Once again the LCT Show recorded its highest number of attendees, and once again technology was a major topic. More than 3,600 people attended the three-day event, which was held February 5-7 at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Vendors from every aspect of the limousine and transportation industry greeted the attendees. Gone were many of the dot-com companies from a year ago. However, the companies that were present displayed products that had been enhanced by technology. From Web-based reservation software to new fiber-optic packages for vehicles, technology continues to change the industry. A “sneak peak” of the show floor on the first evening allowed attendees an opportunity to briefly view the exhibits before the exhibit hall opened its doors the following morning.
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The final day of the show allowed those in attendance to experience “Demo Day.” On that day, exhibitors were challenged to put on their best sales and/or product demonstrations for the attendees. The day consisted of contests, drawings and hands-on demonstrations by the exhibitors. However, the LCT Show wasn’t just about exhibits and vendors. It also was stocked full of educational sessions to help limousine operators run better businesses. Industry veterans and experts ran the sessions, and covered such topics as: “How to Manage and Motivate Good Chauffeurs,” “Limousine 101,” “How to Attract and Maintain Customers,” “What’s your Bottom Line? Understanding Profits,” just to name a few. There were also sessions that updated attendees on the various legislative reforms and airport issues that are affecting the industry today.
Various banquets and receptions capped off the evenings. The National Limousine Association held its annual meeting’s dinner and auction on the first night, while Krystal Enterprises hosted a reception on the second night. The entire show concluded on the evening of the 7th, with the annual LCT Awards Banquet where the Operators and Association of the Year were named.
Be sure not to miss the 2002 LCT Show on March 17-19 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. See you there!
Bigger Is Better
The 2001 LCT Show had the largest vendor and guest attendance in its history. All the major coachbuilders were present showing off their newest models. In addition to the cars, there were an increased number of vans and buses on display at the show.
The coachbuilders were surrounded by an array of suppliers that covered everything that attendees may need, from insurance to heated cat seats.
Some of the more notable vendors received awards. Executive Coachbuilders won Best of Show for its display of its vehicles. The Ford Motor Company won the award for Best Use of Theme This year’s theme was “Mastering the Art of Success,” and Ford gave away painted portraits of its sedan The Best Demonstration was awarded to DaBryan Coachbuilders for its “thrill ride-like” exhibit of its Illusion model limousine, complete with loud music and smoke machine. InterRide won the award for best give-away. Its dark green pocketknife may also prove to be the most useful giveaway item Acton Lincoln-Mercury received honors for having the most creative exhibit Krystal Enterprises won the award for Best Staff Presentation. Finally, London American General Agency was recognized for having the best display at its booth.
The final day of the show marked the return of Demo Day. Vendors put on their best presentations and demonstrations for attendees. Lucky winners, Dwaine and Deb Trease of Special Moments Limousine in Clearwater, Neb., left the show with a trip for two to Venice, Italy.
Industry leaders conduct workshops to help operators with their businesses
With topics like “How to Manage and Motivate Good Chauffeurs,” “What’s your Bottom Line” and “Limo Business 101,” it’s no wonder that many sessions were standing room only.
Workshops were conducted all three days of the show. Cadillac hosted a New Attendee Breakfast on the first day, which served more than 400 operators. From then on, attendees were able to learn tips that would help them run their businesses.
Ty Bobit, president and COO of Bobit Publishing, and Sara Eastwood, publisher of LCT Magazine, presented the State of the Industry Address on the first day of the show. They covered the trends that are likely to impact the limousine industry in the near future. Following their presentation was Nick Athanasiou, CEO of InterRide Inc., who informed the attendees of the changing face of corporate travel.
Barry Lefkowitz, lobbyist for the National Limousine Association, rolled up his sleeves, and updated attendees on current legislative issues, and how they could be a part of them. Ron Sorci of Precept Transportation Inc., explained enhancements to the Chauffeured Certification Program.
John Goldberg of Carey International introduced the Afterburners Tuesday afternoon. The Afterburners, a group of U.S. military fighter pilots, discussed how top managers should react in high-pressure situations.
The Banquets & Festivities
Evenings included theme parties and award dinners.
After the exhibit floor closed and the seminars concluded, the evenings were filled with various award banquets and parties.
The first night of the show concluded with the National Limousine Association’s annual banquet and charity auction. Barbara Pastelak, the association’s new president, announced the new members of the board of directors (see a listing on Page 26 of this issue). She also presented a plaque to outgoing president Darryl Norman for his service.
The event welcomed artist Peter Max, who presented Music Express’ Berkman family with a portrait of the late Harold Berkman. Later, George Jacobs took the stage and acted as auctioneer. He auctioned off several donated prizes. A portion of the proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Day two concluded with a reception hosted by Krystal Enterprises, allowing vendors and attendees the chance to mingle. The street fair-themed party included stilt-walkers, jugglers, a character artist and even a living statue. A live jazz band played throughout the reception.
Afterward, festivities gave way to many company-sponsored hospitality parties, where guests were able to socialize and enjoy Las Vegas.
The final night of the show concluded with the annual Operator of the Year Awards and Banquet.
The event highlighted the achievements and contributions that operators, associations and businesses had made to the industry over the past year. The presentation of the Operator of the Year Awards, the Association of Excellence Award and the Graphics Awards spotlighted stars in the industry. The following pages highlight the individual award winners in all of the categories.