Saturday, May 21, 2022

ki GCLA Vice President Kevin Illingworth San Diego, Calif.—The Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) held its most recent meeting at Phil’s BBQ Restaurant in America’s Finest City. The meeting was sponsored by Grech Motors, Mercedes-Benz of San Diego, Integrate IT Media Group, and Penske Professional Vehicles.

Kevin Illingworth of Classique Worldwide Transportation, and GCLA vice president, spoke at length about the upcoming “Day on the Hill” in Sacramento. Illingworth’s main thrust was to rally the California operators around the GCLA when they go to Sacramento at the end of April in support of the chauffeured ground transportation industry as a whole. He also stressed the fact that it was imperative that livery operators need to get in front of the state lawmakers and politicians.

The topics that will be addressed while in Sacramento are: 1. The law stating that limousines should have fire extinguishers in the front of the vehicle only; not in the back due to the possibility of intoxicated passengers discharging the extinguisher and injuring others. 2. The requirement for all windows in livery vehicles to be removable so that they may be used as emergency exits. The main issue with this being that this requirement could/would allow additional oxygen into the vehicle if it is on fire, and fan the flames, as it were. 3. The possibility of doing away with the special “livery license plate" in the state of California.

The next issue on the agenda was the San Diego International Airport (SAN), and Adrian Kwiatkowski of the Strong Mayor-Council Institute, addressed the new, “green fees” for operators who don't have green vehicles in their fleet. The airport wants to raise this green fee on offending vehicles, and the GCLA wholly opposes this measure.

Marci Rosenblum, a GCLA vendor and founder of Integrate IT Media Group, then gave a short workshop to members on ways to enrich Facebook, and other social media outlets. The tips and tricks that Rosenblum suggested are things that members can immediately apply on their business social media pages.

As a cherry on top of a most productive and informative meeting, Chauffeur Driven’s West Coast Editor David Hartson was on hand to give away upcoming show passes. A pass to the Toronto show was won by Heather Terlaak of Classique Worldwide Transportation, and a pass to the Atlantic City show went to Joe West of Torrey Pines Transportation. Congratulations to both of the winners…we look forward to seeing you at the shows!

Visit gcla.org for more information.

The Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) is preparing for its largest annual fundraising event this spring with its Luncheon Meeting and 12th Annual Auction. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, will take place starting at noon at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, N.J., and is sponsored by Complete Fleet and the Ford Motor Company.

The auction—with live bidding—will include sporting and events tickets, electronics, golf accessories, and more. Chauffeur Driven has also donated passes to both the Canadian Summit in Toronto and the 2014 Chauffeur Driven Show in Atlantic City.

The event will also feature a free luncheon for members, as well as important updates on Uber and what LANJ is doing to combat the app-based providers and a briefing from a representative of the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission regarding new license plates for transportation companies in the state. The new Ford Transit passenger van is also expected to be on hand for operators to get an up-close and personal look.

Contact LANJ Executive Director Patricia Nelson at patricia.nelson103@gmail.com or 862.213.9869 for more information.

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Orlando, Fla.—After 30 years of fighting freezing weather and heavy traffic in New York, CEO Limousine of Westchester County, N.Y., has opened an Orlando office. The company now provides premium ground transportation services for Central Florida with a fleet of vehicles that include luxury limousines, SUVs, and sedans.

Dan Fields, chief operating officer of CEO Limousine, says the reasons were fairly straight forward: “The weather is an obvious factor, but we also thought the region needed a discreet limousine service that prides itself on being on time, every time.” Fields says lessons learned in the tough New York market will serve them well in the Sunshine State. “New Yorkers have high expectations, and they do not tolerate sub-par service very well,” Fields elaborated. “We challenge people to put us to the test.”

CEO Limousine, a certified Woman Owned Business in the state of Florida is also a member of the NLA, and has already become members of the Greater Orlando Limousine Association (GOLA) and the Ocala-Marion County Hospitality Council.

CEO Limo provides Orlando airport transfers as well as transfers to airports in Ocala, Leesburg, and Gainesville. They also provide a series of other services including luxury transportation for weddings, nights out, anniversaries, birthdays, the theme parks and even sporting events. “We know there are more than a few rabid sports fans in the state,” Fields says. “Wait until they tailgate in one of our executive limos!”

CEO Limo also provides services for the corporate traveler. Fields discussed that particular type of client: "Through the years, I've learned that corporate travel clients appreciate the attention to the detail and good communication. In corporate travel, things can happen quickly and at the last minute. A transportation service needs to be prepared and ready to react to that."

For those in search of an Orlando limo service that also provides Orlando car service, CEO Limo is now taking bookings at 855.339.5170.

Visit villageslimoservice.com for more information.

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