West Orange, N.J.—The May meeting of the Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) was a packed house, which included a series of speakers, a luncheon, and its annual auction—its largest fundraiser of the year. The event was sponsored by Complete Fleet/Maplecrest, The Lincoln Motor Company, Grech Motors, and Chosen Payments. Chauffeur Driven Sales Manager Darren Saat and Managing Editor Susan Rose attended the meeting, which was held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, N.J.
At the end of the event, over $15,000 had been raised for the association. LANJ board member Pete Corelli of Lakeview Custom Coach was again the association’s auctioneer, often getting just one more bid out of reluctant members. The auction included dozens of donated items, such as sports memorabilia, tickets, and trips. Chauffeur Driven donated a show pass to the Atlantic City show this November, a full page of advertising, and an Affiliate Central ad, which were won, respectively, by John Sutich of Perfect Limousine Service, Mike Marroccoli of Capacity Coverage, and Bob Shiavo of Albert’s Limousine. Jay Glick of First Class Customs won the 50/50 raffle, which he generously donated back to LANJ—over $500.
Raising money wasn’t the only goal of the day. The meeting also included several speakers, such as James Arose of the Division of Inspection Services for the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, who gave an overview of some of the new plates that will be required for some types of specialty vehicles; Julie Tattoni, special counsel with Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, who shared some strategies on how small businesses can take advantage of some grants that are designed to spur economic development; and Matthew Daus, also with Windels Marx and president of the International Association of Transportation Regulators, who gave an update on the current state of Uber and other apps in many cities across the country.
LANJ President Jim Moseley of TripTracker also presented former president Tim Rose of Flyte Tyme Worldwide with a plaque for his 14 years of service to the association. Rose still serves on the board of LANJ.
The meeting also marked the debut of the brand-new Ford Transit van, which features several wheelbases, body lengths, and roof heights for any purpose. The vehicle was displayed outside the hotel, where members could get a closer look inside and out.
The next LANJ meeting is scheduled for September 17.
Visit lanj.org for more information