Saturday, May 21, 2022


The annual Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) meeting and holiday party is an always-popular end-of-year event that attracts members, vendors, and guests from throughout the state and around the country, and this year was no exception. Nearly 200 people, including CD President Chris Weiss, attended the event on December 7, which was once again held at The Proud Bird in Los Angeles.

GCLA L to R: CD/NLA Vegas Show pass winners Carlos and Nancy Garcia of Carlos Transportation Service, CD President Chris Weiss, and CD Executive Retreat pass winner Alex Darbahani of KLS Worldwide

Following a cocktail hour and dinner, outgoing GCLA President Mo Garkani of The COTS Group and Executive Director Sara Eastwood Richardson delivered announcements and provided a recap of 2021. Other speakers included representatives from Diamond Sponsors Motev, Century Business Solutions, and Chosen Payments, as well as Weiss, who got the crowd revved up for the 2022 CD/NLA Show in Las Vegas this March 27-30.

GCLA L to R: Robert Alexander of RMA Worldwide, Patrick O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates, and Chris Weiss

Then, Garkani was presented with the 2021 GCLA Award of Excellence in recognition of his years at the GCLA helm and for his “outstanding professionalism, leadership, and industry involvement that has provided a great benefit to all California operators and supporting agencies.” With Garkani stepping down from the board, it was time to announce a new set of officers and directors:

GCLA L to R: Carol Grant of Chosen Payments, Chris Weiss, Kristen Carroll of The LMC Groups, and Melissa Lodi

President: Robert Gaskill of Motev
1st Vice President:
Maurice Brewster of Mosaic Worldwide
2nd Vice President:
Thomas Buck of Beau Wine Tours
Jack Nissim of Avalon Transportation
Selim Aslan of MIB Limousine

GCLA L to R: Katie Martinez of Chosen Payments, Thomas Buck of Beau Wine Tours, and J.R. and Maria Garza of Diamond Limousine

The 2022 GCLA Directors include Don Manke of ABC Worldwide Transportation, Aaron Lesasoy of Code 3 Limousine and Transportation, Harry Dhillon of Ecko Transportation Worldwide, Chris Hundley of Limousine Connection, Alex Darbahani of KLS Worldwide, Mark Stewart of Ground Logistics International, Victoria Davis of American Limousine, Adrian Davis of Five Star Transportation, and Darren Croasdale of La Costa Limousine. Vendor members include Katie Martinez of Chosen Payments, Steven Wolfson of Century Business Solutions, and Mark Freeark of TIB Insurance. Patrick O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates remains GCLA counsel.

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