Limousine Charter & Tour

December 2016

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14 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR DECEMBER 2016 WWW.LCTMAG.COM A look at people, products, events and milestones in the world of chauffeured and charter bus transportation. FOR MORE NEWS GO TO LCTMAG.COM AND FIND LATE BREAKING E-NEWS AND BLOGS ABOUT THE INDUSTRY. LimoScene 12.16 TOP STORIES Johnny Greene, Two-Time Operator Of The Year Award Winner, 1959-2016 R ANDOLPH, Mass. — New England op- erator John M. "Johnny" Greene died Oct. 22 after he was struck by an SUV while walking on a highway in Falmouth, Mass., near the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. He was 57. A long-time industry veteran, Greene, of Scituate, Mass., formerly of Quincy, was the founder and president of ETS International in Randolph. He was the former owner of Custom Transportation Services (CTS Worldwide). Named among Inc. Magazine's fastest growing companies, CTS was purchased in 1998 by Carey Interna- tional, where Greene was executive vice president. In 2003, he became a personal transportation industry consultant, working with several prominent international networks, assisting in mergers, acquisitions, and business development. By 2006, Greene was ready to launch ETS International with his brother, Peter, who serves as executive vice presi- dent of operations. "Johnny was an icon in the indus- try," Peter Greene said. "We worked to- gether for 30 years. He was a fantastic brother, father, and friend to business associates. He would just light up a room when he walked in and was the life of the party. He was devoted to work, children, family, and our staff — many have been with us for more than 20 years. He will be sorely missed." The Greene brothers are recipients of notable industry awards, in- cluding the LCT Operator of the Year Award in 2014 and 2010. "Johnny was a dear friend and former LCT columnist who attended every single industry event. He will; be greatly missed," said LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson. According to his obitu- ary, "John's loving family was the most important part of his life. He adored his three children and they in turn had the good grace to benefit from his larger than life per- sonality. An active guy, he enjoyed boating, skiing, walks with his dog "Jack," and attended countless Bos- ton Bruins games. "I worked with Johnny for almost 10 years as a PR consultant, and whenever we would meet in his office to plan strategy, people were always coming in to say hello, both employees and clients," said Steve White, owner of Steve White Public Relations in Boston. "People automat- ically gravitated to him, to his good cheer and that wonderful smile. He always seemed bigger than life, and he will remain that way even in his passing. Good night, Johnny Angel." Charity was close to his heart and he was always willing to help others, especially Cerebral Palsy of Mass. and the Lupus Foundation. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, upbeat energy, and natural charm. He was grateful for everything in his life which is summed up in a quote he used quite often; "You couldn't give me three wishes, I wouldn't know what to do with them." By LCT Staff The Massachusetts limousine company owner, devoted Boston Bruins fan, and contributor to LCT Magazine died Oct. 22 after he was struck by a vehicle in Cape Cod. Many operators and industry friends paid homage to Johnny Greene on social media after learning of his death. Here are a few comments: "May his memory be a blessing. I was fortu- nate to chat with him a couple times and he was definitely an amazing person. Prayers to his family." — Dave Uziel, UrbanBCN World- wide/Urban Limos "Johnny was a great guy with a heart of gold! He will be missed by many. The Common- wealth family sends much love and prayers to his family." — Tami Saccaccio, affiliate direc- tor, Commonwealth Worldwide, Boston "Love you John M Greene, miss you my dear friend …I know we will laugh again one day." — David Seelinger, CEO, EmpireCLS "What a tragedy, Johnny was bigger than life. Rest In Peace." — Diane Forgy, presi- dent, Overland Chauffeured Services, Kansas City, Mo. "To see and read the comments of people that knew Johnny make clear that this calling to be in chauffeured car was his life and it gave him the opportunity to give back in so many ways. His family is a testament to how one should bring children into the world and give them the chance to learn and live as responsible caring people." — Paul Walsh, president, Superior Executive Transportation, Virginia Beach John Greene (center) won his first LCT Operator of the Year Award in January 2010 at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas. With him (L to R): Ty Bobit, CEO of Bobit Business Media; Jeff Nichols of Ford/ Lincoln; LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson; and Johnny's brother, Peter Greene. Greene won an- other LCT Operator of the Year Award in March 2014.

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