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March 2016

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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2016 17 AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & ACCOLADES California Operator Gets Meeting Planner Certifcation TEMECULA, Calif. — Steve Levin, owner of Sterling Rose Transpor- tation (www.sterlingrosetrans.com) in Temecula and Escondido, which serves San Diego County, received a Meeting Professionals International CMM Program certifcation in December 2015. The CMM Program delivers one global standard of excellence that can bolster an operator's business management skills. Created by MPI and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), CMM is an intensive study program that offers insight and guidance from university professors associated with renowned business schools. The program includes instruction in topics such as risk mitigation, business analytics and compli- ance, and strategic negotiation, which lead to more learning about either meetings or business travel management. Levin, whose company specializes in meetings and convention transportation, is a 2008 LCT Operator of the Year Award winner. Information: www.gbta.org/cmm. Tristar Worldwide Wins 2016 Buying Business Travel Award LONDON — Tristar Worldwide won the award for "Best Ground Transportation Company" at the 2016 Buying Business Travel Awards in January. The Buying Business Travel Awards showcases the best of the travel industry's leaders and their corporate clients. The results were announced at a gala dinner on Jan. 18 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis. Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services, with North American operations based in Bos- ton, was ranked No. 2 on the 2015 LCT 50 Largest Fleets List. The independent judging panel is made up of senior business travel buyers across various sectors who review the applications and determine the winners of one of these highly-coveted industry awards. Metro Magazine Awards Chooses Innovative Motor- coach Operator Of The Year LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- Metro Maga- zine (www.metro-magazine.com) in January named Phoenix-based Arrow Stage Lines (www.arrowstagelines.com) as the 2016 Innovative Operator of the Year. Arrow Stage Lines' COO Luke Buss- kohl and VP of Marketing and Business Development Brandon Osborn received the award on Jan. 12 at the ABA Market- place held in Louisville, Kentucky. After being recognized as one of the top innovative companies in 2014, Arrow Stage Lines began developing even more products, technology enhancements and brands. Arrow Nationwide Ground Logistics was released in late 2014 providing clients with nationwide ground transportation solutions outside of the Arrow footprint. Arrow Entertainer, a brand dedicated to providing superior concert and production touring transportation, was released in late 2014. In August 2014, Arrow Stage Lines' clients and passengers experienced the nationwide release of Arrow Connect, the company's connectivity solution that deliv- ers a stronger onboard experience for the end user. Metro Magazine, a B2B publication for the public transit bus and rail and motor- coach industries, is owned by Bobit Business Media, also owner of LCT Magazine. n (L to R) Gianni Salvadori, head of business travel sales UK&I and Scandinavia for Melia Hotels International; Anthony Withers Green, director of global business for Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services; and comedian Hugh Dennis. Arrow Stage Lines executives Brandon Osborn and Luke Busskohl received the award from Metro Magazine managing editor Alex Roman (R). OPERATORS OUT & ABOUT DALLAS OPERATION'S EMPLOYEE DOES THE RIGHT THING, RIGHT AWAY DALLAS, Texas — A few weeks af- ter deadly rainstorms and tornadoes devastated towns throughout the Dal- las region on Dec. 26, 2015, Premier Transportation received a call from a local roofng company to help families affected by the storms. The roofng com- pany, S.L. Nabors Roofng LTD, wanted to take the families to a Dallas Mavericks game, where a suite had been donated for the families, many of whom had lost their vehicles in the storms. The night out was created to help them have fun and relax after the stress of beginning to repair damages caused by the tornados and storms. Marsha Goodwin, a 14-year Premier em- ployee, got the call and immediately went to work. She made sure a minibus transported the families to the game compliments of Pre- mier. "What I am most proud of is that Marsha said yes to the request for a donated mini-bus before even asking me or a manager," said Premier owner and CEO Eric Devlin, a 2009 LCT Operator of the Year Award winner. "She understands the company culture and the fact that a part of our mission statement is to 'continually give back to the communi- ties that support our company.'" Information: www.premiertransporta- tion.com A group of families devastated by December tornadoes got a night out to a game in a Pre- mier Transportation bus. Employee Marsha Goodwin made it happen.

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