Luxury Coach & Transportation

February 2014

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34 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR FEBRUARY 2014 WWW.LCTMAG.COM CUSTOMER SERVICE codes during one three-day Show: On the f rst day, he wore jeans and a polo shirt; only two companies would talk to him. On the second day, he wore a suit and tie, and everyone talked to him. On the third, day he donned khaki pants and a polo shirt; about a third of operators and vendors talked to him. But at least he didn't go for the "Mr. T starter kits," which included heavy gold chains and jewelry like NBC-TV's "A-Team" character "Mr. T." "Clients were partying beyond belief," Shanker recalls. "The show f oor was mote his businesses. He became associ- ated with all types of attention-grabbing, unique stretches, and whatever he pro- moted sold well. "Anything I was touch- ing was turning to gold," Limo Bob says. "The bigger I got, the more became the demand from coachbuilders for expo- sure. Then I became a coachbuilder, with my own brand." Limo Bob still makes limousines for select clients while advising the business- es of his wife, son Limo Bob Jr., 22, who has a Chicago limousine service, and his daughter, Jennifer, 28. "It's been an amaz- ing walk through life," he says. "I've al- ways loved the limo business." Go-Go At The Show All of the original attendees interviewed delighted in detailing the social aspect of the f rst Shows. In sum, it was just a dif- ferent time, and a very politically incorrect one compared to today. Female models often adorned and accentuated the show f oor vehicles. "Everyone had a lot of fun because it was the f rst time we got togeth- er," says Cirlin, who adds he learned how to gamble at the shows. Ramis recalls the social scene closely mirrored the 1980s work-hard-play-hard ethos. There was an element of "de- bauchery at its f nest," he recalls. Young Shanker tried out various dress very jovial. It was very energetic, and it was f amboyant and extravagant." Generations Thirty years is long enough to culti- vate a new generation of attendees. In October 1988, a house f re burned out Shanker's limousine business and he lost it. He became an EMS paramedic for 14 years before joining A-1 in 2002 and returning to the shows. His gap away from the shows contrasted the big industry changes for him. The focus now is on revenues and prof ts instead of trying to do better than the Joneses, Shanker says. "Fourteen years later, it was like night and day. The show went from a carnival environment to a professional environment, from an untethered industry gathering to a profes- sionally run and educated show that truly enticed everyone to sit down and learn. It has moved the industry to the profes- sional direction that it is today." — Martin@lctmag.com At the second show in 1985, vehicles salesman Bruce Cirlin received a framed plaque for participating in the seminars, which he still has hanging on a wall in his off ce. Early showgoers Frank Di Giacomo, Bruce Cirlin, Richard Ramis and Jeffrey Shanker were wit- nesses to industry history in the making, as the early LCT trade shows set the stage for today's diversif ed, globally connected chauffeured transportation industry. LCT SHOWS 1984 — 2014 1984: Dec. 9-10, Sands Hotel/Caesars Palace, Atlantic City, NJ 1985: Dec. 9-11, Atlantic City Convention Center/Harrah's Trump Plaza, Atlantic City NJ 1985: Nov. 11-13, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV 1986: Nov. 3-5, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 1987: Feb. 3-5, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ 1987: Nov. 21-23, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 1988: Jan. 12-14, Atlantic City Convention Center/Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ 1989: March 12-15, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD 1990: March 4-7, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 1991: Dec. 8-11, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD 1991: March 10-13, Rivergate Convention Center, New Orleands, LA 1992: No Show 1993: Jan. 10-12, Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, NJ 1994: Feb. 6-8, Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 1995: Jan. 8-10, Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, NJ 1996: Feb. 5-7, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 1996: Nov. 11-13, Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, NJ 1997: March 16-17, Daytona Beach, FL, Spring Break '97 1998: March 15-17, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 1999: March 11-13, Javits Center/Grand Hyatt, Las Vegas, NV 2000: Feb. 6-8, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 2001: Feb. 5-7, Venetian Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2002: March 17-19, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 2003: Feb. 17-19, Venetian Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2004: Feb. 22-24, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2005: March 13-15, Venetian Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2006: Feb. 26-28, Venetian Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2007: Jan. 28-30, Venetian Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2008: March 17-19, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 2009: Jan. 26-28, Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos, Las Vegas, NV 2010: Jan. 25-27, Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos, Las Vegas, NV 2011: Feb. 14-16, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 2012: Feb. 13-15, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2013: Feb. 5-7, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2014: Feb. 16-18, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV Source: Bobit Business Media Events Dept. 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