2011 INTERNATIONAL LCT SHOW: It was a big night for four operators, six marketing contestants, and a successful industry association. D.C. operator Robert Alexander had reason to be happiest of them all.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — For operator Robert Alexander, Tuesday night was his last stand. If he didn’t win as a four-time finalist, there would be no more attempts.
Persistence paid off for the owner of RMA WORLDWIDE CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION, based in Rockville, Md., and one of the top luxury transportation providers serving the region of the nation’s capital city.
His award was the final and biggest one announced for the evening at the annual LCT Industry Awards Gala during the 2011 International LCT Show held in a ballroom of the Paris Las Vegas.
Alexander, also a member of the NLA board of directors, privately joked he was the “Susan Lucci” of the industry — a reference to a talented, longtime soap actress who finally won an Emmy after 19 consecutive nominations.
The other OOY winners all managed to avoid the Lucci label, with each one being a second-time OOY finalist:
1-10 Vehicles Category:
Apollo Transportation Services
Boca Raton, Fla.
Mauricio and Rebekah Urbina
11-30 Vehicles Category:
Los Angeles, Calif.
Ben Bloch, James Caulkins, Nicole Pisklo, Joel Stein
In the 31-50 vehicles category, the six judges produced a rare statistical tie. [NOTE: This is NOT a shared award; each company is considered a full winner]:
Best Transportation of St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo.
Kim Garner and Debbie Rudawsky
Total Luxury Limousine
Vadnais Heights, Minn.
LCT MARKETING AWARD WINNERS:
Best Business Card: Celebrity Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, Malvern, Penn.
Best Brochure/Information Packet: Weldon Worldwide Services, Newton, Mass.
Best Direct-Mail Piece or E-Blast: Premier Transportation Services, Dallas
Best Print Ad: Weldon Worldwide Services, Newton, Mass.
Best Promotional Items: Premier Transportation Services, Dallas
Best Website Home Page: Limousine Connection (www.limousineconnection.com), Los Angeles
2011 LCT ASSOCIATION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
Florida Limousine Association
Carla Boroday, President and owner of Associated Limousine Service of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The award recognizes a state or regional association that has demonstrated an outstanding ability in the management of its organization and has made significant contributions to the betterment of the chauffeured transportation industry.
There were two nominees this year: FLA and the North Carolina Limousine Association (Carrie Peele, president).
The Florida Limousine Association has lots to be proud of:
• Its assistance to members for IRS and U.S. Department of Labor audits; and
• Its prevention of a state tax on services.
The North Carolina Limousine Association also has a very impressive resume. Of note, the NCLA has:
• Repealed the luxury tax proposed by the governor of North Carolina; and;
• Stopped chauffeured transportation from placed in the same state regulatory category as taxis.
Sources: Martin Romjue, LCT editor; Patricia Nelson, NLA executive director