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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Austin, Texas — Although we’re less than a week away from the industry event of the spring, there’s still time to register for the Chauffeur Driven Executive Retreat in Austin. We have a few slots left for anyone who wants to join our exclusive group of operators on May 5-8 for first-class education, networking, and fun in one of America’s most unique cities.

While things kick off Sunday night with a Cinco de Mayo bash on Austin’s legendary 6th Street, we’re getting down to business after breakfast on Monday morning with a Q&A with CD Publisher Chris Weiss and NLA President Gary Buffo, moderated by Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide. This discussion will answer all the questions the industry has regarding the partnership between the NLA and Chauffeur Driven. You can count on Weiss, Buffo, and Sharenow to provide a detailed analysis of the new alliance, including what led up to it, how it came to be, and what it means for the industry at large in the future. We’re looking forward to the plans that CD and the NLA have in place, and by the end of this Q&A, we think you will be too.

Here’s a three-part video that provides a sneak peek at what’s in store for the live conversation in Austin.

After the Q&A, our education begins with Lead Smarter By Letting Go, a session from presenters Dean and Jolynda Ash that’s designed to help owner/operators work deliberate about where they spend your time and energy. Then, on Monday afternoon, Dr. Jennifer Beer of the University of Texas will present Reading the Signs to Be a Better Negotiator, which will reveal the verbal and nonverbal cues to read (and ignore) when trying to close a deal. When the sun sets, we’re heading to Austin’s hip Rainey Street for an unforgettable party at UnBARlievable with all-you-can-eat BBQ catered by the legendary Stubb’s BBQ.

The education continues on Tuesday with a day devoted to the ever-timely topic of Mergers and Acquisitions. An all-star panel of experts with recent experience in M&A will share their expertise in a pair of panels spearheaded by business consultant Andi Gray of Strategy Leaders. Part #1: Getting Prepared for the Deal will provide insight as to why you should be looking to sell as well as all the necessary preparation required and the pitfalls to avoid , and Part #2: The Nuts & Bolts of Making It Happen will dive deep into valuating your business and the most common obstacles many face during a buy-out. Then on Tuesday afternoon, we’re offering our first Bonus Roundtable Session—Making Your Expenses Work for You—in which operators from different markets will share tips and resources that owners can use to make their existing rewards and perks save them cash.

On Wednesday, get ready to get weird: On our final day in Texas, we’re hosting a professionally guided city tour (in Grech Buses) to give our attendees a firsthand look at what makes Austin one of the most eclectic destinations in America. You’ll visit area hotspots, locale boutiques, and historic landmarks before lunch is served at The Picnic, a food truck bonanza that offers everything from basic tacos to distinct international cuisine.

If you have any questions regarding our #2019AustinRetreat, don’t hesitate to contact our Director of Events Jess Pavlow at or 856-452-0323. Visit for more information.