Andrew C. (Andy) Taylor, a life trustee and dedicated benefactor at Washington University, is a noted civic leader and philanthropist.
Mr. Taylor serves as executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings Inc., the privately held business founded in 1957 by his father, Jack Taylor. He became involved in the automotive business more than 50 years ago.
Enterprise Holdings owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, which include nearly 10,000 neighborhood and airport locations. The company has franchisee locations in more than 90 countries and territories. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world and the only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.
The company and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management operate more than 1.85 million vehicles throughout the world and accounted for nearly $23.9 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2021. Enterprise’s businesses include Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Commute vanpooling, Exotic Car Collection, Subscribe with Enterprise, Car Club (U.K.) and Flex-E-Rent (U.K.) services.
Mr. Taylor joined Enterprise at the age of 16 in one of the original St. Louis offices, beginning his career by washing cars during summer and holiday vacations and learning the business from the ground up.
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After earning his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1970, Mr. Taylor opted to gain some initial experience outside of the family business and began working for RLM Leasing, a Ford Motor Co. affiliate in San Francisco.
He returned to Enterprise three years later. Enterprise had a fleet of 5,000 cars. In 1976, he became the general manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s St. Louis regional operations, was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 1980, chief executive officer in 1991, chairman in 2001 and executive chairman in 2013.
The same year Mr. Taylor transitioned to the position of executive chairman, he was featured in the Harvard Business Review, which published a candid account of how Enterprise acquired and integrated the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.
Mr. Taylor was also inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders and the Business Travel Hall of Fame for his advocacy on behalf of customers and his leadership role and contributions to the business travel industry.
Outside of his professional duties with Enterprise Holdings, Mr. Taylor plays an active role in the community. In addition to serving as a trustee of Washington University, he is also a trustee for the Naval Aviation History Foundation, life trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden and former director of Commerce Bancshares. Mr. Taylor was encouraged to engage with Washington University by his father, who was an emeritus trustee.
Continuing a tradition of philanthropy and service that began with Jack Taylor, Andy and his wife, Barbara Taylor, have provided leadership and support to a broad range of organizations and institutions in St. Louis.
Beyond Mr. Taylor’s leadership, gifts from the couple have played a key role in ensuring the success of Washington University’s Leading Together campaign, the largest campaign in its history. In 2017, they gave $10 million to establish the Taylor Family Scholarship Challenge, which lifted the campaign’s total for scholarships above $500 million, a record amount.
Altogether, the Taylor family and Enterprise Holdings have given $70 million to Washington University for the Enterprise Holdings Scholars program, which is the university’s largest scholarship fund. In the past 20 years, the program has helped more than 300 outstanding undergraduate students attend the university.
The scope of the Taylor family’s generosity is considerable. In 2015, a year before Jack Taylor’s death, the family made a series of gifts that represented one of the largest sums donated in the region: $22 million to organizations that support underserved children in the St. Louis area and $92.5 million to 13 cultural institutions and charities, including $30 million to Forest Park Forever and $25 million to CityArchRiver for the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds.
In 2016, Andy and Barbara Taylor gave $21 million to the Saint Louis Art Museum to endow the museum’s directorship. They previously provided a total of $15 million for a new wing and sculpture garden at the museum.
Last month, the Taylor Geospatial Institute was launched in St. Louis. The institute brings together eight leading Midwest research institutions, including Washington University, to collaborate on research into geospatial technology. Mr. Taylor, who provided funding through a legacy investment, said “It is my hope that this institute will cement St. Louis as the world’s true center for geospatial excellence.”