Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) is ramping up the holiday spirit and has announced that their Annual Meeting & Holiday Party will be held at the famous Los Angeles landmark The Proud Bird on December 7. In addition to live entertainment, cocktails, and a holiday dinner, the 2022 GCLA President and Board of Directors will be announced at the party.

Mark Stewart GCLA Director/Holiday Party Chair Mark Stewart

The party will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a 90-minute cocktail/networking function and dinner at 7:00. Following the meal, members and guests will take part in a recap of 2021 from outgoing GCLA President Mo Garkani and Executive Director Sara Eastwood Richardson. Diamond Sponsors Motev and Chosen Payments will also get some time in the spotlight as well as a special presentation and recognition of one of the GCLA members. GCLA Director/Holiday Party Chair Mark Stewart also promises a few holiday surprises throughout the evening.

GCLA

“Don't miss out meeting with members and industry colleagues at this end-of-the-year event and to spread some joy and festive cheer during the holiday season,” says Stewart. “Team GCLA believes all of us are grateful to see the business recovery as we also navigate through all of the challenges to operate our businesses productively and effectively on a daily basis.”

Registration is required to attend; early-bird registration ends soon, so sign up early here to save a few dollars. Pre-sale costs are $75 for members and $95 for non-members.

Visit gcla.org for more information.

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Keep yourself informed and connected to other members of the industry by attending these important meetings. You can also view meetings for the rest of the year on Chauffeur Driven’s Industry Events page.

Greater California Livery Association
Annual Meeting & Holiday Party (Los Angeles)
12/7 at 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at The Proud Bird (registration required)

International Association of Transportation Regulators
“Regulatory Reboot” Conference (virtual)
12/13-12/17 (registration required)

Minority Limousine Operators of America
“Goal Setting for 2022” Meeting
12/15 at 2:00 p.m. ET via Zoom

New England Livery Association Quarterly Meeting
Quarterly Meeting
12/16 at 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET at Kowloon

Illinois Limousine & Bus Association
Coffee With ILLBA
12/21 at 10 a.m. CT 
via Zoom (registration required, email illinoislimousineassociation@gmail.com)

United Motorcoach Association
Weekly Town Hall
Every Thursday at 2 p.m. ET via Zoom (registration required)

Did we miss your association meeting? Let us know! Email susan@chauffeurdriven.com or rob@chauffeurdriven.com to be included in our calendar.

 

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ALA

On November 8 and 9, the Arizona Limousine Association (ALA) hosted its second Educational Summit at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. More than 25 members from across the state attended the event, which offered a variety networking and education opportunities to ALA members and guests. CD President Chris Weiss was in attendance, and provided a state of the industry update during the first day’s programming.

Originally launched in 2019 at the encouragement of a board member looking to develop a combination association meeting and seminar, the Summit returned this year after COVID forced the ALA to cancel the event last year.

Arizona Limousine Association Speakers (L to R): Jim Luff of Chosen Payments, Chris Weiss of Chauffeur Driven, and Ken Lucci of Driving Your Income

“Our first Summit was a huge success,” says ALA President Jeff Conly of Vitesse Worldwide. “We had another scheduled for 2020, but the pandemic hit. We were fortunate to come back with a great team of speakers.”

In addition to Weiss, the ALA welcomed Ken Lucci of Driving Your Income, who presented on M&A and financial matters; Jim Luff of Chosen Payments, who discussed business ethics; and Tiffany Hinton of Motev, who dazzled with a presentation on electric vehicles (EVs).

“Tiffany stole the show,” says Conly. “But all the speakers were positive and informative. It was a lot of information packed into a day and a half. Ken Lucci’s session on buying and selling a business was eye-opening for a lot of the members.”

ALA 2022 Board The ALA Board

The positive vibes regarding the Summit’s content were not limited to the attendees. The speakers were similarly impressed with what the ALA had to offer.

“I was blown away by the quality of the presenters and how engaged attendees were,” says Lucci. “The material was fantastic, and on par with what you’d see in a national conference. Tiffany was the star of the show with her presentation on EVs, and Jim Luff’s talk on workplace ethics was appropriate for our times. An incredible job, all around.”

Conly also extended his thanks to lunch sponsors Chosen Payments and RIOT Hospitality, a restaurant management company affiliated with country music superstar Dierks Bentley.

Arizona Limousine Association CD President Chris Weiss (left) with Vegas Show pass winner Jesse Bunker of Phoenix Limousine Connection

In addition to offering a lineup of guest speakers and networking opportunities, the Summit afforded the association with the opportunity to announce the new board for 2022. After six years as association president, Conly is stepping away from his long-time position.

“My tenure was up four years ago,” he jokes. “We voted in a new board, who I know will do a great job.”

The 2022 ALA Board includes President Jesse Bunker of Phoenix Limousine Connection, Vice President Mark Pecak of Melmar Limousine, Secretary Hillary Louarti of Diamond Transportation, as well as members Jeffrey Goldin of Southwest Sedan Service, Sean Grady of TruView Insurance, JC Yancy of Blasian Companies, Chris Zak, Brandon Silverman, Luff, and Conly.

Bunker was also the winner of a pass to the 2022 CD/NLA Show in Vegas, which was raffled by Weiss during the event.

Visit azlimousineassociation.com for more information.

 

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