Fin O'Neill quips that he's carrying around a "Will work for food" sign.
The former CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds Co. is out of a job. He left the largest dealership management system vendor Oct. 26 under his own terms, exactly one year after it was acquired by Bob Brockman's Universal Computer Systems Inc.
O'Neill says he had accomplished all he could at Reynolds but is far from done with the automotive industry. He had joined Reynolds, of Dayton, Ohio, in January 2005 as CEO. Before that, he held the CEO posts at Mitsubishi Motors North America and Hyundai Motor America.
"I certainly would enjoy getting back with an OEM, whether it's part of a turnaround story, part of a larger team or part of a smaller company," O'Neill says. "But I'm also open to being able to apply my experience in other environments or industries."
O'Neill, 55, largely has been the face and voice of Reynolds with dealers since the acquisition but was in a wind-down period of late. He got a taste of what retirement is like, "and it's not for me, at least not yet."