You might be familiar with the name Herc Rentals, especially after Hurricane Ian. You could say they are in the building and rebuilding business. They rent construction, industrial and contractor-type equipment.
But Herc Rentals does so much more. “I had not spent much time in Southwest Florida before coming on board as CEO in May 2015,” says Larry Silber. “It wasn’t long before my wife and I realized that we live in one of the best places in the U.S. as far as lifestyle, recreation and weather.
We love Naples, and we especially enjoy the atmosphere, restaurants and shops of Old Naples. It’s a wonderful place to entertain family, friends and colleagues, and the overall climate and character of the larger Southwest Florida region is a great asset in recruiting employees to join our company.” Silber currently oversees 450 team members at the Field Support Center, their headquarters in Bonita Springs. (The company has 360 branches in North America and approximately 6,400 employees.)
Herc Rentals is always ready to respond to natural disasters, but Ian was different. “Ian caused a whole new level of damage, devastation and destruction that we had never experienced,” says Paul Dickard, Herc’s vice president of communication, "and many of our team members lost everything.” The company immediately set up a Hurricane Relief Fund for impacted workers, like Janine Brown, Herc’s sourcing manager. “Things like this show why Herc Rentals is such a great company to work for. They put my needs ahead of work.”
And Team Herc continues to pay it forward. Whether it’s cleaning up the beach or other Earth Day activities, collecting and donating school back-packs, or building homes for Habitat for Humanity, they love giving back. “It’s important to build involvement in our community,” says Dickard. “And making sure we are good corporate citizens.”
Youth Haven is another non-profit they believe in. Located in Naples, it is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for children and teens who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. It’s been in operation for 50 years. CEO Linda Goldfield says Youth Haven’s goal is to help them grow into happy, healthy and productive adults. “We are grateful for Herc Rentals' longstanding and continued support of the children and teens who call Youth Haven home. Their investment provides the necessary resources to ensure brighter futures and positive outcomes for foster care children.
More than 80% of our annual budget is generated from community support. 87 cents of every dollar goes directly to the programs and services that positively impact their lives. It warms my heart that our generous partners value our children and help them move on from the trauma of their past.”
Herc Rentals believes that giving back results in a better place to live and work. We couldn’t agree more.