Why Operators Should Attend Industry Events

Jim Luff
Posted on September 24, 2014
Jim and Hillary Luff (L and R) with industry friends Danny Sullivan of Vogue Limousine and Sarah VanBeek of Chosen Payments at the 2014 GCLA Expo, Sept. 23, in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jim and Hillary Luff (L and R) with industry friends Danny Sullivan of Vogue Limousine and Sarah VanBeek of Chosen Payments at the 2014 GCLA Expo, Sept. 23, in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Jim and Hillary Luff (L and R) with industry friends Danny Sullivan of Vogue Limousine and Sarah VanBeek of Chosen Payments at the 2014 GCLA Expo, Sept. 23, in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Jim and Hillary Luff (L and R) with industry friends Danny Sullivan of Vogue Limousine and Sarah VanBeek of Chosen Payments at the 2014 GCLA Expo, Sept. 23, in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jim and Hillary Luff (L and R) with industry friends Danny Sullivan of Vogue Limousine and Sarah VanBeek of Chosen Payments at the 2014 GCLA Expo, Sept. 23, in Costa Mesa, Calif.

 
On Tuesday night, my wife and I made the nearly three-hour drive to attend the annual Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) Expo. While the six hours on the road makes for a grueling day, there are so many positive things from being connected with your peers.
 
Let's face it, this industry isn't a job. It's a lifestyle. We run 24/7 at a frenetic pace all the time. There are many people that just don't understand the meticulous details that go behind the trips we perform. To break bread with your fellow operator is a great experience. You understand them and they understand you and the table experience just might become a learning experience.

Additionally, since I am in the market for a new bus, seeing so many at one place makes shopping a breeze. I was able to look at at least 10 buses all in one location rather than driving all over California just to look at them. There were also the vendors. I really just can't say enough about my account manager from Chosen Payments.  Sarah Vanbeek recently helped me with a charity event in my hometown and even came to my hometown to make sure everything went well. I at least had the opportunity to buy her a few cocktails to show my appreciation.
 
Being with your own people at industry events is just smart business.

Next up: I hope to see you next month at LCT-NLA Show East, the best place for industry networking on the East Coast.

Related Topics: California operators, GCLA, industry events, Jim Luff, LCT-NLA Show East, limo associations, limo tradeshows, networking

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  • Jim Luff

     | about 4 years ago

    Anthony, switch to my personal email addy of [email protected] and tell me who you are talking about. I think I know but I'm not really sure. I have always been opposed to LCT's Top Fleet article as it is always skewed. Everyone lies. In all fairness, anyone that wants to be considered should have to provide their fleet schedule EXACTLY AS WE MUST DO FOR LAX! THEN, and only then, would the lies stop! I could say, I have 1000 cars. I have cars in Kalispell, MT through my affiliate, Wild Horse. I have cars in Modesto through Luxury Limousine. I have cars in Kansas City through Blvd. Limousine, I have cars in Austin through Tony Franzetti and the list goes on and on but these aren't my cars!!!! Even the biggest of big boys don't have all the cars they say they do! Insurance Fleet Schedules are the only way to make it legit! The only California based operator I saw at the expo was Cheryl Berkman. That doesn't mean I might have missed someone but I don't think so.

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