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.

What excites you most about your new role as General Manager of France?

I’m most excited to grow our business and our brand, while also providing new opportunities for employees.

What advice would you give to other aspiring managers, especially those who might be interested in taking on a new role in a different country?    

I think what’s great about Enterprise is that wherever you go, you always find a team of great people. The caliber of hard-working, motivated employees is constant regardless of what country or state or even Group you work in. We have a fantastic team who live by our company’s Founding Values every day.

When moving abroad, it is also very important to have support from your family. I have been very fortunate to have this support throughout my 26 year career which has allowed me to advance and relocate to many exciting places with our company.

Tell us about your Enterprise career path. What made you decide to take on this new role?

I started my Enterprise career as a Management Trainee in the Southern California Group in 1992. I worked my way up for nine years, eventually taking on the role as Regional Rental Manager. In 2002, I became Regional Vice President in the Tennessee Group. In 2006, l was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the newly formed Puerto Rico Group. In 2009, I took on the role of Vice President and General Manager of the Utah/Southern Idaho Group, where I worked for eight and a half years. This past December my family and I saw the opportunity to take on the role of Vice President and General Manager of France, and I just couldn’t pass it up.  

What is something most people might not know about you?

I am a huge football fan – and I mean European football! To be living in a country where there are options to see live games every week and see so many great teams play has been amazing!