Monday, May 20, 2019

Rick Versace FLA President Rick VersaceLas Vegas — The Florida Limousine Association (FLA) welcomed a standing-room-only crowd and a number of guest speakers representing myriad facets of the industry when it met on the evening of March 1. Those in attendance represented not only FLA and other associations from across the country but also the Florida association’s three chapters: Greater Orlando Limousine Association, Southwest Florida Limousine Association, and West Florida Livery Association.

The meeting kicked off with Matt Daus of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf—also a former NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner and current president of International Association of Transportation Regulators—who spoke about “Handling Corporate Travel Managers in a TNC World,” his law firm’s recent position paper. The paper is primarily intended for travel managers and corporate travel buyers, as it itemizes the potential risks of exposure they can open themselves up to by treating TNCs as a viable, safe alternative to chauffeured transportation companies. The paper is currently undergoing peer review, and Daus is seeking operators who work closely with travel managers to also review the document and adjust it as needed.

Bill Faeth of Inbound Marketing Agents and Limo University talked about the imperative of industry unity and how it both helps in prompting businesses and can ultimately assist in strengthening client relationships. He also gave the presentation “Market Without a Budget,” which offered low- to no-cost methods of marketing that maximize your return without breaking the bank.

FLA members, led by President Rick Versace, also discussed the possibility of a chauffeured certification program, which could be provided through an accredited West Virginian university. After completing online training courses on safety, customer service, and best practices for industry chauffeurs, all participants receive certificates—and the companies they work for would save money on their insurance premiums.

The next FLA meeting will be July 12.

Visit floridalimousine.com for more information.


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