Andrew C. Taylor
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Holdings
Andy Taylor, who became involved in the automotive business more than 40 years ago, took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1991, and was named Chairman in 2001. Enterprise – founded in St. Louis in 1957 by his father Jack Taylor – is now called Enterprise Holdings. The Taylor family acquired Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental in 2007, the largest acquisition ever in the car rental industry, bringing the company’s network of neighborhood and airport locations to more than 7,600 worldwide.
Under Taylor’s leadership, Enterprise Holdings today operates Alamo and National as well as its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, leading the car rental industry with more than a third of all airport business in the U.S. and Canada. With annual revenues of $12.6 billion and more than 68,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the car rental industry. Through its regional subsidiaries, it also owns and operates more than 1 million cars and trucks, making it the largest car rental company in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet.
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 in 1980, Taylor was named President and Chief Operating Officer.
In 2009, Taylor was inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders for his leadership role in challenging excise taxes that single out rental car customers to fund unrelated projects and programs in local communities. He is one of 81 travel industry professionals who have been inducted into the Travel Hall of Leaders since its inception in 1969.
Outside of his professional duties with Enterprise Holdings, Taylor plays an active role in the community. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater St. Louis; 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; Trustee of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; 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.Back to Members Page