New Jersey operator Tim Rose served the Limousine Associations of New Jersey as its President since 2000.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) started its annual meeting Jan. 15 with a big reshuffle: Tim Rose, owner of Flyte Tyme Limousine in Mahwah, N.J. stepped down as president after 14 years at the helm, ceding to Vice President Jim Moseley, owner of Trip Tracker who will lead the group for one year. “It’s time to bring some new blood in with some fresh ideas,” Rose told members.
Board member Don Kensey, owner of Cross Keys Coach, said that the association owes a debt of gratitude to Rose for his service during the past 14 years.
Moseley will serve as a one-year term until an election will be held. Jeff Shanker of A-1 Limousine will move into the role of 1st Vice President and Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite will become the association’s Secretary on the executive board. Barbara Chirico, owner of Gem Limousine, will remain the Treasurer.
The board took the opportunity to correct some ambiguities in the group’s bylaws during the annual meeting which were all unanimously passed. They also added a position called President Emeritus to allow past presidents to have a role on the executive board.
The association reported that it has 113 members and continues to struggle to bring in revenue to cover its expenses.
Trip Tracker CEO and former limo operator Jim Moseley will serve one year as President of LANJ until the next membership elections.
Rose discussed Super Bowl XLVIII updates at the meeting. He recommended that all companies suspend curbside pick ups due to the event making all pick ups baggage meets. He informed the group that parking passes for livery companies were sold out. The Lincoln Tunnel will be closing on one side in order to allow all of the buses which will be transporting attendees to the game to have easy access out of the city, Rose said.
LANJ has submitted a grant application to work with the Burlington County College to provide online and classroom certification programs to train chauffeurs. They are hoping to obtain $200,000 to develop this program, which will emphasize encouraging returning military members to get involved in the limousine industry. LANJ should know by Jan. 31 if it will be awarded the grant.
LANJ executive director Barry Leftkowitz told members of the board that he has a new partner in his organization, Management Government Resources Inc. (MGR). Former New Jersey Assemblyman Scott Rudder has become Barry’s partner. He believes with his contacts in Trenton as well as with the governor’s office that this will benefit the association.
LANJ is working on a number of legislative initiatives both in the state of New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. HR2596 is known as the PASS Act. It is being submitted to amend title 28, United States Code, to authorize the Attorney General to share information with agencies of state and local governments that conduct criminal background checks when issuing licenses to taxi drivers, chauffeurs, and other public passenger vehicle operators. This bill is important to the industry as states such as New Jersey only allow access to background checks for the state and not nationally through the New Jersey State Police.
LANJ continues to fight the jitneys in New Jersey. Assemblyman Charles Mainor, D-31st District, told the group he has signed on to help LANJ level the playing field when it comes to jitneys and have them be under the same rules and regulations that the limousine industry is under in the state. In March 2013, a jitney struck and killed a baby in a stroller who was waiting at a bus stop. Maynard said that what LANJ is doing is professional. “You do what is right not what is popular and I applaud you for that,” he said.
LCT Magazine gave away two passes to the International LCT Show at the event. The winners had birthdays closest to the start of the show as a way of recognizing the birthday bash that will occur at ILCT for the 30th birthday of LCT magazine. The winners were Emil Akman, president of Business Class Limousines, and Don Kensey of Cross Keys Coach.
— Linda Jagiela, LCT contributing writer