Barry Trabb and Bruce Cirlin of Complete Fleet & Limousine Sales present a check to LANJ (L to R): Jim Moseley, Trip Tracker; Tim Rose, Flyte Tyme Worldwide; Barry Trabb and Bruce Cirlin, Complete Fleet & Limousine Sales; Barry Lefkowitz, LANJ exec. dir.
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — The Limousine Associations of New Jersey held its most successful auction to date on May 15, raising more than $20,000 for the dynamic association. Auction winners bid on everything from sports memorabilia to LCT Show East passes, while event sponsor Complete Fleet & Limousine Sales presented LANJ with a $3,075 check from an affiliate rebate program. “By far this was our most successful event in the 10 years that we’ve done this,” said Barry Trabb, president of Complete Fleet and LANJ board member.
LCT publisher, Sara Eastwood-McLean, also presented LANJ with a $1,000 check for winning the 2013 LCT Association Award of Excellence. Eastwood-McLean noted that this October LCT will be happily returning to Atlantic City, the birthplace of the first limo trade show in 1984 as well as that of the National Limousine Association.
LANJ’s successes were not only monetary. The board also announced that the association would develop a chauffeur training certification program in partnership with Burlington County College (BCC).
Representatives from BCC’s Corporate College, Frank Keith and Roy Miller, presented the board with preliminary plans for the project with regards to timeline, program development, and a potential $300,000 talent grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL). The grant would come from workforce reinvestment funding intended to increase employment in the state.
BCC has succeeded with continuing education and corporate training programs in the past and in working to get funding from the DOL. “We have a history of this sort of thing and we’re delighted to offer something to the association,” Keith said.
The program would train and better prepare people for chauffeur jobs with the hope of cutting down on the rampant turnover in the industry. Participating companies also could send job candidates who show potential but are untrained in the industry through the program. The program would be free to participants and would potentially take one or two weeks.
In order to receive a grant, the association needs to communicate its interest in hiring a certain number of program participants. “We have been very fortune that the college immediately stepped up, said Barry Lefkowitz, LANJ executive director. “The key here is getting the tentative commitment from our members to hire participants.” Lefkowitz hopes the chauffeur program could start as soon as this fall.
The keynote speaker for the general membership meeting was Raymond Martinez, the chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Martinez spoke of the benefits that both LANJ and the MVC enjoy from a strong working relationship. LANJ has been able to convey the concerns of the limo industry in New Jersey with a unified voice, said Martinez, which helps his agency understand the industry’s needs.
Open communication will be imperative as New Jersey ramps up to host the Super Bowl, Martinez said. Operators can expect “an unbelievable level of security,” he said. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. You want to be prepared.”
— Denis Wilson, LCT East Coast Editor