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Bus And Tour Operation Buys Eco Limo Company

Posted on September 26, 2017
San Francisco operator Erin Shields (L) has sold her green fleet limo company to Gary and Jennifer Buffo, owners of Pure Luxury Transportation in Petaluma. (photo courtesy of Pure Luxury)
San Francisco operator Erin Shields (L) has sold her green fleet limo company to Gary and Jennifer Buffo, owners of Pure Luxury Transportation in Petaluma. (photo courtesy of Pure Luxury)

PETALUMA, Calif. --- Pure Luxury Transportation, one of the largest chauffeured vehicle and bus tour transportation companies in California, purchased San Francisco-based Green Carpet Limousine on Sept. 15.

Erin Shields, owner of Green Carpet, was among the first operators committed to providing an eco-friendly choice in the chauffeured transportation industry. For the past 10 years, Erin and her dedicated team provided more than 25,000 rides in the Bay Area.

While each individual ride helped the environment, Green Carpet overall led to a reduction of more than three million pounds of CO2 emissions. In deciding to sell her business, Shields was committed to finding a transportation company that would continue to provide a high level of service. It did not take her long to choose Pure Luxury, known for its award-winning wider array of ground transportation services.

Pure Luxury was founded by Gary Buffo in 1991. Buffo, who has served as president of the National Limousine Association since 2013, and his wife Jennifer have grown Pure Luxury from a one car operation to a full service, worldwide executive ground transportation and touring company.

Providing transportation for a diverse clientele with every type of chauffeured vehicle and bus available, Pure Luxury has become an industry leader in service and standards.

“When Erin approached us several months ago, we were thoroughly impressed with her dedication to her clients and especially her employees," Pure Luxury President Gary Buffo said. "We instantly knew Green Carpet would be a perfect fit within our corporate structure, as we share very similar visions and goals.”

The Buffos' focus on client experience is reflected in the Pure Luxury’s company slogan, “Committed to Perfection.” The company is also a member of
Green Ride Global, and has committed to a minimum of 10% GHG emission reductions each year from all areas of its operations since joining GRG in 2008.

Shields will join the Pure Luxury team in a business development role, where she will further develop Pure Luxury’s innovative services and grow business relationships with existing and new clients.

“I was so thoroughly impressed, not only by Pure Luxury’s corporate structure, but also by their technology advances, core values, mission statements, and their goals," Shields said. "Green Carpet and our employees and clients will benefit greatly by this acquisition. I am so proud to become a part of a fantastic forward thinking company."

COO Jennifer Buffo added, “It is truly amazing to have the opportunity to acquire a company that mirrored our service and safety standards, and with Erin joining our team is just an incredible bonus. Both teams will greatly benefit long term, including all of our clients.”

Terms of the asset purchase were not disclosed. Pure Luxury plans to buy more vehicles to accommodate the Green Carpet clientele. A Google search for Green Carpet Limousine indicates its former website links now connect to Pure Luxury's website.

Pure Luxury runs a fleet of about 200 vehicles, with a licensed global affiliate team of nearly 400 companies serving more than 500 cities worldwide. Pure Luxury is a privately held company with local offices in Petaluma, Napa Valley, Foster City, and Hayward that serve the Northern California region with private passenger, corporate, meetings, group and tour transportation.

Source: Pure Luxury press release

Related Topics: business deals, California operators, emissions reduction, Gary Buffo, Green Ride Global, green vehicles, Jennifer Buffo, mergers & acquisitions, operation growth, Pure Luxury Transportation, San Francisco operators

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