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A Tribute To Ty Bobit & A New Year Message To All

Ty Bobit helped establish and lead the modern day luxury transportation industry from the start. (LCT file photo)
Ty Bobit helped establish and lead the modern day luxury transportation industry from the start. (LCT file photo)

As we welcome in 2019, I would like to dedicate this column to saying a fond farewell to Ty Bobit, my longtime boss and a founding father of the limousine industry.

Ty is the oldest son of Ed Bobit who started Bobit Business Media in 1961 with our flagship magazine Automotive Fleet. As told to me, Ty came to work for his dad in his late 20s at the company, then called Bobit Publishing. In 1983, the company purchased the magazine assets from a dissolved partnership. One of the titles was a black and white magazine called Limousine & Chauffeur (the partners had only produced three issues at that point). Ty’s dad handed it off to him to be the newly minted publisher.  

Less than a year later, after attending a Ford reception that featured a stretched Lincoln Town Car in the center of the ballroom, Ty wondered if his new coachbuilder advertisers would like a similar set up. He mused that an event for his readers (you) and his advertisers might be really cool. So with the blessing of his father, Ty booked Caesars Atlantic City in December 1984 for the first big limo trade show.

Dressed to the nines in tuxedos and mink coats, father and son opened the doors to more than 1,000 operators waiting to enter the ballroom.   

The next day, a group of operators met in a coffee shop to outline the articles for the first and only industry trade group, the National Limousine Association, which incorporated a year later. Ty was honored as one of the founding fathers of the group.

A year later, Ty replicated the East Coast event at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Throughout the 1980s, with enthusiasm and a true passion for the industry, Ty continued to build upon the magazine’s success and prided himself on playing an active role in the industry to include partnering with the NLA to produce the LCT shows.   

In 1994, I was tapped to take over the LCT portfolio. Ty was moving upward in his dad’s company as the president and chief operating officer. His focus shifted to developing more trade shows, leading acquisitions, and making a huge digital media play throughout the parent company. However, Ty remained a supportive and committed leader to this marketplace. The LCT brand was always his baby.

Ed Bobit passed away at the grand age of 87 in June 2014. He left the company in the hands of Ty and his four sisters. In the past year, Ty was faced with a tough decision to sell the company so he could unencumber his sisters. They had financial needs and he wanted them to live out their lives in comfort and peace.     

So it’s a new day at Bobit and for Luxury Coach & Transportation as we ring in the New Year under new leadership at the corporate level. As for LCT, I hope you will trust in my stewardship to lead you, keep you well informed, and prepared for the never-ending changes in the ground transportation sector. I promise you this: I take this role very seriously and have worked most of my adult life alongside each and every one of you. I am fiercely protective. It is my personal mission every day to do the next right thing for the good of the whole. This industry is my life and I am at home with you.

Together we will achieve more greatness, but let us never forget our history. Thanks to Ty Bobit for setting all things in motion for us. We won’t say good-bye; we will just say, “See you soon.”

Related Topics: Bobit Business Media, executive changes, history of the limo industry, industry leaders, LCT Magazine, LCT Publisher, mergers & acquisitions, Sara Eastwood-Richardson, Ty Bobit

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  • Lew Aflalo

     | about 3 months ago

    A well deserved tribute from someone that has spent 25 years side by side with Ty. Thank you Sara! Both of you have played an integral part in the leaps and bounds our industry has taken since the 80’s-90’s. Ty demonstrated his compassion and left us all in very capable hands!!

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