Luxury Coach & Transportation

December 2018

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24 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION DECEMBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Leasing is Bright TITUS LEASING COMPANY - THE BRIGHT CHOICE Partner with Titus Leasing Company and experience the brightest ideas when it comes to leasing. Call us today to find out how we can help you improve your bottom line. 800-227-3965 I www.titusleasing.com GLOBAL /INTERNATIONAL: PEOPLE Mike Fridge Vice President of Audubon Limousine, New Orleans, La. Fridge enjoys what he does for multiple reasons. Not only does he get to show travelers the cool hidden gems of his city, he also gives locals a chance at a career path that fits their lifestyle. Fridge has grown the 27-vehicle company from 50 to 200 employees during the past eight years, giving many people the opportunity to make a reliable living with few or no sacrifices. "We have great training programs, and because we are a seven day a week company, it really allows people who might be parenting on their own or going to trade school or college to be able to work on a schedule that works for them." He believes the industry could work together on a national level to promote job opportunities. "People don't realize the pay is as good as it is," Fridge says. "Working at a small company is a great way to get your foot in the door to maybe work for a larger com- pany that pays more. There's so much opportunity for upward mobility, and I don't think we as an industry promote that enough. I think if we worked with trade schools on a national level, we may be able to get some grants or funding to train and recruit people who don't even think about it as a career path," he adds. "They may think about driving for the city, but not as a chauffeur." Since shifting from being just a tour company, Fridge has learned luxury executive transportation brings unique demands compared to tour transportation. "The expectations are greatly different. Focus on all the little details. It's not a matter of hav- ing flashy cars as long as you have some of the best trained chauffeurs and the little extra touches like hand wipes, mints, and newspapers. This really separates you from competition."

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