Saturday, May 25, 2019

Jorge Sanchez of Hermes Hermes Worldwide Transportation President Jorge Sanchez Denver — Hermes Worldwide Transportation President Jorge Sanchez was inducted into Colorado Meetings + Events’ Hall of Fame as Best Supplier. Each year the magazine selects a group of professionals from around the state who are recognized for their unique contributions and dedication to the meetings and events industry. Sanchez was one of seven individuals recognized by the publication’s editorial advisory board.

Since Sanchez founded the company in 2007, Hermes has established itself as a well-respected ground transportation operation, which offers a full-service fleet ranging from sedans to motorcoaches as wells as event planning services. In addition to the Hall of Fame honor, Hermes was also a runner up for Meetings + Events Best Transportation Provider for 2019.

Sanchez is proud to be included in the Hall of Fame, especially since Hermes is the first chauffeured ground transportation company to be recognized in the category.

“I feel very honored that our company was the first in our industry to win in this category; it makes it even more special. The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication our team exhibits every day. I am very proud of what we have accomplished but at the same time I feel like we still have an exciting journey ahead of us.”

The operator has big plans in place to establish itself as a pre-eminent transportation provider, while continuing to grow within the meeting and events space.

“The commitment that meetings and events industry personnel make to pull off the impossible never ceases to amaze me,” says Sanchez. “I have never been associated with a more committed group. The attitude is never ‘no’ it’s always ‘let me see what I can do.’ The meetings and events industry always manages to bring calm to the chaos.”

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One of AWG Ambassador’s new 2019 Grech GM40 luxury buses Las Vegas — AWG Ambassador has announced the addition of 10 new 2019 Grech Motors GM40 executive luxury buses to their fleet. Each of these 37-passenger vehicles offers first class styling, high-end comfort, and premium amenities. This latest transaction continues a long-time relationship between the operator and the builder.

“I was the first in Vegas to buy a Grech limo bus, and we based our business on that for a while,” says AWG Ambassador President/CEO Alan Waxler. “We’re a unique breed here in Vegas because limousines are still an important piece of the business. But I was trying to find a ‘new pond,’ as there are a lot of fishermen in the same pond—particularly since the Uber phenomenon.”

Realizing that the company displayed particular strengths in transportation management and group transportation, Waxler was looking to introduce new group transportation product into the Vegas marketplace. He discussed his concept with Grech Motors Founder Ed Grech, who then customized his company’s GM40 mid-size coach to meet the needs of AWG and its client base.

“We started taking delivery in November 2018, and started letting our hotels, DMCs, and corporate clients know,” says Waxler. “Everyone loves them. They’ve been well received.”

AWG Ambassador Director of Sales Christine Backman points out that their clients have been impressed with the vehicle’s sleek lines, LED accents, plush luxury leatherette interior, retractable leather seating, panoramic front view window, and USB power outlets at every row, as well as an ample luggage storage capacity.

Interior of the 2019 Grech GM40 mid-sized coach “The GM40 is go-to for event and meeting planners,” she says. “This bus will ‘wow’ your guests and make a lasting impression for any corporate charter or leisure occasion.”

With the addition of these executive mini-coaches to the company’s fleet of more than 100 vehicle, AWG now has the capacity to move more than 600 people around the Las Vegas area, whether it’s to casinos, golf courses, meeting sites, or airport runs at any given time. As a preferred provider for many of the city’s notable hotels, Waxler sees the GM40 as particularly advantageous to his market.

“One of the nice things about these 37-passenger buses is that these vehicles are allowed to pick up and drop off at the front doors of the hotels, while larger buses have to go to the tour lobby. You don’t get the full effect of the arrival if you have to go to the back door,” he laughs.

While Waxler is happy with the positive impression that his new Grech luxury buses have made on his clients, he is especially pleased with the relationship he has fostered with the vehicle’s builder over the years.

“It’s nice to have a guy like Ed Grech in your corner,” he says. “He assisted us with the process of getting into these buses, and stands behind his product. He’s proud of it. You can’t ask for much more.”

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Brodsly Jeff Brodsly, CEO of Chosen Payments Moorpark, Calif. — Credit card processor Chosen Payments has formed a partnership with Hudson Software, a 20-year leader and dominant player in software technology for the ground transportation industry.

As the ground transportation industry continues to evolve, these two credible suppliers have formed a strategic partnership that will benefit their mutual clients. Hudson Software has incorporated Chosen Payments processing platform into their suite of software solutions for livery operators. Through the partnership, Chosen Payments is now able to offer Hudson clients many added benefits, which save significant amounts of money and time. Hudson will refer clients to Chosen Payments for a guaranteed savings or Chosen Payments will pay $500 towards the client’s support fees to Hudson while offering; chargeback assistance, white glove service and Level II& III data savings. This synergistic partnership creates a win-win for all involved.

“This partnership has been developed over many years and we are excited to roll out strong benefits that will greatly increase the profits and service experience of our mutual clients. Hudson has done a fantastic job developing a niche in the industry and we are honored to partner with them,” says Jeff Brodsly, CEO of Chosen Payments.

“Hudson is very excited to partner with Chosen Payments, a strong and reputable player in the card processing payment industry. Hudson is always trying to integrate strong business partners and we are certain that this partnership will benefits our mutual clients in their day-to-day operations and provide added service and cost optimization” says Gustavo Gomez, vice president of operations for Hudson Software, Inc.

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