Our president and CEO Pam Nicholson was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business for the past seven years.
Steady leadership at the top, combined with a consistent ability to exceed our customers' expectations, has fueled more than five decades of profitable growth and defined Enterprise Holdings’ leadership role in the car rental and travel industries.
That leadership begins with our company's owners, the Taylor family of St. Louis. Since our founding in 1957, Enterprise has had only three CEOs – our founder Jack, his son, Andy, and 32-year veteran of the company, Pamela Nicholson. The third generation of the family is also involved in the management of the company and is an important part of our lasting success.
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We pioneered and developed the significant market for convenient, affordable rentals away from the airport – right in the neighborhoods where customers live and work. That market segment began as a vehicle replacement business for consumers whose vehicles were in need of repair and, under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, has grown into a home-city business that is larger than the airport market.
The addition of the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands in 2007, as part of the largest acquisition in car rental industry history, enabled us to begin offering a diverse three-brand portfolio at the airport to serve leisure and business travelers. In addition, through our regional subsidiaries, we operate affiliated businesses that complement our core rental operations, including commercial fleet management, used car sales and commercial truck rental, plus our Rideshare vanpooling and Enterprise CarShare car-sharing programs.
As the world’s largest car rental service provider, leadership is not a short-term proposition. Enterprise Holdings operates wholly owned airport and neighborhood locations across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, France, and Spain, as well as franchise locations throughout the world. Today, our three car rental brands operate in more than 60 countries and territories in Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean and Asia. This includes company-owned locations in 75 percent of the European car rental market and franchise partners that reach the remaining European markets.
Total Transportation Solution
Enterprise’s global network offers a total transportation solution that extends beyond typical day-to-day car rental operations. For example, we play a unique role in providing local transportation alternatives when tornadoes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters strike. Because Enterprise Holdings operates more than 6,000 neighborhood and airport branch offices throughout the United States, we are prepared and staffed to respond quickly and seamlessly, to move vehicles around the country and into affected areas, and to support insurance companies, utility companies and government agencies so they can get the recovery and restoration process under way as quickly as possible.
In addition, our sustainability initiative – publicly articulated and documented on our Driving Futures website – is a long-term approach to addressing those parts of the world that we touch with our business, and involving ourselves with those issues over which we have some influence, such as urban mobility, new vehicle technologies and renewable fuels.
We also continue to speak up for consumers on issues that affect them and the car rental and travel industries overall. For instance, we are working with the National Consumers League to fight discriminatory excise taxes that unfairly target airport and local car rental customers – including car-sharing customers – to fund unrelated programs and projects. In fact, the U.S. Travel Association has recognized Enterprise Holdings Executive Chairman Andy Taylor for his longtime leadership role on this important public policy initiative and his ongoing efforts on behalf of all car rental customers, regardless of whether they are renting for an hour, a day, a week or longer.