Enterprise Rent-A-Car is getting in the shuttle business. The St. Louis-based auto rental service in September launched its Rideshare vanpool program designed to — what else? — beat Washington traffic.
The program grew out of the U.S. military’s transfer of 5,000 employees and servicemen and women from Alexandria to Fort Meade in Maryland, as part of the government’s base realignment and closure process, known as BRAC. The government approached Enterprise about providing vans so its employees did not have to drive individually.
Enterprise covers the insurance, maintenance, Wi-Fi and other costs. In return, the users pay a flat fee, which tops out at $230 a month.
“It’s taking cars off the road, and that’s good for everybody,” said Michelle Bosch , vice president for Enterprise’s Washington D.C. area operations, based in Rockville.
Bosch would not say how many vans Enterprise is supplying, but she hopes it’s going to be a lot more very soon.
Halifax Group, the District-based mid-market private equity firm led by investment veteran David W. Dupree, has invested in McLean-based XL Associates, which helps the federal government buy goods and services, as well as helping manage government programs.
In addition to investing in XL, Halifax is to assist the company’s management on strategic and tactical decisions.
Founded in 1989 by chief executive Lloyd M. Mustin II, XL employs more than 200 at its Tysons Corner headquarters.
“Lloyd has done a great job of building this company,” said Scott Plumridge, a principal at Halifax and chairman of XL. “ We are delighted to join with him to provide additional resources for XL’s continued growth.”
The Halifax Group is a private equity firm that invests and helps manage lower- and middle-market businesses specializing in health and wellness, infrastructure, business and government services, and franchising. In addition to its Washington headquarters, the firm has offices in Dallas and in Raleigh, N.C.
Halifax was founded by Dupree, TPG’s David Bonderman, Thomas J. Barrack of Colony Capital and William L. Rogers.
The kids’ gym Great Play opens its first greater Washington location in Fredericksburg Nov. 30 at 12200 Amos Lane. Great Play incorporates interactive technology into its gyms to create games and other activities.
Marissa Levin, founder of Information Experts, a 16-year old strategic communications and education firm in Reston, starts Successful Culture, a venture aimed at helping clients staff and maintain boards of advisers.
A new Tortilla Coast opens in the Logan Circle area next month. Same fun bar as Capitol Hill, but the Mexican menu is new.
Fro.Zen.Yo, a local frozen yogurt chain co-founded by Chuck Rendelman, has entered into a letter of intent with Rutgers University to open a new concept store geared toward college campuses. With the Rutgers outlet, the chain now has nine stores, with five more due to open in the spring.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley joined 250 fans at the uber-tailgate party, complete with Irish band, outside FedEx Field Nov. 12 for the Notre Dame-Maryland game. Brendan Quinn of Bladensburg-based Ernest Maier, the masonry block manufacturer, hosted the gathering with lobbyists Mike Smith (Notre Dame) and Geoff Gonella (Maryland), both of Cornerstone Government Affairs.
The Fighting Irish won, 45-21.
District-based West, Lane & Schlager, a local tenant-representation firm, has hired Brendan Cassidy as a senior vice president to increase its presence in downtown D.C. and in the Maryland suburbs. Cassidy has been in the local commercial real estate business for 27 years, most recently as an executive at Cassidy Turley.
The fast-growing Crofton technology services provider Force 3 has promoted four to the front office. Data center and cloud computing specialist Sudhir Verma is the new vice president of consulting services; Jason Parry is the new director of communications and collaboration; Sam Lee has been named data center practice manager; and Brendan Gaeng takes over as director of enterprise sales.
Warrenton-based BigTeams, the online high school sports site founded by Matt Carson, recently captured the contract to provide data for every high school in Virginia.
The company also released its first iPhone/Android app and a new platform that allows fans and athletes to upload their favorite videos from games.
Carson, 36, started the company eight years ago with business partner Steve Sutherland. They had played sports for Fauquier High School together.