LCT contributing editor Jim Luff (L) will have even more time for industry friends, now that he's no longer running a fleet all day. Jim with Danny Sullivan of Vogue Limousine in Glendora, Calif., Sarah Van Beek of Chosen Payments, and wife, Hillary Luff at a GCLA Expo.
Lately, I have been bombarded with questions about my retirement that beg to be publicly answered. So, let me clarify my "retirement."
After working in the limousine business for the past 25 years, first as a chauffeur and then running a limo business up until Jan. 31, I wanted a change of scenery. I'm far from being ready to sit on the couch and watch "Jerry Springer" and "Judge Judy" all day.
I am fortunate that my four kids all grew up in this demanding business. It provided a great living not only for me but for three of my kids who took on some roles in the company. From my son, Danny, who worked phones and closed sales like nobody's business, to my son, James, who served as our facilities manager, to my son, Jeff, who became our operations manager in 2013, they all brought something to the table and showed me better ways to do things. I developed a great cross-trained core management team who was ready to collectively take the reins and keep the company running full speed ahead without me being there to guide the process each day.
I have no plans to leave this business. This was only a plan to leave the daily stress of operations to others who are younger, more advanced in technology, and more in tune with the Millennials in the workforce today, instead of me serving as the CEO.
You can look forward to reading feature stories from me. You can look forward to attending an educational session where I will share my 25-years of industry experience to help others succeed. I have joined the team of DrivingResults.org to facilitate roundtable discussions of similar-sized operators.
I am also taking my time to search for a perfect company within the industry that I feel could best use my talents, knowledge and experience, and be a perfect fit for me as well, as I finish out my usable work life. The bottom line is I'm only done being a CEO but I'm not done working and contributing to this industry.
For starters, I'll see you for the full length of the International LCT Show, starting Saturday through Wednesday, March 2.
I've learned good will with law enforcement goes a very long way.
It's not only the most wonderful time of the year, but also one of the most dangerous.
Series: How to handle difficult run-ins with law enforcement over a limousine.
Driving Gem: Plenty of things unrelated to phones can result in accidents.
Driving Gem: Lifting and handling luggage is never good for the back.