Windy City Lines Up New Top Management

Posted on August 18, 2017

CHICAGO — George Jacobs, CEO of Windy City Limousine and Bus, on Aug. 18 announced some high-profile promotions within his company:

  • Kathy Kahne promoted from vice-president to president.
  • Tracy Raimer, former owner of the CTG Group and Your Private Limousine, named executive vice president.
  • Jerold Bean, former director of sales and special events, promoted to vice president of sales and marketing.
 Jacobs described their professional experience and new roles. Jacobs said he will retain the title of CEO and still be intimately involved with the daily operations of the company as before.

“Kathy Kahne is well known within the industry and has been with me since 2000 when we were at Carey together,” Jacobs said in a press release. “She has made it her goal to learn about this business, look ahead toward the future, and keep Windy City abreast of new technology, all the while overseeing spectacular growth. She attends all Industry events, and has even been a speaker at some. She belongs to an industry owner’s group, and is hands on in all facets. I could not be prouder of her and she richly deserves this honor.”

New Windy City Executive Vice President Tracy Raimer (photo courtesy of Windy City)

New Windy City Executive Vice President Tracy Raimer (photo courtesy of Windy City)

“Tracy Raimer is someone I have known since her infancy in this industry,” Jacobs said. “She came to me 20 years ago for mentoring. After a couple of years, she has flown on her own, developing her own company, YPL, and ultimately putting together a co-operative corporation made up of various companies like Northshore Limousine, Deerbrook Limousine, YPL, and others. It felt like she was coming home when we recently merged all of those companies into our operation. Tracy is very sharp and will bring great new ideas to Windy City as well as reviewing our current structure to see where we can get better.”

“Jerold Bean made his mark in Chicago for 15 years as a manager of destination management companies (DMCs), and meetings and incentive houses,” Jacobs said. “He was actually a client of Windy City Limousine. Ten years ago we wooed him over to come work for us and he dramatically changed the landscape of this company. We became the go-to company for DMCs as they have become a huge part of our culture. When we lost a sales manager some years back, Jerold volunteered to add that to his workload. He has done a great job and he will help get us to the next level.”

Windy City founder and CEO George Jacobs (LCT photo)

Windy City founder and CEO George Jacobs (LCT photo)

About Windy City Limousine and Bus Worldwide
Windy City, founded in 2004, has grown into the sixth largest chauffeured transportation company, according to the 2017 LCT 50 Largest Fleets List. In 2016, it won the LCT Operator of the Year Award in the largest fleet vehicle category. The company has been featured numerous times in industry media, and most recently Jacobs appeared on the July cover of LCT Magazine. Windy City has been on the INC 500/5000 list six times, and has been recognized as the Best Transportation Company in Illinois eight times, including seven in a row. Jacobs was Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 and a finalist 24 years later. Windy City, with a fleet of more than 200 sedans and 130 buses, has two key partnerships with TranSports, a leading sports transportation company and First Class App, soon to go nationwide. Windy City partners with the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, PGA, NBA, MLB, and many Fortune 500 Companies.

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