Enterprise Chief Andy Taylor Wins St. Louis Award for Philanthropy

By on December 5, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Andrew C. Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, was honored on Tuesday with the St. Louis Award for his work on the renovations of the Gateway Arch National Park and Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, two of the most high-profile public restorations in the region.

Taylor and his family paid for much of the $30 million renovation of Soldiers Memorial, which reopened in November. The family also donated $25 million to the foundation that led the $380 million rebuild of the Gateway Arch grounds and museum.

In 2015, Taylor succeeded attorney Walter Metcalfe as chairman of CityArchRiver — later renamed Gateway Arch Park Foundation — leading the organization as work was completed on the city’s most prominent landmark.

“His leadership, patience and determination guided the transformation of the Arch and grounds,” said David W. Kemper, executive chairman of Commerce Bancshares and president of the St. Louis Award committee.

Kemper praised Taylor’s engagement, ethics, generosity and ability to work with others.

“If you’re going to get some big things done, you have to do it as a team,” Taylor responded. “This is a team sport.”

Taylor joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 16, washing cars at one of the original St. Louis offices. After college at the University of Denver and a stint with a Ford Motor Co. affiliate in San Francisco, he returned to Enterprise in 1973, when the company operated about 5,000 cars. He became general manager of regional operations in 1976, company president in 1980, chief executive in 1991 and chairman in 2001.

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