Boeing Institute of International Business to Welcome Andy Taylor of Enterprise Holdings for Distinguished Guest Lecture

The 2015 Boeing Distinguished Guest Lecture in International Business is pleased to welcome Andy Taylor, the Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings, on Tuesday, June 2. The event is presented by the Boeing Institute of International Business in the John Cook School of Business, and will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow. Mr. Taylor will discuss, “The Enterprise Way - Building a Global Culture of Customer Service.”

Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world today, with the Alamo Rent A Car, National Car, and its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands. Ranked by Forbes as one of America’s Largest Private Companies, the company operates a network of nearly 8,600 neighborhood and airport locations worldwide and is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry. In fiscal 2014, the businesses recorded $17 .8 billion in revenue and 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, placing Enterprise Holdings and Enterprise Fleet Management near the top of the travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, and online travel agencies. 

With locations in over 70 countries, Enterprise Holdings continued the expansion of its global footprint in 2014, particularly in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and acquired car share companies in Toronto and Denver to complement its car-sharing, vanpooling, and car rental services.

While the event is complimentary, registration is required by Friday, May 29, visit business.slu.edu/andytaylor to register today.

About the Speaker

andy-taylor-copyAndy Taylor is Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings, a privately held business founded in 1957 by his father, Jack Taylor. The company is still owned and operated by the Taylor family with headquarters in St. Louis.

When Taylor joined Enterprise at the age of 16 in one of the original St. Louis offices, he began his career by washing cars during summer and holiday vacations and learning the business from the ground up. Taylor continued his education at the University of Denver, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1970.  Following graduation, he opted to gain some initial experience outside of the family business and began working for RLM Leasing, a Ford Motor company affiliate in San Francisco. After three years at the company, Taylor returned to Enterprise, which, at the time, operated a fleet of only 5,000 cars. In 1976, he became the General Manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s St. Louis regional operations, and was promoted in 1980 to President and Chief Operating Officer. Taylor became Chief Executive Officer in 1991 and Chairman in 2001. In June 2013, he transitioned to the position of Executive Chairman.

Outside of his professional duties with Enterprise Holdings, Taylor plays an active role in the community. He serves as Trustee of Washington University in St. Louis; Trustee for the Naval Aviation History Foundation; Life Trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the U.S. and among the top three worldwide; and Director of Commerce Bancshares. He also is a former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and a past President of Civic Progress, an organization of leading chief executives in St. Louis who work for improvements on a wide range of civic issues.

The Co-Sponsors of the 2015 Boeing Distinguished Guest Lecture include:

With special thanks to the St. Louis Business Journal.


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