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Posted on April 1, 2003

Award for Excellent Service

As president of the NLA for the second time, Scott Solombrino is used to being on the giving hand when it comes to awards.

At this year’s LCT Show, however, he took on a slightly different role, when the NLA board of directors presented him with an award for his excellent services and dedication to the NLA and the limousine industry.

In response, Solombrino said his philosophy remains one of looking for the best way to serve members.

Driving Towards Success

Richard Greiner, a fulltime chauffeur with of Lenox. Mich.,-based Satisfaction Limousine, proved one does not have to be an owner of a company to be involved in what happens in the industry. Greiner currently serves as the president of Great Lakes Limousine Association.

Greiner has taken an active role in GL1.A since its inception and has been instrumental in aiding the Michigan Department of Transportation to eliminate illegal limousine opera­tors. On the association’s Internet home page, Greiner has posted a link to the M-Dot’s Web site, which has a list of all licensed operators.

Greiner’s vision for GLLA is to make some common-sense changes to the laws that govern limousine operators in Michigan and to make every operator comply with the law.

Wish Upon a Star

Many limousine operators probably wish they have drivers like Evangelos Dimotsantos of Las Vegas-based Western Limousine on their staff. He was awarded the 2003 National Limousine Association’s Shining Star Award during the LCT Show for rescuing two motorists out of a burning car on a Las Vegas freeway last July.

“We want to honor someone who brought a positive light to the limousine industry,’’ NLA president Scott Solombrino said in presenting Dimotsantos with a check for $250.

Embraced by his family on stage, a touched Dimotsantos responded, “I was just at the right place at the right time.”

An International Crowd

The LCT show had a strong international appeal this year, as a good number of international limousine operators endured long flights to join their U.S. peers in Las Vegas.

Among the show’s delegates were Matthieu Graiff- Le-Roy of Paris Millenium; Patrick Pierron of Edward Quality Services & Limousines, also from Paris; Paul C. Higharns of Brunel Worldwide Chauffeur Drive, Hornsby, Australia Christopher Watte of Chauffeur service, Zaventem, Belgium; Maninder Grewal of Vancouver Limousine, Vancouver, B.C., and Henry Loo of Lion Tourist Service in Singapore.

“I like meeting people and think it’s the easiest and fastest way to rub shoulders with top people,” Foo said of the limousine business, noting that the LCT show is a great place to do just that.

Quote of the Year

By far, the best quote coming out of this year’s LCT Show belongs to National Limousine Association’s Executive Director Tom Mazza.

For his straight-to-the-heart candidness, LCT thinks Mazza deserves the limousine industry’s title “Quote of the Year,” as he humorously said, “From one short Italian to another,” when he took over the stage after NLA president Scott Solom­brino during the NLA annual membership meeting.

The crowd got a good-natured laugh from Mazza’s self-depricating jest.

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