Operators in the News

Posted on January 6, 2004 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

TLPA Names Operator, Chauffeur of Year

The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association, based in Kensington, Md., named its 2003 Limousine and Sedan Operator and Chauffeur of the Year.

* Carl Ward, president of Executive Transportation, Newport, Ky., received the Limousine and Sedan Operator of the Year award. Carl and his brother Gary Ward took over the family transportation business in 1972 upon their parents’ retirement.

Carl and Gary started Executive Transportation in 1988 with one limousine and one sedan, and later incorporated van service. The company now has one limousine, 20 executive sedans and 40 vans serving northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati.

* Ron Young, senior chauffeur at Limousines by Linda, San Diego, Calif., received the TLPA’s 2003 Limousine and Sedan Chauffeur of the Year award, along with a $300 check.

Young was nominated by Guy Mongello, president of Elegant International Limousines of Tampa, Fla., who wrote to the TLPA that “it is time for Ron Young to be recognized for this award for his years of accomplishments, not only for being a safe driver and leading by example, but for his client relations.”

Mongello, who has had clients traveling in the San Diego area assigned to Young, said he always heard nothing but compliments about Young’s chauffeuring service when following up with clients. Ron cited several things for being a good chauffeur: “Treat all clients the same, go the extra mile, do whatever it takes and always be in control.”

Starr Named President, COO of A-1

Jeffrey Starr was named president and chief operator officer of A-1 Limousine, based in Princeton, N.J. He previously was senior vice president.

The company said it has experienced average annual growth of 10% to 15% since Starr joined A-1 Limousine, a family-owned business, in 1985.

A-1 Limousine was ranked No. 5 in LCT’s 2003 50 Largest Fleets.

“We’re seeing a surge in the amounts of people who are traveling lately,” Starr said in announcing his new posts. “My goal is to maintain this trend by anticipating the needs of our customers and continuing to provide the quality transportation services we have for almost 40 years.”

GEM Taps Sansone as President

Lynn Sansone was named president of GEM Transportation, based in St. Louis. John Cleveland, managing principal,

She is the daughter of John Cleveland, managing principal, who will be pursuing new interests but will remain on the company’s board of directors.

Sansone started her career in the 1980s, while she was in high school, when she helped the family start a limousine company by washing cars and helping repair vehicles.

She was named vice president in 1995 and in 1997 was named general manager of the company’s subsidiary, Airport Express.

GEM has about 40 vehicles in its fleet.

In Memoriam

Horace Woodring, 77, the driver of Gen. George Patton’s limousine when it crashed in 1945, causing injuries that ultimately killed the four-star general, died in White Lake Township, Mich.

Woodring was a 19-year-old Army private who was taking Patton on a hunting trip in Germany when another vehicle turned in front of their Cadillac limousine. Patton’s neck was broken in the crash and he died 12 days later.

Woodring made his living as an auto broker after the war.

West N.Y. Operators Elect Officers

The Limousine Operators of Western New York elected officers for 2004. They are: president: Michael Smith of Affordable Limousine, West Senaca; vice president: Richard Johnson of Highland Limousine, Blasdell; treasurer: Kathy Slawatycki of Superior Limousine, Lancaster, and secretary: Josephine Johnson of Highland Limousine, Blasdell. Directors are James Barwell of Giorgio’s Limousine, Lancaster, Charles O’Brien of Aerolight Limousine, West Seneca, and Joseph Ryndak of Diamound Limousine, Toanawanda.

Elite Consolidates Facilities

Elite Limousine and Coach, one of the largest ground transportation companies in Lehigh Valley, Pa., has consolidated its two offices in Whitehall and Allentown, Pa., into one new facility in Whitehall.

The consolidation arose from a desire to combine the firm’s coach and bus services with its sedan and limousine services, said general manager Robert Fry.

“The new, larger facility will allow for improved service, well-maintained vehicles and optimal room for successful expansion.

The company has 45 vehicles and is an affiliate of A-1 Limousine, ranked No. 5 in LCT’s 2003 listing of largest fleets.

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