Luxury Coach & Transportation

September 2018

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24 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION SEPTEMBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM daily and drives a Cadillac XTS about town. While hosting a visitor in July, he insisted on taking a checked suitcase and lifting it into the trunk. If he wanted to, he could chauffeur airport runs with the best of them. ompson was a familiar voice on WBT-AM 1110 in Charlotte from 1971-1991, where he worked as a D.J. and talk show host, often manning listener call-in phone lines. For station promotions, he would host events, such as a Dolly Parton lookalike contest and swimsuit/sun tanning contests. He was inducted into WBT's Hall of Fame in 2012. ompson applies his showman's sense of humor to his work. During the infamous trial of disgraced televangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker in 1987, ompson and his wife wore Jim and Tammy masks while showing up at the courthouse in a tricked out "PTL Limo," named after the Bakkers' mammon-grubbing cable network. When AM radio stations trended toward all news-formats in the 1980s, ompson said he "had to reinvent myself and do something different." He and maybe realize it's not as safe as they thought it was." Luxury Service Goes With Showbiz Of course, no P&L performance or motorcoach success would have been possible without the vision of founder H.A. ompson. At age 84, ompson demonstrates a sharpness and agil- ity common to men half his age. e widower, now an affable and single gentleman caller, works in his office gistics fit better with near-demand, says Andy ompson, VP of sales and son of H.A. ompson. Riders can call and text directly with the driver and track their vehicle as it arrives. "Hopefully Uber will make people limo riders who were not before after they have had a bad experience with it," Andy ompson says. "What our app is about is no surcharges, better service, and no worries about safety. People are starting to get educated about Uber MOTORCOACHES: OPERATOR PROFILE FAST FACTS ROSE CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION / ROSE CHARTERS LOCATION: Charlotte, N.C. FOUNDED: 1985 OWNER: H.A. Thompson, president and founder FLEET VEHICLES: 23 motorcoaches, 12 minibuses, three vans, 28 independent operator sedans and SUVs STAFF: 75 employed chauffeurs/drivers, 25 offices staff, 28 I/O chauffeurs. KEY MANAGERS: Andy Thompson, VP of sales; Tom Holden, director of operations and affiliate relations ANNUAL REVENUES: About $10.2 million KEY CLIENT GROUPS: Schools, universities, churches, and sports teams, including Charlotte Panthers, Hornets, and Hounds WEBSITE:; Ride Rose app AWARDS: 2008 LCT Operator of the Year Award (11-30 vehicles category); 2015 LCT Motorcoach Operator of the Year Award; TSX Approved (Transportation Safety Exchange Best-In-Class Safety Standards).

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