ST. LOUIS, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Holdings Inc., the largest car rental company in the world, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its national partnership with Athlete Network (formerly Career Athletes). Athlete Network gives the company access to more than 500 university athletic departments and enables it to network with current and former student athletes throughout the country.
"It is an honor to continue to grow our partnership with Enterprise," said Chris Smith, Athlete Network Founder and CEO. "Enterprise truly embraces the value of the athlete mindset and places Athlete Network members in positions to succeed. We value all that Enterprise continues to do for current and former athletes."
The competitive spirit of Enterprise, National and Alamo employees continues to fuel new levels of growth for Enterprise Holdings. In fiscal year 2016, the company grew total revenues by 8.1 percent to more than $20.9 billion, increased overall fleet size to almost 1.9 million vehicles and expanded its network to include more than 9,600 fully staffed locations worldwide. In fact, Enterprise Holdings is among the largest companies in the global travel industry today.
Top Hirer of College Graduates
To support this growth, each year Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch offices hire thousands of college-educated, career-oriented men and women into the renowned Enterprise Management Training and Management Internship programs – both of which teach employees how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service.
The Enterprise Management Training Program also gives employees the opportunity to build a business without the financial investment undertaken by many new business owners. Management Trainees receive a hands-on experience, learning what it takes to run a successful business from the ground up and honing their entrepreneurial skills.
In 2017 alone, more than 7,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the U.K. plan to hire a total of nearly 10,000 college graduates into the Management Training Program and more than 2,000 interns into the Management Internship Program. As a result, this year Enterprise was recognized as the No. 1 Entry-Level Employer by CollegeGrad.com for the 10th time.
Opportunities for Athletes
An official corporate partner of the NCAA® since 2005, Enterprise understands the value of teamwork. It's just one of the reasons Enterprise is among the top hirers of college graduates – including student athletes – in the country.
"Our entrepreneurial culture and focus on teamwork are particularly attractive to former student athletes," said Marie Artim, Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at Enterprise Holdings. "In turn, athletes' leadership experience, work ethic, time management skills and ability to work as part of a team translate well to our business and our culture."
Enterprise's promote-from-within culture encourages success among employees, allowing them to move up quickly based on their performance and work ethic. In 2016, more than 16,000 Enterprise, National and Alamo employees were promoted or took on new challenges in various positions throughout the world, contributing to new opportunities for existing Management Trainees and the need to add even more talented employees. With a wide range of job opportunities and business functions to support the company's operations, Enterprise Holdings offers employees the opportunity to switch careers without switching companies.
"Both on and off the field, I've always considered myself an impact player. No matter what you put in front of me, I'm going to reach my goal," said former professional football player and current Enterprise Rent-A-Car Branch Manager Fred Wells, who was hired as an Enterprise Management Trainee in 2013. "Now I'm using that same attitude and the lessons I learned from football and in life to help me excel in my career at Enterprise."
Even Enterprise Holdings Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Christine Taylor got her start in the Management Training Program after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she was co-captain of the Women's Division I Field Hockey team and earned All-American honors.
Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car rental and car-sharing services, truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales. Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America's Largest Private Companies. In addition, among all North American car rental companies, it has the lowest leverage ratio and is the only one with an investment-grade rating. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune's list of the 500 largest American public companies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings not only accounts for the largest airport market share in the U.S., but its domestic rental fleet also is one of the newest in the industry. The company's affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies, government agencies and organizations operating medium-sized fleets of 20 or more vehicles, as well as those seeking an alternative to employee reimbursement programs. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Truck Rental, Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.