SAN FRANCISCO — The Minority Limousine Operators of America is closing in on 100 members in the wake of a biannual general membership meeting held this month in Atlantic City, N.J.
With paid sign-ups from 12 new members, the MLOA, formed in early 2011, had 93 dues-paying members as of this week, reported MLOA President Maurice Brewster, also the CEO of Mosaic Global Transportation near San Francisco. The group also has four international members from German, France, Spain and Canada.
“We had standing room only, better than the year before,” Brewster said.
The recent meeting drew 133 attendees as operators got the latest updates on mobile products and services and participated in a Q&A with Ray Bush, program manager for Cadillac Professional Vehicles, on the new 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan. A hospitality suite event later that evening attracted 200 people.
CPV recently signed on as the groups third major vendor/sponsor, joining AT&T and American Motor Products.
The MLOA is listed as a member association with the National Limousine Association and has provided most of the required applicant and organizational materials to the NLA, according to the group. The MLOA is still awaiting its official IRS exemption letter officially confirming its tax exempt status, for which it has applied. Such letters generally take several months to process and send, as other associations affiliated with the NLA are also awaiting similar letters.
The MLOA plans to hold its first general membership meeting for 2013 during the time of the International LCT Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Feb. 4-7, with exact time, date and place still to be determined.
The group was formed among a group of about 25 operators in February 2011 during the ILCT Show held at the Paris Resort & Casino.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor
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