This past week I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to speak to a Vistage group. When I returned my car to the car rental facility, I enjoyed a great customer service experience from the driver of the Enterprise Car Rental airport shuttle. He was very helpful to everyone in the van, answered customers’ questions, and asked each passenger where they were from.
It reminded me of a similar experience I had (and wrote about) several years ago. It made such an impression; I decided to share it again this month. Are your customers getting the “Candyman” experience?
This is a true story.
At the end of the ride, I pinched myself to make sure this wasn’t just another business fantasy of mine…
A week ago I was in Detroit, Michigan to speak to a Vistage group on Financial Management. It’s been almost a year now since I retired as a Vistage Chair and began speaking to Vistage groups around the country. I very much enjoy the speaking part. It’s the travel that has been most difficult. Lonely hotel rooms. Driving rental cars to places unknown. And an endless number of shuttle rides.
However, this day was different. I returned my Enterprise rental car at the Detroit airport and jumped on the airport shuttle at the car rental office. I was the only passenger in the van and I took my customary seat in the back of the vehicle. There was no driver on board yet. I saw a name on the placard above the driver’s seat. The sign read, “Your driver today is Candyman”.
I remember thinking that Candyman was a strange name for a driver or any normal human being for that matter. Moments later, the driver leaped into the van with a hop to his step and said, “Good afternoon sir. How are you? I replied, “Fine. Thank you.” I was determined not to engage in casual conversation with anyone as I was just interested in getting home safely that particular day.
After taking his seat and beginning to steer the vehicle forward, the driver asked, “What brings you to Detroit this fine day?” His exuberance was already bothering me. All I wanted was to enjoy a quiet moment during the brief shuttle ride. “Business trip”, I responded to the driver. “Quick trip. Just twenty-four hours in Detroit,” I added.
The next moment will be forged in my memory for the rest of my life.