Limo Marketer
Sunday, December 05, 2021


The Illinois Limousine & Bus Association (ILLBA) returned with another edition of their Coffee With ILLBA educational Zoom sessions on Tuesday, November 23. Held regularly since early 2020, these webinars are designed to spark a discussion on an industry topic among ILLBA members and guests. Always free and open to anyone, Coffee With ILLBA attracts participants from well beyond the Midwest, with operators from as far as Europe taking part.

ILLBA ILLBA guest speaker Michael McDaniels of Shriver Transportation Insurance

This month’s webinar focused on the always-pertinent issue of insurance, with special guest speaker Michael McDaniels from Shriver Transportation Insurance. Although McDaniels notes that “things are as chaotic as ever” in the insurance industry, there are changes and evolution that have occurred since the pandemic hit. Brokers and underwriters continue to work closely with luxury ground transportation operators as they come out of the COVID slump to ensure that their coverage is accurate (and at the lowest rate).

“Insurance companies want to be your partners, but want to know what you’re doing,” said McDaniels. “They are asking more questions.”

He encourages all operators to be frank about the services they are currently providing, as so many companies have changed the type of work they perform post-COVID. For instance, if your work has evolved to include retail, or you have added package delivery to your service, it is important to let your insurance company know, as your coverage may be affected and you and your clients may not be best protected.

ILLBA ILLBA Executive Director Paula DeBiasi of Chicago Coachworks

According to McDaniels, the number-one issue with luxury ground transportation insurance is chauffeurs, which is no different than what operators are facing. Retraining drivers is a very big issue, as is the difficulty with insuring new, inexperienced chauffeurs. Rising prices is also a key concern, and McDaniels theorized that prices will continue to rise over the next year or two.

After providing a thorough overview of the state of insurance industry, McDaniels fielded questions from the webinar’s attendees regarding a number of topics, including whether operators can get discounts from having driver training software (A: Yes, sometimes) and the pros and cons of carrying sexual abuse policies.

ILLBA Executive Director Paula DeBiasi closed the webinar with some brief updates. She announced that the ILLBA Board has decided NOT to increase dues for 2022, and that members can look forward to a new website. Also, while there will not be a holiday party this year, planning has begun on ILLBA’s annual in-person meeting, which will celebrate the association’s 35th anniversary. Members were asked to volunteer to help organize the meeting.

The next Coffee With ILLBA webinar is scheduled for December 21. In the meantime, recordings of all meetings can be found on the ILLBA YouTube channel.

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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.


“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.

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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)

Maryland Motorcoach Association
Holiday Celebration Aboard the Hornblower (Baltimore)
12/9 at 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (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

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

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