EmpireCLS CEO David Seelinger, before and after.
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Chairman and CEO of EmpireCLS David Seelinger will appear Jan. 16 in an episode of "Undercover Boss" on CBS-TV. The reality program epiosde with air 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT.
"Going undercover was a unique experience to get an unobstructed view of our company and see how we can improve," said Seelinger in a press release. "EmpireCLS has grown in leaps and bounds, and it was important to me to connect with our employees and learn how the growth we've experienced has impacted them, our brand and our clients."
EmpireCLS provides luxury, chauffeured transportation services throughout the world for Fortune 1000 companies, five-star hotel brands, VIPs, dignitaries and the entertainment/music industry elite, driving nearly one million guests each year.
An entrepreneur with a passion for hospitality and motorcycles, Seelinger has been responsible for the direction and growth of EmpireCLS, formerly Empire International, since 1990. He developed the company's global affiliate network, proprietary reservation system, and, in 2005, merged with one of its largest competitors, CLS Transportation, creating the largest transaction of its kind in the ground transportation industry.
Seelinger stresses that the opportunity to go undercover as a chauffeur, dispatch specialist, fleet inspection manager, and affiliate chauffeur has been "invaluable," learning new ways to improve and expand the EmpireCLS brand. After sharing his finding with EmpireCLS leaders, the company is implementing several initiatives to simplify company processes, stay connected with its employees, and ensure their needs are addressed.
"Admittedly, I've been out of touch with some aspects of our business," Seelinger said. "But EmpireCLS wouldn't be the company it is today without its hardworking employees—making sure their needs are fulfilled is a priority and important lesson I took away from this experience."
Created by Stephen Lambert and produced by Studio Lambert/All3Media America, "Undercover Boss" is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reality series that follows high-level executives as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own organizations. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations, and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering and rewarding the unsung heroes who make their companies run.
EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services is one of the largest chauffeured transportation companies in the world, based in Secaucus, N.J., with company-owned operations in Los Angeles. It has consistently ranked among the top three limousine operations based on fleet size on the annual LCT 50/100 Largest Fleets List.