(R-L): Scott Solombrino, NLA board member and CEO of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network; LCT publisher, Sara Eastwood-McLean; NELA CEO, Rick Szilagy; and NLA executive director, Philip Jagiela, attend NELA membership meeting June 11 held at Royale Limousine and sponsored by Don Brown Bus Sales.
HAVERHILL, Mass. — The New England Livery Association (NELA)
welcomed the industry’s top brass to its June 11 meeting, which was hosted by Royale Limousine Manufacturers
at its Haverhill, Mass. facilities. LCT publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean
, National Limousine Association (NLA)
executive director Philip Jagiela, and NLA board member and CEO of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network
, Scott Solombrino, all took turns at the podium throughout the evening.
Fresh from a tremendously successful Leadership Summit
in Miami Beach, Sara brought members up to speed on the latest LCT’s news. A good share of the Summit was spent analyzing the effects of Uber-like mobile technology on the chauffeured transportation industry, Sara said, and LCT plans to use the insights gained from industry pioneers to inform future sessions at the future LCT trade shows. Following that mobile trend, Sara said she also was excited about her plans to make LCTmag.com
a mobile compatible website, a decision led by an increasingly mobile readership.
Sara also encouraged NELA membership to support the LCT Show East
in Atlantic City Oct. 27-29 because a large share of the revenue from LCT shows goes to the NLA. This funding helps the NLA keep dues low and allows it to support state and regional associations.
The LCT Show East is also a homecoming of sorts for LCT, Sara said, as it is where LCT held the first trade show the limousine industry ever saw in 1984. In fact, the idea of a national industry association itself was founded at that LCT show. The show this October will bring things full circle, she said. “LCT plans on putting on a bang-up show and reinvigorating our East Coast readership.”
Another facet of the LCT-NLA alliance is the combined effort to offer valuable educational sessions to attendees of LCT shows, which, NLA Show Committee Co-chair Solombrino was able to speak to. “We think we have some phenomenal education that we’ll present to you,” he said.
For example, NLA procured sessions will include an Obamacare primer and strategies for taking advantage of the coming business travel boom. As a board member of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
, Solombrino also was keen to highlight the GBTA session on procurement, which will inform operators on what corporate clients expect and demand.
NLA executive director Philip Jagiela updated the New England audience on industry goings-on at a national level. The NLA completed its successful lobbying event, the Day on the Hill
, on May 22, getting the ear of Congressional lawmakers on issues, such as a pending DOT regulation requiring commercial motor vehicles to install electronic on-board recorders or EOBRs.
NELA CEO, Rick Szilagyi, said that the association’s annual golf tournament held on XXX, was very successful fundraising effort. Szilagyi also announced the newly-elected NELA board of directors for 2014. Upcoming Events:NELA Chauffeur Appreciation Day
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Location: Logan Airport Limo Pool
12PM - 4PM Summer Picnic at the Limo Pool
— Denis Wilson, LCT East Coast Editor