multiple locations.


Bill Plamondon, former President of Advantage Rent A Car, moves to a seat on the company’s strategic board.

“Bill will be advising both Scott and myself to ensure we maintain our competitive advantage in the car rental space,” Memarpouri said.

Gabriel de Alba, Managing Director and Partner at The Catalyst Capital Group Inc., a private equity investment firm said “Senior leadership is now in a position to guide the company toward strategic and sustainable growth. I am pleased to have this talent on board to drive AEZ’s growth.”

About AEZ

AEZ, operating through its Advantage Rent A Car and EZ Rent-A- Car brands, is the fourth largest car rental company in the United States. AEZ operates nationwide, with 73 locations in 44 domestic markets, including 22 of the 25 major U.S. airports, and globally through its partnership with Europcar. AEZ draws on the strength of its combined companies to deliver superior service, choice and value for its customers.

For more information, visit Advantage.com or E-ZRentACar.com, or engage with AEZ on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.