Boston Chauffeur Driven Show
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
17th Annuial LANJL to R: Jonathan Erlich of Europe Limousine Service, Kevin Stankewicz and Joey Gulino of Gem Limousine Worldwide, and Jay Glick of First Class Customs A record-setting fundraising total and major legislative news were two of the highlights of the 17th annual dinner auction held by the Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) on May 22. More than 100 members and guests were in attendance for the event at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in South Orange, including NLA President Gary Buffo of Pure Luxury Transportation as well as CD Publisher Chris Weiss and Editor Rob Smentek.

17th Annuial LANJL to R: NLA President Gary Buffo of Pure Luxury Transportation, LANJ President Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide, NLA Associate Executive Director Sarah Mercer, and NLA Executive Director Kyle Hammerschmidt Thanks to the hard work of the Complete Fleet Livery Sales team, who begin planning the event at the start of each new year, and the generosity of the event’s premier sponsors—Complete Fleet, Ford Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles, and Maplecrest Ford Lincoln—the evening was a massive success with more than $35,000 raised through the auction and 50/50 raffle. Operators from all over the country joined their colleagues from the Northeast to dig deep and raise money for one of the preeminent state industry associations.

The evening kicked off with an opening cocktail reception sponsored by Grech Motors and Gem Limousine Worldwide, which gave operators, vendors, and guests ample opportunity to network and view the items available for auction. Next, LANJ President Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide welcomed everyone in attendance before introducing the Complete Fleet team—Barry Trabb, Bruce Cirlin, Dino Olivares, and recent addition Les Mayer—to say a few words. They were followed by a representative from returning sponsor T-Mobile who emphasized the carrier’s continued commitment to the ­association.

17th Annuial LANJL to R: Tracy Salinger of Unique Limousine, CD ­Publisher Chris Weiss, and Brett Barenholtz of Boston Car/Above All TransportationFollowing a buffet dinner, the auction got underway with returning auctioneer Pete Corelli of Lakeview Custom Coach hosting the bidding wars. Among the many donations were Premier Products office chairs, wine baskets, sports tickets, and the always-popular lottery ticket board being the hottest items. Corelli was joined by assistants Jill and Nick Trabb who displayed and distributed the items, while Brian O’Neill of Grech Motors enthusiastically encouraged higher bids from attendees.

CD was proud to contribute several prizes to the auction. A full-page ad was won by Buffo, a pair of passes to October’s Chauffeur Driven Show in Boston was won by Brett Barenholtz of Boston Car/Above All Transportation, a pass to our 2020 Nashville Executive Retreat was won by Tracy Salinger of Unique Limousine, and a full-show pass to the debut Chauffeur Driven/NLA Show in Las Vegas was won by Jeff Cartagena of Leros/Royal Coachman.

17th Annuial LANJL to R: Jason Sharenow with Complete Fleet’s Barry Trabb, Bruce Cirlin, Les Mayer, and Dino Olivares At auction’s close, Sharenow announced that an all-time high was raised for the eventing, which prompted an ovation from the attendees.

“We could not be more happy with the turnout of this year’s auction. Year after year, we continue to be amazed by the generosity of the LANJ members,” said Trabb. “It’s very rewarding to see our hard work pay off. I can’t thank everyone involved enough, including my team at Complete Fleet and especially our sponsors, for all they do to make this event a success.”

President Jason Sharenow then followed with his LANJ Report, which offered breaking news in the organization’s battle for parity with TNCs. On May 23, a bill unanimously passed the N.J. assembly to improve identification of rideshare drivers. Dubbed “Sami’s Law” (named after N.J. native Samantha Josephson who was murdered by a fake Uber driver in South Carolina), the legislation requires TNC drivers to have a unique QR code and company placard affixed to each vehicle. Sharenow emphasized the groundbreaking nature of this regulation, as no other state has made a move this extreme to improve rider safety. He also discussed a recent meeting with N.J. Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo where the I/O model was discussed with a probable outcome that would make luxury ground transportation operators “very happy.”

17th Annuial LANJL to R: Former LANJ board member Jon Epstein, Brett Barenholtz, Chris Weiss, Alan Candeub of Park Avenue Limousine, and Jonathan Erlich 17th Annuial LANJL to R: Scott Schwed of Park Avenue Limousine, LANJ Director Jonathan Wilner of A. Harrington Limousine Service, John and Doris Sutich of Perfect Limo Service, Bill Faeth of Limo U, and Carl Restivo of Access Commercial Capital Sharenow then welcomed Buffo to the podium for a short Q&A to discuss the recent NLA/CD partnership and immediate plans for the organizations. To close out the event, Weiss, who serves on the LANJ board, briefly spoke to the members, thanking them for their continued support of CD and the association. Sharenow then welcomed Buffo to the podium to discuss the recent NLA/CD partnership and immediate plans for the organizations.

Next up for LANJ is its third annual Golf Outing, which will be September 16 at the Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman.

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