On Wednesday, July 8, the Wisconsin Limousine Association (WLA) held a short conference call for members and guests to discuss industry-related happenings in the Midwest. WLA Secretary/Treasurer Karen Lotts of A Knight Rider Limousine moderated the meeting, which included CD Editor Rob Smentek.
Shortly before the call, the PGA of America announced that the Ryder Cup golf tournament has been postponed until September 2021. Expected to be held this year at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc., the Ryder Cup was to be a major event for Midwestern operators, so this news, while not unexpected, was disappointing to the WLA members. The PGA similarly postponed the 2021 Presidents Cup tournament to September 2022, which will undoubtedly concern North Carolina operators.
As expected, COVID-19 was discussed among those on the call. Members shared their frustration at the lack of definitive statistics as well as continued difficulty in finding cleaning supplies. Lotts was particularly gobsmacked by Lysol being sold for $14 per can on Amazon. Vendor Member Bill Battisti of Midwest Transit/Nationwide Bus Sales let members know that he is fully stocked on safety and prevention accessories for limousines and buses.
Before the call concluded, DeVon Gillespie of Milwaukee Executive Livery confirmed that the Democratic National Convention is still being held in Milwaukee, but will be a “virtual” event.
The next WLA conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 1:00 PM CT.
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