Joe Cappy's automotive career spanned 47 years, but it was one 18-month stint that carved him a niche in industry history.
He was the CEO of American Motors, which included the coveted Jeep brand, when the former Chrysler Corp. purchased AMC from Renault SA in 1987.
Cappy was named vice president of the new Jeep-Eagle division, where his job was to integrate Jeep-Eagle dealers into Chrysler. He went on to become CEO of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., of Tulsa, Okla., after Chrysler spun it off as a separate public company.
Cappy, 69, stepped down as Dollar Thrifty's CEO in early October. He will continue as a board member and senior adviser until he retires Dec. 31.
Cappy says it has been a great ride.
"I was fortunate that I got the chance to head a car company," Cappy says. "It was a small company, but I am happy to have had the opportunity."