Meet Glenn Udall, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Zubie, Inc. Glenn will celebrate his one-year anniversary with the company in September. We sat down with him to find out what he’s been up to over the past 9 months.
So, what made you decide to work for Zubie?
I was familiar with Zubie from my work in the fleet industry for the past 30 years. I thought the company was positioned for growth and I appreciated the value it delivered to its partners. When the opportunity arose to be the one to drive those strategic partnerships at Zubie, I jumped at it.
You’ve worked at a few small companies, right?
Very funny. Yes, if you want to call Hertz Corporation “small.” I spent 30 years with Hertz. I’ve done pretty much everything in the industry - fleet procurement, planning, operations and distribution. It’s been a fun ride.
What's the latest at Zubie?
That’s always the million dollar question isn’t it? What have you done for me lately?
Well, it’s been a pretty busy 9 months. I partnered with a franchise operator from my former company Hertz for a pilot test in Athens, Georgia. We put Zubie in their rental car fleet with great results. We’re now partnering with more rental franchises operators as a result. We have also found that colleges and universities can benefit from Zubie. We installed Zubie in three university’s fleets. They are benefitting from improved efficiencies as a result. And Zubie is even collaborating with cities. We have a connected car data pilot programs running in two major metro areas. We believe Zubie can help ease traffic congestion, improve safety and reduce the environmental footprint. We continue to explore areas of opportunity for Zubie, the future is very exciting!
You’re not from around here, are you?
Zubie is based in Minnesota and Charleston. It depends on the “here” you are referring to. I’m from Bluffton, South Carolina which is about two hours down the road from Charleston but I have lived in many locations throughout my career, I’m at “home” pretty much anywhere.
So being from the South, you must enjoy the hot weather.
There’s no better place to be on a hot day than outside playing a round of golf. That’s where you can find me any time I can get away for a few hours. But you don’t have to be from the South to enjoy golf. Doesn’t Minnesota have one of the largest numbers of golf courses in the country? That being said, I prefer having the chance to play golf all year long!!
What advice would you share with anyone thinking of getting into the connected car space?
Do it! We are the future and it’s happening now. This industry is changing rapidly, and the opportunities are endless. It’s such an exciting time to be in this space.
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