Enterprise: Enterprise Rent-A-Car was begun by Jack C. Taylor. He opened the first store in 1957, though it was originally called the Executive Leasing Company. He changed it to “Enterprise” in 1962. The name comes from the USS Enterprise, which he served on during the Second World War. Enterprise remains a privately-owned company to this day.
Enterprise prides itself on its customer service and competitive prices. The company also has car leasing and car sharing services. One of its current services that make it stand out for customers is its free pickup service. The company focuses especially on local rental needs, such as customers who need a car replacement while theirs is being fixed. It primarily rents General Motors cars, though it does include a few other brands, such as Nissan and Volkswagen. Also, many locations offer hybrid and electric cars for environmentally conscious customers.
Enterprise has about 6,500 locations worldwide. In Canada, Mexico, and the United States, Enterprise has a bigger presence than any other car rental company. With such a large presence, Enterprise covers the major cities, such as Denver, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, and Orlando, as well as smaller cities, including places such as Oklahoma City and Santa Fe. Around the world, Enterprise has a presence in Canada (such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal) and many European locations, including London, England; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; and Barcelona, Spain.
Because of the founder’s military background (he flew Hellcats in the Navy in World War II), Enterprise is committed to hiring veterans; about 6,000 veterans work for Enterprise. In 2007, Enterprise came under Enterprise Holdings, Inc., when the company purchased Alamo and National. The company’s headquarters are currently in Clayton, Missouri, not far from where the company began.