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What I wish I knew: Vice President Dave L.

8.14.18.DaveL.LIWith nearly three decades of experience under his belt, Dave L. knows what it takes to keep focus and succeed at Enterprise.

Beginning as a Management Trainee in New York in 1989, he worked his way up the ladder, eventually moving down south to take on roles as Regional Vice President and Vice President of the Atlanta Operating Group.

Currently Vice President/GM of the Jacksonville Operating Group, where he’s been the last four years, Dave shares the advice he would give himself as a Branch Manager.

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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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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Rob+WRob W. is 28 years into his Enterprise career, yet every day he comes to work excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Rob has good reason to be excited – he recently made the move from Southwest Florida, where he was General Manager, to Enterprise Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis, where he now serves as Corporate Vice President of Northeast Operations.

If there’s one thing Rob has learned over the course of his robust career, it’s that in order to grow, you need to get out of your comfort zone. We recently sat down with Rob to learn how he tackles new challenges and get his perspective on the business.
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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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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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Tips to finding an inspirational mentor

James+and+John_500wideAlign yourself with positive people.

That’s advice James Callaham frequently gives to employees he mentors.

It wasn’t long ago that James was a mentee himself, receiving inspiration, motivation and encouragement from Enterprise leaders.

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Things I wish I knew: Art Turner, GM/VP

Art Turner GM VP 2017.2“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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General Manager Spotlight: Dave S.

imageDave S. was recently named Vice President and General Manager (GM) of San Antonio, Texas. We sat down with him to learn more about his career path with Enterprise and his priorities for his new team.

How did you end up at Enterprise?

After college, I worked for a sales company in Denver. I had a close friend who landed a job at Enterprise as a Management Trainee (MT), moved up quickly, and was always raving about the company. I applied for an MT position in Colorado. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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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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