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December 2018

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34 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION DECEMBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM F E D E R A L T A X E X E M P T I O N O N D I E S E L IRS Publication 510 (Rev. January 2016) Excise Taxes (Including Fuel Tax Credits and Refunds) FOR VEHICLE WITH SEATING CAPACITY OF MINIMUM 20 ADULTS OPERATOR PROFILE don't want to be the stagecoach. You might not be happy about that train, but unfortunately, that's the way it's going. As such, you might not be happy about the TNCs, but you better under- stand how they work and learn from it." •is, in part, is why it's so remark- able the company is celebrating a 40th anniversary. "•at's a good number, but it doesn't buy me a free pass in anything. We're continually evolving. We are constantly looking forward, backward, and sideways, too." Thriving On The Action In his free time, Hundley enjoys auto racing. He has been racing since he was 15 and spent six years in a professional series racing at iconic tracks around the country. In many ways, he believes racing resembles running a business. "When you're racing, if you win, you're a big hero. You get the trophy, you're on the podium, people are taking pictures, etc. But none of that would be possible if my team didn't help me get there. "People may know the name of my company and who I am in the industry, perk certain clientele as well." Be The Train, Not The Stagecoach Hundley uses the term "robber barons" to describe TNCs. •is is a derogatory metaphor of social criticism originally applied to certain late 19th-century American businessmen accused of using dishonest methods to get rich or expand their wealth. While Uber and Lyft have done something remarkable with tech- nology, albeit on the backs of their "independent contractors," Hundley compares the situation to the dawn of trains in the era of the stagecoach. "You the severe early 1990s downturn. Well-Rounded Fleet Limousine Connection targets higher- end clientele, so they cannot operate the Chrysler 300 and similar vehicles. •ey stick with Cadillac, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz brands. Hundley's looked into operating Rolls- Royce vehicles, but can never get them to add up 'nancially. •e company runs the Lincoln MKT and Continental as standard sedans, and Mercedes- Benz S-Class as its premium sedan; Chevrolet Suburbans as the standard SUV, and Cadillac Escalades as the premium SUV; Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans in the passenger, executive, and limousine style; and a Grech GM33 27 passenger minibus. "Since the Town Car went away, there have been many di›erent vehicles used in chau›eured œeets," Hundley says. "While I can appreci- ate trying di›erent things, we have chosen to be fairly mainstream with our vehicles. We use the premium vehicles as tools to upgrade, sell, and FASTFACTS LIMOUSINE CONNECTION LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif. OWNER: Chris Hundley FOUNDED: 1978 VEHICLE TYPE: Sedans, SUVs, Sprinter vans, and minibuses FLEET SIZE: 36 EMPLOYEES: 71 WEBSITE: http://www.limousineconnection.com/ PHONE: (800) 266-5466

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