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Enterprising People: Sleigh Driver Stewart S.

santaEver wonder what Santa does during his time off? He works at Enterprise Holdings, of course.

With the holiday spirit in full swing, some might say Driver Stewart S. appears to be a little jollier than normal, and that’s par for the course. Stewart doubles as a mall Santa and has even published a book called Diary of a Mall Santa to share the experience from behind the velvet ropes. “I’d been writing all my life,” says Stewart. “After hearing the things I heard, I decided to keep a journal by my chair to jot down all of the interesting stories.”

The magic of a white, synthetic beard

It all started about six years ago. Stewart had recently retired as a copywriter at an advertising agency in Chicago when he got a call from an old friend asking if he knew anyone who could be Santa at a local shopping mall. With five grown children of his own, he jumped at the chance.

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Enterprising People: Climbing Everest

everestEver dream about being on top of the world? One Enterprise employee made this a reality when he decided to take on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain with a peak of 29,029 feet (5.5 miles) above sea level.

Pedro G., Enterprise Holdings’ Group Operations Manager for Spain, spent 14 days trekking up the Himalayas in Nepal last month to fulfill his lifelong dream.

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Enterprise supports military families through third annual Progressive Insurance® Keys to Progress Program

keystoprogressAs part of our ongoing support of military members and their families, we recently joined forces with Progressive® Insurance, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and others in the collision industry for the third annual Keys to Progress® program. The one-day, nationwide event provided more than 130 newly refurbished vehicles to deserving military members and their families on Veterans Day. The recipients were selected by local VFW chapters and other veteran organizations.

The Keys to Progress vehicle giveaways, spearheaded by Progressive, took place at 60 Progressive Service Centers across the country. For the third consecutive year, Enterprise provided six months of automobile insurance for each donated vehicle to ensure recipients were well covered. We also helped transport families to the giveaway events.

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Enterprising People: Airport Facilities Director Randy K.

randykIs it a good thing to be ranked No. 40? You better believe it is — especially if it means you’re the 40th fastest person in the world when graded among your peers at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which took place this summer in Austria.

Airport Facilities Director Randy K. has no need to wear a jet pack. He can swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and run 13.1 miles all together faster than most people could even imagine.

So what lit a fire under Randy, so to speak? It all happened during a vacation in Hawaii.

“My wife and I were on a sightseeing walk in Hawaii when this guy ran by us at a pretty good clip,” Randy recalls. “Soon enough, more racers followed and we soon found ourselves cheering on participants in the Lava Man triathlon. I was so impressed by how fast the lead guy ran by that I did some research and discovered he was Chris McCormack.”

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Spotlight on Louisiana Group: employees honor late coworker

honorlatecoworkerIt’s never easy to lose a member of the family and Corey Bush Sr. was definitely a member of the Enterprise family. Corey had been a full-time service agent in Southern Louisiana for 14 years when he was tragically killed while interrupting a burglary in his home two weeks before Christmas.

“Corey was hardworking, loyal and knew everyone,” says Area Manager Eric S. “He was the kind of guy you wanted on your team because you could rely on him for anything.”

“We wanted to do something for his family for the holidays, so we bought gifts for his kids,” says Area Manager Ryan E. “The next year, we wanted to do even more to honor him and help his family. We knew Corey was an avid softball player so we reached out to some of the teams he played with, and established the first memorial softball tournament.”

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Spotlight on adoption assistance: bringing hope home

adoptionassistanceNo matter how hectic a day at work, Senior Account Fleet Coordinator Jennifer P. never tires of hearing the word ‘mom.’ After a seven-year struggle with infertility, that term of endearment is one she thought she might never hear.

But thanks in part to Enterprise Holdings’ adoption benefit, she is now a mom times two and has a house filled with laughter to prove it.

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Enterprising People on the GO: Senior Vice President of European Operations Mike N.

What are your thoughts on our growth in Europe over the past few years?

Achieving growth starts with a great deal of hard work and a plan, especially in countries where we are starting from scratch and the Enterprise brand is unknown. At this point, each market or country is at a different level of maturity and evolution. In the U.K. for instance, we just celebrated 20 years, while in Spain and France we have owned the businesses for four years.

Many of our franchise countries joined the fold in 2015. Each one will have a different strategy for growth.

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Enterprise Career Path: General Manager Bridget L.

Q: Hi Bridget! How did you learn about a career with Enterprise?

A: I was an employee referral. I had just returned home after spending a year teaching in Belize when my brother-in-law said I should apply for the Management Training (MT) program. I had planned to go to law school but ultimately decided managing my own career felt like a better fit.

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Mentoring program builds future leaders

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Derrick M. was a bright young accounting professional looking to start his career with a successful company that offered opportunities for career growth. He had just graduated from the University of Tennessee when he decided to join Enterprise’s East Tennessee Region office in Knoxville in 2012. A year later, his promising career hit a bump in the road.

“I found out that the path to success isn’t always easy, especially early in your career as you learn a new business and adapt to the culture of the company,” Derrick says. “I was struggling with what my next steps would be at Enterprise.”

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