Limo Marketer
Saturday, January 22, 2022

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.

IMEX America
Annual Convention
11/9-11/11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (registration required)

Global Business Travel Association
Annual Convention
11/17-11/19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando (registration required)

Illinois Limousine & Bus Association
Coffee With the ILLBA
(rescheduled) 11/23 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? Do you have a holiday party scheduled? Let us know! Email susan@chauffeurdriven.com or rob@chauffeurdriven.com to be included in our calendar.

[11.09.21]

NFI Group

Bus and coach manufacturer NFI Group has announced that subsidiary New Flyer of America has launched its Electrical Technician Training Program (ETTP). The company has been a leader in zero-emission mobility, with electric vehicles operating in 80+ cities in five countries, especially within public transit systems. NFI offers a wide range of zero-emission battery and fuel cell-electric buses and coaches, and its vehicles have completed more than 40 million EV service miles.

The ETTP, launched initially in New Flyer’s Crookston and St. Cloud, Minn., facilities, is a program encompassing classroom and on-the-job (OJT) training and providing employees with knowledge and skills to continue leading and supporting zero-emission adoption across North America. The program, whose module development leveraged existing programming from NFI subsidiary Motor Coach Industries, is intended for expansion and launch across NFI’s other major manufacturing facilities in future.

Chris Stoddard North American Bus and Coach President Chris Stoddard

The purpose of the ETTP is to provide entry-level training for new employees, to help existing employees upskill and reskill through the industry’s accelerating transition to zero-emission propulsion and the increased demand for advanced zero-emission bus manufacturing, and to serve as a skills development pipeline to help employees reach the Senior Electrical Technician role. It includes five preparatory modules and two levels of training. Training levels include “Red” and “Blue”, respectively, indicating Electrical Technician 1 and Electrical Technician 2, which are earned upon training completion. The program is underway and will roll out through 2022.

“By the time an employee has fulfilled all program requirements, they will have completed 64 hours of classroom learning and over 3,600 hours of OJT,” said North American Bus and Coach President Chris Stoddard. “This is in addition to the 150,000 hours of training completed annually across the New Flyer team. Continued learning is critical for advancing zero-emission deployment, which is why workforce development remains one of four important pillars in our mobility solutions offering.”

NFI Group xcelsior CHARGE NG

Additionally, the company announced the launch of NFI Financial Solutions–its comprehensive vehicle, infrastructure, and battery financing service. The announcement occurred during the American Public Transportation Association’s TRANSform Conference and EXPO in Orlando, Florida this week.

NFI Financial Solutions offers North American public and private operators the flexibility and support needed to procure vehicles, infrastructure, and batteries, to make the transition to zero-emission more accessible. Financing covers new and pre-owned buses and coaches, infrastructure development (including hardware, software, and support services offered by NFI Infrastructure Solutions), and vehicle batteries.

Visit newflyer.com for more information.

 

[11.09.21]

Updated: 11.10.21

NLA

The National Limousine Association (NLA), which announced its roster of candidates for its Board of Directors election in October, began the election process on Tuesday and will close on Thursday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The voting is entirely online. 

NLA President Robert Alexander of RMA Worldwide confirmed in his weekly letter that members will soon receive their unique voting credentials via email (the address associated with your NLA membership profile). If you need any assistance or have any questions, contact the association at info@limo.org.

The candidates are (click on the candidate’s name for more information):

At-Large (one open seat)

 Central (one open seat)

 Northeast (one open seat)

 West (one open seat)

 Canada (one open seat)

 International (one open seat)

Candidates were offered a chance to make their case and earn your vote during a series of live streams in late October. The debates were hosted by Bill Faeth of Limo University and were broken down by region. If you missed the debates live, you can view them on NLA’s Official Member Group Facebook page here (must be a member):

Visit limo.org for more information.

[11.08.21]