The National Limousine Association (NLA) and Chauffeur Driven (CD), co-producers of the popular CD/NLA Shows, have revamped and extended their partnership to three yearly industry events, which includes an annual spring show (Las Vegas), a fall show (typically on the East Coast), and the newly rebranded CD/NLA Executive Retreat, an event developed by Chauffeur Driven in 2015.
CD and NLA first inked their deal in 2019 and the entities debuted their partnership with the 2020 CD/NLA Show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which has continued through the most recent show at Paris Las Vegas this past March. The annual shows provide industry operators with a solid and timely slate of educational seminars and workshops, opportunities to mingle and network professionally with their peers, and a robust exhibit hall with the industry’s top suppliers, tech companies, and OEMs. The CD/NLA Shows are the industry’s preeminent events for the international chauffeured transportation industry.
“We are really excited to be able to extend this partnership with such a terrific and well-run organization. When CD originally partnered with the NLA in 2019—and subsequently acquired our longtime competitor LCT in 2020—we did it primarily as a pathway to help unify the industry and bring the shows and events under one umbrella. The number of shows was out of control and counterproductive, and the industry—both operators and vendors alike—wanted to see fewer events. This partnership extension further solidifies that unification, and, we feel, gives the industry what it wants,” says CD President Chris Weiss.
A shared core mission of CD and NLA is industry education and advocacy. NLA, the largest organization representing the interests of the private driver transportation industry at the global, national, state, and local level, worked diligently to promote the welfare and safety of the operators nationwide to elected leaders. The association frequently keeps operators abreast of the various legislative efforts impacting or benefitting the industry through its weekly newsletter and events like its Day on the Hill, where members can meet with their elected representatives. Likewise, CD produces a weekly e-newsletter and monthly publication filled with the breaking information; operator profiles; business advice from industry experts; news from state, local, and national associations; and much more.
“We are thrilled to extend and expand our partnership with Chauffeur Driven to continue providing top-tier educational and networking opportunities for members of this wonderful industry,” says NLA President Robert Alexander of RMA Worldwide.
New to the partnership is the CD/NLA Executive Retreat, an immersive education and networking event for operators who are looking to take their business to a new level of success. Conceptualized by and produced solely by CD since 2015, the Executive Retreat is the fusion of knowledge, camaraderie, and a bit of local flavor from the host city—a “working vacation” for business owners. The limited number of operators (no more than 200) makes the event unique from the larger shows with a structured and progressive educational schedule and a more intimate networking experience. Past host cities have included San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, Miami, Austin, and Nashville—which is the location of the 2023 Executive Retreat (June 4-6) at the Nashville Downtown Hilton, just steps from the city’s famous honky-tonks on Broadway.
CD and NLA are hard at work on the upcoming show this November 13-16 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Md., located minutes from Washington, D.C., and easily accessible to an international audience. In addition to an overall packed agenda, favorites such as the Operator Mentoring Program and Affiliate Central Global Partner Forum will also return. Stay tuned for more information via NLA’s and CD’s social media and weekly newsletters. Also visit cdnlashow.com to register and to book your hotel stay.