Two countries, six states and 26 years later, Ryan T., the recently named Corporate Vice President of North Central Operations, still approaches his Enterprise career with a distinct mantra: Never say never.
Ryan began his career as an MT (Management Trainee) in his home-state of California, working his way up to Regional Rental Manager. As his career progressed, he always kept an open mind about the possibility of making a move.
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.
In our ongoing series of “Five Question” blogs, we recently sat down with Jane H., Senior Vice President of Southeast Operations, to chat about her thoughts on leadership, her new role, and what advice she has to share from her 30 year career at Enterprise.
You recently became Senior Vice President of Southeast Operations. What excites you about this opportunity and what are you looking forward to in your new role?
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.
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.