James S. Frank '65

  • Elected 2019 (Charter Trustee)

  • Winnetka, Illinois

Jim Frank spent his entire business career leading Wheels, Inc, a business wholly owned by the Frank Family, where he was CEO from 1975 until becoming Executive Chair in 2017.  Jim's son, Dan, was CEO from 2017 until October of 2021 when the business was sold to Athene Insurance, a subsidiary of Apollo. Under Apollo, with continuing involvement of the Frank Family, two related firms have been consolidated and the Wheels brand is now the largest in the USA managing over 700,000 vehicles domestically. Wheels founded the Vehicle Fleet Management and Leasing Industry in 1939 and, under Jim's direction since 1975 was a leader in Innovation, growing from 25,000 vehicles to become one of North America's premier fleet management providers with over 300,000 vehicles under management in North America and over 1 million vehicles in 40 countries in partnership with ALD.  Jim has held leadership roles in Industry Organizations, has been keynote speaker at national conferences and has testified on behalf of the Industry before the US Congress, Federal Trade Commission, U. S. Treasury, and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. 

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  • A.B. Dartmouth College
  • M.B.A. Stanford University