Limousine Charter & Tour

December 2016

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58 SPECIAL SECTION President's Letter: A Look Back at 2016 Another year is nearly behind us. Many of us are busy planning for 2017, but in the midst of all the budgeƟng and developing of plans and goals, I can't help but reflect back on all the changes we've seen in our industry, and in our associaƟon, over the past year. Change is inevitable these days. There is no such thing anymore as "business as usual". We must work harder. We must work smarter. We must evolve in order to stay relevant. We must challenge ourselves to think outside of the box and try new things. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." — Charles Darwin With these changing Ɵmes, the NLA too, must change and evolve. We have been working harder than ever to bring value to your membership by driving more business to you, developing programs to save you money, fighƟng local legislaƟve baƩles, increasing educaƟonal opportuniƟes, and providing you with tools to improve your operaƟons. Two Website Redesigns In the first half of 2016, the Technology & Social Media CommiƩee, in conjuncƟon with the NLA staff, did an amazing job at bringing you two redesigned websites. Limo.org received a new look and new content. The new site is easier to navigate and we kept the user in mind at all Ɵmes during the redesign process. We are conƟnuing to add content regularly and we are really focused on growing our "members only" resources and tools. NLARide.com also received a new look this year but what really excites me is the new funcƟonality. This website's sole purpose is to help the public and other operators search for an NLA member. You can now sort by fleet size, search by airport, and request mulƟple quotes at one Ɵme. I hope you are using it regularly. I know I am! New Affinity and Discount Programs We know that bringing you new business is important. We also know that saving you money is important to you as well. We have added four new programs this year to save you money on anything from drug tesƟng to hotel rooms. The Membership CommiƩee is busier than ever reviewing proposals. The affinity and discount programs are only available to NLA members. If you take advantage of the programs we offer, the savings can more than pay for the cost of membership! Year Round EducaƟon on Your Desktop! This year the NLA brought you four quality webinars on four very useful and relevant topics. Topics ranged from insurance to "how to book the business." These webinars were free to members and can be viewed any Ɵme in our webinar archive on limo.org. We will conƟnue to bring educaƟon right to your desktop in 2017. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next one and do not hesitate to share the content with your staff if you feel that it would be beneficial to them as well. More Tools and Resources As menƟoned earlier, limo.org has new content for members. One new component is our Small Business Resource Center (SBRC). This resource gives NLA members the tools they need to run successful ground transportaƟon companies. There are samples of many useful reference documents including job descripƟons, forms, templates and Ɵp sheets. ConƟnued on page 59 NLA President Gary Buffo Cast Your Vote for the 2017 Board of Directors Election The NLA is holding the elecƟon to determine the 2017 Board of Directors. There are five Board seats up for elecƟon for the 2017- 2020 term. Online ballots were sent to all eligible NLA members on Nov. 16 and the NLA urges all members to parƟcipate in the elecƟon. All ballot submissions are anonymous. The elecƟon closes on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET. For more informaƟon regarding the elecƟon, please visit limo.org or contact the NLA at info@limo.org. NLA-LCT Scholarship Applications Due By December 9 New Operator? Never AƩended the ILCT Show? This Is Your Opportunity! The NaƟonal Limousine AssociaƟon and LCT Magazine provide a scholarship program to enable new operators to aƩend the industry's largest trade show, the 2017 InternaƟonal LCT Show. Ten scholarships are available, including eight for operators in the U.S. (two per region – Northeast, Central, Southeast, West), one for an operator in Canada, and one for an internaƟonal operator (in any country other than the U.S. and Canada). Scholarship recipients receive: • One full Show registraƟon ($350) • Three paid hotel nights at the host hotel, The VeneƟan Las Vegas ($650) • One paid 2017 NLA membership for recipients who are NOT currently members ($450+ value) • Networking (Priceless$) ApplicaƟons Are Due By December 9, 2016. Visit limo.org to complete your applicaƟon. Please contact the NaƟonal Limousine AssociaƟon at (800) 652-7007 or email info@ limo.org with any quesƟons.

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