NEW CASTLE, DE — November 16, 2020. ARS Fleet Service and Delaware Truck Refinishers, two automotive businesses with a combined 76 years in operation, is proud to announce that they’ve hired Russell Stewart for the executive role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). An accomplished executive and U.S. Air Force veteran, Stewart will oversee both organizations and report directly to Owner and President, Patrick Connell. Responsible for the operations of both businesses—ARS as a provider of fleet service and mobile truck repairs, and DTR as a full-service body repair, detail, and paint shop—Stewart will work to fine tune and implement new processes, build relationships with current partners, implement new revenue streams, as well as build upon the current sales process.
“We are delighted to welcome Russ Stewart to our executive team and our family,” said Patrick Connell, Owner and President. “We are a people-first organization and Stewart is a people-first guy. I am confident that in his role as COO, he will live out our company mission by prioritizing our employees and partners in all aspects of operations. By also aligning with our commitment to serve the community and support our drive for innovation, Stewart is indeed the right guy for us. We look forward to growing and expanding our businesses under his leadership.”
“I am excited to take on the COO role for both ARS Truck & Fleet Service and Delaware Truck Refinishers and to bring my diverse set of qualifications in management and operations to the team,” said Russ Stewart. “I am more than prepared for this role given my extensive experience in data-driven operations and personal love of the automotive industry.”
In his role as COO, Stewart will be charged with increasing revenue for both business entities. Specific goals include the expansion of ARS’s mobile division and growing the body shop at Delaware Truck Refinishers.
In Stewart’s personal time, he enjoys spending time with his family and four children, archery, hunting, fishing (with his dog, Yogi), playing guitar, and servicing his own collection of motorcycles and Corvettes. Stewart was also once the owner of an auto shop that specialized in engine rebuilds and transmissions.
ARS Truck and Fleet Service has been providing fleet service and mobile truck repair since 1972. Delaware Truck Refinishers has been providing full-service body repair, detail and paint shop since 1992. They serve Northern and Central Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northeastern Maryland. For more information go to www.arsfleetservice.com or www.delawaretruckrefinishers.com.