Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2016

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18 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2016 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Limo Scene PEOPLE, POSITIONS & PROMOTIONS LCT MAGAZINE WELCOMES THREE NEW EDITORIAL STAFF MEMBERS TORRANCE, Calif. — The New Year brought a new half to the editorial team of LCT Magazine/LCTmag.com, which is now fully staffed with three full-time editors and three operator-writers. Lexi Tucker joined LCT Jan. 19 as a full- time assistant editor, who will oversee the magazine's social media among other digital and print content roles. Lexi worked as an editorial assistant for LCT's parent com- pany, Bobit Busi- ness Media, starting Oct. 19, 2015. She is a 2015 graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she earned a B.A. Degree in English and a minor in Asian Pacifc Studies. Lexi wrote for and edited an online magazine called Asia Media International from 2011-2015. She can be reached at Lexi@lctmag.com. Anne Daniells started writing for LCT in January after fve years as co-owner of Torrey Pines Transportation in San Diego, a 2015 LCT Operator of the Year Award winner. She also served for three years on the executive board of the Greater California Livery Associa- tion (GCLA). Before running a limousine company, Anne spent 20-plus years in corporate marketing and communica- tions in various industries, including fnancial services, electronics, high-tech, wine hospitality and manufacturing of OSHA products. She managed artists and staff responsible for trade show participation, product launches, packag- ing, copywriting, media management, and special events. She can be reached at adaniells@outlook.com. Ron Sorci, the former CFO of Aventura Worldwide Trans- portation in Miami, joined LCT Feb. 1 as its monthly fnan- cial columnist and a contributing expert on business/operational fnance. His "Proft Driven" column debuts this issue. Since leaving Aven- tura on Dec. 31, 2015, Ron has started EAST COAST BLIZZARD GROUNDS LIMO SERVICES ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An epic, whirling avalanche of a bliz- zard Jan. 22-24 shut down much of upper mid-Atlantic region, assuring that limousine services would have few to no hassles, except for all that lost business. That's because the storm was so intense that many feets were simply grounded and did not move, reports David Glazier, co-owner of Fleet Transportation (www.feettransportation.com) in Alexandria, Va., a 2014 LCT Operator of the Year Award winner. "I believe the hassles weren't there because most of us just parked it and hunkered down," Glazier told LCT. "All airports closed and commerce came to a halt. For the frst time in my 16-year industry history, we suspended services. It was just too much risk for our staff, employees and passengers." Thanks to a plow crew that worked the street near the com- pany's lots day and night, Glazier was able to get much of his 30-vehicle feet back on the roads the day after the blizzard. But it still took about four hours to get his buses to move out and back again. NEW JERSEY OPERATIONS FIRST TO GO ALL-IN WITH HYUNDAI GENESIS RED BANK, N.J. — Arrow Limousine (www.ar- rowlimo.com) of Red Bank has bought and ordered 50 Hyundai Gen- esis sedans to become its primary chauffeured sedan model, following the phase out of their Lincoln Town Car sedans. Lincoln offcially retired the long wheelbase sedan after the 2011 model year. The replacement process took a long time, President Ed Somers said. "We looked at everything in the marketplace and added six separate vehicle types to our feet seeking feedback. The 2015 Genesis fnally 'checked all the boxes.'" Since late 2014, Arrow has bought more than 40 Genesis sedans from Circle Hyundai in neighboring Shrewsbury. "Circle has ser- viced our account very well and we've been told that we have purchased more of these vehicles in the past 16 months than any other company in the country," Somers said. n OPERATORS OUT & ABOUT Fleet Transportation feet lots were inundated by the January blizzard, bringing operations to a standstill. Arrow Limousine lines up its Hyundai Genesis sedans for feet service. Veteran chauffeur Lou Dellera, 86, and administrative assistant Jodi Martin try out one of the Genesis sedans. LCT assistant editor Lexi Tucker joined the staff on Jan. 19. LCT contributing writer Anne Daniells LCT fnancial columnist Ron Sorci

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