Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2019

Magazine for the professional limousine, charter and tour industry.

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION APRIL 2019 9 PEOPLE & OPERATIONS CHAMPION COACH WINS WITH BOTH SUPER BOWL TEAMS GREENVILLE, S.C. — Champion Coach, a major transportation provider to professional and col- lege athletic teams nationwide, earned one of the highest-profile assignments in professional sports — the exclusive right to transport both contend- ers to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Cha mpion Coach provided 12 MCI J4500s, each specially appointed for staff and players of the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. Champion Coach owner and CEO Craig Dance praised his new MCI J4500 coaches for standout reliability and style. In his presentation to Atlanta's team transporta- tion selection committee earlier last year, Dance displayed his newest 2018 and 2019 MCI J4500s with their best-in-class features, such as legroom and luxurious seating options to optional pro- grammable lighting that can customize a team's colors and branding. On the corporate side, Champion Coach serves such major accounts as BMW North America, Sealed Air, and Delta Airlines. It's been a big year of wins for Champion Coach. In January, the company also received the 2019 United Motor Association (UMA) Safety Leader of the Year Award at UMA Expo 2019 in Fort Lauderdale. Information: LuxuryTransportation Scene Champion Coach MCI J4500 buses greet the arriving New England Patriots. BEST-VIP COACH AND LIMO SERVICE BUYS LOCAL AFFILIATE ANAHEIM, CA -- BEST-VIP Chauffeured Worldwide in Orange County acquired its longtime affiliate Lake Forest Limousine, the company said Feb. 7. L ake F orest Limousine, a luxury service and a BEST-VIP affiliate, has more than 35 years of experience in the transporta- tion industry. Randy Tooker, founder and recent owner of Lake Forest Limousine, focused his business on classic car limo services and left his company to a trusted partner. With a primary market of wed- ding clients, Lake Forest was ranked "The Best of Wedding Wire" two years in a row as well as the Knot. The purchase enables Lake Forest Limo as part of the BEST-VIP family to enhance its offerings and expert client service to the Lake Forest community. BE ST-V IP Chauffeured Worldwide, founded in 1985, maintains the largest fleet in Orange County serving corporations, celebrities, VIPs, hotels, meet- ing planners, DMCs, tour groups, schools, universities, sports teams, cruise ships, and casinos as well as service in 500 cities and 50 countries. Information: BIG CANADIAN OPERATION PROMOTES MANAGER TORONTO, Ontario -– Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services Ltd. in March appointed Zena Kulikowska to manager of global partners. Kulikowska began with Global Alliance about 10 years ago when she started her career as a reserva- tion agent. She later became reservations supervisor and most recently worked as client relations man- ager. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the industry, and has formed many relationships with partners around the world. Global Alliance has been in business for more than 30 years and pro- vides services for a diverse list of high-end clients and many major city events. It's also active in the industry through support of its local associa- tion, the Ontario Limousine Owners Association, and the National Limou- sine Association. Information: ABC COMPANIES PROMOTES FINANCIAL SERVICES EXEC WINTER HAVEN, FL — Gregg Goedde was promoted to senior vice president of ABC Financial Services on March 1. Gregg is a 25+ year veteran in the finance and bus and motorcoach industries, where he has built an impressive track record of combining industry knowledge with financial know-how to build solutions for ABC Companies' customers. Gregg holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and a Bach- elor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College. Before joining ABC Companies, he worked for GE Capital in public finance and financing for the motorcoach industry. That post served as a springboard to his career at ABC Companies. In 1995, Gregg joined ABC Companies, where he started overseeing departments such as warranty, service, and graphics while working closely with Van Hool and product deliveries. This provided him with excellent product, service, and manufacturer experience that played a vital role for his upcoming financial responsibilities at ABC Companies. In 1999, he began working with ABC Financial Services leveraging his early work at GE and relationships in the finance commu- nity. Gregg's background, combined with an understanding of the unique needs of ABC Companies' customer base, proved to be instrumental in the growth of ABC Financial Services. Gregg has been directly responsible for the finance or leasing of more than 9,000 coaches over his career. Information: BEST-VIP owner Robert Vaughan.

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