Our History

Southgate Leasing Company was started by John Miota. John’s interest in creating an independent leasing company with a focus on the customer occurred after he achieved significant success working for a large corporate lease organization. He recognized a niche opportunity for a small independent and client-focused fleet vehicle leasing company and presented the idea to the owners of Southgate Ford (John Amato Sr. and Frank DeFranco). The three partners founded a company in 1973 adjacent to Southgate Ford’s dealership on South 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Southgate Leasing was born.

Note from President:

It seems we are in a back to the future mode where there is a consolidation among the large leasing companies in the industry. This same pattern was occurring in the early 1970’s and was one of the key reasons we were founded and why we have thrived over the years. We know that the smaller fleet customers will be forgotten in this transition as the mega leasing companies struggle to consolidate systems and operations and eliminate staff to generate the returns promised to shareholders. This creates opportunity for us and we look forward to providing our customers with the service and attention their businesses require at very competitive rates. We know what we are good at and we can serve our customers better because we have been built that way since our very beginning.

John Miota eventually became the sole owner of Southgate Leasing after purchasing the interests of John Amato Sr. and Frank DeFranco.

The company continued to evolve over the years adding new clients and expanding service offerings to meet the needs of its growing customer base. Kevin Miota joined Southgate Leasing in 1988 and worked his way up in the organization His duties expanded over the years to include client relations, customer account reviews and outside sales. Kevin eventually became President of Southgate Leasing and established Southgate Lease Services in January of 2013 to succeed John’s ownership interest. Unfortunately, Kevin Miota passed away unexpectedly in December 2013.

Nick Miota joined the organization in March 2014 and currently serves as President of Southgate Lease Services. Our proud history as a family owned enterprise carries on and the company looks forward to serving its loyal customers for many years to come.