The National Limousine Association (NLA) announced last week that it has postponed its annual Day on the Hill, an important event in the association’s calendar for members to gather and collectively lobby members of Congress on behalf of the industry. While the current conditions in the capital forced the NLA to rethink its event, the association’s efforts behind the scenes have been robust to ensure that the need for aid for the industry is being recognized.
“While we had to postpone this year's Day on the Hill (originally scheduled for June 10th), I have never felt more confident that our industry is being strongly represented in Washington, D.C.,” said NLA President Robert Alexander of RMA Worldwide in his weekly President’s Letter. “The most important aspect of Day on the Hill is representing our industry with a specific ‘ask’ and fortunately, our voice is definitely being heard, thanks in large part to our lobbying team at Cornerstone Government Affairs and hard-working Legislative Committee. Knowing we have the support of Cornerstone working on our behalf, made the right decision of postponing this event easier.”
Since the national emergency began, NLA has been working closely with Cornerstone and other associations to ensure that the industry’s broad interests are fully represented. NLA’s COVID-19 resource page includes near-daily updates on the legislative front. It also recently co-signed letters to Congress through the U.S. Chamber in request for aid and liability protections for those businesses on the frontlines. Those letters and other COVID-19 resources are available on its dedicated page.
Looking ahead, NLA has also been ramping up efforts with its various committees and recently announced its new members for the 2020-2021 term.
CD/NLA Show Education: Tracy Raimer of Windy City Limousine & Bus (co-chair), Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide (co-chair), Alan Candeub of Park Avenue Limousine, Ken Carter of Aadvanced Limousines, Chad Casey of Casey Corporate Transportation, Colin Devine of Devine’s Worldwide, Sami Elotmani of Destination MCO, Robyn Goldenberg of Strategy Leaders, Athena Grimm of BAC Transportation, Andy Hernandez of CTA Worldwide, Douglas Schwartz of Executive Ground Transportation, and Scott Woodruff of Majestic Limo & Coach.
Technology & Social Media Committee: Ken Carter of Aadvanced Limousines (co-chair), Jay Erlich of Europe Limousine Service (co-chair), Gary Arrington of 540 Party Bus, Mike Denning of Elegant Limousines, Tracy Raimer of Windy City Limousine & Bus, and Josh Roman of Heaven on Wheels.
Recognizing the hardships that all industry operators are currently facing, and the importance of sharing knowledge to protect and advocate for chauffeured transportation when it needs it the most, NLA has announced that it has extended its deferred membership dues until August 31 (originally June 30) for all new members who join between now and the deadline. New members would have immediate access to “test drive” all of the association’s benefits, programs, and offerings (except voting rights until paid in full) at this critical time, with no obligation to continue membership after the end of August. Operators can join here.
Visit limo.org for more information.