Luxury Coach & Transportation

February 2014

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20 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR FEBRUARY 2014 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Limo Scene FLORIDA OP- ERATION SPREADS CHRISTMAS CHEER TO FAMILY CENTER ORLANDO, Fla. — AllGems Transporta- tion, Inc. of Orlando in December held its third annual Toy Drive & Christmas Event benef ting The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, part of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. More than 200 children and families who are served by various programs at the center were invited to par- ticipate and receive gifts at the snow-f lled event that included Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, super heroes, elves, stilt performers, balloon artists, face painters, games, music, dance contests, dinner and holiday treats. The event brought much needed joy and cheer to the fami- lies during the holiday season. The holiday party was coordinated by JOE and MICHELE RIVERA, owners of AllGems Transportation. "When we put the f rst event together three years ago, we did not think it would have grown to what it is today," Michele Rivera said. "With the help of our community partners, we are able to create a wonderful holiday memory for the children and families." The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families provides dignity and healing for children, families and in- dividuals who face overwhelming challenges such as child abuse, sexual trauma, developmental disabilities, and lack of access to medical care. ■ OPERATORS OUT & ABOUT PASSINGS ABA MOURNS DEATH OF BUS INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE, SAFETY EXPERT CHARLES "NORM" LITTLER, the American Bus Association's long- time vice president of regulatory affairs and executive director of the Bus Industry Safety Council, died Dec. 21, 2013, after a long illness. He was 61. Littler worked in the transportation f eld for 41 years and was considered by his colleagues to be one of North America's leading motorcoach safety experts. During his many years at ABA, Littler was well known for his accessibility, offering guidance and advice on safety and regulatory issues to ABA members. He always said that work- ing with members on these issues was one of the most enjoy- able aspects of his job. Littler was one of the founders of the Bus Industry Safety Council, serving as its executive director since 2006. His exper- tise was important on several key pieces of motorcoach safety legislation and regulation, concerning driver fatigue, alcohol and drug testing, and many other issues. He worked closely with ABA staff, the regulatory agencies and congressional off cials. He was also the former chairman of the Highway and Motor Carrier Sector Coordinating Council (HMC-SCC). The council advises the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies on issues relating to security and infrastructure protection, preparedness and response for commercial highway transportation. Under Littler's leadership, the committee estab- lished a private-sector partnership pilot program that provided intelligence analysis and assistance to the Off ce of the Director of National Intelligence. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Littler worked for nearly 17 years at Motor Coach Industries (MCI), f rst in the research and development division and then as administrator for regulatory and product-related legal affairs and risk manage- ment. He held an Insurance Institute of America accreditation in risk management. He is a former member of the Canadian Air Force, for which he served as a f ight engineer on C-130 transport airplanes. Littler joined ABA in 1995, later worked at the United Motor- coach Association as its senior vice president for government affairs, and rejoined ABA in his current position in 2006. Outside of ABA, Littler was involved in efforts to help abused women and children. Before his death, he set up a non-prof t foundation to protect at-risk families. "Norm Littler was a treasured member of ABA's staff," ABA President and CEO PETER PANTUSO said. "He was a close friend to his off ce colleagues and to ABA members. Because of Norm's expertise and passion, when a passenger gets on a motorcoach today, they are safer. We owe Norm a large debt of gratitude for his many years of professionalism and dedica- tion to making the industry safer." OPERATOR CONSULTING GROUP BEARS ALL IN SUNNY SOCAL ANAHEIM, Calif. — A group of operators belonging to a consulting group visited Orange County, Calif., and nearby Los Angeles in early December, taking in such sights as Downtown Disney. The 20 mem- bers of the Spinning Wheels group, led by New York-based Driving Results managing partner and industry consultant Lenore D'Anzieri, met Dec. 9-11 in Huntington Beach. Among the team-building ac- tivities was a visit to a Build-A-Bear Workshop store in Downtown Disney. Participants assembled customized teddy bears that they donated to Toys for Tots. The Spinning Wheels group provides a close, conf dential forum for limousine operators to share advice on how to meet f nancial and operational challenges in their companies. Many members of the group also attended the Greater California Liv- ery Association's annual holiday meeting in Los Angeles the night of Dec. 11. Pictured in 1st row L to R: Jeff Canady, Tony Asaro, George Jacobs. 2nd row: Paul Thompson, Ryan Silva, Lenore D'Anzieri, Ray Cheng, Joe Magnano, Kal Sanghera, John Raftery, Dan Perez, Tracy Hodge-Raimer, Tony Mehdiof, and Renzo Ormsbee. L I M O _ 0 2 1 4 l i m o s c e n e . i n d d 2 0 LIMO_0214limoscene.indd 20 1 / 2 1 / 1 4 1 0 : 5 1 A M 1/21/14 10:51 AM

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