During the 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting in St. Louis, Mr. Andrew (Andy) C. Taylor, Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings Inc., took the stage to welcome the audience to St. Louis.
Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in St. Louis, is one of the largest privately-held companies in America. The company operates in over 100 countries worldwide, taking in approximately $26 billion in revenues for Fiscal Year 2019. With a fleet of 2 million vehicles, the Enterprise family of brands includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car, and National Car Rentals.
Enterprise was founded in St. Louis by Andy's father, Jack Taylor, following Jack's return from World War II. Over the years, the company has kept its founder's military service close to its heart.
Andy began his career at Enterprise washing cars and learning the business from the ground up at the age of 16. More than 50 years later, he has established himself as a true leader in the travel industry.
Bryan Scott is Enterprise Holdings' Assistant Vice President of US Government Business. In this role, Bryan manages the company's partnerships with the US federal government and oversees the federal government rental programs. He also recently became Chairperson of NDTA's Government Passenger Travel Advisory Council (GPTAC).
DTJ sax down with Andy and Bryan to hear more about Enterprise's rich history, its work with the US military and government, and their thoughts on the future of the car rental industry.
DTJ: Enterprise has a rich heritage as an organization, tell us about Enterprise's story.
ANDY TAYLOR: Enterprise Holdings does have a rich and distinctive heritage that we are very proud of It all started in 1942, when my father. Jack Taylor, enlisted and served as a Navy Hellcat pilot during World War II. When he returned from the war, he was eager to raise his family and start a business in our hometown of St. Louis. He founded the Executive Leasing Company in 1957 with a fleet of just seven cars, one employee and a commitment to provide exceptional customer service.
In 1969, my father and his team decided to expand business beyond St. Louis and renamed the company "Enterprise" in honor of the aircraft carrier he served on during WWII.
Lessons my father learned in the Navy, including integrity, hard work, team spirit and simply doing the right thing, helped shape his personality and the business. His simple but enduring business philosophy--"Take care of your customers and your...