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Young Entrepreneurs Take The Biggest Industry Tradeshow

Lexi Tucker
Posted on May 4, 2018

Young operators who attended the roundtable session got to connect with other millennials to discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry. 
Young operators who attended the roundtable session got to connect with other millennials to discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry. 
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — I’ve always been a glass half full kind of person. Ask my coworkers and they’d probably say my motto is, “Just chill. It’ll all work out.” Granted, I don’t own a business; I just work for one. If I were an entrepreneur, I’d probably be a lot more stressed than I am as an employee. Regardless, nothing motivates me more than seeing other people my age pursuing their passions as either business owners or support staff.

This is especially the case at the Fast 40 roundtable I host every year at our (and the world’s!) biggest tradeshow for the luxury ground transportation industry. For all the griping you see on Facebook groups, you’d think the operators who attended this networking event had never even heard of Uber or Lyft (I jest, of course). This may have only been my third international show, but I can tell you that’s not what these young, progressive minds are concerned about.

Throughout the nearly two and a half years I’ve been with LCT, I’ve had the honor of meeting Millennial operators from all 50 states and countries the world over. While our cultures may be different, our mindset seems to remain the same: Make a change, do it better, and give back.

This year, I provided a few questions as conversation starters, but by no means did the conversation stop there. I challenge you to think about these queries yourself, and even ask them of the Millennials in your office.

  • How will your company attract the Millennials of today who will become the CEOs of tomorrow?
  • What piece of technology is your company using that other operators might not know about? How do you spread the word?
  • What struggles are you facing as a younger operator and what are you doing to combat them?
  • Should Uber really be our biggest fear? What disrupters should the industry be on the lookout for in five years? Ten?

Fast 40 operators sat and listened to one another intently as they discussed topics such as technology and networking.
Fast 40 operators sat and listened to one another intently as they discussed topics such as technology and networking.
The collaboration and eagerness to share ideas and success stories was truly inspiring. For example, one operator, Trinity Machan of Salt Lake City, Utah, runs a traditional limousine company called Black Diamond Limousine, but also a subsidiary business called Stellar Rydes that works like Uber and Lyft with tiered pricing minus the surges. She also employs professional chauffeurs; rideshare this is not. She’s covering all bases, and that’s a perfect example of the “Stop bitching and DO SOMETHING about it” mentality that’s refreshing and long overdue.

SPOT QUESTION: What Was Your Favorite Part Of The Fast 40 Roundtable?

Anuj Patel, Pontarelli Worldwide Ground Transportation, Chicago

For me it was getting to meet similar aged and like-minded managers, directors, and owners, as well as helping others out and exchanging awesome information. The LCT Fast 40 was by far the best and most useful networking event I attended at LCT. It helped me find/make more affiliate relations as well, and that was just a plus.

Sam Rubin, Four Seasons Concierge, Park City, Utah

Reconnecting with other operators and meeting new ones.

Christina Nguyen, Concierge Limousine, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Being able to interact with so many different operators very efficiently. Everyone was able to connect and voice their opinions.

AJ Watson, Limo Corp Worldwide, Chicago

Hearing about the different technologies used by other operators and how they felt it benefited their companies.

Dennis Jansen, Dutch Business Limousine, Amsterdam, Netherlands

I like the energy and enthusiasm in the Fast 40 group. Everybody is full of ideas for the future. It also helps that the groups are smaller and the room is not completely full; it makes it so much easier to interact.

LEXI TUCKER is LCT associate editor and coordinator of the LCT Fast 40, a group of operators under 40 who collaborate and learn from each other about all aspects of chauffeured transportation. She can be reached at [email protected]

Related Topics: customer service, industry education, LCT Show, LCTFast40, Lexi Tucker, Millennial Matters, Millennials, technology

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