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NLA Names Industry Leader Philip Jagiela As New Executive Director

Posted on November 14, 2012
Under the leadership of Philip Jagiela, the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association received the LCT Association Award of Excellence in 2009.

Under the leadership of Philip Jagiela, the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association received the LCT Association Award of Excellence in 2009.

Under the leadership of Philip Jagiela, the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association received the LCT Association Award of Excellence in 2009.
Under the leadership of Philip Jagiela, the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association received the LCT Association Award of Excellence in 2009.

MARLTON, N.J. — Philip Jagiela, a Philadelphia operator and president of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association, has been hired as the executive director of the National Limousine Association, effective Nov. 27, the association said Wednesday.

Jagiela succeeds retiring executive director Patricia Nelson, who has worked in the post since January 2007 and officially retires on Nov. 30. Jagiela brings vast limousine industry experience to the full-time position.

To sum it up, he knows how to drive, fix and manage limousine fleet vehicles as well as run a profitable business.

Most notably, Jagiela is the founder and co-owner with his wife, Linda, of Aries Transportation Group of Southampton, Penn., a 20-vehicle company started in 1988 with annual revenues of $1.2 million and 25 employees. He has been president of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association since 2007 and serves as the current legislative liaison for state and local issues for the NLA, a position he has held since January 2009.

Jagiela's experience provides an ideal variety of expertise for the NLA’s top management post, drawing upon business ownership and management, organizational leadership, state- and federal-level political lobbying, and a detailed knowledge of key legislative and regulatory issues facing the national limousine industry.

“I am humbly honored to be given this opportunity to represent the NLA on such a high level,” Jagiela said in a statement. “I am very excited and ready to hit the ground running to represent the industry and assist the NLA President and board members in all areas of business activity by serving them and the members at large. I am truly fortunate to have served under the leadership of Patty Nelson in my role as legislative liaison for state and local issues since 2009. Her leadership during these past years has been most rewarding while gaining the experience needed for this new position. I realize what a big pair of shoes I will need to fill going forward. I look forward to making a smooth transition with the support of her, Darcie [Benard], Kim [Bubnis] and the Bobit Business Media team."

As legislative liaison, Jagiela fielded calls from members who have state and local issues including regulatory, business, airports and labor; assisted with information and development of action plan to resolve issues; assisted members who wanted to start local or state associations by providing information on bylaws, non-profit status, and board structure; reported to the executive director and NLA Board of Directors on a regular basis making presentations at board meetings to update the board on member issues nationwide; interacted regularly with association presidents throughout the country to understand the state of the industry as it affects state local issues; worked with NLA Lobbyist organization, Cornerstone Government Affairs, for more complex state and local issues to ensure that the members' needs were addressed; and assisted with lobbying activities and political functions.

In his new post, Jagiela will serve and report directly to the NLA President and the 18-member board of directors who lead the largest limousine industry trade organization in the world that is recognized as the leading business voice of the chauffeured transportation industry. The group holds four quarterly face-to-face meetings per year and monthly meetings on conference call.

“The NLA board looks forward to working with Phil in growing membership, enhancing benefits and education, and advocating for our industry on Capitol Hill and within the regulatory agencies,” NLA President Diane Forgy said in a statement. “He brings with him many years of industry experience, leadership skills and a lot of heart and passion. We are excited to welcome Phil into this new role.”

The National Limousine Association represents 1,969 dues-paying operator members, operates on an annual budget of $1.2 million, and has more than 30 state, regional and city-based industry associations officially affiliated with it. It co-sponsors the annual International LCT Show in Las Vegas each year, providing the industry’s leading educational curriculum and speaker roster.

Incoming NLA executive director Philip Jagiela brings a wide variety of experience and expertise, including as an operator, industry advocate, association leader, and last but not least, mechanic.
Incoming NLA executive director Philip Jagiela brings a wide variety of experience and expertise, including as an operator, industry advocate, association leader, and last but not least, mechanic.

Jagiela, a native of Philadelphia and current resident of Shamong, N.J. who has spent his entire career and educational training in the Philadelphia region, draws upon much vocational and practical experience, namely as a former Dairy Queen franchise owner, a part-time school bus driver, a branch manager of Arrowhead Industrial Water, and a journeyman pipefitter. He is also a classic automobile enthusiast, collector and mechanic.

Jagiela has two daughters from a previous marriage, Kimberly, 33, and Adrienne, 30, and a stepdaughter, Devon, 17.

[LCT Magazine will have coverage of Nelson’s retirement in the December issue].

Sources: NLA; Martin Romjue, LCT editor

Related Topics: Diane Forgy, executive changes, leadership, limo associations, National Limousine Association, New Jersey operators, NLA board of directors, Patricia Nelson, Pennsylvania operators, Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association, Philip Jagiela

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