Bob Palmer


Bob founded the firm in 1965 and was the driving force in the firm’s growth and success until the last day of his life. He had over 45 years of leasing experience having been employed by Rentco and Emerson Electric Company prior to founding Palmer Leasing, Inc.

Bob was an avid tennis player. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in accounting and served in the United States Navy on the USS Randolph and USS Forrestal (the first super carrier).

Robert Palmer


Bobby has been engaged with the firm since 1987. In addition to Palmer Leasing, he has experience in owning finance, consulting and manufacturing firms. Prior to Palmer Leasing he was employed by Tennis Management, Inc.where he worked under Gloria Connors in the management of Jimmy Connors.

Bobby holds an MBA with a focus on finance from Washington University in St. Louis, Olin School of Business, and a BS in Business Administration with focus on finance from Regis University. He is an adjunct advisor and coach with the Hatchery Program, Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Olin School of Business and a frequent lecturer on business valuation, planning and financial modeling. He is a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization), ACG (Association for Corporate Growth), the NPSA (National Portable Storage Association) and the William Greenleaf Eliot Society.

Shannon Palmer

Director of Marketing

Shannon is responsible for the firm’s marketing, advertising, public relations and business development. Shannon has 17 years of experience in technology and analytics marketing and advertising. In addition to Palmer Leasing, Shannon has experience as the Vice President of Creative and Marketing for PotentiaSystems and PotentiaMED. She was the Director of Marketing for Amitech Solutions and Fidelity Advisory Network. She served as the Senior Copywriter for Freestyle Interactive Advertising, an award-winning boutique advertising agency in San Francisco, where she led copywriting for accounts including Oracle, XO Communications, Sega, CBS MarketWatch, and others. She served as the Editorial and Marketing Director for AlcheMe, an online community utility that incorporated proprietary predictive analytics tools to aggregate personalized editorial content and product recommendations. In addition, Shannon worked on the Cisco Systems account management team for Goldberg, Moser, O’Neill Advertising from the initial brand roadmap strategy development through the production and delivery of their award winning television and print campaigns.

Shannon holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a concentration in advertising from The University of Missouri, Columbia School of Journalism.

Jeff Ballenger

Manager of Operations

Jeff has been engaged with the firm since 2004. Jeff is an integral member of the team and contributor to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. He oversees operational and administrative functions and provides client support.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Security from IIT, St. Louis.

Ray Meng

Fleet Services

Ray has been employed with the firm since 2008. Ray is an important member of the team and contributor to the development and implementation of the inspection, maintenance and repair of the fleet and related standards and procedures. He oversees contractors and manages the maintenance facilities. Ray has over 20-years of industry experience.