MARLTON, N.J. — Patricia Nelson, the executive director of the National Limousine Association since January 2007, is retiring from her post on Friday.
Nelson led the leading trade association for the limousine industry through a period of strong membership growth and expanded professional reach and influence. Known for putting in long hours at work, Nelson’s organization and leadership skills brought new levels of efficiency to the 27-year-old association.
Nelson was roundly congratulated for her work during an NLA Board of Directors dinner on Oct. 24 at the El Conquistador Resort near San Juan, Puerto Rico, following a quarterly NLA board meeting and the LCT Leadership Summit. Nelson thanked all her colleagues, directors, and industry associates she worked with in her near six years as executive director, and eight years with the NLA.
With about 2,000 members, the NLA is indisputably recognized as the unparalleled professional trade group representing the global chauffeured transportation industry.
NLA President Diane Forgy, who was first elected to the post in January 2010 and has worked with Nelson the longest, told LCT: “When [Patty] took over the role of executive director, there was an immediate sense of focus and order in both our day to day business and the lofty goals we always set out to achieve. Patty has made my job as NLA President these past three years immeasurably smooth and efficient. It has been a joy working with Patty, as well as Darcie [Benard] and Kim [Bubnis], and I am so proud of all of them. I have respected Patty’s wisdom and counsel and her commitment to making the NLA the success that it is. As much as she has contributed to our accomplishments, she will be the first to give as much credit to Darcie and Kim for their dedication and hard work, as well as our very talented board of directors. I am very confident that she has left the NLA stronger, with a clear pathway to continued growth and consistent stability. We will all miss her but we wish her much happiness and as she enjoys time to travel and savor the best life has to offer.”
International Limousine Service CEO Richard Kane, a NLA board director since 2007 who served as NLA President from 2008-09, said of Nelson: “During my tenure as President of the NLA, the assistance of Patty was instrumental in a seamless transition from a former president to me. Most importantly, Patty’s institutional guidance throughout the process became extremely important and one I relied heavily on when we were affected by the calamities from the U.S. financial meltdown. I found her advice was well received and I acted on it many times. I wish her the best going forward, knowing she has left behind a positive legacy and record.”
LCT Publisher and Show Chair Sara Eastwood-McLean said, “I speak on behalf of everyone at Bobit Business Media as it is bittersweet saying good bye to Patricia. She did a truly remarkable job as the NLA executive director and exceeded my expectations on a regular basis. She will be missed but never forgotten. On the other hand, after 44 years of work, with eight spent at the NLA headquarters, she has earned her freedom and we wish her a fulfilling retirement!”
Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit added, “Patty has done an outstanding job of providing the NLA with leadership by keeping it healthy, organized and moving in the right direction. She’s been the consummate professional, and a great representative of our company.”
Before serving as executive director, Nelson worked as deputy executive director for the NLA from January 2005 to January 2007. She has extensive previous experience as publisher and general manager of Family Business Publishing Company in Philadelphia; director of the conference division of MLR Publishing/IDD Enterprises of Philadelphia; and as division manager of conferences and seminars and previously director of marketing communications at Hay Group Inc. of Philadelphia. Nelson will continue to reside in Philadelphia during her retirement.
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— Martin Romjue, LCT editor