Lancer Insurance
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Long Island City, N.Y. — The Executive Transportation Group (ETG) and Vital Transportation announced that Vital will become the newest member of the ETG consortium of companies. Vital’s addition will bring the total number of vehicles associated with ETG to over 2,000.

ETG is a consortium of black car and limousine bases with consolidated services—including dispatching, billing, sales/marketing, and technology. Its purpose is to deliver the best service available to customers and provide its drivers with the best possible earning opportunities.

Vital is one of New York City’s largest and most successful co-op black car companies, with over 300 vehicles and many of the industry’s most sought after customers. Vital will now participate with ETG’s consortium of companies in sales, marketing and technology, as well as outsourcing its dispatching and billing systems.

As part of the arrangement, ETG’s member companies will have access to Vital’s Queens facility for driver services. One ETG member company already plans to move its driver services functions to Vital. In addition to his role as president of Vital, Berj Haroutunian will become director of consortium relations for ETG.

According to John Acierno, president of ETG, “The addition of Vital is a milestone for ETG; Vital is one of the most successful co-ops in the black car industry, and its president, Berj Haroutunian, is a highly regarded industry leader. He and his management team will give ETG added strength.”

“Vital has always flourished because it evolves as the industry changes,” says Haroutunian. “We see our membership in the ETG consortium as a continuation of this evolution. This is a triple win for our customers, shareholders, and drivers.”

The integration of the companies is expected to be completed by the end of September. In addition to collectively using ETG’s state-of-the-art, real-time dispatching system, the ETG consortium also serves clients through Transdev’s zTrip app to provide qualified, professional drivers and super-fast response times at the touch of a button through any smartphone or mobile device, says Acierno.

“The landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years, and in this new environment people want easy-to-use, dependable technology and quick ETAs for service,” he says. “Vital is a great partner for us because they have a similar vision. Plenty of companies out there are in a ‘no man’s land’ right now; they aren’t big enough to deliver to the expectations of their clients and it’s hurting them. By working together, the ETG consortium is able to provide its clients with what they have come to expect from their ground transportation provider.”

“The thing that makes the ETG consortium so special is that, from the top down—whether it’s management, drivers, or staff—our clients are dealing with people who have a tremendous amount of industry experience,” says Haroutunian. “This team has dealt with every imaginable situation and knows the ins and outs of the industry. The drivers are consummate professionals and there is someone available 24 hours a day to handle any issue that might arise in the complex and challenging environment that is the New York City Metro area.”

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