Sunday, October 02, 2022

Toronto, Ontario — Almost 70 members of the Ontario Limousine Owners Association (OLOA) attended the organization’s annual general meeting held October 27 at Ontario’s Royal Woodbine Golf Club. The evening meeting included dinner, guest speakers, vehicle exhibits, and sponsor-provided door prizes.

OLOA President John Dahdaly of Cullitons Limousine Service gave a post-dinner address that covered the OLOA’s position on TNCs, which is that the organization neither supports nor endorses its members utilizing TNC apps, as well as meetings he’s had with representatives from Toronto regarding TNC activity at the airport and the success of August’s Canadian Limo Summit, which the OLOA jointly produced with Chauffeur Driven.

According to OLOA Treasurer Phil Bozzelli of Corporate Livery Toronto, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) has launched a pilot program with Uber, allowing the TNC’s drivers to operate at the airport and receive a monthly bill. “We asked why we weren’t considered for the program, and the GTAA said that it didn’t know we have that type of technology,” Bozzelli said. “So we’re trying to set up a meeting with the GTAA to prove that we do.”

Two OLOA sponsors and main insurance providers—Cowan Insurance Brokers and Dalton Timmis Insurance—announced that their insurance programs would not cover companies that worked with TNCs, as such a working relationship would reclassify a ground transportation company as a taxi service and demand different insurance coverage.

A number of vehicle exhibitors were on hand at the annual meeting: Cadillac had its XTS on display; Ford was showcasing its MKT, MKS, and wheelchair-accessible Transit van; and Infiniti previewed its extended Q70L, which will be available in the 2016 model year.

On November 19, Cowan Insurance will provide a two-hour driver seminar that’s free to all OLOA members.

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Atlantic City, N.J. — You are less than a week away from the industry’s most exciting show on the East Coast, the Chauffeur Driven Show. This is our final event at the Taj Mahal, so help us send the casino out in style! We’ve been giving you updates for months about all of the great happenings we have planned for you, so now it’s time to remind you about some last-minute details.

Save time and register before the show
If you haven’t registered yet, you can still take advantage of our $549 full show passport prior to the show, which includes a 4-day show pass, 3 nights at the Taj, and all of the parties and events that you want to attend. Registering now means you can grab your badge at our registration area and get going.

Download your official show app
We’re still putting the final touches on the app, but you can go now to your Google Play or Apple Store to download it for free. Search for Chauffeur Driven Show 2014. Register all your deets in the app so you can easily share with other attendees and exhibitors. You can tailor your own schedule to highlight events you don’t want to miss. The app also features the most up-to-date schedule, information about the speakers, and ways to live tweet directly from the app (don’t forget to use our hashtags #only1choice or #ChauffeurDriven). You’ll also get special messages and reminders so that you don’t miss a thing.

Join us for our International Meet & Greet
You already know that expanding your affiliate business is one of the top priorities of Chauffeur Driven, so take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with operators from all over the world at our International Meet & Greet. This event will take place Monday, November 3 at 8:30 am. Thanks to sponsors Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services, Icona Global, and Modern Chauffeured Services Worldwide.

Florida Limousine Association to host meeting
The association from the Sunshine State (and future location of our 2015 Chauffeur Driven Show in Miami Beach) will be holding an open meeting at the show on Monday, November 3 at 8 pm in the Diamond Ballroom D.

Must-see Monday
You already know that Tuesday is Affiliate Day, but have you checked out the schedule for Monday? We have a trifecta lineup in store that begins with our all-star Uber/TNC Panel Discussion, featuring Al LaGasse of TLPA, Matt Daus of IATR, and Mike Fogarty of Tristar Worldwide (and new president of TLPA). The State of the Industry follows, where new trends in corporate and global travel will be discussed by Cheryl Berkman of Music Express Worldwide, Dean De Beer of Tristar Worldwide, and David Seelinger of EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services—along with a healthy dose of TNCs thrown in for good measure. All of the aforementioned people are on the pulse of what’s happening in our industry, so you will leave with lots of excellent information to help your own business. After a bite to eat, we’re thrilled to present our Keynote Address with Jim Donald, current CEO of Extended Stay America and former CEO of Starbucks. He will inspire you with lots of humor and anecdotes about his unique leadership style.

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The new Allied Specialty Vehicles Chief Commercial Officer Marcus BertoOrlando, Fla. — Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. (ASV), a leading manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire and emergency, and recreation markets, announced that Marcus Berto has been appointed chief commercial officer for all product lines worldwide. Berto will be based in the company’s corporate headquarters in Orlando and work directly with each business unit president and head of sales to solidify various pricing strategies in domestic and international markets.

“We are pleased to welcome Marcus to our executive team,” says Tim Sullivan, president and CEO. “Marcus is a proven leader who will have a key role in strategic planning and maximizing commercial capabilities as we grow ASV’s international business and drive the company into a global leadership position.”

Berto arrives from Prumo Global Logistics SA in Brazil, where he served as chief executive officer and member of the company’s executive board. Berto also previously served as a principal with LMB Consulting, providing financial and M&A advice to companies in Brazil. Prior to these engagements, Berto held various leadership positions at Bucyrus International, Inc., including senior vice president of corporate development and the southern hemisphere, and managing director of Bucyrus Brazil, Ltd. Before joining Bucyrus, Berto served as CFO and vice president of corporate development of a Canadian gold mining company that he helped take public on the New York Stock Exchange. Berto worked for more than 10 years for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen.

“I’m delighted to join the ASV team and excited about the opportunities we have to increase the market share of our specialty vehicle brands worldwide,” Berto said. “I look forward to helping take the company to the next level.”

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