BY MATTHEW CHOI TAITANO
Enterprise Holdings — the world’s largest car rental provider — will be expanding to Andersen Air Force Base on July 2 with the opening of an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch.
“Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers multiple transportation solutions for our men and women in uniform and the federal government,” said Isaiah Ware, branch manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, in a July 2 press release to the Journal. “Force mobility and movement is essential to executing and accomplishing the mission, but we also provide transportation services to families throughout the base community.”
Furthermore, the company will provide Andersen Air Force Base employees and residents helpful services such as vehicle sales and leases. In addition, Enterprise will have rental vehicles to assist transitioning families commute to and from their destinations during a service member’s Permanent Change of Station process.
Regarding obstacles amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Ware said, “One of the challenges we faced was implementing additional healthy safety measures, but this has been a number one priority to for our company especially now during this time. We are also working continuously to sustain our employees.”
To maintain proper and sanitized handling of materials, Enterprise Holdings executives have implemented a Complete Clean Pledge across the Enterprise, National and Alamo brands. This pledge proves Enterprise’s “commitment to maintaining the highest standard of cleanliness in the industry,” Ware said.
The pledge provides training for employees to implement new comprehensive cleaning mandates for their protection and the protection of customers and service members. Included in these mandates are “enhanced cleaning guidance for vehicles, shuttles and branch locations, as well as social distancing practices,” according to the release.
As a global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises, Enterprise employs more than 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations.
The group does business on Guam as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car.
In Guam, Enterprise Rent-A-Car began business in May 2016.
Since then, the brand has opened a second location on-island and expanded to Saipan and Palau, filling a market need for rental vehicles. In 2017, operations manager Peter Borja said, “Business is great. It’s picking up year by year. We’ve quadrupled our fleet and expanded to two locations.”
At the new location, Ware said, “We have two employees who are stationed at the branch daily, but we have an offsite team who supportthe daily operations.”
Ware said the company was able to help people throughout the lockdown. “Enterprise is considered an essential business; we have not shut down our Guam operations because we continue to provide transportation needs to healthcare professionals, military personnel, and our local community.”
National began business in Guam in 1987 and Alamo opened on-island in 2011. Pacitia A. Tomado is the group owner, also of EZ Auto, which services the rental companies. mbj