Industry Research

MERGER: Teddy's Limo Expands Into Central Connecticut

Posted on October 27, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

Operator Charles Wisniewski taps what he calls the strength of a “Goliath” but the gentle touch of a “boutique.”

NORWALK, Conn. — KING LIMOUSINE INC.of Hartford County recently partnered with TEDDY’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM of Norwalk, Conn. to become a stronger regional chauffeured transportation company serving central and southern Connecticut and suburban regions near New York City.

The merger will add King’s five livery plates to Teddy’s, bringing the total fleet size for Teddy’s to 43. King’s founder, Steven M. Begin, will become general manager of King Limousine.

Teddy's primarily serves the Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y. livery markets, while King Limousine is headquartered in Hartford with its vehicles based in Farmington.

Financial terms of the merger weren't disclosed.

“Like Teddy’s Limo, King brings ‘the strength of Goliath but the touch of a boutique’ to hyper-local chauffeured ground transportation,” said Charles Wisniewski, President and CEO of Teddy’s. “I like what Steve Begin has done for his business. He is very customer-focused, and he brings a fanatic attention to detail to each ride. Our merger gives him the ability to bring so many more resources to his clientele,” he observed.

Begin commented, “I had been looking for a partner, and chose Teddy’s because their family has the same values as mine; we’re both very focused on consistently delivering the best service to our clients. I've developed long-term relationships with many of my customers, and I look forward to continuing those, while adding much-needed resources to help grow our business. The merger with Teddy’s will take both companies to the next level.”

Wisniewski said the Hartford area is a major corporate hub that's convenient to Teddy’s current base. Several of Teddy’s clients, for whom it is a designated provider of executive transportation, already have operations there. “Teddy’s customers will see additional cost-effective travel routes seamlessly incorporated into our system, and King’s customers will enjoy improved availability of rides to the New York area airports, as well as a new Platinum Rewards loyalty program and other benefits,” he said.

“Road warriors know there is often a vast difference in service levels across livery providers,” added Wisniewski, a past president of the National Limousine Association. “Teddy’s is known in the industry for being an early adopter of innovative customer service, fleet management and marketing technologies, including the availability of 24/7 online booking, systems that pinpoint a traveler’s whereabouts in real time, and solutions that help corporate purchasers manage a worldwide transportation budget. We combine that with a program of rigorous employee screening, training and monitoring to ensure that the traveling executive can count on the prompt, courteous service that minimizes stress and maximizes productivity on every trip,” he said.

Begin founded King Limousine in 1992 and has built the business into a successful boutique firm that provides chauffeured car service to elite corporate and celebrity clientele and limousine service for gala special events, as well as car service to Bradley and the New York metro airports. During the recent recession, business has remained steady, a measure of his success in customer retention.

“A client once told me I’m like a small, French restaurant, consistently executing perfect service for the people in front of me,” Begin recalled. “It’s about building relationships and delivering service with integrity. I’m looking forward to being able to offer that to more clients by adding Teddy’s systems and resources to help us expand the business.”

Founded in 1932, Teddy’s Transportation System, Inc. is one of the top 50 ground transportation companies in the U.S. Sales growth earned Teddy’s a place on Inc. magazine’s inaugural list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2007, and on each succeeding annual list (2008, 2009 and 2010). Teddy’s was also recognized as a finalist in the 2007 Connecticut Family Business of the Year competition.

Information: (800) 888-3339; www.teddyslimo.com.

Sources: StamfordPlus.com and HarvardBusiness.com

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More News

What The Traveling 1% Really Want From Tourism

They are looking for the same things — experiences and bragging rights — they just have the means to take it up a few notches.

How Major Names Are Disrupting Luxury Travel

Having the best hard product is a given. Now it's about experiences.

Luxury Travel Market Soars On Longer Vacations

According to a survey, 69% of luxury travelers take two-week vacations, while 25.5% take one-week vacations.

Millennial Business Travelers Want Better Mobile Moments

Corporate travel is being shaped by digital natives, which means companies must adapt to meet their unique habits, or be left behind.

Healthy Travel Jobs Growth During Trump's First 100 Days

With 15.8 million employees, leisure and hospitality was the top sector for U.S. jobs growth in April.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (1)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blog

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - May 2017 $12.95 Post International LCT Show Issue COVER STORY: * Best Operators of 2017: Their Winning Secrets Revealed * *
LCT Magazine - April 2017 $12.95 F&I / SPECIAL EVENTS ISSUE COVER STORY: * Don't Panic: Confronting Worst Fears - Fleet Risks * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close