Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Royal Star Hawaii-branded MCI motorcoach Des Plaines, Ill. — Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announced that Royal Star Hawaii, a tourism and entertainment leader in Hawaii, has taken delivery of six MCI coaches in November with the remainder of the 12-bus order planned for the first quarter of 2019.

The first delivery includes two 2019 MCI J4500 coaches with 60-passenger seating capacity, wheelchair lifts, enhanced sound systems, and an on board lavatory. The other four coaches are 2019 D4505 coaches in the 63-passenger seating configuration with one wheelchair lift. All vehicles are equipped the Cummins/Allison B500 powertrain. Royal Star uses the J4500 for its deluxe gold service and the D4505 to offer "smart money” silver service to provide choice to all Hawaii market segments. The gold and silver service is distinguished through the distinctively different interior and exterior coach colors, including its custom Amaya seats, made-to-order fabric selections, as well as driver uniforms; for its gold service, they offer guaranteed lavatory on board, mints, and hand towels.

As a subsidiary of Stars of Paradise Tours & Attractions, Royal Star is the leading transportation provider to its parent’s popular tour and entertainment venues including the Star of Honolulu, a 1,500-passenger excursion and sunset dinner cruise vessel, far and away the leader in the Hawaii cruise industry.

“We serve global tourism markets on Oahu with a fleet utilized around the clock,” explains Ron Howard, president. “We’ve worked with MCI for more than 20 years because they have a focus on comfort, reliability, and service equal to ours. From our first motorcoach to now over 45 coaches in our fleet, MCI has been an important key in our quality of service and phenomenal growth since 1996.”

Royal Star has recently constructed a modern $2 million maintenance facility at its new Honolulu complex, where MCI provides expert technical assistance and training, keeping Royal Star’s maintenance technicians up-to-date to meet Royal Star’s safety and reliability goals.

“At MCI, we’re lucky to have many customers whose brands are synonymous with the territories we serve,” said Patricia Ziska, MCI vice president of sales. “Royal Star is an affiliate of one of America’s most innovative tourism companies, and MCI is proud to have our coaches be a part of their tour experience.”

Known for its Aloha on Wheels slogan, Royal Star has served Hawaii since 1996 from its headquarters in Honolulu. It claims many firsts, including the state’s first 100-percent seat-belted fleet, 100-percent drive cam fleet, wheelchair lift services, and guaranteed equipment booking by category with 1 hour minimums and clear pricing.

Visit mcicoach.com or royalstarhawaii.com for more information.

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Reston President and CEO Kristina Bouweiri with the 2018 Golden Helix Award Dulles, Va. — Reston Limousine announces that President and CEO Kristina Bouweiri has been recognized for her dedication and service to Inova Loudoun Hospital with a 2018 Golden Helix Award.

Presented by the Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation at the organization’s holiday party on December 6, the award honors a volunteer who has dedicated their time and resources to impact philanthropy at the hospital and in turn improve lives by making our community hospital the best it can be.

The award was inspired by the spirals that formed the staircase in the original hospital located on Market Street in Leesburg. The award also reflects the spirals of DNA’s double helix—the common strain of binds humanity together.

“Kristina is the perfect recipient of the Golden Helix award—it’s about bringing people together to touch the lives of others. Kristina is someone who is so sincere in everything she does, leading others to be inspired to join her,” said Edward Puccio, medical director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

As a member of the Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation board of trustees, Bouweiri has organized charitable events that have raised $50,000 and connected philanthropists such as Sharon Virts Miller and Scot Miller of the Virts Miller Foundation with the hospital organization.

“There are two things about Kristina Bouweiri that everyone needs to know. First, there’s not a person in the Washington DC area that she doesn’t know. And secondly, there’s no one with a bigger heart,” said Virts Miller, who also is an Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation trustee.

“I really see Kristina as a connector. There have been so many people that I’ve met as a result of my relationship with her – and she does it so naturally. So I really appreciate everything she’s done for us, that she continues to do for us, and what she does for this community,” said Deborah Addo, CEO of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Visit restonlimo.com for more information.

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The Strategy Leaders team (L to R): Manager of Client Services & Operations Alishaa Husain, Director of Business Development Robyn Goldenberg, President Andi Gray, and Director of Sales Eddie Monroy Stamford, Conn. — Business consulting firm Strategy Leaders has closed out 2018 by receiving two business-related awards. First, Strategy Leaders was presented with the 2018 Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service for the third year in a row from City Beat News. This award was established to spotlight companies and business professionals who have provided exceptional service and experiences to their clients and customers. City Beat News is an independent publishing company that annually performs independent and unbiased research using a broad customer satisfaction criterion. The award is only bestowed upon that fraction of those who earn our highest ratings.

Upon receiving the award, Strategy Leaders Director of Business Development Robyn Goldenberg stated: “Special thanks to our customer service team, and our consultants for setting the standard and beating our clients’ expectations day in and day out.”

Additionally, the company was the recipient of the Best SME Business Consultancy 2018 - Connecticut Award for Excellence in Strategic Business Benchmarking 2018 from US Business News’s Business Elite Awards. US Business News showcases prominent professionals who are excelling in their industry and outperforming their competitors.

Strategy Leaders “We don’t do what we do because it’s glamourous or makes us famous. Our clients are the reason we’re so successful, and we honestly couldn’t have achieved this recognition without our clients and the amazing team in the office. Thank you to everyone for your continued support as we grow our company; it’s an honor to be part of of your business and personal lives.” added Goldenberg.

Strategy Leaders has been a leader in growing privately held companies for over 20 years and works across multiple industries including chauffeured transportation, technology, and cannabis.

Visit strategyleaders.com for more information.

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