Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2016

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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2016 59 New NLA Board Members Ready To Take Action Against TNCs By Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor TWO NEW OPERATORS WILL BE TAKING frst-time seats on the National Limou- sine Association Board of Directors dur- ing the NLA's quarterly board of direc- tors meeting Sunday, Feb. 28 before the start of the International LCT Show in Las Vegas. Winning three-year terms following the Jan. 21 election, Jason Kaplan, President & CEO, The Driver Provider, Phoenix, Ariz., was elected to the board's At Large seat, and Javaid Chaudhry, president and CEO of NYG Limousine, Rosedale, N.Y., was elected to the seat representing the U.S. Northeast Region. You can read about the other incumbent election win- ners in NLA News & Views, p. 63. "I am honored and humbled to be elected to the board by my peers," said Kaplan, a 19-year industry veteran who launched his company in 1997. "I ran be- cause I wanted to give back to the indus- try and because this is an urgent time to defend the industry against TNCs." Kaplan stared out in the business after selling his personal car to afford a lease for a new sedan to work as a one-man operation. "Yeah, I learned leasing wasn't the smartest idea after racking up a lot of miles," he mused. Today, his operation includes mul- tiple locations throughout Arizona, Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole, Wyo. With 146 vehicles, 209 chauffeurs and 36 sup- port staff, Kaplan's goal is to fght ille- gal transportation network companies (TNCs) and help steer the NLA to re- act quicker for the next "curveball that comes along." "I think we learned from some mis- steps in not responding quicker to the TNCs," Kaplan said. "We have to be more agile and everybody — includ- ing our grass-roots associations — has to be unifed to react as an industry to the next big thing. It's easier to mobilize early to stop something before it gains momentum. We all know that we can expect change and surprise in this light- speed technology age. We need to be more unifed. "There are a lot of talented and suc- cessful people on the board, and I'm proud to give back and help fght TNCs and unify our industry," Kaplan added. Cabbie Turns Operator Elected to the board for the frst time, Javaid Chaudhry is a 12-year industry veteran and an NLA member from the get go. He started in the private trans- portation industry driving a cab in the late 1980s, and then drove a limousine INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS I MARCH 2016 for Carey for six years before he started his one-man operation in 2006. Today, his operation has grown to a feet of 40 sedans and vans. "My primary reason for running for the board was that I wanted to give back to the industry that has been there for me during some diffcult times and also because I want to fght against TNCs," Chaudhry said. As to experience, Chaudhry said he has witnessed the "ups and downs" of the industry and is focused on fghting the "growing menace" of TNCs. "I want to work with the NLA to fnd solutions and unite the industry to work with reg- ulators on leveling the playing feld so that we may all prosper. We must stand together for the continued survival of the industry." Javaid also is a board member of the Limousine Association of New York (LANY). He and Kaplan were elected during the NLA's frst election conducted via electronic balloting. The NLA Board of Directors has 18 members who serve staggered three-year terms, with six seats coming up for election every year. The NLA, based in Marlton, N.J., has more than 2,050 members. 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 tom@lctmag.com. First-timers ran to give back — and protect— the chauffeured transportation industry. "We must stand together for the continued sur- vival of the industry," says incoming NLA board director Javaid Chaudhry. "This is an urgent time to defend the industry against TNCs," says Jason Kaplan, new NLA board director. "There are a lot of talented and successful people on the board, and I'm proud to give back and help fght TNCs and unify our industry." — Jason Kaplan President & CEO, The Driver Provider

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