MIAMI, Fla.—The beachfront Eden Roc Hotel was the host of this year’s LCT Leadership Summit, with limo operators and vendors coming in from all over the world to attend. Over 150 professionals were there, with guests treated to a brisk schedule of networking and educational sessions led by dynamic key note speakers.
Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, gave a raw and informative speech about his career making money off social media and web marketing techniques. His message really hit home with the limo audience, that with new technology comes new buyer behavior, and that it’s up to everyone to educate themselves and remain competitive in today’s changing business landscape.
LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean lead two educational sessions at the event. The Mobile Technology panel featured industry veteran Tom DePasquale, founder of Taxi Magic, speaking about the need for the industry to come together to help elevate the tech abilities of limo operators, so they can better compete with Uber’s mobile booking capabilities.
And the Industry Consolidation Trends seminar featured man of the hour Scott Solombrino, who along with Vince Wolfington and Ron Sorci, gave their best advice as to the nature of limo company buyouts and how they foresee the consolidation trend to play out in the near future.
Networking activities at the Summit got started right away, with an 8am tee time at the award-winning Turnberry Isle golf course, while another group embarked on a deep sea fishing excursion, with some operators losing their stomachs and one lucky boat snagging an 8-ft. sailfish.
The Fast40 Panel provided a great environment for honest dialogue between younger operators making their way up the business, and experienced CEOs that have made it to the top. The panelists Elisabeth Allan, Eli Darland, Jonathan Erlich, and David Glazier, gave their thoughts on a range of topics including how operators can best utilize social media and other avenues to become more involved with the industry.
Each education session was followed with meaningful rounds of Q&A from the audience that helped focus the message and gave everyone a chance to participate and learn about different aspects of the limo business. The event was a quick three days, May 18-20, and attendees shared their lasts goodbyes at the farewell lunch before returning back to business.
You can check out a photo gallery of highlights from the show in the link below, with more to come in the magazine and online.
LCT SUMMIT PHOTOGALLERY
Thanks to all who were in attendance.
— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor