Luxury Coach & Transportation

February 2014

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24 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR FEBRUARY 2014 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Limo Scene NORTH CAROLINA LIMO SERVICE MOURNS DISPATCHER CHARLOTTE, N.C. — DANTE NOBILI, a dispatcher with Rose Chauffeured Transportation, died at his Charlotte home on Dec. 9 of cancer. He was 50. Born on November 21, 1963, Dante came to Rose Chauf- feured Transportation as a dispatcher in January 2007 after a long career in logistics for several major transportation com- panies. He served Rose with dedication for f ve years before succumbing to his illness. Dante is remembered as a loyal, hard-working, and outspo- ken man with a tremendous sense of humor. "He was one of the funniest people I've ever met," said ANTHONY PARROTT, a friend who worked closely with Dante at Rose. "He seemed like a big scary bear on the outside, but really he was the nicest guy." MOHAMED SULIMAN, friend and co-worker, agreed: "A tough guy, with a big, loud voice," he recalls, "but inside he was a huge teddy bear with the noble heart of a child." Dante is remembered at Rose for treating the business as if it were his own. Outside of work, he was an accomplished saxophonist and good friend. He will be missed. Dante is sur- vived by wife VICKI NOBILI. ■ PASSINGS Dante Nobili (R) at the wedding for Tom Holden (L), director of operations for Rose Chauffeured Transportation. PEOPLE, POSITIONS & PROMOTIONS SERGIO SANCHEZ JOINS NEW YORK LIMO COMPANY AS GM LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. — Ben's Luxury Car & Limousine Service (www.benslimo.com) hired SERGIO A. SANCHEZ as its new general manager in Janu- ary. Sanchez brings more than 26 years of experience in the ground transportation industry to his role at Ben's, which is in the Z Hotel. President PINI GARDI said in a press release. "I feel [Sergio] has the right mind sense to make Ben's successful and I believe in him on a business and professional level." Working in the transportation industry runs in Sanchez's blood, dating back to when his grandfather was a cab driver, before black car service was available, and his parents continued in the same business. Sanchez started his career as a chauffeur during college, working his way up to account manager. From there, he became vice president of sales and marketing for a black car company. After that company was sold, Sanchez became general manager of Partners Executive, eventually being promoted to executive vice president. He helped put Partners on the map in the global ground transportation industry. Sanchez also helped found the Luxury Based Operators of America Associa- tion, where he met Avi Mazouz, vice president of Ben's. "It is because of the past experience of working with Sergio within LBOA that I had the opportunity to get to know his character and view his leadership skills," Mazouz said. "I feel that Sergio has what it takes to bring Ben's to the next level." Sanchez said: "I'm optimistic that with all the resources and dedicated ownership at the company we'll be well on our way to experiencing growth and meeting goals for the future in no time." Sanchez's charitable work will also continue to be a major part of his life, as he is a part of the Jorge Posada Founda- tion, Ron Darling Foundation, and the Latin Women Empower Faces. In his spare time, he enjoys golf ng, boating and spend- ing time with his children. ■ CHARTER, TOUR & MOTORCOACHES PREVOST INTRODUCES NASCAR MERCHANDISE PROGRAM SAINTE-CLAIRE, QC, Canada — Prevost, the Off cial Luxury Motorcoach of NASCAR, has introduced a program which offers NASCAR licensed merchandise, including shirts, jackets, hats and backpacks. The merchandise allows Prevost and NASCAR fans to show off their al- legiance to the premium motorcoach brand and the top spectator sport in the U.S. Prevost/NASCAR merchandise can be ordered at www.prevostcar.com. Prevost motorcoaches are f xtures at NASCAR events, populating driver and team owner parking lots. Prevost hospitality, executive, and technical support coaches serve as mobile work stations for manufacturers, teams and sponsors. Each race weekend, whether as a mo- torhome or as an executive coach, Prevost motorcoaches play an integral role in the transportation and staging of high-quality NASCAR events nationwide. TOU R FE BRU ARY 20 14 CHARTER , TOUR & MOTO PR E M S a t o pl a hig h L I M O _ 0 2 1 4 l i m o s c e n e . i n d d 2 4 LIMO_0214limoscene.indd 24 1 / 2 1 / 1 4 1 0 : 5 1 A M 1/21/14 10:51 AM

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