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New Jersey Operators Hit All The Right Hot Topics

Tom Halligan
Posted on September 30, 2016

LANJ President Jason Sharenow moderates a “hot topics” vendor panel discussion at the association's Sept. 28 meeting. Seated, L-R: Jeff Brodsly, Chosen Payments; Mark Leddy, General Motors; Chris McCrae, Karhoo; and Richard Ackerman, P.A. Post Agency.
LANJ President Jason Sharenow moderates a “hot topics” vendor panel discussion at the association's Sept. 28 meeting. Seated, L-R: Jeff Brodsly, Chosen Payments; Mark Leddy, General Motors; Chris McCrae, Karhoo; and Richard Ackerman, P.A. Post Agency.
LIVINGSTON, N.J. — More than 100 members of the Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) and vendor supporters attended the association’s “Vendor Member Appreciation Day” luncheon and expo on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Cedar Hill Country Club.

LCT exhibited and raffled off a full complimentary conference and show pass to the upcoming LCT-NLA Show East, Nov. 13-15, at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., won by Barbara Chirico, chairman, Gem Limousine.

The day also featured a “Hot Topics” panel discussion, moderated by LANJ President Jason Sharenow, and participants, Jeff Brodsly, Chosen Payments; Mark Leddy, General Motors Eastern Regional Fleet and Commercial; Chris McCrae, Karhoo; and Richard Ackerman, P.A. Post Agency.

Ackermen said Insurance rates are increasing for some operators, especially those who own party buses with perimeter seating and a dance pole that increase risk. Panelists also talked about the use of vehicle cameras that can help operators and insurers determine the circumstances and fault in an accident.

Ackerman is participating in a LCT-NLA Show East General Session panel: "State of Insurance in the Ground Transportation Industry,” that will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Harrah’s Resort. The session will focus on what operators can do to make their companies more attractive and less risky to insurance companies. The panel, which is being moderated by Doug Schwartz, Executive Limousine and NLA Board of Director, includes: Mike Marrocoli, Capacity Coverage Co.; Matt Mushorn, Lancer Insurance Co., and Michelle Wiltgen, National Interstate Insurance Co.

Brodsly, Chosen Payments president and CEO, advised operators to be more diligent in avoiding chargebacks, noting it may be difficult, but chauffeurs should have clients sign a form at the conclusion of the trip and also make a copy of the client’s driver’s license, especially if the client is not a regular customer. He noted if there is documentation on each trip, then it’s easier to fight chargebacks because there is proof the customer signed-off on the trip.

Mark Lady, an executive with General Motors National Fleet Sales, updated operators on the Cadillac Division, noting it has relocated from Detroit to New York City, and has reorganized to focus on expanding its vehicle lineup in the near future intent on increasing Cadillac’s status as a top-tier luxury vehicle supplier for the industry with a wide array of new products.

Chris McCrae, vice president with Karhoo USA,  the new global on-demand private transportation comparison and booking app, updated members on the company’s plans to roll out its service in the U.S planned for the fourth quarter this year. McCrae told LCT the product is in beta testing with operators to ensure it's bullet proof before its first U.S. launch in New York City. Future plans call for Karhoo to enter other high-volume travel markets such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas.

Karhoo first launched in the United Kingdom this year, and now has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, and Singapore.

Related Topics: Cadillac, fleet insurance, Jeff Brodsly, Karhoo, LANJ, limo associations, Limousine Association of New Jersey, new jersey

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