Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2019

Magazine for the professional limousine, charter and tour industry.

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10 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION APRIL 2019 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LuxuryTransportation Scene PEOPLE & OPERATIONS ONLINE SCHEDULING SERVICE WINS WEBSITE DESIGN AWARD HARTFORD, CT — The website has won the best graphic design award for 2018 by Graphic Design USA Magazine (GDUSA). The website was designed by Web Solutions, Inc. of Meriden. "I've been working with Web Solutions for over 25 years," CEO Michael Lindsey said. "They continue to support all our companies with the best in professional website design, SEO, and online market- ing. As we've grown over the years, Web Solutions has grown with us, and awards like this affirm the relation- ship is right." The Driver Schedule program was first developed for the chauffeured car and charter bus industries, but additional features have grown the company's client base to include shuttle companies, gas and oil deliverers, auto dealerships, food delivery companies, caterers, appliance delivery services, electrical and plumbing services, and HVAC contractors. Lindsey is also the CEO and President of Lindsey Limousine and, based in Hartford. Information: JEFF BRODSLY NAMED PAYMENTS INDUSTRY GAMECHANGER MOORPARK, CA — The Electronic Transactions As- sociation (ETA), the global trade group representing more than 500 payments and technology companies, in February selected Jeff Brodsly of Chosen Payments for the 2019 Forty Under 40 class, which highlights the gamechangers at the intersection of payments and technology. The roster includes individuals whose actions and leadership are advancing the industry. The 2019 Forty Under 40 will be featured in the Spring issue of ETA's magazine, Transaction Trends, and were honored at TRANSACT, the premier event for payment industry pro- fessionals, March 30 – April 2 in Las Vegas. ETA solicited nominations from across the payments industry, seeking talented payments executives under 40. Nominations were submitted from ETA members, TRANSACT exhibitors, and industry leaders. The final group was selected by the 2018 Forty Under 40 class and the ETA Awards and Recognition committee based on the nominees' impact on the payments industry and their professional character. Brodsly began working in the industry as an independent sales agent in 2008. He operated an agent office writing deals under an ISO. He would later become a partner of the ISO when he merged with their eight year-old company. Sales quadrupled in the first year as he took the company to a new level and eventually split from the partnership. In 2011, the Chosen Payments brand was born. Today, the Moor- park-based company and its partners, under the corporate umbrella of Aurora Solutions, serve over 25,000 merchants processing more than $5 billion annually. The company employs about 150 workers with offices in California, New Hampshire, Arizona, Michigan, Ten- nessee, and Georgia. Information: DENVER OPERATOR NAMED TO MEETINGS + EVENTS HALL OF FAME DENVER, Col. — Jorge Sanchez, the President and Lead Detailer of Hermes Worldwide Transportation in Denver, was named Best Supplier by Colorado Meet- ings + Events Magazine on March 11. Sanchez is one of seven individu- als honored in the 2019 Hall of Fame, who are benefitting the meetings and events industry. The magazine's editorial advisory board, composed of industry professionals from around the state, nominated and selected this year's inductees for their unique contributions and dedication. The magazine published the below profile and comments of Sanchez: • A seasoned business professional with more than two decades of ex- perience in the banking, aerospace, consulting, technology, and chauf- feured industries. • Worked for IBM, JD Edwards, First- Bank, TCI, Honeywell Aerospace, and Avaya before starting Hermes in 2007. • Since then, Hermes has established itself as a full-service ground trans- portation company offering a fleet of options from sedans to motor- coaches as well as event planning services. Meetings/Events Industry Positives "The commitment that meetings and events industry personnel make to pull off the impossible never ceases to amaze me. I have never been associated with a more committed group. The atti- tude is never 'no,' it's always 'let me see what I can do.' The meetings and events industry always manages to bring calm to the chaos." Future Hopes, Dreams, and Plans "My goal is to develop Hermes into the pre-eminent transportation supplier by providing experienced personnel who understand how to meet the challenges of a fluid event and doing our part to create the wow effect." Sanchez also emphasizes the importance of making a challenging request a reality as part of the equation. "Clients don't want to hear no. They want to walk away from the event with a lasting feeling, and our job is to make that happen." Advice For Industry Newcomers Sanchez suggests being flexible with service offerings and remembering "the one constant is change. Any competent person can plan an event. To stand out you have to talk to your client and listen to what they want to achieve from the event. Add your personal touch to make it memorable." Ways The Industry Has Evolved "No matter the size of the event, the lead time has shrunk from months to weeks. Clients are demanding more near-demand services in all aspects and are more focused on a personalized ex- perience. When so much of our industry has been commoditized, the personal- ized experience is what will create a lasting impression." Information:

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