Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2015

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44 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR APRIL 2015 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Florida Groups Named "Association" Of The Year By Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor THIS YEAR'S DECISION TO SELECT LCT'S annual Association Award of Excellence was close. In fact, it was so close there was a triple tie. The judges had a tough time to single out just one city, region, or state limousine industry trade group for- mally affliated with the National Limou- sine Association to honor for outstand- ing service to members and the industry. The debate stretched to the point where the judges requested additional information from the groups — includ- ing any charity work — in an effort to select a winner. That didn't help because all of the nominees are heavily involved with giving to charities and supporting numerous causes. "Quite honestly. . . if it was possible, given their joint collective efforts, it would warrant all three sharing the award." That was the decision emailed to me from the judges: Jeff Greene, President of Greene Worldwide Transportation (At- lanta), and vice president of the Greater Atlanta Limousine Association, and NLA board director; and Diane Forgy, Presi- dent of Overland Chauffeured Services Worldwide (Kansas City), also an NLA board director. I could not agree more. This year's collective winners — the West Florida Livery Association (WFLA), Greater Or- lando Limousine Association (GOLA), and the Florida Limousine Association (FLA) — could not be more deserving because of their individual and collective work on behalf of operators through- INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS I APRIL 2015 out the state and the industry. I should mention we also decided to include the South Florida Limousine Associa- tion (SFLA) as an award winner because that association works closely with the FLA and members of both organizations work together on issues pertaining to South Florida, and state and national is- sues. Together, all four associations de- serve to be saluted for their service and industry advocacy. As LCT readers know, the Florida as- sociations have been at the forefront in the fght to regulate illegal TNCs. From the onset of Uber and Lyft planting fags in the Sunshine State, the four groups have been out in front of the fght in their respective cities and counties, and most importantly, at the state level. On numerous occasions, group members have gathered in the state capital of Tal- lahassee to testify before transportation committees and meet with legislators to ensure their industry is represented as the TNCs attempt to circumvent rules and regulations that govern limo and taxi operators. The four associations have devoted countless hours and money to fght not only TNCs, but take on any challenges to help their members grow and prosper. TOM HALLIGAN is LCT East Coast editor, based in Marlton, N.J. He travels regularly to industry association meetings in the eastern U.S. Tom can be reached at LCT Annual Association Award of Excellence honors WFLA, FLA, GOLA and SFLA for service and advocacy. LCT Association Award of Excellence winners this year are four limo trade associations in Florida. Presi- dents (L to R): FLA's Rick Versace, SFLA's Neil Goodman, WFLA's Dave Shaw, and GOLA's Cliff Wright. THE WINNERS, LISTED IN DETAIL, INCLUDE: West Florida Livery Association Board of Directors Dave Shaw, president, Jeremy Jenkins, vice president, Joe Russo, secretary, Sheri Boesch, treasurer, Directors: Terry Kurmay, David Morris, Dan Redd and vendor Director, Vin Tranchina. Greater Orlando Limousine Association Board of Directors Cliff Wright, president, Royal Transportation Group; Gregg Moulton, vice president, Associated Transportation; Albert Castagna, secretary, Quick Transportation; Tim Crawford, treasurer, Carlswald Transportation; Directors: Jessica Warburton, Top One Tours & Transportation; Marlene Levin, Sweetwater Limousine; Ash Elmahdi, Noble Transportation; Rod Synovec, Fleet Pro Capital, trade member representative. Florida Limousine Association Board of Directors Rick Versace, president, A1A Airport & Limousine Service; Mike Sobol, vice president, East Coast Transportation; Bito Pimento, treasurer, Enova Transportation Network; Dave Shaw, secretary, Network Limousines. Directors: Bob Boroday, Associated Limousine Service and Prime Network Ground Transportation; Lorraine Celestino Wade, GO Airport Shuttle & GO Executive Car; Scott Crowe, Executive Ground Logistics; John Finch, Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine; Tony Marino, Regency Executive Service & Transportation; Amondo Sapiro, M&L Limousines and Transportation; Vendor Director: Rick Fugitt, Gateway Coachworks. South Florida Limousine Association Members Neil Goodman, Aventura Worldwide Transportation; Members: Loraine Celestino Wade, GO Airport Shuttle & GO Executive Car; Evan Michaels, Coastal Car Worldwide; Myron Fonesca, Ambassador Limousine & Transportation Service; Rick Versace, A1A Airport & Limousine Service; Andy Bardar, Corporate Coaches.

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