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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR JANUARY 2017 21 Limo Scene ATTENDEES OUT & ABOUT OPERATIONAL TEAMS GET MOST OUT OF PACKED EVENT This year's LCT East Show brought out heavy attendance from individual companies, who took advantage of the extensive training sessions for all aspects of a limousine operation. Robert Alexander, far right, founder and CEO of RMA Worldwide, Rockville, Md., brought his staff to the show to also attend the many education sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and check out all of the new vehicles, products, and services on the show floor during the three-day event. Same went for the crew from Leros Point- To-Point, a New York-based company serving the Tri-State region, where CEO Jeff Nyikos (2nd from Left) brought a full complement administrative and managerial staff. LEADERSHIP AWARD: An operator who has influenced others to accomplish a goal which resulted in positive effects on the organization (tie). JOHN OUADI, owner, TransGates Limousine, Houston, Texas. Ouadi created a group called the Houston Limousine Network for small operators to work together, and then started a group chat on Whatsapp so operators can help each other cover trips on short notice. He started with 15 operators, and now the group has more than 400 members. He organized drivers for many protests against Uber and The City of Houston, and was featured on local TV channels many times. John also built a website named HoustonLimousinenetworks.com, where he publishes events, announcements, new regulations, and other advice. TRACY HODGE-RAIMER, president, Your Private Limousine, Inc., Chicago Hodge-Raimer is the president of the Illinois Livery Association, an active and engaged industry association. At its last event, more than 10 vendors and 50 members participated. Raimer is leading the fight against Uber and is bringing livery associations together to keep people informed, and helping to unite them with one voice and one goal. She has been working closely with the Wisconsin Livery Association and other state associations as well. She is active on Facebook and social media, and supportive of other companies with advice and encouragement. She manages all of this while running her successful business. Under Raimer's leadership, company sales have doubled in the last three years. MAURICE BREWSTER, CEO, Mosaic Global Transportation, Redwood City, Calif. (Accepting the award on behalf of Brewster was Johne Baker, the Los Angeles operations manager for the company). Brewster and his team have been able to secure the contract with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, grow his top line revenue in 2014 by 28% and in 2015 by 24%, and forecasts 50% growth in 2016. His leadership has placed his company in the ever evolving employee shuttle market in the Bay Area and grows his employee count to just over 100. Additionally, Mosaic Global Transportation is widening its footprint worldwide by securing contracts with 12 of Fortune Magazine's Top 50 corporations. His innovative leadership in a very competitive industry and marketplace uniquely qualifies him for the Limo Entrepreneur of the Year Award. LIMO ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Recognizes a person who has shown a unique pursuit of business, developed a product or concept, and/or found ways to expand operations.