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CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

With on-point education and speakers, an action-packed show floor, and electric nightlife, we’ve put the wraps on the 2023 CD/NLA Show, held October 22-25 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center just outside of Orlando. Many thanks to all our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, moderators, mentors, committee members, and sponsors—including Title Sponsor Volvo—for making the show such a raging success!

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

Nearly 1,300 industry professionals from around the globe were in attendance, which not only gave us the opportunity to meet countless new faces, but also let us reconnect and spend time with many of our long-standing industry friends and peers. And, we couldn’t be prouder of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received—both during and show—and on Facebook.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

“It was an amazing show, and next-level education at the 2023 CD/NLA Show in Orlando this year. Hats off to CD President Chris Weiss and his amazing team at Chauffeur Driven for all their hard work and preparation for the show. It was great to see everyone and meet new people. I look forward to Vegas in 2024,” said Anthony Asaro of Desert Rose Limousine.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

“We were thrilled to attend the CD/NLA Show in Orlando this week, staying ahead of the curve to provide the best for our Atlanta clients. Building strong connections with our fantastic affiliates nationwide is the icing on the cake. A huge shoutout to Jessica Pavlow and Chris Weiss for making it all happen,” said Maria Priestly of Empress Elite Limousine.

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Our stellar CD/NLA Show Education Committee—led by co-chairs Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide and Karl Guenther of Statement Limousine—put together a curriculum that was loaded with timely and valuable sessions that proved to be beneficial to operators of all sizes and markets. Whether it was unraveling the secrets to using AI, getting the low-down on building a continuity plan, mastering financial solutions, or learning about HR do’s and don’ts, not to mention our numerous conversation-stirring morning roundtables, the Orlando show was loaded with immediate takeaway designed to improve operations. What’s more, the standing-room-only State of the Industry (sponsored by Driving Transactions) provided valuable insights into where our industry (and economy) is headed by way of a one-on-one discussion between Weiss and Suzanne Neufang of the Global Business Travel Association, along with a presentation from Sean Snaith, Ph.D. of the Institute for Economic Forecasting, University of Central Florida. Also, thanks to Education Sponsor A1A Global as well as Coffee Sponsor Buffalo Limousine and A/V Sponsors The Driver Provider and Executive CLS for making it all possible.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

“The 2023 CD/NLA Show was another successful conference. Thank you to the entire CD/NLA team, along with the Show Education Committee Co-chairs Jason Sharenow and Karl Guenther for the countless hours to put this event together. We truly enjoy our time being around our industry colleagues and friends,” said Moe Bouayad of Crown Worldwide.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

“From insightful seminars to belly-aching laughs, the CD/NLA Show had it all. Thanks to the entire Chauffeur Driven/NLA team and all the incredible industry friends who made it a memorable show,” wrote Ariadna Noches of Mundi Limos.

But, as always, networking was the name of the game, as opportunities to share and learn among peers were in abundance. Dedicated events like our bustling Affiliate Central Global Partner Forum (sponsored by Volvo), perennial favorite Operator Mentoring Program, and our always-popular Women in the Industry Networking Event (again sponsored by Driving Transactions) were all met with raves from our attendees. Moreover, the Association Summit highlighted the advocacy and efforts made on behalf of the industry by the leaders from industry associations around the country. With this lineup, and ample opportunities for some face-to-face time during breakfast or at the Gaylord’s bars & restaurants, CD/NLA Show veterans and newcomers alike made some fresh connections.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

“Had a great time at the CD/NLA Show in Orlando. It was great to see everyone, catch up, talk business, and have some fun. See you all in Vegas,” said Guri Rajput of SRTC Limo Worldwide.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

The networking and camaraderie continued into sundown as our always-popular nightlife events raised the roof. On Sunday evening, attendees were welcomed onto the show floor for an opening night party sponsored by TEMSA that not only offered previews of the vehicles, products, and services available at the convention, but also some fun courtesy of magicians, tarot reader, and a caricaturist! The following night, guests showed their spooky sides at the Monday Night Halloween Party sponsored by ANB Trans, Centennial Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, and Crown Worldwide Transportation. While Michael Myers and Ghostface roamed the room creeping out partygoers, everyone showed their wild and creative sides. From Darth Vader to Aquaman to the Super Mario crew and Pink Ladies—and even a funky chicken—a great time was had by all.

CDNLA Show 2023 Orlando

We closed things out on Wednesday with our wildly successful charity golf outing at nearby Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. More than $22,000 was raised for ALS in honor of legendary industry consultant Tommy Mazza. Many thanks to the golfers and sponsors who made the outing a huge triumph.

If you missed this fall’s CD/NLA Show in Orlando, have no fear. Things are already revving up for the return of the CD/NLA Show in Las Vegas! Join us March 3-6 at the spectacular MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for four days of world-class education and networking, and stay tuned to cdnlavegas.com for upcoming details.

We’ll have a recap and photo gallery in the next issue of Chauffeur Driven. [10.30.23]

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