ABOUT PHOTO: Then-GCLA President Alan Shanedling accepted the LCT Association Award of Excellence on Jan. 27, 2009 at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas on behalf of the Greater California Livery Association. Pictured with him are NLA executive director Patricia Nelson (L) and LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean.
SUMMARY: The former GCLA President received a Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday night for a quarter century of involvement with the California chauffeured transportation industry.
LOS ANGELES — The GREATER CALIFORNIA LIVERY ASSOCIATION bestowed its highest honor Tuesday night on former GCLA President Alan Shanedling, giving him its Lifetime Achievement Award for a quarter century of service and activity in the industry.
Shanedling, 65, served as GCLA President from 2005 until September 2010, and previously has been active in state industry associations and issues since 1986. He has been the owner and operator of FLEETWOOD LIMOUSINE in Culver City, Calif. since 1983.
GCLA board member Rod Rave and GCLA President Mark Stewart awarded a framed certificate to Shanedling at the beginning of its first general membership meeting for 2011 held Tuesday evening at a restaurant near the Los Angeles International Airport.
The certificate recognizes Shanedling’s “time, effort, and leadership” over the years on behalf of chauffeured transportation operators in California, which ranks as the state with the most operators in the U.S. It was under the leadership of Shanedling, former executive vice president Jonna Sabroff, and other board members, including Stewart, that the GCLA earned the LCT Association Award of Excellence in 2009.
Upon accepting his award, Shanedling quipped that Lifetime Achievement Awards are generally given to people who retire or who have expired, and he assured the organization he has no immediate plans to retire and he feels very much alive.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent you,” Shanedling told operators and industry vendors assembled at the Proud Bird Restaurant.
Shanedling recalled the moment 25 years ago that sparked his industry activism — a letter out of the blue from LAX officials informing limousine operators that they would have to pay $1,000 per vehicle to access the airport each year. A few nights later, Shanedling had helped rally 300 operators to fight the measure. Two nights later, those operators had raised $40,000 to beat back the measure.
He noted similar challenges still face operators after 25 years — during the past year, for example, officials at San Francisco International Airport disclosed its full pursuit of environmental policies that would straightjacket the state’s chauffeured transportation industry by restricting airport access for large, luxury vehicles.
Shanedling also thanked two Sacramento-based lobbyists hired by the GCLA who have been instrumental in advocating on behalf of industry interests. In recent years, lobbyists Gregg Cooke and Rob Grossglauser of Government Affairs Consulting in Sacramento have helped the GCLA get troublesome regulations modified or stricken, and have successfully moved legislation beneficial to the industry through the state legislature.
“I’m going to continue to be an activist on behalf of the industry,” he said.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor