- Category: Industry News
Driving Results, a cornerstone in the luxury ground transportation industry since its establishment in 2012 by Arthur and Kathleen Messina, has been successfully acquired by "Becky from Boston" Laramee and Brittini Kirk, distinguished figures in the sector and owners of All Points Limousine in Millbury, Mass. The official transition of leadership is scheduled for 2024, marking a significant chapter in the company's legacy.
Laramee and Kirk bring a wealth of experience and a commitment to industry advancement that aligns seamlessly with the values upheld by Driving Results, according to the Messinas, and are poised to carry forward the legacy of education, technological understanding, industry trend analysis, and mentorship, positioning them as ideal custodians of the company's legacy. They will focus on the core group Spinning Wheels for 2024 before further developing the Driving Results brand.
"I am thrilled to embark on this incredible journey, acquiring Driving Results and steering Spinning Wheels towards new heights in 2024. My goal is to elevate industry standards and create a dynamic community that thrives on innovation and collaboration,” says Laramee.
The Messinas expressed their gratitude to the industry for the remarkable success achieved over the past 12 years in their announcement. They extended heartfelt thanks to their industry peers whose achievements have been a continuous source of inspiration. Over the course of their leadership, they’ve attracted a Who’s Who of members from across the industry ranging from Gem Limousine and Reston Limo to Premier Transportation of Dallas, Windy City Limousine & Bus, and many more notables.
"Spinning Wheels has been a transformative journey. Learning from other industry leaders and sharing insights has been invaluable. The opportunities to present to other Driving Results groups have expanded my horizons. Grateful for a community that fosters continuous growth and knowledge exchange,” said Maurice Brewster of Mosaic Global Transportation.
As the Messinas shift their focus to the next phase, they will focus more on their marketing business, Create-A-Card, Inc., which they founded in 1986 and soon became one of the industry’s most recognizable companies. They vow to continue their dedication to excellence and innovation as a dynamic and forward-thinking marketing enterprise that has spanned nearly four decades. They express their deepest appreciation for the understanding, cooperation, and cherished memories shared during their tenure with Driving Results, and raise a toast to its ongoing prosperity under the new leadership.
"Spinning Wheels has been my compass in the luxury transportation industry for a decade. The meetings and insights from fellow members have fueled my business growth, providing an invaluable network of support. Grateful for the many years of shared wisdom and continuous elevation," says Tracy Raimer of Windy City Limousine & Bus, one of the group’s longest continuous members.
Spinning Wheels is expected to hold its next meeting in spring 2024.
- Category: Industry News
The Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) welcomed more than 90 members and guests at their annual holiday dinner on Tuesday, December 12. Held once again at Fernandes Steakhouse in Newark, holiday spirit was in the air as the party doubled as a charity event, with attendees from across the tri-state area bringing new toys for children in need.
“We cross-promoted as a Toys for Tots collection, and many attendees brought a great number of terrific gifts. The toy boxes were overflowing!” shares LANJ Executive Director Patty Nelson.
As members filtered into the event, an open bar was made available courtesy of Complete Fleet Livery Sales, and fellow sponsors Brogan Cadillac, EmpireCLS, Grech Motors, and Leros Transportation Group. Following the cocktail hour, a decadent all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet was unveiled, courtesy of sponsors ABC Companies, Advantage Marketing Solutions, Buffalo Limousine, CareerDriver, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Fleetwood Limousine, and NLS Chauffeured Services.
The dinner service—sponsored by EmpireCLS, Executive Coach Builders, My Limousine Service, and T-Mobile—proved to be a unique and belly-filling experience for everyone. Rodizio servers deftly wandered from table to table, slicing of choice cuts of beef, poultry, and pork from roaster skewers. Delicious entrees like bacon-wrapped turkey followed choice cuts of steak.
In between bites of decadent food, LANJ President Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide took a few minutes to speak to the attendees. First, a LANJ Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Howard Gogel of My Limousine Service, who recently passed the baton to the next generation within the company. Also, Sharenow announced that this will be his last year as president of the association, as he will be serving as a National Limousine Association board member. He was applauded for his long service to the association, and it was confirmed that his replacement will be announced in January.
Visit lanj.org for more information.
Photos by Sam Emam of Special 1 Media.
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On Saturday, December 9, the Arizona Limousine Association (ALA) held their annual Casino Night dinner at Certified Benz & Beemer in Scottsdale. Open to members and their guests, the event attracted 60 attendees from around the state for an evening of gaming, tacos, and camaraderie.
“It was great to see so many people involved in the association again,” says ALA President Jesse Bunker of Phoenix Limo Connection. “I’d like to thank everyone for attending and give special thanks to Certified Benz & Beemer for hosting the event, as well as our many sponsors. I’d also like to recognize the ALA Board for their help in putting the event together.”
Chauffeur Driven was proud to be a table sponsor for the night, and joined a number of generous sponsors, including Certified Benz & Beemer, TruView Insurance, Star Limo, Riot Hospitality, Diamond Transportation, Lancer Insurance, Black and White Limo, Our Private Driver, Driving Transactions, The Driver Provider, Limo Anywhere, Philadelphia Insurance, Phoenix Professional Car Service, Southwest Sedan, DOT Compliance, and MELMAR Limousine.
Several prizes were won throughout the evening including small housewares, a cornhole game, and a TV. Another prize was a pass to the 2023 CD/NLA Show in Las Vegas this March 3-6, which was won by Abdou Louarti of Diamond Transportation.
The ALA is in the planning stages for their next educational summit later in the year. In the past, this event attracted operators from all over Arizona and beyond for two days of networking and education.
“COVID took the wind out of the sails for our summit, but we’re looking forward to getting it back on track,” says Bunker.
Visit azlimo.org for more information.