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Warren Avis 1915-2007
 


Country : Bay City, MI
Profession : Entrepreneur
Date of birth : 1915-08-04
Date of death : 2007-04-24
Cause of Death : Natural Causes

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Warren Edward Avis (August 4, 1915 – April 24, 2007) was an American entrepreneur who founded Avis Rent A Car System Inc. in 1946.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Avis graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1933, and served in the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. When he got out, he bought a stake in a Ford dealership and began his plan to rent cars at airports. He said that he got the idea when as a pilot he could not find ground transport at airports.

Avis opened Avis Rent A Car at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan and at Miami International Airport in Florida. He sold the company in 1954 for $8 million.

Avis would later head Avis Enterprises which invested in high tech electronic companies.

He was inducted in to the Automotive Hall of Fame.

He died at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan of natural causes. His remains are interred at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Bay City.

Author of books:
Corporate Darwinism (1966, business, with Robert R. Blake and Jane S. Mouton)
The Art of Sharing: Finding Solutions to Personal, Business and Community Problems Through Shared Participation (1973)
Take a Chance to be First: The Secrets of Entrepreneurial Success (1986, memoir)

 

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