Robert Smalley Sr. dead at 88
FLAT ROCK, N.C. -- Robert Smalley Sr., former CEO of Hertz Corp., died May 28. He was 88.
Smalley began his career in Miami at his grandfather’s company, Couture Rent-A-Car. He moved to Hertz when it acquired the family business in 1958 and held a number of jobs in Chicago and New York before getting the top job in 1968.
In the early 1970s, after leaving Hertz, he founded an RV rental company in Florida. Cruise America, which later moved its headquarters to Arizona, is still run by the family.