Arizona Group Hosts Helpful Educational Summit

Jim Luff
Posted on July 3, 2019
LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood Richardson presents a state of the industry and Arizona market review during the Arizona Limousine Association's first ever educational summit on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (photo: Jim Luff)

LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood Richardson presents a state of the industry and Arizona market review during the Arizona Limousine Association's first ever educational summit on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (photo: Jim Luff)

I proudly serve on the board of the Arizona Limousine Association. When I say proudly, it’s because I am proud of our activities as one of the smaller limousine associations in America. Most recently, we hosted our first every Educational Summit. The event was held at the famed Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I have been involved with much larger organizations that have yet to launch an event like this summit. We began the first day with a State of the Industry address presented by LCT's Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson. While a two-hour presentation might seem a tad long, if you are hanging off the edge of your seat and lapping up all the knowledge, the history, and the projections, the time goes by fast. “Sara is so knowledgeable and smart about our industry. I truly enjoyed her presentation,” said Jeffrey Goldin, owner of Southwest Sedan Service.

I also took a turn at the podium sharing information about processing credit cards that many people didn't even know about. These tips could save operators money no matter who they process credit cards with. I was happy to serve as the emcee of the event and helped recruit Sara as well as industry veteran and published author, Ken Lucci. Other presenters included Kristen Carroll from the LMC Group.

The ALA's educational summit drew an attentive audience for the state of the industry presentation.

The ALA's educational summit drew an attentive audience for the state of the industry presentation.

The two-day event offered plenty of world-class networking opportunities and educational value. On both nights I was able to sit down with attendees and enjoy a really nice dinner while learning more about the industry myself. You can always teach an old dog some new tricks. Sara and I very much enjoyed an intimate dinner with several Arizona operators who shared their concerns for our industry, and this dialogue helps us develop future presentations and even trade shows by connecting with our readers. For 36 years, LCT has been the leader in delivering industry news through these vital interactions.

Related Topics: Arizona Limousine Association, Arizona operators, industry education, industry trends, LCT Publisher, limo associations, Sara Eastwood-Richardson, state of industry

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