Here’s an inside look at how Julia, a native of northern Germany, and Alexis, who grew up in Atlanta, paved successful careers right to Enterprise’s leadership ranks.
Tell us about your Enterprise journey.
Julia: For the first five years of my career, I handled Alamo’s leisure business sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. My responsibilities expanded to overseeing Germany’s leisure sales in Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. In 2009 I became the Director of International Sales and Marketing for continental Europe. Today, I lead a team that’s responsible for growing business profits and developing new business opportunities.
Alexis: I joined Enterprise as a Management Trainee in Atlanta in 2001. I then transitioned into Fleet Management as a Vehicle Acquisition Supervisor. From there I moved into Human Resources for three years before receiving a Regional HR Manager promotion in Knoxville, TN. In 2013 I became the Group HR Manager of Utah and Southern Idaho. Two years later the Corporate HR Manager position opened in Germany. Even though I thought it was a long shot, I applied anyway and am so glad I did.
How did you find success?
Julia: I found success by being ambitious and working hard. Having mentors along the way has been helpful, too. Speaking with someone more experienced helps me better prioritize, lead my team and fine-tune ideas.
From a young age, my mom – a refugee from East Germany – always stressed the importance of working hard and never taking anything for granted. I live by that advice and continue to grow with each new experience.
Alexis: I owe my success to sheer determination — I never lose sight of a goal and always work to be and do better.
Raising my hand for challenging work and being willing to get out of my comfort zone has been instrumental in moving my career forward. I also have a habit of seeking out inspiring people who have a different perspective and who might be able to help me get where I’d like to be.
How did it feel to be one of the first two women in Germany to become an Enterprise Holdings Officer?
Julia: I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity. Having female representation on Germany’s leadership team is a huge motivator for women here.
Since we first spoke to Alexis, she has moved back to the U.S. and into the role of AVP of Human Resources.
Tell us about your new role and move back to the U.S. How did your experience in Germany help propel your career to the next level?
Alexis: In my new role, I support the West Coast team in their HR efforts in relation to engagement, retention, compliance, development and talent acquisition.
Moving to Germany gave me insight into the importance of advocacy and an insider’s view of the similarities and differences of doing business in different countries. It made me more open to new ideas and the power of strategic vision. My move back has been exciting, and I can honestly say that I learn something new every day.
What tips can you offer employees who are mapping out their own success?
Julia: Work hard but love what you do. Deliver promptly, analyze properly and set good examples. Always think ahead and never be too shy to present your ideas or spread your wings wide. No matter what, believe in yourself.
Alexis: Set a goal and believe that success is possible. Find a mentor. Take calculated risks and get out of your comfort zone. Help others shine. Don’t wait for someone to show you the way – blaze your own trail.