NEW YORK/ATLANTA — Limousine operators will be gathering at two inaugural conferences in coming weeks being held by new associations that are focused on several key issues and challenges confronting the industry.
The first event being held Friday, Sept. 21 is the debut conference for the Coalition of Transportation Associations, a group formed in November 2011 that unites five key trade groups working on behalf operators in the New Jersey-New York corridor: the Black Car Assistance Corporation (BCAC); the Luxury Base Operators Association (LBOA); the Limousine Association of New York (LANY); the Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ); and the Long Island Limousine Association (LILA).
The second event being held Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Atlanta is the first educational conference hosted by the Minority Limousine Operators of America, an association recognized by the National Limousine Association that held its first general membership meetings at trade shows in November 2011 and February 2012.
Both conferences are located near major airports and scheduled in time frames that allow attendees to conveniently fly in and out within the same day of the conference if necessary.
The COTA Inaugural Event and Conference — to be held Noon to 5:15 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Long Island City with registration starting at 11 a.m. and a cocktail reception until 7 p.m. — will feature guest speakers from government, a luncheon, cocktail reception, seminars and workshops focused on marketing and legal issues (including a smartphone app and affiliation agreement workshop), sponsors (including technology, credit processing, insurance and dispatch/smartphone app companies) and a summit of limousine association presidents from the New York/New Jersey metro area and around the country. The upscale hotel features a beautiful rooftop view of the Manhattan skyline.
Headliners include COTA Chairman and President Matthew W. Daus, a private transportation attorney and former NYTLC Chairman, who will lead a workshop on how operators can protect their businesses from rogue smartphone apps. Daus will draw upon his extensive legal research on the topic. The second key speaker will be New Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky, who also will swear in the board members and officers of COTA.
RSVP & details: Carolyn Rinaldi at [email protected] or (212) 237-1210.
Admission: Free for members in good standing of BCAC, LANJ, LANY, LBOA or LILA; non-member admission: $125.
The 1st Annual MLOA Conference — to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel — will feature workshops on minority-based transportation contracting opportunities, preparing RFPs to win contracts, and other educational topics being finalized this month. The event is officially being hosted by the Georgia Minority Transportation Association.
MLOA President Maurice Brewster told LCT the conference fulfills a commitment to educate its membership, which has grown to about 80 operators and vendors during the past year. “We are stronger collectively, from a time, talent and treasure point of view,” Brewster said. “Biblically, Proverbs 27:17 says, ‘As iron sharpens iron, so does man sharpen man.’ Together, we learn from each other.”
MLOA conference attendees can get a $115 per night special room rate at the Westin. Reservations: (404) 762-7676. Code: MLOA
Conference Information: GMTA, (678) 886-6804; MLOA, (800) 398-7881
MLOA membership is open to everyone as are its monthly conference call meetings on the last/4th Friday of every month.
Related article: Minority Business Development Agency
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor