SNL Hilariously Nailed Down Post-Election Brooklyn With Its ‘Bubble’ Sketch – Esquire.com

Sure, plenty of people have joked (or maybe more than joked) about moving to Canada after learning Donald Trump would be our president come January, but if you want to stick with America, Saturday Night Live has a place for you: “a planned community for like-minded thinkers—and no one else.”

Coming January 2017, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for a measly .9 million dollars in The Bubble, where “it’s like the election never happened.” It’s fully complete with hybrid cars, used bookstores, small farms “with the rawest milk you’ve ever tasted,” and currency with Bernie Sanders’ face all over it. Plus, only the “good sites” are available for your entertainment, like Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Netflix documentaries about sushi rice.

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Only problem? The Bubble doesn’t have police or firemen, because they haven’t found any that would agree to live there.

Enterprise recognized for recruiting efforts – Florida Times-Union

Enterprise Holdings Inc., the largest car rental company in the world, has again been honored for excellence in recruiting by Talent Board, a nonprofit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a positive candidate experience. This is the company’s fourth straight North American Candidate Experience Award.

Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries and franchise locations, operates an integrated global network of more than 9,600 neighborhood and airport locations under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Each year, thousands of new employees are recruited and hired globally to support these three brands.

“The recruitment experience is our first opportunity to build relationships with potential employees, and we want to make that experience a positive one,” said Marie Artim, vice president of talent acquisition for Enterprise Holdings. “Receiving positive feedback from the job candidates themselves confirms that our recruitment efforts are working.”

The Candidate Experience Award winners were selected based on survey responses from more than 183,000 North American job candidates. The surveys evaluated the recruitment process of more than 240 North American-based companies to identify and recognize organizations that create an outstanding candidate experience. Enterprise was one of only 50 organizations — and the only car rental company — to win Talent Board’s Candidate Experience Award.

When communicating with prospective employees, Enterprise uses a variety of high-touch, in-person and digital recruiting methods. Through these efforts, Enterprise develops personal connections and provides an exceptional recruitment experience to each candidate. These include working with community organizations to find new talent, and supporting the recruitment of military veterans and reservists in the U.S. Additionally, Enterprise’s employee referral program, which rewards existing employees for bringing in successful new candidates, is its top source of hires.

Enterprise also leverages social networks, including Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to engage with prospective candidates and highlight the company’s unique work culture. Just this year, the Enterprise Holdings social recruiting team was honored with a Technology Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

“Social media channels not only make us more available to candidates, they also help us give them a better sense of what Enterprise is really like,” said Carolyn Eiseman, director of employer brand at Enterprise Holdings. “More and more employees seek to work for an employer that shares their values. And we have found that — the more we can give candidates a feel for our values, culture and work environment — the more they’re attracted to Enterprise as a place to build a great career.”

Promote-from-within culture

Enterprise Holdings’ culture is built on a set of founding values that not only fosters professional development, but also a strong promote-from-within philosophy. In fact, a major driver of the company’s promote-from-within culture is the renowned Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training Program, which is consistently successful in developing new hires into the next generation of business leaders.

Management Trainees receive a hands-on experience that teaches them how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service. Other hallmarks of the program include extensive training in a wide range of business skills, including profit and loss management, business-to-business marketing and sales and operational logistics.

Enterprise was named the No. 1 Entry-Level Employer for 2016 by CollegeGrad.com, highlighting the company’s success in attracting and hiring nearly 9,000 college graduates to entry-level positions throughout the organization.

These newly recruited employees have a chance to advance their careers quickly, thanks in large part to the thorough preparation they receive through the Management Training Program, as well as the company’s award-winning practices in workplace training and development. Last month, the Association for Talent Development recognized Enterprise as a BEST Award winner for investing in employees’ growth and development, and solving business challenges through talent development practices. With a breadth of job opportunities and business functions to support the company’s operations, Enterprise Holdings offers employees the opportunity to switch careers without switching companies.

For more information about career opportunities in the U.S. and Canada, visit go.enterpriseholdings.com.

Avis Budget Named Rental Partner of Canadian Loyalty Program – Bobit Business Media (press release) (blog)

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Avis Budget Group Inc. and Aimia Inc., a marketing and loyalty analytics company, have announced that Avis Budget will become the car rental partner of Aeroplan, Canada’s coalition loyalty program, starting in the first half of 2017.

Under the new agreement, which deepens the current relationship between Avis Car Rental and Aeroplan, Avis Budget Group will continue to deliver overall value for Aeroplan members’ accumulation and redemption activities. Avis will provide more rewarding and personalized offers from Avis — and now, from Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental, as well, according to the company.

“Aeroplan continues to evolve to bring more value for our members as Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and the new comprehensive partnership with Avis Budget Group redefines our car rental category,” said Vince Timpano, president, Americas Coalitions, Aimia. “Avis Budget Group will be able to engage with close to five million active members in an enhanced way, benefiting from further performance insights from data analytics to gain a greater understanding of customer needs and behaviors. This partnership will also improve the Aeroplan member’s experience provided by the full coalition of more than 75 partners and 150 brands.”

Through the partnership, Avis Budget Group will be able to build relationships with Aeroplan’s members and make smarter decisions to maximize customer value and return on marketing dollars, according to the company.

“With our Avis brand, we have been a partner of Aeroplan for more than 30 years and are excited to expand our relationship,” said William Boxberger, vice president and general manager, Canada operations, Avis Budget Group. “In addition to our ongoing investment in technology to improve our customer experience worldwide, this enhanced partnership will enable us to further differentiate, innovate, and deliver optimal value to our Canadian customers.”

Uber’s Challenge…Replacing Rental Cars – Barron’s




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Tech startups are “disrupting” everything these days, from hotels to banks to music. There’s no better example than Uber stealing business from taxis. And the company has pushed the idea of taking its transportation disruption much further.

But there’s disagreement on whether that will happen. In Uber’s favor: rental car-operator Hertz Global has seen weakening rental revenue of late, with the possibility that more consumers are choosing rides from Uber and Lyft in lieu of car rentals. Hertz shares are down 22% in the last month.

But, there’s also this from brokerage firm MKM Partners: just 18% of consumers use Uber and rivals like Lyft “all the time” as a replacement for traditional car rentals, according to a recent MKM survey. Meanwhile, 39% say they would never replace rental cars with Uber et al. Both figures have been trending in favor of the car rental companies, according to MKM’s Christopher Agnew.

Ride-hailing apps can make trips to and from the airport more convenient, but Uber rides add up if you plan on leaving your hotel fairly often. The MKM survey found that nearly all app-based rides are under 60 miles, while Avis Budget Group, a rental-car company, recently reported that people drive over 100 miles a day on average in its rental cars.

Agnew thinks it’s significant that noted investor Carl Icahn boosted his stake in Hertz earlier this month, since Icahn also privately invests in Lyft. Icahn clearly thinks the companies can co-exist.

Big Picture: Uber and Lyft are gaining in general popularity, but the percentage of people who say they’d use them to replace car rentals keeps coming down, according to one survey.

Avis Budget Named Rental Partner of Canadian Loyalty Program – Bobit Business Media (press release) (blog)

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Avis Budget Group Inc. and Aimia Inc., a marketing and loyalty analytics company, have announced that Avis Budget will become the car rental partner of Aeroplan, Canada’s coalition loyalty program, starting in the first half of 2017.

Under the new agreement, which deepens the current relationship between Avis Car Rental and Aeroplan, Avis Budget Group will continue to deliver overall value for Aeroplan members’ accumulation and redemption activities. Avis will provide more rewarding and personalized offers from Avis — and now, from Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental, as well, according to the company.

“Aeroplan continues to evolve to bring more value for our members as Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and the new comprehensive partnership with Avis Budget Group redefines our car rental category,” said Vince Timpano, president, Americas Coalitions, Aimia. “Avis Budget Group will be able to engage with close to five million active members in an enhanced way, benefiting from further performance insights from data analytics to gain a greater understanding of customer needs and behaviors. This partnership will also improve the Aeroplan member’s experience provided by the full coalition of more than 75 partners and 150 brands.”

Through the partnership, Avis Budget Group will be able to build relationships with Aeroplan’s members and make smarter decisions to maximize customer value and return on marketing dollars, according to the company.

“With our Avis brand, we have been a partner of Aeroplan for more than 30 years and are excited to expand our relationship,” said William Boxberger, vice president and general manager, Canada operations, Avis Budget Group. “In addition to our ongoing investment in technology to improve our customer experience worldwide, this enhanced partnership will enable us to further differentiate, innovate, and deliver optimal value to our Canadian customers.”

Avis Budget Named Rental Partner of Canadian Loyalty Program – Bobit Business Media (press release) (blog)

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Avis Budget Group Inc. and Aimia Inc., a marketing and loyalty analytics company, have announced that Avis Budget will become the car rental partner of Aeroplan, Canada’s coalition loyalty program, starting in the first half of 2017.

Under the new agreement, which deepens the current relationship between Avis Car Rental and Aeroplan, Avis Budget Group will continue to deliver overall value for Aeroplan members’ accumulation and redemption activities. Avis will provide more rewarding and personalized offers from Avis — and now, from Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental, as well, according to the company.

“Aeroplan continues to evolve to bring more value for our members as Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and the new comprehensive partnership with Avis Budget Group redefines our car rental category,” said Vince Timpano, president, Americas Coalitions, Aimia. “Avis Budget Group will be able to engage with close to five million active members in an enhanced way, benefiting from further performance insights from data analytics to gain a greater understanding of customer needs and behaviors. This partnership will also improve the Aeroplan member’s experience provided by the full coalition of more than 75 partners and 150 brands.”

Through the partnership, Avis Budget Group will be able to build relationships with Aeroplan’s members and make smarter decisions to maximize customer value and return on marketing dollars, according to the company.

“With our Avis brand, we have been a partner of Aeroplan for more than 30 years and are excited to expand our relationship,” said William Boxberger, vice president and general manager, Canada operations, Avis Budget Group. “In addition to our ongoing investment in technology to improve our customer experience worldwide, this enhanced partnership will enable us to further differentiate, innovate, and deliver optimal value to our Canadian customers.”

Police dismantle Vaughan-based auto theft ring, recover $5M in stolen vehicles – CTV News

York Regional Police say the dismantling of an auto theft ring and the recovery of million in stolen vehicles, drugs and cash started with one simple warm-up car theft from a driveway in Vaughan late last year.

Det. Sgt. Paul LaSalle said that beginning in late 2015, several vehicles were stolen from driveways in Vaughan, as their owners kept them running for a few minutes in wintertime to warm up.

The thefts coincided with the establishment of Benefit Motors, an auto body shop on Hanlan Road in Vaughan, allegedly run by Balwinder Dhaliwal.

Investigators caught their first break in the case on March 3, 2016, when three suspects were arrested after they were observed allegedly committing warm-up thefts and bringing two stolen vehicles to Benefit Motors.

From there, police began to build a case against the auto shop, alleging it was part of an elaborate network used to conceal the identities of vehicles and resell or rent them out.

The group would allegedly steal vehicles through warm-up thefts or by breaking into homes to search for car keys.

Vehicles would then be brought to Benefit Motors or a number of other locations where their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) would be removed and replaced with counterfeit numbers belonging to American vehicles.

Locksmiths were hired to break into and reprogram car keys.

Thieves would also register counterfeit vehicle titles, and import documents.

LaSalle alleged the thieves would then sell some vehicles, either in Canada or abroad, while others were registered to bogus shell companies and used as rental cars.

“This group provided vehicles to other criminals so they could be used to commit crimes,” LaSalle said.

Some cars were used to transport heroin and cocaine, while others were simply offered to known criminals as a “cheap ride.”

LaSalle said that a total of 60 vehicles were stolen by the group.

But police say the criminal organization didn’t stop at car theft. Investigators revealed a plot by the accused to kidnap a person in Vaughan.

The accused allegedly planned to impersonate police officers and incapacitate their target with the use of a stun gun. The plot was never carried out.

LaSalle said the group was also linked to the theft of an entire tractor-trailer load of Nutella.

As part of the investigation, a compact combat shotgun and a semiautomatic assault rifle chambered for 9mm ammunition was also seized.

Also seized was 0,000 in cash, and .4 million in other goods including car parts, alcohol and the trailer-load of Nutella.

An investigation dubbed Project Cyclone that targeted the ring resulted in the arrest of 23 people, who now face a combined 137 charges.

Some members of the group are still at large, investigators said.

LaSalle said the most expensive vehicle recovered was a 0,000 Lamborghini Huracan.

“The owner was very happy to get it back,” LaSalle said.

LaSalle said Dhaliwal, the alleged ringleader of the operation, is previously known to police.

His reputation as a stolen car chop shop operator is so prolific he was once chronicled in the Canadian real-crime series Masterminds.

In it, he is dubbed, the “king” of car thieves.

Also charged in the alleged operation is his wife, Kuljit Dhaliwal and his son, Balkevinjit Dhaliwal.

Avis Budget Named Rental Partner of Canadian Loyalty Program – Bobit Business Media (press release) (blog)

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Avis Budget Group Inc. and Aimia Inc., a marketing and loyalty analytics company, have announced that Avis Budget will become the car rental partner of Aeroplan, Canada’s coalition loyalty program, starting in the first half of 2017.

Under the new agreement, which deepens the current relationship between Avis Car Rental and Aeroplan, Avis Budget Group will continue to deliver overall value for Aeroplan members’ accumulation and redemption activities. Avis will provide more rewarding and personalized offers from Avis — and now, from Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental, as well, according to the company.

“Aeroplan continues to evolve to bring more value for our members as Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and the new comprehensive partnership with Avis Budget Group redefines our car rental category,” said Vince Timpano, president, Americas Coalitions, Aimia. “Avis Budget Group will be able to engage with close to five million active members in an enhanced way, benefiting from further performance insights from data analytics to gain a greater understanding of customer needs and behaviors. This partnership will also improve the Aeroplan member’s experience provided by the full coalition of more than 75 partners and 150 brands.”

Through the partnership, Avis Budget Group will be able to build relationships with Aeroplan’s members and make smarter decisions to maximize customer value and return on marketing dollars, according to the company.

“With our Avis brand, we have been a partner of Aeroplan for more than 30 years and are excited to expand our relationship,” said William Boxberger, vice president and general manager, Canada operations, Avis Budget Group. “In addition to our ongoing investment in technology to improve our customer experience worldwide, this enhanced partnership will enable us to further differentiate, innovate, and deliver optimal value to our Canadian customers.”

With the Billionaire Founder Gone, Where Will a Rental Car Fortune End Up? – Inside Philanthropy

When billionaire philanthropists pass away, it’s good to pay close attention. That’s because there is a always a chance that some portion of their fortune, or even the bulk of it, will go to a foundation that emerges as a major new grantmaker. We’ve seen this a few times in recent years, such as after fracking pioneer George Mitchell and NFL owner Ralph Wilson died, leaving greatly enlarged foundations that bear their names. 

The most recent billionaire to pass away was Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s nonagenarian founder, Jack Taylor, who died in July. Unlike some billionaires, Taylor didn’t cut a particularly flashy philanthropic profile, but his giving — and his fortune — were both substantial. Worth nearly billion by recent estimates, the rental car tycoon was very generous to institutions around his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri. Taylor founded the Enterprise Holdings Foundation (also known as the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation) in 1982, and the company puts total giving by the family and foundation since then at more than billion. 

So is a portion of the late Jack Taylor’s fortune now destined for philanthropy, fueling expanded grantmaking that carries on his charitable vision? 

We don’t know the answer to that question, but such a scenario seems unlikely. Taylor’s fortune took the form of his stake in Enterprise, one of the larger privately held companies in the U.S. Liquidating such equity to give away the money would mean accepting more outside ownership of Enterprise, which the Taylor’s family has always closely controlled; his son, Andy, now serves as executive chairman. 

This kind of situation is a reminder that the wealth of billionaires is often far less fungible than one might imagine. Few living tycoons like to dilute their ownership stakes, and heirs can be bound by legal agreements not to sell off their equity to outsiders (as in the case with Sumner Redstone’s heirs, as we’ve discussed). Just because a billionaire leaves a huge pile of wealth behind doesn’t mean that much of it will be deployed for philanthropy, even in the case of a guy like Jack Taylor, who was very generous in his lifetime. 

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Meanwhile, as we wait and see what happens to Taylor’s fortune, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation keeps making grants, and shows signs of stepping things up.  

This foundation channels employee giving, but it also makes major gifts and has a global reach. One recent effort involved a million gift to the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, with a portion earmarked for earthquake relief efforts in Nepal last year.

Before his death, a wish of Taylor’s was to expand Enterprise’s philanthropy around hunger. That’s why the foundation recently announced one of the largest anti-hunger donations ever: million over six years. The campaign, appropriately named “Fill Your Tank,†also commemorates the sixty years since Taylor launched his business out of a St. Louis Cadillac dealership with a fleet numbering seven cars.

Despite its scope, the Fill Your Tank program continues the foundation’s program of employee-guided charity, to a certain degree. For six years, the program will annually distribute (1) $ .2.5 million to Feeding America, (2) .5 million to Food Banks Canada, (3) million to the Global Foodbanking Network, and (4) million to local food-related charities in communities served by Enterprise. 

Jack Taylor’s daughter, Jo Ann Taylor Kindle, and granddaughter, Carolyn Kindle Betz, currently oversee foundation grantmaking.

In addition to hunger and disaster relief, the environment has been a staple of Enterprise giving for a while now. Considering the carbon impact of its core business, this makes some sense. For the company’s 50th anniversary, the foundation unveiled a plan to plant 50 million trees (a million a year over a half-century). This involves a million partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation.

While the Fill Your Tank campaign covers a lot of geographical territory, the Taylor family often gives locally. In another recent tree-related gift, Taylor dedicated million to St. Louis’ Forest Park. Other local recipients include the University of Missouri, St. Louis University, and even the Archdiocese of St. Louis. On top of that, Jack Taylor’s son, Andy, along with his wife Barbara, recently gifted million to the St. Louis Art Museum, following in the family patriarch’s footsteps.

‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’: 1987 Review | Hollywood Reporter – Hollywood Reporter

On Nov. 25, 1987, John Hughes unveiled the R-rated Planes, Trains & Automobiles in theaters. The comedy, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, has become a holiday travelers’ staple. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below: 

There are only two certainties about the holiday season: Each year it comes earlier, and each year we arrive later. If there are any carefree souls out there who don’t yet have the heebie-jeebies about holiday air travel, Planes, Trains & Automobiles should put them in the same high state of hysteria the rest of us are in. 

Starring Steve Martin as a typical Thanksgiving air traveler and John Candy as every flyer’s worst nightmare of who the guy in the next seat will be, PT&A should book many healthy return trips to the bank for Paramount. The studio’s savvy marketing department should have a field day with the current backlash against air travel. 

Although producer John Hughes seems to have put the brakes on writer/director John Hughes’ usual full-speed ahead, slapstick-propelled style in this odd couple/on-the-road comedy, Planes, Trains & Automobiles is, no disparagement intended, an “audience picture.”

Mainstream audiences should readily identify with the series of tribulations and woes that befall the Everyman Martin in this good-natured, albeit predictable comedy. 

Martin’s goal is modest, to make it home to Chicago from a N.Y. marketing meeting to spend Thanksgiving with his family. He even has a confirmed first-class ticket. A patient and efficient guy, Martin’s a first-class traveler in every respect. He’s even prepared for stacking, bumping, circling, delaying and even re-routing, but he’s not prepared for the bubbling and bulging blabbermouth (Candy) in the next seat.

They couldn’t be more mismatched. Martin’s an urbane and aloof executive, while Candy’s an unsophisticated and effusive traveling salesman. They’ve nothing in common, except that they’ve now been rerouted to Wichita. 

Essentially, Hughes has booked Martin and Candy on a worst-case Trip Tick, and their frantic foray across mid-America is alternately hilarious and touching. Throughout the film, Hughes’ Middle America roots pop through nicely, giving the comedy an affectionately tilted homespun feel.

Nevertheless, comedy borne out of exasperation travels only so far, and round about St. Louis, or the last leg of the film, audience members are likely to become as weary and edgy as the travelers.

In short, this particular storyline could have benefited from an off-the-narrative road excursion. With Martin and Candy’s stand-up skills and Hughes’ absurdist sense, a wacko and totally extraneous production scene would have proven a welcome respite from the endless, one-thing-after-another frustrations.

Still, it is to Hughes’ credit that he keeps Planes, Trains & Automobiles on a generally fast, if geographically lax, comic track. (For high comedic purposes, he’s even moved Wisconsin somewhere midway between St. Louis and Chicago — not that anyone in provincial Hollywood would notice.)

Hughes’ savvy notwithstanding, the appeal of Planes is due to Martin and Candy’s comically controlled, ever-ingratiating performances. 

Martin is superb as a man with a high boiling point who is rapidly driven bats. When he ultimately cracks up in a rental car lot, his body contorted and limbs flailing outward like a garden hose under too much pressure, it’s all the more uproarious because of the natural way he’s built upon his frustrations. 

Candy once again makes an oafish character wonderfully appealing. Beneath the butterball bravura, Candy is both gentle and razor sharp. It’s a testament to Candy’s varied talents that he’s able to show the nice guy lurking beneath the nuisance. 

Supporting characters are an amusing batch of roadside oddballs, most prominently Edie McClurg as a lethargic car rental clerk and Michael McKean as a by-the-book cop. Once again, Herald Examiner columnist Ben Stein makes a cameo appearance in Hughes’ traveling road show, this time perfectly cast as a bored airport announcer. 

Technical credits are highlighted by John Corso’s off-the-wall, on-the-road production design. — Duane Byrge, originally published Nov. 20, 1987. 

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