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20 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR JANUARY 2017 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Limo Scene People's Choice Awards Celebrate Generous, Innovative Operators By Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor The ceremony at LCT East recognized industry members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — This year at the LCT-NLA Show East, the fourth-annual People's Choice Awards packed a ballroom full of industry members anticipating who would take home the prestigious awards. Here are the winners, announced the evening of Nov. 14 at Harrah's Atlantic City Resort and Waterfront Conference Center, along with some information on why they won: CARLA BORODAY HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Recognizes a person who has been creative and consistent in supporting a charity to improve quality of life or support a worthwhile cause. Campbell (R) with charity team members David Eckstein, Ron Stein, Michael Callahan, and Linda Saitta, accepting award from LCT sales and marketing manager Olivia Moody and LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson. MICHAEL CAMPBELL, owner, Grace Limousine, LLC., Manchester, N.H. I n 2013 after the International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Michael Campbell and a local owner ventured out of the Vegas casino the next day and rode out on rented Harleys to Red Rock Canyon. After posting photos on social media and having scores of operators ask to take part in the ride the following year, the group decided to start a charity ride. After pulling together a small group of like-minded industry friends, the Limo Patriot Ride was born. In its first two years, the Limo Patriot Ride has become one of the industry's most anticipated events, and to date has donated more than $40,000 to the Semper Fi fund. Campbell has also been deeply involved in several non-profits in his local community, such as City Year, Girls Inc., and Child Advocacy Centers, to name a few. Giving back to the community is at the heart of everything these operators do for charity work. The award was presented to all of the founding members of the Limo Patriot Ride. GOLD STAR AWARD: Celebrates a Good Samaritan. The recipient has gone beyond the call of duty in the spirit of service, acts of kindness and goodwill. ERIC DEVLIN, president and owner, Premier Transportation Services, Dallas, Texas Devlin not only stepped up to the plate when tragedy struck Dallas on July 7 when five officers were killed by a sniper, he donated all the transportation for the funerals, viewings, and many other things related to getting the families there. Even when he had chauffeurs willing to "not be paid" for the time because they were so honored to help, he insisted they be paid. ART RENTO of Pontarelli Companies in Chicago In 1977, at the age of 20, Art Rento decided he wanted to help his father's limousine company by becoming a part-time chauffeur. Two years later, he became a full-time chauffeur. In 1981, he bought out his Dad's partner with intentions to help it grow and take Pontarelli to the next level. With his fresh and unique perspective, he thought he could help improve processes and increase business. From 1977 until today, Art has strived to keep Pontarelli on the cutting edge of technolo- gy, creative strategy, outside-the-box thinking, and networking. From his humble beginnings in this business, he has helped build an innovative, cultured enterprise that services any city in the world. Art Rento was an innovative and progressive minded techy way before tech and progressive thinking was cool. He takes pride in the power of technology and implementing the right strategies and tools to work more efficiently and cost effectively. INNOVATION AWARD: Recognizes a person who has shown advanced knowledge and use of social media, mobile apps, technology-based fleet management, and/or tech amenities, or an operator who has started a technology venture.