The New England Livery Association (NELA) held its quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at Spinelli’s Lynnfield in Peabody, Mass. More than 50 members were in attendance for the event, which was sponsored by Acton Fleet Sales.
Following a cocktail hour and dinner sponsored by Great Bay Limousine and Cross Insurance, the meeting kicked off with NELA Executive Director Rick Szilagyi announcing the 2022-23 NELA Board of Directors.
The 2022 NELA Board of Directors are:
President: Joe Cardillo of AOT Global
1st Vice President: Brett Barenholtz of Above All Transportation/Boston Car Service
2nd Vice President: Tina Benson of LA Limousine
Treasurer: Joe Puleo of Dav El/BostonCoach
Operator Directors: Alicia Hayes of American Classic Limo, Brendan McNiff of DPV Transportation, Brittni Bogar of All Points Limousine, Charlie Wisniewski of Teddy’s Transportation, Mark Kini of Boston Chauffeur, Peggy Allen of Adventure Limousine, Tami Saccoccio Rutter of Commonwealth Worldwide, and Richard Tessier of Great Bay Limousine
Vendor Directors: Bob Moody of Acton Fleet Sales, Robyn Goldenberg of Strategy Leaders, and Steve Crispo of Research Underwriters
The evening’s educational component—sponsored by Sky Coach & Limousine—was a panel discussion called Improving Margins: Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Ground Transportation Industry, led by Barenholtz, Cardillo, Kini, and Crispo.
“The overall point of discussion was not being afraid to raise prices,” says Szilagyi. Other topics included service costs and dynamic pricing; utilizing technology to limit loss runs; insurance costs; and questions from all attendees. In addition, Becky Laramee from All Points Limousine led a spontaneous discussion that encouraged members to pursue tax credits.
Bill Cunningham and Bob Moody of Acton Fleet Sales were joined by Ted Leppzer of Stellantis to display the all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series I, which garnered positive feedback from attendees on its utility in their livery fleets.
Next up, NELA will be hosting its 2022 Golf Tournament on August 9 at the private Marlborough Country Club, one of New England’s top-rated courses, and a longtime association event. Welcoming a mix of novice and experienced golfers, the association is guaranteeing a fantastic time for all attendees. Along with a great day on the links, lunch will be served at the turn, followed by a delicious dinner. If interested in attending, sign up online or call 866.736.6352.
Visit nelivery.org for more information.