Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2019

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10 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION MARCH 2019 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LuxuryTransportation Scene PEOPLE & OPERATIONS IMG INSTALLS 2019 LEADERSHIP AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS The International Motorcoach Group (IMG) announced its 2019 Leadership team and Board of Directors in January. IMG consists of 55 indepen- dently owned premier bus charter companies required to follow strict standards and qualifications for invitation-only membership that ensure they operate with the high- est levels of performance. IMG welcomes new Chairman Gary Krapf who replaces Real Bois- sonneault. Krapf will lead IMG for the next two years. 2019 Board of Directors Chairman: Gary Krapf, Krapf's Coaches, West Chester, PA Vice Chairman: John Adams, Southern Coaches, Dothan, AL Secretary/Treasurer: Dean Wright, Pacific Western Transportation, Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario Past Chairman: Real Boissonneault, Autocar Excellence, Levi, Quebec David Annett, Annett Bus Lines, Sebring, FL Dan Martin, Karst Stage, Bozeman, MT Mike Dickson, Southeastern Stages, Atlanta, GA Bill Winkler, Peoria Charter, Peoria, IL Greg Gallup, Royal Coach Tours, San Jose, CA Terry Fischer, Transportation Charter Services, Orange, CA The executive committee serving with Krapf includes Adams, Wright, and Bois- sonneault. Information: https://imgcoach.com with ADA rules, and provides luxury and comfort," said owner Simon Chen. A team of chauffeurs handpicked to drive the Metris vehicles are all certified in First Aid and the use of AEDs, and familiar with the requirements and care involved in trans- porting mobility clients. Eight Black has also launched the "Colo- rado Mobility Fund," which is a fully reg- istered 501(C) 3 non-profit organization. It provides financial help to clients who need mobility transportation. Eight Black donated $10,000 to the fund so resources were available immediately to help recipients. Information: https://eightblackcars.com Back (L to R): Real Boissonneault, John Adams, Dean Wright, Mike Dickson, and David Annett. Front (L to R): Dan Martin, Gary Krapf, Terry Fischer, Bill Winkler. LONG-TIME CHAUFFEUR MOVES UP IN RANK DALLAS, Texas — Michael Burrowes, lead chauffeur for Prime Limo, was promoted on Jan. 7 to the company's first full-time sales position, executive account manager. He never worked in the car industry before joining Prime Limo four years ago. He previously was a quality assurance supervisor at a spice company. After seeing general manager Shawn Dolani's ad on- line for a chauffeur position and debating between two companies to drive for, he looked at Prime's facility and a competitor's, and knew Prime was the right place. He has since maintained a perfect track record: No complaints, damaged equip- ment, or other issues. Burrowes responsibilities include securing long term contracts and helping connect affiliates. His primary task is to follow leads for different businesses that may need transportation. From his years of chauffeuring, he already has a list of potential clients. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Dallas Fort Worth Limousine and Motorcoach Association (DFWLMA). Information: www.primelimo.com Continued from pg 8 WINDY CITY GAINS TRAVEL INDUSTRY EXPERT AS NEW SALES EXEC CHICAGO --- Windy City Limousine & Bus in January hired Dave Kilduff as its new vice president of sales and marketing. With 30+ years of ser- vice in the corporate travel industry, Kilduff has expertise in sales, marketing, and ground transportation consulting. He previ- ously worked at Addison Lee as the senior vice president of global development. He was CEO of DK Consulting Group, which helps corporate clients source suppliers and develop business with ground transporta- tion suppliers. Kilduff developed, launched, and managed the global ground transportation consulting practice for the CWT Solutions Group. He also launched the first ever transportation consulting practice for a TMC which was eCLIPSE advisors/American Express Advisory Services. He has consulted globally with many major companies and suppliers. He is a contributing writer to Business Travel IQ as a ground transportation expert and also contributes to BTN. Before ventur- ing into consulting, Dave had a successful 21-year career with Hertz, including 15 years as a divisional vice president of sales. Information: www.windycitylimos.com SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMPANY HIRES TWO VETERAN EXECS SANTA ANA, Calif. — BEST-VIP Chauffeured Worldwide, a large motorcoach and chauffeured fleet operation, on Jan. 21 an- nounced the hiring of Brian Webber as director of business development, and Hakan Yavuz as director of bus operations. Webber is a native of Southern California with more than 20 years of experience in motorcoach transportation. For 10 years, he led the Western region sales development for Coach America, where he grew revenue streams. During the last six years, Webber was the sales director for the largest motorcoach supplier in San Diego. He brings strong industry relationships and organizational skills to the growing BEST-VIP team. Yavuz is a native of Istanbul who studied economics in college and has been in Southern California for more than 15 years. In that time, he was the operations director for a large motorcoach company in the U.S. Hakan specializes in managing fleets for maximum usage, working with and supporting a team of 100+ chauffeurs, and following CHP, DOT, Continued on pg 12

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