When the Greater Orlando Limousine Association (GOLA) had its first monthly meeting since its annual July break, local operators were ready to get back to business. The August 15 event was a chance for association leaders and members alike to mull over their next step, and Chauffeur Driven Director of Events Jess Pavlow was on hand to contribute to the conversation.
GOLA President Isaac Hernandez of Access Transportation kicked off the meeting with updates and insights he gained while attending the Dav El/BostonCoach affiliate meeting the previous week. Bringing together operators from all over the country, the meeting, he said, allowed him the chance to hear firsthand about how various markets and companies of all sizes are navigating, dealing with, and embracing trends affecting the chauffeured ground transportation sector.
In the interest of regional unity, members continued the ongoing conversation about transitioning into a chapter of The Sunshine State’s flagship association, the Florida Limousine Association (FLA). The move comes with a host of benefits, including instant partnership and greater connectivity with operators hailing from the 67 often siloed counties comprising the state.
“With Florida being as fractured as it is, we knew that we couldn’t let our associations—and the industry—suffer from that same miscommunication,” Hernandez said. “It’s in the best interest of our operators for us to work together as one joint group.”
Like the state’s three other associations, GOLA will be lending its assistance at the 2017 Chauffeur Driven Show this October 22-25. Pavlow provided updates about the newest finalized developments members can expect to see at the show before raffling off a pass to it. Ivy Davis of 2extreme Transportation was the lucky winner of the certificate.
The next GOLA meeting is slated for September 19, the association’s last meeting before their joint one with FLA, West Florida Limousine Association, and Central Florida Livery Association at the CD Show October 23.
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