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LCT Crowns Its Elite Business Club — In A Night Club

Martin Romjue
Posted on April 18, 2014
Boston Coach CEO Russell Cooke accepted the award on behalf of Boston Coach in the OOY 51-plus vehicles category at the LCT Magazine Awards Celebration Feb. 17, 2014 at the Hakkasan night club in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Boston Coach CEO Russell Cooke accepted the award on behalf of Boston Coach in the OOY 51-plus vehicles category at the LCT Magazine Awards Celebration Feb. 17, 2014 at the Hakkasan night club in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Boston Coach CEO Russell Cooke accepted the award on behalf of Boston Coach in the OOY 51-plus vehicles category at the LCT Magazine Awards Celebration Feb. 17, 2014 at the Hakkasan night club in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Boston Coach CEO Russell Cooke accepted the award on behalf of Boston Coach in the OOY 51-plus vehicles category at the LCT Magazine Awards Celebration Feb. 17, 2014 at the Hakkasan night club in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The 2014 round of LCT business awards drew its share of surprises and standouts, as happens whenever highly qualified competitors are scored.

LCT Magazine handed out eight business and association awards on Monday, Feb. 17 at the LCT Awards Celebration during the 2014 International LCT Show at the MGM Grand. This year’s event was held in a nightclub for the first time — the world-renowned Hakkasan with its multi-leveled, bottle-club-style perimeter seating areas with tables. Gone was the traditional, formal format of a ballroom awards banquet, allowing attendees to choose whether to mingle in business or casual attire.

The OOY winners were the highest point scorers from pools of two-to-four finalists in each category. All finalists and nominees were scored by six judges, each rating one of the following business performance categories: customer service, technology, media/marketing innovations, industry/community involvement, HR/training, and safety/insurance. Hosts Ty Bobit, CEO of Bobit Business Media, and Sara Eastwood-McLean, LCT Publisher and Show Chair, gave out the following awards:

51-Plus Vehicles: BostonCoach
The big awards headliner was BostonCoach, which garnered the Operator of the Year Award in the top category of 51-plus vehicles. CEO Russell Cooke accepted the award. BostonCoach, acquired last year by Harrison Global Transportation, has 325 vehicles and 560 chauffeurs working out of facilities in Everett and Waltham Mass.; North Hampton, N.H.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Chicago; New York City; Elizabeth, N.J.; Philadelphia; Washington D.C. Its on-time performance exceeds 99%, including traffic and weather delays, airport inefficiencies and client booking errors.

31-50 Vehicles: ETS International
Also based in Massachusetts, ETS, owned by longtime operator John M. Greene earned the OOY Award in the 31-50 vehicles category. ETS, founded in 2006, runs a fleet of 40 vehicles, primarily in Boston, Providence, R.I. and Manchester, N.H., and it has 30% out of state farm outs. Greene won the 2010 LCT Operator of the Year Award in the 11-30 vehicles category.

Western Kentucky and former Los Angeles operator Val Newton garnered the OOY Award in the 1-10 vehicles category, the largest fleet segment in the chauffeured transportation industry.
Western Kentucky and former Los Angeles operator Val Newton garnered the OOY Award in the 1-10 vehicles category, the largest fleet segment in the chauffeured transportation industry.

11-30 Vehicles: Fleet Transportation
Fleet Transportation of Alexandria, Va., got the OOY Award in the 11-30 vehicles category. Owners/operators David and Stacey Glazier serve the Washington, D.C., metro region with 16 vehicles, including an emphasis on shuttle service and group transportation for corporate, government and retail clients. The company has appeared six times in The Washington Post and David Glazier has been interviewed twice on the Fox News Channel. He also has advocated for small business nationwide on the issue of Obamacare.

1-10 Vehicles: Regal Limousine Service
Former Los Angeles operator Val Newton won the OOY Award in the 1-10 vehicles category for his service based in Benton, Ky. Regal uses five vehicles to serve the western Kentucky region with service to Nashville, St. Louis and Louisville. Being a small company, Newton takes all calls 24/7 and books all orders, to make sure clients get personalized service. Since the company started in 2011, it has not had one claim. Chauffeurs are trained and test driven each quarter.

San Francisco-based bus operator Gary Bauer of Bauer’s I.T. is the second-ever Charter Bus OOY.
San Francisco-based bus operator Gary Bauer of Bauer’s I.T. is the second-ever Charter Bus OOY.

Global: Penguin Cars, Sydney, Australia
Operator Kris Korkian deploys a fleet of 14 vehicles to work in the continent’s largest metro regions of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra. His fleet includes three Holden Caprice sedans, three Chrysler 300C sedans, three Audi A8L sedans, one Mercedes S500L sedan, one Mercedes-Benz GL350, one Audi Q7, and two Mercedes-Benz Viano vans.

Charter Bus: Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation
The San Francisco-based operation of owner/CEO Gary Bauer won the Charter Bus OOY Award, the second year for that category. Bauer’s I.T. has moved heavily into charter bus service in recent years, providing daily commuter service to many high-profile Silicon Valley companies. Its 215-vehicle fleet includes a wide array of luxury buses of all sizes, many of them running on green energy and technologies.

Green: Palm Beach Tours & Transportation
The West Palm Beach, Fla.-based company, which has been providing chauffeured transportation service to South Florida since 1999, uses solar power and reduced energy consumption by generating all its own electricity. It even sells some back to Florida Power & Light. The company has 102 solar panels on the roofs of its two buildings as part of its photo voltaic system. Florida Limousine Association President Rick Versace accepted the award on behalf of PBTT President John W. Critchett, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony.

2014 LCT Association Award of Excellence
The Greater California Livery Association received the highest association honor, the second time in five years. The group saw many successes and challenges in 2013, including a record high membership and fundraising, a well-attended vehicle expo, and a strong roster of lobbyists, consultants and attorneys. President Mark Stewart, Rich Azzolino, Marc Sievers, Jack Nissim, Anne Daniells, Kevin Illingworth, Chris Quinn and Gary Buffo were among officers and board members recognized or accepting the award.

Related Topics: Bill Gemmell, BostonCoach, David Glazier, Gary Bauer, Gary Buffo, Greater California Livery Association, honors and awards, ILCT 2014, John Greene, LCT Association Award of Excellence, operator achievements, Operator of the Year Awards, Russ Cooke, Val Newton

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