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Entrepreneurs at Enterprise: Michael H.

MikeH2-editedIn 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.

Michael H. joined the MT program in August 2017. As a newly promoted Management Assistant, we asked him to share his perspective on competition and cooperation, the mentors who motivate him and how he’s already using his experience to help new employees.

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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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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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Around the world with Enterprise

Anna Lees Picture_PulseOpportunity, mobility and Anna L. go well together.

Anna has parlayed her desire for success and willingness to relocate with a world of opportunities to build a successful career at Enterprise.

Today, she works in San Diego as Account Manager in Enterprise Fleet Management. It’s the latest stop in a journey that has carried her on an award-winning ride of domestic and international assignments, all in just eight years.

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Lesson Learned: Enterprise’s Mentor Program

Chris and MikeChris, a Talent Acquisition Specialist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, gained important insights from his mentor, Mike. Mike, Shared Services Director in Tulsa, mentored Chris for almost a year starting in 2016.

“Mike manages three departments, so working with him gave me the opportunity to speak to someone who sees solutions at a higher level,” Chris says. “Gaining his perspective helped me understand how an upper-level manager addresses issues and finds opportunities.”

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Things I Wish I Knew: Susie and Paul, General Managers

GMsWishIKnewHindsight is 20/20. But one of the benefits of Enterprise’s promote-from-within culture is knowing company leaders all started from the same place as branch employees early in their careers. They’ve seen the same things, dealt with the same issues and faced the same fears.

So who better to impart some words of wisdom than people who have been in those shoes?

We asked two General Managers with more than 60 years of combined experience to share advice they wish they could tell themselves earlier in their careers.

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Three generations of one family find job satisfaction at Enterprise

LarryBillKelseyIt’s not uncommon for Larry to encounter family business owners in his role as Account Executive for Enterprise Fleet Management in Colorado. When he does, his eyes light up.

“It makes an impact when I tell clients Enterprise is privately held…just like you are,” Larry says. “As a family-run business we understand how important it is to take care of our customers and to do the right thing – because we’re in it for the long haul.”

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All in the family: From the court to cars

Damon, Jared and Jeremy with Chrissy Taylor at the Fleet Management National Sales Meeting.
Damon, Jared and Jeremy with Chrissy Taylor at the Fleet Management National Sales Meeting.

After more than two decades of often-intense competition, the score still isn’t entirely settled among three tennis-playing brothers: Damon, Jared and Jeremy.

Jared speaks admiringly of older brother Damon and his skills on the court. “He’s a really good athlete with a huge serve,” Jared says. Jared’s twin brother, Jeremy, is equally as strong on the court.

While Jared’s tennis game might not land him at Wimbledon, he says it’s his work ethic that really sets him apart.

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Things I wish I knew: Howard Puterman, GM/VP

Howard Puterman“If only I knew then what I know now…”

Hindsight is 20/20. But one of the benefits of Enterprise’s promote-from-within culture is knowing company leaders all started from the same place as branch employees just beginning their careers. They’ve seen the same things, dealt with the same issues and faced the same fears.

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Recognition fuels growth

Referrals help fuel successA couple of years out of college, Katie R. had already learned a few things about what she wanted in a career—and perhaps just as importantly, what she didn’t.

“I just wasn’t fulfilled,” she says of the entry-level corporate human resources position she landed upon finishing a post-grad management degree. After two years she decided to leave and went to work as a bar and restaurant manager in Sudbury, Ontario.

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