Enterprise Holdings Biographies
Jo Ann Taylor Kindle
President, Enterprise Holdings Foundation
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the charitable arm of the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry. As president of the Foundation, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle is responsible for the allocation of millions of dollars in charitable contributions to thousands of organizations each year. Funded by contributions from the company’s operations, the Foundation provides financial assistance to recognized charities supported by Enterprise Holdings’ employees and customers.
Enterprise Holdings operates Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental as well as its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. The company and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution. Combined, these businesses—which include extensive car rental and car sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management, and retail car sales—accounted for $15.4 billion in revenue and operated 1.3 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal 2012. Ranked by Forbes as one of America’s Largest Private Companies, Enterprise Holdings’ revenues also place the company near the top of the travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. Enterprise Holdings is owned by the Taylor family and headquartered in St. Louis.
Kindle has had a life-long involvement with the company, which her father, Jack Taylor, founded in 1957 in the basement of a Cadillac dealership. After graduating from the University of Denver with a B.A. in 1972, she took a job as an assistant buyer in St. Louis at Famous Barr, a division of The May Department Stores Company (now Macy’s), where she worked until 1974. Kindle officially joined the Enterprise team and served as office manager of a St. Louis location until 1977. Kindle then left her post at the company to raise her two children, and returned to head the Foundation in 1994.
In her role as Foundation President, Kindle oversees a Board of Trustees made up of corporate officers and general managers and is the driving force in the Foundation’s heavy involvement in charities worldwide. The board meets three times a year to consider thousands of requests from those seeking charitable contributions.
In addition to administering the company’s foundation, Kindle manages the family’s philanthropic endeavors including the Crawford Taylor Foundation.
Kindle is very active in the St. Louis community. Currently, she serves as a trustee for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She is a past trustee of the St. Louis Zoo, John Burroughs School, and the Girl Scouts of Greater St. Louis. She has served as chairman of several organizations, including the Rossman School Capital Campaign; Potpourri, a major fundraising event for John Burroughs School; and the Summer Opportunity Fair, a program that provides activities for area high school students during the summer months.
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