The Wisconsin Limousine Association (WLA) held their monthly membership meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, April 13. The group welcomed guest speakers to discuss the benefits of belonging to trade association, including Illinois Limousine & Bus Association (ILLBA) Vice President Tracy Raimer and Karl Guenther of Statement Limousine.
First and foremost, being part of a trade association gives you clout, said Raimer. For instance, membership gives you a proverbial seat at the table to make sure your voice is heard when, say, your local airport institutes a new rule that affects the industry. Furthermore, belonging to an association can offer you a de facto 20-Group where you can exchange benchmarks and advice. While addressing the fact that some operators may have concern about interacting with competitors, WLA Director Paula DeBiasi of Chicago Coachworks pointed out that associations are not social clubs; they are organizations for advocacy and education than only strengthen the industry within a given market. Guenther, who is based in Cleveland, Ohio, spoke about the formation of a new association in his region, which is quickly gaining traction and interest.
Following the discussion about trade associations, WLA President Larry Epstein of Gallant Knight Limousine informed the members on the webinar that new Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations went into effect in February, which require new drivers and chauffeurs to have more training before getting a CDL license. While this is ultimately beneficial in terms of safety and compliance, it only adds to the existing challenge of hiring new drivers.
A recording of the meeting is available to members on the WLA Facebook page. The WLA is planning a conference call for their May membership meeting.
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