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LCT Show Produces Tons Of Snap Shot Moments

Martin Romjue
Posted on May 5, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — We’re all still here, doing better than before, and not going away anytime soon. You could sense that overall attitude at this year’s annual global trade show, as attendees seemed optimistic yet serious about meeting industry challenges that have solidified in recent years.

The first show under the rebranded Luxury Coach & Transportation name further showcased the trends of 2018: A move toward motorcoaches and all types of buses; a deeper embrace of the latest technologies; and satisfaction that transportation network companies (TNCs) are definitely not invincible.

Throw in some intense networking, more operators who are new, younger, and/or of diverse backgrounds, and some sold out or overly packed events, and you’ve got a show full of possibilities. The numbers bear out some hopeful trends: 119 exhibitors with 96 vehicles; attendees from a record-high 40 nations and 46 states plus D.C./Puerto Rico; and 442 first-time attendees.

As always, the pictures tell even more...click HERE to view our 2018 LCT Show photo gallery.

Attendees in the Aisle: Word On the Show Street

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Ask the attendees and you’ll find the number of reasons for attending the show, first impressions, and valued business takeaways seem to multiply across the years. LCT takes time out to talk to operators one-on-one about the world’s largest limo and bus show.

J.R and Maria Garza, owners, Diamond Limousine Sedan Inc., Boise, Idaho
J.R and Maria Garza, owners, Diamond Limousine Sedan Inc., Boise, Idaho
“Our biggest regret as a small fleet operator is not coming to LCT Shows the first year we started our business.” — J.R and Maria Garza, owners, Diamond Limousine Sedan Inc., Boise, Idaho

Trinity Machan, owner, Black Diamond Limousine, Salt Lake City, Utah
Trinity Machan, owner, Black Diamond Limousine, Salt Lake City, Utah
"I attended the Show to learn how to better serve my clients and network. I loved the Women of the Industry Luncheon. It was wonderful to feel how united the whole group was. Instead of just talking about what kind of vehicles we have, we talked about what we can do to grow together.” — Trinity Machan, owner, Black Diamond Limousine, Salt Lake City, Utah

Erica Shorr, affiliate manager, Windy City Limousine, Chicago
Erica Shorr, affiliate manager, Windy City Limousine, Chicago
As a third time attendee, Shorr wanted to concentrate on meeting new affiliates as well as enjoying first time meetings face-to-face with those she works with on a regular basis. Shorr met Michael Denning at the B4 Business networking session. Michael and his wife, Marlo, operate Elegant Limousines in Daytona Beach and handled a great amount of work for Windy City during the Daytona 500. Shorr also attended a session on How to Grow Your Business where many operators shared how they handle overnight calls and dispatching. She found the different insights to this dilemma to be very beneficial. — Erica Shorr, affiliate manager, Windy City Limousine, Chicago

Chelsea Candeub, Park Avenue Limousine, Philadelphia
Chelsea Candeub, Park Avenue Limousine, Philadelphia
As a third generation family member of Park Avenue Limousine, she helps her father, Alan Candeub, run the 30-year-old company serving the Delaware Valley. Despite a rich legacy of operations, the 24-year old says, “Keeping up with all the new technology is so helpful and learning from other people who are older than me. I love learning new ways people do things.” Candeub said she found great value in the roundtable format discussions. “I like learning how they (other operators) do things and know what we need to change and what we need to keep.” — Chelsea Candeub, Park Avenue Limousine, Philadelphia

Ed Gehres, general manager and COO, ODS Chauffeured Transportation, Las Vegas, Nev.
Ed Gehres, general manager and COO, ODS Chauffeured Transportation, Las Vegas, Nev.
“I come to this Show to meet new people, hear new perspectives, and learn from the experiences of others. My favorite part of the Show was Sara’s State of the Industry address and Jenn Lim’s presentation on creating a culture of happiness. I read the book [Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos] when it first came out, so it was great to learn more about it.” — Ed Gehres, general manager and COO, ODS Chauffeured Transportation, Las Vegas, Nev.

(l to r) Bernadette Eccleston and Timothy Coykendall, Valley Limousine Service, Tracy, Calif.
(l to r) Bernadette Eccleston and Timothy Coykendall, Valley Limousine Service, Tracy, Calif.
“We came to the Show because many people suggested it’s a great place to get more information about running a luxury ground transportation company and network for new operators. I really enjoyed walking the show floor.” — Timothy Coykendall, Valley Limousine Service, Tracy, Calif.

“We were told attending the Show was ‘the thing to do’ being new to the industry, and I really enjoyed the women’s luncheon. It was empowering as a newcomer and set the tone for an amazing Show. I love how everyone here is one tight-knit community that’s willing to help and educate.” — Bernadette Eccleston, Valley Limousine Service, Tracy, Calif.

Jason Taylor, Prestige Transportation, Kansas City, Mo.
Jason Taylor, Prestige Transportation, Kansas City, Mo.
“If you take the time to come to the show you will always see a positive return on your investment. You are either investing in yourself or your business. It doesn’t matter if you are a one-car operator or a 100-car operator; you’re going to meet someone new or learn what someone else is doing in a different market that will help you. There are so many takeaways you can apply to your own business and gain your own success in the future.” — Jason Taylor, Prestige Transportation, Kansas City, Mo.

Jess Sandhu, vice president, A & A Limousine Services, Seattle
Jess Sandhu, vice president, A & A Limousine Services, Seattle
This was Jess Sandhu’s 18th year attending the Show. He was on a mission to learn more about trolleys. The industry veteran said he was pleasantly surprised at the affordability found on the showroom floor. Sandhu said he truly enjoyed attending Limo University’s Google Adwords session. “The session was amazing and my first hour into the show I earned all my money back.” Sandhu says he attends the show each year to meet with his vendors and affiliates as well as learn about new products in the industry. Look for a trolley in Seattle soon. — Jess Sandhu, vice president, A & A Limousine Services, Seattle

Vadim Dashuta, Reserve Global Limousine, Los Angeles
Vadim Dashuta, Reserve Global Limousine, Los Angeles
"I always find a nugget or two of information to take back home." — Vadim Dashuta, Reserve Global Limousine, Los Angeles

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