Enterprise Holdings has a rich and distinctive history. It's a remarkable story of how entrepreneurship, hard work and a big idea can turn a tiny start-up into a world-class company. In fact, Enterprise founder Jack Taylor was a decorated fighter pilot while serving in World War II aboard the storied aircraft carrier that gave us our name – the USS Enterprise.
Jack returned from his service in WWII with a big dream and the values that would become the foundation of his company. His simple philosophy still guides the way we do business today: "Take care of your customers and your employees first, and the profits will follow." Enterprise Holdings has grown from Jack's initial fleet of seven cars, into the largest transportation service provider in the world. And, at Enterprise Holdings, the Taylor family continues to honor the leadership and vision that Jack instilled in our business.
Enterprise's support of the military focuses on three key areas – recruitment and hiring, local operations and community relations.
Military veterans or reservists comprise nearly 10 percent of our U.S. workforce. And Enterprise pays the salary differential for employees on active duty, so they continue to receive full pay throughout the duration of their service.
We operate Enterprise rental facilities on more than 50 U.S. military bases. We also support local, state and federal government agencies with disaster relief and recovery efforts. Our network of more than 8,500 car rental locations around the world gives us a unique ability – and responsibility – to support the local transportation infrastructure of the communities we serve.