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San Francisco — Gateway Global, an established Northern California-based company, recently announced the addition of Caroline Cua to the Gateway team. She joins the company as vice president of client experience. Most recently the company also announced the addition of Gina Amato-Bonelli, finance administrator, who joined to fill the shoes of longtime (and retiring) Corporate Administrator Rich Azzolino.
Cua began her career as a sales and marketing director for an assisted living community for older adults. She says that she found particular success facilitating multiple connections between organizations, building deeper personal and business relationships in the process.
This led to her next position with Silverride, a transportation company aimed at helping seniors maintain active and independent lifestyles after their driving retirement, which she joined in 2007. In her role, she provided assisted transportation, engaged drivers/companions, and offered concierge services for individual and group events. Cua, vice president of client experience, crossed paths with Gateway Global in 2010, developing a partnership to encourage group outings for senior clients and managing larger events.
“Caroline’s high standards of integrity and first-class service set business and ethical standards for the industry. With Caroline’s outside experience it allows her to bring new ideas to the table with a fresh perspective,” says Sam Amato, president of Gateway.
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At 7,000 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is not only the nation’s oldest state capital but also the highest. The city, rich with beauty, art, culture, and cuisine, was a great source of inspiration to the group of CEOs. Many of the participants were in Santa Fe for the first time.
As host of the event, Thompson took the opportunity to educate his fellow operators on the exceptional business he has established in this magical city. Santa Fe is a global destination, and his business is made up largely of tours, high-end boutique services, private valet services, in addition to the traditional airport and limousine service that keeps his local companies quite busy.
It is no mystery why Thompson’s Accent New Mexico and Santa Fe Valet & Limousine have quickly grown into the most sought-after chauffeured car and event transportation services company in Northern New Mexico, says Carroll. Providing service to both Santa Fe airport and Albuquerque, Thompson is uniquely positioned to diversify his service offerings, flexing resources throughout the vast waves of demand and need in this extremely well-traveled destination, according to Carroll.
Building on an impressive career in hospitality and a diverse portfolio of many successful small businesses, Thompson founded Santa Fe Valet & Limousine in 2007. Quickly, he identified the opportunity to widen his offerings, providing large group event logistics and ground transportation management, accommodating groups with up to 600 members and more. He added several buses, vans, and executive shuttles to his fleet, along with Town Cars, limousines, and specialty vehicles. Heavily invested in new equipment, Accent New Mexico now boasts the largest, most diverse livery fleet in the state, according to Carroll.
His impact in the community was ever apparent as he hosted The LMC Group’s inaugural benchmarking session. In addition to our visit with Mayor Gonzales, Randy Randall, Executive Director of TOURISM Santa Fe, met with the group to share his perspective on the role of chauffeured car and ground transportation within the events and tourism industries.
“Santa Fe was a beautiful and stunning backdrop as the location of our kick-off event, and we are so thankful to the City of Santa Fe, Mayor Gonzales, Director Randall, and Paul Thompson, for their gracious welcome. We accomplished much and left with inspiration that will last us weeks and months to come,” says Carroll.
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Founded in 1973, Alltrans has operated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Salt Lake City, Utah, for more than 40 years. Services include the Jackson Hole Airport Shuttle, Targhee Express, Gray Line National Park Tours, Yellowstone Winter Shuttle, Mountain States Express, Alltrans Park Shuttle, and Alltrans Charters. Jackson Hole is the gateway to the popular Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, featuring some of the country’s top skiing destinations.
Jason Kaplan, owner and president of The Driver Provider, says that this acquisition provides the company a full range of offerings including transportation to and from Salt Lake City as well as convenient service to Utah cities Star Valley, Kemmerer, Cokeville, Evanston, and Park City. Park City, Utah, is best known as the home of the Sundance Film Festival, an annual event where dozens of independent filmmakers showcase their movies to a mass audience. It is one of the largest independent movie festivals in the world, often with an attendance that reaches over 40,000 people.
With the addition of Alltrans, The Driver Provider now has 130 vehicles ranging from sedans to full-size motorcoaches.