2013 Road to Palm Springs

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Tony Aquila
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Solera Holdings, Inc.

Meet Tony Aquila, the intensely driven creator, founder and motivational leader of Solera Holdings. Although he never completed high school or attended college, Tony’s military-based focus drove him to create the world’s leading provider of software and services to the automobile claims processing industry.

The Solera companies collectively develop and deliver the latest technologies, market intelligence and best practices to more than 75,000 customers in nearly 60 countries. The Solera tools provide repair estimation and valuation, vehicle history, fraud detection software and services, salvage vehicle disposal services, and data and analytics for insurer re-underwriting. Since its 2007 IPO, Solera has executed more than 10 M&A transactions and significantly expanded its geographic footprint.

Tony believes culture is the strongest force within the company, but to be truly effective, it must be tied to core principles that people can stand behind, both at work and in their own lives.