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Membership rosters in regional limousine associations are dwindling. Unless there is a legislative battle at hand, association meetings just are not a priority for operators. It’s hard to get people to come out to meetings. When association meetings are poorly attended, vendor members lose interest. Why should they attend monthly meetings to speak to the same six people who are being chased by two of their competitors also at the same meeting? Vendor support is critical to associations, and without the high attendance, it is difficult to get the support needed to be able to fund legislative battles and run associations.
Reasons attendance wanes
- Doing more with less: Business owners must squeeze more work out with fewer people, often taking the roles of others in their organizations as a way to cut costs. They just don’t have time. Down time is precious and who wants to spend it in an association meeting?
- Expenses: When operators are cutting costs, association memberships often go down with less crucial expenses.
- Infighting: The limousine industry has a hard time leaving personal agendas at the door and working together for the common good. One of the most common reasons board members leave is because they don’t get along with another board member and they don’t want to be on the same board with them. And one of the most common reasons for not participating in associations is because members don’t get along with other members.
Associations that are working to get more industry members involved: