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. 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.
Jim has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. He is actively involved in Community affairs, serving on the Boards of: University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, Field Museum of Natural History, Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Teach for America, The Chicago Public Education Fund, Vice Chair of the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was recognized as an “Honorary Fellow of the Division of Biological Sciences, and Board Chair of Intrinsic Schools, a charter school network serving 2,000 students in Chicago.
Jim lives with his wife Karen in Winnetka, Illinois and Aspen, Colorado. They have three children, and five grandchildren.