Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Expressway George Lee Expressway Capital Group President
George Lee
Oaklyn, N.J. — Industry veteran George Lee has recently launched the formation of Expressway Capital Group, a provider of transportation equipment financing solutions. Expressway Capital Group’s unique operator-centric approach is built on the experiences and relationships Lee has cultivated over the last three decades in the industry and provides clients with a transparent, reliable, and hassle-free way to get the best financing deals for their specific needs.

Expressway Capital Group also advises operators on which financing programs would suit them best, based on their unique business models, challenges and goals with unbiased financial guidance.

“As a former operator and sales director for a coachbuilder, I understand the dynamic nature of the transportation business,” Lee said. “Things are changing constantly, from passenger itineraries to traveler behavior to larger market trends, so operators need a financing partner who understands their unique needs and works hard to give them tailored solutions that help them overcome challenges and achieve their goals.”

Expressway Capital Group offers services such as:

  1. Commercial vehicle leases and loans for operators who need to grow or update their fleet
  2. Time-saving app-only programs up to $350,000 for operators who need quick turnaround on their financing
  3. Commercial lines of credit for operators planning to add multiple vehicles over the course of the year
Expressway Capital Group makes it easy for operators of all sizes to access easy, transparent, and efficient funding to help achieve their business goals.

“Our mission at Expressway Capital is to take a partnership approach when helping our clients, because our success is determined by their success,” said Lee. “We don’t just want one-off clients; we want clients who will grow for many years to come, and we want to help them realize their dreams.”

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Jess Pavlow and members L to R: John Oulton of Richmond Limousine, CD Director of Events Jess Pavlow, Tammy Carlisle of Action Limousines, and Brett Barenholtz of Boston Car Service/Above All Transportation Los Angeles — On December 4, the annual Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) holiday party welcomed nearly 150 members from all over the country and all throughout the ground transportation industry—including Chauffeur Driven’s Director of Events Jess Pavlow.

L to R: Ron Stein of Exclusion Sedan Service and Megan Tucker and GCLA 2nd Vice President/Vendor Director Jeff Brodsly of Chosen Payments L to R: Ron Stein of Exclusive Sedan Service and Megan Tucker and GCLA 2nd Vice President/Vendor Director Jeff Brodsly of Chosen Payments The yearly celebration took to a new venue this year, as party-goers headed to Boomtown Brewery for a night of craft brews and tasty fare, including a visit from the Kogi Korean taco tuck.

In a swell of support beyond the triple-digit attendance numbers, more than 40 of the industry’s organizations donated sports and entertainment memorabilia, professional services, and more to help the association thoroughly trounce its previous fundraising record of $29,000. By the end of the night, GCLA 2nd Vice President/Vendor Director Jeff Brodsly of Chosen Payments announced that this year’s party yielded more than $75,000.

Chauffeur Driven donated a number of auction items: John Oulton of Richmond Limousine won an e-blast, Tammy Carlisle of Action Limousines won a pass to the 2019 CD Show in Boston, and Brett Barenholtz of Boston Car Service/Above All Transportation won a pass to the 2019 Executive Retreat in Austin.

Members of the 2019 GCLA board of directors Members of the 2019 GCLA board of directors The evening also saw the election of the 2019 GCLA board, which is filled with new and familiar leaders alike:

President: Mo Garkani of The COTS Group
1st Vice President: Harry Dhillon of Ecko Transportation Worldwide
2nd Vice President: Jeff Brodsly of Chosen Payments
Secretary: Darren Croasdale of La Costa Limousine
Directors: Selim Aslan of MIB Limousine, Perry Barin of Music Express, Maurice Brewster of Mosaic Global Transportation, Thomas Buck of Beau Wine Tours, Carlos Garcia of Carlos Transportation Services, Robert Gaskill of Motev, Chris Hundley of Limousine Connection, Don Mahnke of ABC Worldwide Transportation, and Mark Stewart of CLI Worldwide
Vendor Directors: Jeff Brodsly of Chosen Payments, Phil Hartz of Acton SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Patrick O'Brien of O'Brien & Associates, and Steve Wood of South Bay Ford

The GCLA will be holding its Day on the Hill in Sacramento February 13.

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LITA LITA President Douglas Schwartz of Executive Limousine Long Island —The inaugural meeting of newly formed Long Island Transportation Association (LITA) was held November 14 at the Melville Marriott and attracted nearly 100 industry professionals from throughout the Northeast and beyond.

The board currently comprises:

President: Douglas Schwartz of Executive Limousine
1st Vice President: Robert Cunningham of Platinum Limousine
2nd Vice President: Matt Silver of Ultimate Class Limousine
Treasurer: Bob Pandolfo of Main Street Limousines
Secretary: Nancy Vargas of DH2 Chauffeured Transportation
1-5 Car Director: Bill Goerl of Clique Limousine
6-15 Car Director: Steve Verity of S&G Limousine
16+ Car Director: Andrea Majer of Deluxe Transportation Services
Sargent At Arms: Ray Caivano of 3 J’s Limousine
Director: Anisa Kahn of Deluxe Transportation Services
Advisor: Felix Reyes of K&G Limousine

Schwartz established the new Long Island ground transportation organization for the twofold purpose of providing a new forum for bringing together to the region’s operators, as well as providing a place where companies hailing from “downstate”—“New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, West Chester, all around the Horn”—would feel welcome.

“After some back-and-forth discussion, we realized there’s a need for this kind of association and decided it was time to launch something fresh,” Schwartz said. “Even though we are the Long Island Transportation Association, I do believe we’ll eventually change our name to something like ‘Downstate New York’ because we wanted to open up our attendance to companies in places like New York City and West Chester and any other operators who want to belong.”

In addition to bringing together scores of regional operators and vendors—and thanking those who attended with a year of free membership—the meeting also featured Bill Faeth of Limo U as its keynote speaker, and gave the blossoming association’s board members a chance to outline the future they have in mind.

“We’re already working on our next meeting and lining up the speaker—and we’re going to have a little fun with it, too. We’re going to make our meetings kind of like how it is at the shows with mini-sessions, which will be targeted toward the downstate and New York City areas,” Schwartz said. “As an operator, I know I need this association for information and to share with people. A lot of things have been replaced by Facebook today, but we still need the warm touch.”

Schwartz is also keen on establishing a format for LITA meetings: an hour and a half of “a little networking, a program, then we’re out of there.”

LITA’s next membership meeting will be January 9.

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