Mary Vaught, Wes Hart, Ismael Abed, and Erich Reindl. Photo by Roswitha Vogler.
HOUSTON, Texas — On Sunday, Dec. 14, the Houston Area Livery and Charter Association (HALCA) had its annual holiday Christmas party, bringing in more than 120 operators and vendors to celebrate and network after a long year of intense regulatory efforts.
This year, the President of three years, Erich Reindl of Avanti Transportation, will step down from his role as president, succeeded by Wes Hart of American Corporate Transportation as 2015 President.
“We have been focusing very hard this year in battling against TNCs and fighting for fair regulations in Houston,” said Reindl, who is looking forward to a simpler work/life pace once he steps down from the board. “The new president Wes Hart will be great at the position and I know he will continue to keep a focused message on the fairness of TNCs operating in this great city.”
The event had a number of raffle prizes and an auction for two free passes to the upcoming International LCT Show on March 16-18, 2015, with included airfare. The winner was Tony Awaud of Prosell Texas, a limousine wholesale dealer in Houston. Awaud was excited to be going to the show this year, and looks forward to seeing the latest vehicles on the show floor.
Erich Reindl (left), LCT senior editor Tim Crowley (center), and Int'l LCT Show Pass Winner Tony Awaud (right) of Prosell Texas. Photo by Roswitha Vogler.
The night also celebrated the long tenure of board members Richard Mishriky of CTI Transportation and Mary Vaught of Vaught Insurance, who are also stepping down from their board roles. The association then welcomed newly appointed members Lauren Barrash of The Wave, Rony Diedonne of Global Transportation, and Kevin Claypool of Atlas Limousines, all of whom are enthusiastic about serving these new positions and fighting on behalf of HALCA’s valued members.
PHOTO GALLERY OF HALCA HOLIDAY PARTY
Reindl is proud of the accomplishments that HALCA has achieved during his presidency. Reindl spoke in front of the Houston City Council to explain the safety concerns for passengers of TNCs, and the unequal regulations in place for limo companies and TNCs. He believes that these issues will continue to be addressed by the new president and board members, and that the cohesive atmosphere of Houston’s limo operators will prevail.
“The Houston Area Livery and Charter Assocation is a strong assocation,” Reindl said. “We have great turnouts for our events and we have been growing our membership.”
HALCA information: houstonlimos.info.