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Fatherhood, fun and family business

6.17.18.FathersDay.InstaAndy Taylor enjoys cooking for his family on the weekends.

Barbecuing is his specialty. And when it comes to ribs, he doesn’t skimp on the sauce.

While he says the benefits of barbecue are sometimes healthy meals and fewer dishes to clean, the result of a home-cooked meal has a far greater impact: more time spent with his family.

For the Taylors, family is the foundation for success, along with having fun.

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Entrepreneurs at Enterprise: Natalie M.

NatalieM_BranchIn this interview series, we speak with employees who were nominated by their teams as having a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurship is a key indicator to success for employees starting their careers in the Enterprise Management Training (MT) Program.

Natalie M. started at Enterprise as an intern in 2017, then joined the Management Trainee Program. We asked Natalie to share her goals for the future and how she makes the most of every day on the job.

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France, football and forging a new career path

Neil HaferEven though Neil H. is 26 years into his Enterprise career, one thing reigned loud and true since the day he started – an enduring interest to move abroad and take on new roles no matter the country, city or Operating Group.

Recently promoted to Vice President and General Manager of France, Neil has established himself as a proven leader with a keen ability to work across cultures with unwavering commitment to customer service and operational excellence.

We asked Neil to share his thoughts on the new role and his interesting career path.

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Bowled over: Contact Center employee rolls with the best

Shea BittenbenderIn early April, Shea B. anxiously laced up a pair of shoes. But not the typical dress shoes you might expect from an Enterprise employee.

Rather, he laced up a his blue and silver bowling shoes and headed off to throw against the world’s best.

Sponsored by the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC), the governing organization dedicated to ten-pin bowling, the sport’s premier event draws competitors from all 50 states and a dozen countries. That helped make the event, known as the Masters, a memorable experience for Shea, a Business Analysis Supervisor at the Contact Center in St. Louis.

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Mother and daughter share Enterprise bond

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There’s something spectacular about the bond between a mother and her daughter.

Unabashed love.

Immense pride.

Sheer joy.

These are the emotions Campus Manager Lynn M. evokes for her daughter, Molly S.

What makes their bond extra special? They share a second family together: Enterprise.

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Giving back, one tree at a time

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Enterprise employee Ariff A. and his wife Jessica helping out at the planting in Oregon

When Arbor Day was founded in 1872, the idea was simple – set aside a special day for tree planting.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, of course, sets aside many days a year, as it’s in the 13th year of a special 50-year pledge for tree planting.

Every year, 1 million trees are planted as part of the Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge – a unique public-private partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation that will continue through 2056.

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Things I Wish I Knew: Bridget L., General Manager

BridgetLongBridget L., GM of the Southeast England group, shares the advice she would give herself as a Branch Manager.

Bridget’s 18-year Enterprise career has spanned five Groups, three time zones and two continents. She worked as a Branch Manager in the Chicago group and then took roles in South Florida, Seattle and San Francisco. In 2015 she made her biggest move yet, heading across the pond as General Manager in the Southeast England/London group.

Here’s the advice she’d give her younger self:

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Giving from the Heart

CanadaRMH PhotoCarrie A. knows what it’s like to spend more time inside the walls of a hospital than out.

Her youngest daughter, Avery, who was born in 2011, spent most of her life — all 10 precious months of it — fighting to survive at the University of Michigan’s Children’s Hospital.

“No one ever anticipates needing to be at a hospital for months-on-end,” says Carrie, Group HR Manager in the Southwestern Ontario group. “That’s why it’s important for me to give back to organizations like the Ronald McDonald House – an option for my family and for many of our friends experiencing challenging times.”

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Friendship on the soccer field leads to mentor partnership

Linda and MyraWhen Business Rental Sales Manager Linda B. joined the Sacramento operating group’s indoor soccer team, she was looking for a way to get to know a new batch of up-and-coming Enterprise employees.

“I remember when I met Myra B. on the soccer field – she was determined, focused and persistent,” says Linda. “She embodied all the qualities you look for in a teammate both on the field and in the branch.”

That rapport would expand as the two teamed up off the field as part of the operating group’s Formal Mentoring Program.

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Leaving a legacy (and a tie) in Brooklyn

2493 TiesAn Enterprise branch takes employee promotions to new heights.

One of the highest honors in sports happens when an athlete’s jersey number is retired. Their legacy is firmly enshrined as a part of the organization’s history, and their presence is remembered by all those who look up to the rafters.

For Javier L., former Branch Manager of the New York group’s flagship branch in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, that familiar ceremony served as a source of inspiration to recognize employees.

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