Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2015

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14 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR APRIL 2015 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Limo Scene Veteran Florida Operator Dave Shaw Joins Network Limousines PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Longtime industry operator and executive Dave Shaw joined Network Limousines Worldwide Transportation as part- ner/general manager in March. Shaw, a 30-year Tampa Bay limousine industry veteran, will oversee the overall operation of the company. Shaw previously worked as affliate manager for Olympus Limousines of New Port Richey. A tireless advocate for the industry, Shaw has served as President of the West Florida Livery Association (WFLA) and Secretary of the Florida Limousine Association, and now serves on the National Limousine Association Board of Directors as a Director for the Southeast Region. Dave recently received the 2014 LCT Magazine People's Choice Leadership Award for his work on behalf of the industry. "Dave's passion for this industry adds to Network Limousines' staff the key pieces to operate in the Tampa Bay market," company owner Sheri Boesch said. "His experi- ence and relationships throughout the industry add world-class service to the company." Shaw has been involved with the WFLA since the association was formed in 1999, and has held the President's position since 2002, tak- ing a break as vice president from 2011-2012. As association Presi- dent, he has lead the group through many issues such as permitting at Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport, and also worked with the Tampa Port in establishing an association permit for companies with fve or fewer vehicles. Working with the local transportation commission, he has helped establish guidelines on vehicle types eligible for permitting, minimum rates and minimum insurance guidelines. He has represented the industry in Tallahassee, working with lobbyists to defeat a state bill to regulate the industry on a statewide level instead of local regulations. Experienced Limo Exec Joins Large Miami Operation MIAMI, Fla. -- Industry veteran Terry Cox has joined the team of Worldwide Transportation as its director of global services, the company said March 11. In this role, Cox will manage the global partners while growing the outbound farm-out accounts. Worldwide Transportation, based in Miami, has been serving the southern Florida market for more than 15 years. Cox has extensive experience in the chauffeured transportation industry and is well known to his industry peers. He previously worked as director of worldwide affliates at Sunny's Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation in Wash- ington, D.C. Cox has managed large affliate networks and held positions in the industry managing customer service and operations. He also has served as general manager of operations for an investment group and is an ordained minister with his church, bringing much value and dedication with his diverse background. Alex Malek, founder and President of Worldwide Transportation, said, "Terry will add stability and profes- sionalism as we expand our brand nationally and world- wide. Our business has grown over 20% annually. We are now the largest privately owned transportation feet in the Southeast region. We need management of Terry's caliber to not only sustain that business but to continue to grow it into the future." Worldwide Transportation provides luxury transporta- tion services to corporate, leisure and hotel clients in south Florida. Its feet of more than 100 vehicles includes luxury sedans, SUVs, Sprinters, mini-coaches and limou- sines. Information: www.worldwidetransportation.com. New Mexico Operator Joins Transit Board SANTA FE, N.M. — Paul Thompson, owner of Accent New Mexico, has been ap- pointed to the Santa Fe Transit Board by Santa Fe Mayor Ja- vier Gonzales. As the owner of the largest most diverse chauf- feured car and event transportation services company in New Mexico, Paul brings deep experience to this role. Thompson has built a career in hospitality and a diverse portfolio of many successful small businesses such as producing auto racing for ESPN. Thompson started with two-passenger vans in January 2007 and expanded into luxury ground transportation in June 2011, adding sedans, SUVs and executive mini-coaches. He specializes in large group moves. His business is made up of high-end tours, boutique services and tradi- tional airport and limousine services. Information: www. AccentNewMexico.com. ABA Hires New Government Af- fairs Executive WASHINGTON, D.C. — Suzanne Te Beau Rohde started April 1 as the American Bus Association's new Vice President of Government Affairs, leading the associ- ation's legislative, regulatory, policy and lobbying efforts to support the motorcoach, tour and travel industry. Rohde has a 20-year career in senior-level transporta- tion- and safety-related areas, including her most recent PEOPLE, POSITIONS & PROMOTIONS Dave Shaw accepting 2014 People's Choice Award from LCT Magazine pub- lisher Sara Eastwood during LCT Show East in Atlantic City, N.J.

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