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Tuesday, October 03, 2023

L to R: TLPA Outgoing President Dwight Kines of Transdev, CD Director of Events Jess Pavlow, and TLPA CEO Al LaGasse Phoenix — The Taxicab, Limousine, & Paratransit Association (TLPA) held its 98th Annual Convention & Trade Show from November 1-4, and Chauffer Driven’s Director of Events Jess Pavlow and Business Development Manager Rickie Roberts were among those in attendance.

Building on the Fleet Forward theme—beginning with this summer’s intuitive of the same name that aims to educate and inspire operators by highlighting those who are thinking outside the box when it comes to new ways of doing business—this year’s TLPA event focused on empowering attendees with a varied educational program, three General Sessions, a show floor featuring nearly 100 vendors, and plenty of networking and optional events.

The education included 18 interactive sessions and 11 Breakout Sessions, all designed to help operators remain effectively competitive in a constantly evolving market. Topics ranged from social media to diversity and catered to all facets of ground transportation and operators of all sizes from all around the world.

CD’s Director of Events Jess Pavlow (left) and Business Development Manager Rickie Roberts Outgoing President Dwight Kines of Transdev welcomed newly elected TLPA President Bill Scalzi of Metro Taxi, and a number of members and their companies were also honored throughout the conference. The 2016 award winners included:

Limousine Operator of the Year: David Friedman of Carmel Car & Limousine Service in New York, NY
Limousine Chauffeur of the Year: Frank Johnson of Executive Transportation in Newport, Ky.
Paratransit Operator of the Year: Judy Potter of Black & White Transportation in Toledo, Ohio
Paratransit Driver of the Year: Gregg Katz of 10/10 Taxi—Kansas City Transportation Group in Kansas City, Mo.
Taxicab Operator of the Year: Nick Cambas of United Taxi in Clearwater, Fla.
Taxicab Driver of the Year: Enders Abdu of Yellow Checker Cab in San Jose, Calif.

Check out the December issue of Chauffeur Driven for expanded coverage of this annual TLPA convention.

The 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show will be in Denver, Colo., from October 8-12. TLPA’s next event will be its Spring Conference & Expo from April 25-27 in Palm Springs, Calif.

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