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March 2015

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12 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2015 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Limo Scene Reston's Bouweiri Gets CEO Award DULLES, Va. — Res- ton Limousine (www. restonlimo.com) started its 25th anniversary year with CEO Kristina Bouweiri collecting a SmartCEO Future 50 magazine award Jan. 27, honoring 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies in the Washington, D.C. metro region. A three-time win- ner of the award, the magazine noted Reston's resolve in growing its business during the economic downturn with creative marketing and business strategies. The company has a feet of 200 vehicles, in- cluding limousines, sedans, SUVs, vans, Van Terras, mini-buses and motorcoaches. The year-long expansion has been fueled in part by the successful bids on eight new contracts, including shuttle service for Howard University and Northern Virginia Community College. n AWARDS, ACHIEVMENTS & ACCOLADES Chosen Payments Scores A Triple Play And Plays A Double-Header MOORPARK, Calif. -- Chosen Payments (www.chosenpay- ments.com), a provider of credit card processing services throughout the limousine indus- try, has received the First Data President's Club award for a third consecutive year. First Data, the world's largest processor, has honored Chosen Payments with its highest achievement due to Chosen Payments' year-over-year growth from 2013 to 2014. "With over 500% growth over the past few years, Chosen Pay- ments continues to set the foun- dation for evolution and high acquisition rates," Chosen Payments CEO Jeff Brodsly said. "To make it to the President's Club three years in a row is beyond special to me. One year signifes a good year; a second year was nice because we rode our momentum and continued to grow. But now to earn this accomplishment for three consecutive years is just a true testa- ment that our staff is doing an amazing and consistent job." The honor was followed by an announcement Feb. 11 of two strategic partnerships with industry software providers FASTTRAK and Livery Coach. The companies have incorpo- rated the Chosen Payments processing platform into their suite of software solutions for operators. Through the partnerships, Chosen Payments can offer FASTTRAK and Livery Coach clients many added benefts which save money and time. The software providers will refer clients to Chosen Payments for: Guaranteed savings (or Chosen will pay towards the clients support fees), 24-hour funding, reduced Amex fees, Level III data, and service and support. Chosen Payments CEO Jeff Brodsly makes a three-point salute to his company's First Data President's Club Award. Reston team: (L to R): Lawrence Warr, contracts manager; Olin Greene, controller; Therese Howe, marketing manager; Kristina Bouweiri, CEO; Margaret Day, relationship manager; Barry Gross, director of business relations; Tony Simon, COO; Frank Gibbs, contract operations manager. NLA Launches National Rider Safety Campaign NEW YORK — The National Limousine Association (www. limo.org) on Feb. 11 introduced Ride Responsibly (www. RideResponsibly.org), an advocacy campaign to estab- lish best safety practices and guidelines for prearranged vehicle services and transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Whisk. A recent online survey conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by the NLA underscores the urgent need for the campaign. The survey, conducted earlier this year among 2,028 adults ages 18+, shows that 73% of Ameri- cans would not use ride-hailing apps if they were unsafe, even if they were convenient. The poll results further indicate that 88% of Americans believe that it is important to know if their driver has had a background check, and 81% believe it is important to have privacy protection from car service drivers. Results also reveal that 84% of Americans believe there should be set fares regardless of traffc conditions. "The stimulus for the Ride Responsibly campaign is the mushrooming number of reports in the media of incidents committed by car service drivers against pas- sengers," NLA President Gary Buffo said in a statement announcing the campaign. "The lack of standardized fed- eral, state and local rules and regulations for ride-hailing/ ride-booking application-based car services have made it apparent that there is a critical need to enact and enforce reliable safeguards for drivers and passengers alike. The results of the recent NLA survey made it clear that deci- sive action, defnitive guidelines and regulatory standards need to be established." Ride Responsibly will establish voluntary standards and practices as a resource that equally addresses the safety and needs of prearranged ground transportation services and TNCs. The program will focus on educating the industry and public about regulations, legislation and best practices within the industry. The goal is to empower and inform the public at large, and drivers and operators with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly. For survey method details and weighting variables, contact the NLA's public relations frm, Evins, at NLA@ evins.com. 88 % of Americans want background checked drivers 84 % of Americans want set fares/rates 81 % of Americans support privacy protections for car service clients Source: Harris Poll by NLA

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