Matthew Darrah to Give Commencement Address

March 28, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Matthew Darrah, ‘84, executive vice president of North American Operations for Enterprise Holdings, will give the University of Mount Union’s 167th Commencement address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 on the south lawn of Chapman Hall (rain location is Peterson Field House).

Darrah will speak on “Setting Yourself Apart in a Competitive Work Environment.”

Originally from Kent, Ohio, Darrah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Mount Union in 1984. He was involved during his time at Mount Union as a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a collegiate athlete on the men’s baseball team and a member of Student Senate. He was also a part of the intrafraternity council for Greek Life at Mount Union.

Darrah began his journey with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1984 as a management trainee in southern California. He worked his way up the corporate ladder, reaching positions of group rental manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Connecticut operations in 1990, and then earning the position of vice president/general manager of the Rhode Island operations in 1992.

Darrah was promoted to vice president/general manager in 1996, overseeing Toronto operations where he worked hard to establish Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Canada in a fairly new market. Four years later, he and his family relocated to St. Louis after accepting the position of corporate vice president overseeing Canadian operations.

In 2002, Darrah became the corporate vice president of the northeast region. He obtained the role of senior vice president of North American Operations in 2004 and was again promoted to his current position of executive vice president in 2009.

Darrah is in charge of all operations in both the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 6,000 neighborhood and airport branch offices within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. He has also played an important role in Enterprise’s efforts for response to consumers, insurance companies, government agencies, catastrophe teams and local utilities following natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

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