The Sept. 2011 GCLA Expo was the association's first and proved a resounding success as the event drew operators interested in the growing variety of chauffeured vehicles on the market. The GCLA plans an even bigger vehicle display and networking event on Sept. 19 in Costa Mesa, Calif.
COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Greater California Livery Association is just weeks away from throwing a major industry expo, trade show and industry meeting that has gained national prominence since its successful debut last year.
The GCLA Expo & Trade Show on Wednesday, Sept. 19 will feature the most chauffeured vehicles and buses on display outside of a major industry trade show, offering operators in California and beyond a unique opportunity to sample vehicles and make key fleet buying decisions. As of today, 35 vehicles are scheduled for display.
The event, to be branded with a Hollywood-style red carpet that winds among the many vehicles, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Promenade Event Centre and Gardens, 1570 Scenic Ave. in Cost Mesa. It will draw limousine industry vendors, operators and high-profile industry executives from around the nation for an evening of networking, dining, and dealing.
A highlight will be keynote presentations from two key figures in the California travel and tourism industry: Traci Ward, director of marketing at Visit California, and John Severini, CEO of the California Travel Association. Both organizations plan to work more closely with the GCLA to advocate on behalf of common goals and policies that affect limousine operators. Ward and Severini will speak about business opportunities for operators through the hospitality sector and how their groups are helping protect the business interests of operators.
Related LCT article on 2011 GCLA Vehicle Expo here.
Among the manufacturers and dealerships planning to sponsor and/or display vehicles for the Expo: Ford Fleet & Livery Vehicles, South Bay Ford, Star Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Penske Cadillac, SoCal Penske Fleet, Acton Fleet Sales, Chrylser, Crevier BMW, Mercedes/Sprinter, Krystal, CoachWest, Tiffany Coach, Nations Bus, A-Z Bus Sales, Don Brown Bus Sales, LuxBus America.
Industry related vendors attending include: Advantage Funding, GPD Capital, Limo Anywhere, Transpo Insurance, The Tenney Group, TIB Insurance, Chosen Payments, Enterprise GPS, TransWest Fleet & Financial, Law Firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Solutions! By David Hartson, Limousine Digest Magazine, Create A Card Inc., and LAST BUT NEVER LEAST. . . LCT Magazine.
-- Martin Romjue, LCT editor