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ATLANTA — The Greater Atlanta Limousine Association recently elected its first slate of officers and has pending recognition from the National Limousine Association.
Formed about two months ago, GALA so far has 22 registered members and represents companies that operate about 75% of chauffeured transportation vehicles in the state of Georgia, said GALA’s first president, Jeff Greene. Greene, owner of Greene Classic Limousines Worldwide Transportation, also is a board director of the NLA and former 2007-08 NLA President.
GALA’s board also includes:
- Dennis DeLoatch, Carey Atlanta (Vice-President)
- Chad Casey, Nights In Motion (Secretary)
- Fred Rich, Cooper Global (Treasurer)
- Carol Cockcroft, Legacy Atlanta (Director)
- Kirkley Hennessy, Hennessy Transportation
- Johan DeLeeuw, Olympus Worldwide Chauffeured Services
GALA is a legally incorporated trade association, and is awaiting its letter from the Internal Revenue Service certifying its non-profit status, Greene said. The NLA website indicates GALA applied for membership on April 11 and will be formally recognized after a required 30-day waiting period.
Greene said he and the founders of GALA, who were previously members of the Georgia Limousine Association, created the new group following internal conflicts and disputes over bylaws, procedures, and leadership among GLA members.
GLA President Khari Dickson of Divine Chariots Limousine told LCT that GALA members left for various reasons, and while he understands, he does not agree with the need for a new industry association in Georgia. He said the GLA as of today has more than 50 officially registered members.
Greene and Dickson each told LCT they highly respect each other and are open to working together on common issues facing Georgia limousine operators. Dickson said he hopes GALA and GLA can be complementary, not competing.
Dickson was appointed as GLA President March 6 following the two-year presidency of Darrell Anderson, the CEO of A National Limousine Service who remains a board director of the GLA.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor