Luxury Coach & Transportation

January 2014

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LimoScene 01.14 A look at people, products, events, and milestones in the world of chauffeured and charter transportation TOP STORY Joe Cirruzzo Sr. Was An Industry Original The New York operator and NLA leader possessed the character, kindness and decency that leaves an inspiring legacy across the limousine industry. By Linda Jagiela, LCT contributing writer STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — JOE CIRRUZZO SR. may have done things "my way," referring to the famous Sinatra tune, but that way involved so many others who benefted from his chosen path. Limo operators nationwide have been mourning the Nov. 27 passing of Cirruzzo, a New York City limousine operator, industry leader and mentor, and avid race car driver. The father, grandfather and devoted dog lover died of cancer at his home in Staten Island, N.Y. at age 75. Cirruzzo owned A Elegant Transportation Service/ELS Transportation Network and was a National Limousine Association board member, most recently since 2008. He received the limousine industry's highest honor on Oct. 8, 2013: The NLA Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented to him by a fellow award winner, operator and NLA board director, SCOTT SOLOMBRINO. "Joe was an operator who understood the meaning of integrity," said Solom- brino, President and CEO of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network in Boston, who Cirruzzo served with on the NLA Board of Directors. "He loved putting people together in business situations. Joe wanted to help new operators thrive in a very closed industry and a recommendation from him carried a lot of weight. He will be missed by so many of us who loved his kind spirit." Cirruzzo served on the NLA Board of Directors from 2002-2005 and again from 2008 to the present time. He also served on the Taxi, Limousine and Paratransit Association Board of Directors, acting as the chairman of the limousine steering committee. In addition to these national roles, Cirruzzo was a member of the New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts industry associations. He also participated in the Airport Ground Transportation Association, the Global Business Travel Association, the American Society of Travel Agents, Meeting Planners International and the National Business Aircraft Association. Cirruzzo believed he was a fghter for small limousine operators, often saying he looked out for their interests. Joey mentored many in the limousine industry. He always had time to assist new operators who wanted advice and to encourage them to become members of the NLA. Before entering the limousine industry, Joey was a nationally known drag racer who raced funny cars in the 1960s and 70s under the name "Joe Black," driving his green 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, the Green Hornet. Always wanting to buck the system, he raced a green colored car which was a taboo color in drag racing. He was a top money winner on the East Coast drag racing circuit until he retired in 1972 when his vehicle caught fre during a race. He raced among well known names in racing today. Joey was recently honored in the summer of 2012 at Raceway Park in SINCE HIS FUNERAL AND BURIAL ON DEC. 2, MORE INDUSTRY COLLEAGUES HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT CIRRUZZO TO LCT MAGAZINE: "Joey will be sadly missed as an industry leader and very close friend," said RUSS COOKE, CEO and Managing Partner of Boston Coach. "Joey always thought frst of his family and friends before himself and devoted countless hours to the industry. We will miss you Joey." "He was a leader in the limousine industry that stood for all, small or big, went up against the best in our interest and never backed down," said RICH AZZOLINO of Gateway Limousine in San Francisco, who counted Cirruzzo as a dear friend and mentor. "We have lost a great leader, friend to the industry, friend to us personally, a brother to me. God be with him; he is now in comfort. I am sure he will stir up some dust and make way for the rest of us. I could see and hear the conversation with God…'Turn up your hearing aid! What did he say? Is he f----- crazy!?' Heaven will never be the same." "I knew Joe for 30 years,and he was a wonderful caring man who was always available to share his knowledge with me," recalled BRUCE CIRLIN, a chauffeured vehicle dealer with Complete Fleet Limousine & Sales in Union, N.J. "He always greeted me with a smile and a hug. His love for our industry and everyone in it was inspiring. He will be sorely missed." "We lost a great man of stature in the industry and an even greater loss for me personally because Joey was very close to me and my late wife Carla," said BOB BORODAY, a former NLA board director and co-founder with Carla of Associated Limousines Services Inc. in South Florida. "Joey was a happy-go-lucky guy and at the forefront of helping the industry, I am going to miss him for sure." FOR MORE NEWS GO TO LCTMAG.COM AND FIND LATE BREAKING E-NEWS AND BLOGS ABOUT THE INDUSTRY. 14 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR JANUARY 2014 WWW.LCTMAG.COM

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