Sandor Herz

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Sandor was born in Sklabina, Slovakia back in 1879. His family emigrated to Chicago when he was five. As a young man, he was an amateur boxer fighting under the name of “Dan Donnelly”.   He won several amateur championships at the Chicago Athletic Association.

His first real job was selling newspapers, eventually he became a reporter for the Chicago Morning News. In 1904, at the suggestion of a friend he began selling cars, although he couldn’t drive. And as they say the rest is history. He had an epiphany due to all the trade-ins for newer models. So, he founded the Yellow Cab Company in Chicago in 1915. The distinctive yellow cabs became popular, which he franchised throughout the United States.

BTW Sandor Herz changed his name to John D. Hertz. Not only did he start the Yellow Cab Company he also started the Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company and acquired a rental car business renaming it the Hertz Drive-Ur-Self Corporation. Now that is not where he stopped as he was also a horse racing enthusiast. He bought a horse farm near Cary, Illinois and several more throughout the United States. Two of his horses were in ducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. One last note he fronted the City of Chicago $34,000.00 to install the city’s first traffic lights on Michigan Avenue. He died in 1961 at 82. Not bad, not bad at all. Remember to keep a smile on your face, a penny in your pocket, you’ll be richer than most people on the planet.  

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Wow, who knew. Yellow Cabs still big in Chicago! Never knew he had a farm in Cary! Enjoy your day!

Apr 12, 2017 05:07 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

When you have drive the possibilities are endless!Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 12, 2017 05:13 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I wish he was still here to work out the issues with self driving cars.

Apr 12, 2017 05:17 AM #3
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for another interesting story about a person who accomplished great things

Apr 12, 2017 05:27 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this very interesting information.

Apr 12, 2017 05:39 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A very neat story. My Dad was a cab driver and I never heard this story before.

Apr 12, 2017 05:47 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good one today, he made some real contributions in his lifetime.

Apr 12, 2017 05:52 AM #7
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Wow. He accomplished a lot in his lifetime. Familiar with both Yellow cab and Hertz but not their founder. Thanks for the information.

Apr 12, 2017 06:12 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great story of yellow cabs morphing into Hertz.  This is a delightful story.  A

Apr 12, 2017 06:31 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I really like this one James. I am going a different direction on this. $34,000 for a traffic light ???? - WOW!  

Apr 12, 2017 08:04 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

A smile on your face and a penny in your pocket James Dray. Those are some great words to live by my friend...

Apr 12, 2017 08:17 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He did quite a bit during his lifetime and I enjoy hearing these types of stories, especially since I rarely know this information already.

Apr 12, 2017 10:45 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what an amazing story!!!  Wonder what his thoughts would be on Uber?

Apr 12, 2017 11:10 AM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a fun history lesson James Dray ...did Chicago ever pay him back for the loan?  LOL

Apr 12, 2017 07:56 PM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  I wonder what Sandor would say about Uber?

Apr 13, 2017 04:32 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Very, very interesting story. Once he broke through and successfully started one company, the others could follow. It is like you turn the knob and open a door on a thought, an adventure, a project, a business and if you dare to walk in, there follows a series of opportunities not before offered.  James Dray, I particularly liked the saying : ....a smile....a penny. 

Apr 13, 2017 10:17 PM #16
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