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Long Island Operators Celebrate At Black Tie Gala

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author - About the author

Decked Out: The LILA Board of Directors celebrated their association with a festive Black Tie Awards Banquet Tuesday, Jan. 10. (Photo from Long Island Limousine Association)
Decked Out: The LILA Board of Directors celebrated their association with a festive Black Tie Awards Banquet Tuesday, Jan. 10. (Photo from Long Island Limousine Association)
LONG ISLAND, N.Y.— More than 120 operators, guests, and vendor sponsors attended the Long Island Limousine Association’s (LILA) gala Black Tie Awards Banquet, held at the Stonebridge Country Club on Jan. 10.  

Dressed to the nines, members danced, dined, and celebrated their growing association with award presentations to members and vendor sponsors.

LILA President Bill Goerl (Clique Limousine) said the idea to hold an awards celebration stemmed from his recognition as a former LCT Operator of The Year (2003) and being recognized by the industry at the annual event, held during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas. He added honoring members’ achievements and long-time memberships deserve to be “recognized because it’s the people who make up an association.”

LILA “Man of The Year, Doug Schwartz, and LCT East Coast Editor Tom Halligan chat prior to the awards ceremony. (Photo by LCT)
LILA “Man of The Year, Doug Schwartz, and LCT East Coast Editor Tom Halligan chat prior to the awards ceremony. (Photo by LCT)
Doug Schwartz, (Executive Limousine Service), and a National Limousine Association board director, was named the association’s “Man of the Year” for his “exceptional skills, dedication, and professionalism for his vital contribution to our industry and the Long Island Limousine Association.”

Steven Berry (S & G Limousine) was awarded the Shining Star Award, and Dave Lipsky (Authority Limo Repair) received the Associate Member of the Year Award. Other LILA members were recognized for their 10-, 20-, and 30-year memberships in the association, as well as long-time vendor sponsors.

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