Tennessee Operators Regroup, Form New Association

Posted on January 9, 2015 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author

Looking to grow and expand its membership and influence in Nashville and throughout the state, operators have formed the Tennessee Association of Chauffeured Transportation (TACT).

The new association replaces the Tennessee Livery Association, which has been somewhat dormant over the past few years due to some division among operators over a 2010 Nashville-imposed $45 minimum fare for limousine companies. However, that mandate has since been repealed, and operators are regrouping to work together again for common interests.

“Now that the fee issue is behind us we’re trying to get everybody on the same page and fight whatever else comes down the pike,” said Matt Yorke, owner of Nashville-based Signature Transportation Services. Yorke noted that he and Carl Haley, CEO of Grand Avenue, which serves middle Tennessee, got together to discuss reviving the association, and along with six other operators agreed to launch the new association.

The overriding goal of TACT is to make sure operators are represented on legislative rules that affect their industry, Yorke said. “We want to make sure we have a voice with legislators and to have stronger representation with the Nashville airport regarding parking and ease of use to better serve our clients.”

In addition, the association will engage in current proposals to regulate TNCs in Nashville. “We’ll be looking at the TNCs and regulations once we get up and running. Right now, it’s all good news for operators here because we have a new association,” Yorke said.

PRLA, GOLA Elect New Board Members
The Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association (PRLA) recently announced its new 2015 Board of Directors: President, Steve Rhoads (Rhoads Limousine, Douglassville, Pa.); Vice President, Robert Euler (King Limousine, King of Prussia, Pa.); Secretary, Mark Barnett (Best of Times Chauffeured Limousine Service, Hatfield, Pa.); Treasurer, Christopher Haines, (Michael’s Classic Limousine, Leesport, Pa.). Vendor board members include Pete Corelli (Lakewood Custom Coach, Oaklyn N.J.), and directors Anthony Onorata (Anthony Limousine) and Perry Camerlengo (Luxury Limousine, Chester, Pa.)

The Greater Orlando Limousine Association (GOLA) elected 2015 Board of Directors: President, Cliff Wright (Royal Transportation, Orlando); Vice President, Gregg Moulton (Associated Transportation, Orlando); Treasurer, Albert Castagna (Quick Transportation, Orlando); Secretary, Ash Elmahdi (Noble Transportation, Orlando). Directors include Marlene Lavin (Sweetwater Limousine, Longwood, Fla.), Leon DaCosta (EZ Time Transportation, Longwood, Fla.), Joe Dagher (Ace Luxury Transportation, Orlando), and industry veteran Moe Labidi.

The GCLA’s annual poker tournament on Nov. 15, 2014 succeeded in raising funds for its lobbying efforts, which will help with an annual Sacramento lobbying event at the State Capitol on Jan. 15.
The GCLA’s annual poker tournament on Nov. 15, 2014 succeeded in raising funds for its lobbying efforts, which will help with an annual Sacramento lobbying event at the State Capitol on Jan. 15.

GCLA Poker Event a Success
Operators from all around California came to the SoCal Penske Cadillac dealership in Torrance Nov. 15 to attend the fourth annual Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and fundraiser. The annual event helps the GCLA raise money for lobbying efforts, and included a sponsored toy drive for donations to the Knights of Pythias Youth Camp for inner city kids.

Phil Hartz, owner of SoCal Penske Cadillac, said the event helps operators come together and have a little fun in the name of a good cause. GCLA First Vice President Kevin Illingworth (Classique Limousines, Orange County) cited the strong turnout and show of support for the GCLA.

As we head into 2015, keep me posted on any and all association activities and events for this column, and also for inclusion in our twice-weekly e-newsletters, blogs and website where we consistently report on association business — especially efforts to fight TNCs.

Tom Halligan is LCT East Coast editor, based in Marlton, N.J. He travels regularly to industry association meetings in the eastern U.S. Tom can be reached at [email protected].

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