New England Operation Extends Reach To Southwest Florida

Martin Romjue
Posted on October 11, 2017
New England operator John Olinger, owner of All Occasion Transportation, ROCKSTAR Limo, Kenny's Coach & Trolleys by Tes, and now American Comfort Limousines in Naples, Fla. (photo from Olinger)
New England operator John Olinger, owner of All Occasion Transportation, ROCKSTAR Limo, Kenny's Coach & Trolleys by Tes, and now American Comfort Limousines in Naples, Fla. (photo from Olinger)

WARWICK, R.I. — Rhode Island and Southwest Florida may not appear like a logical territorial match for a chauffeured transportation company — until you factor in the seasons.

Winters are opposites in those areas, and for All Occasion Transportation owner and CEO John Olinger, the dual climates will make the best use of his 50-plus vehicle fleet. The Providence-area company, which also serves the Boston market, closed a deal Sept. 27 to buy American Comfort Limousines in Naples, a nine-vehicle operation founded in 2007.

Terms of the asset sale, handled by a broker in Naples, were not disclosed, but All Occasion gained the nine fleet vehicles and is taking over a lease. Olinger also owns ROCKSTAR Limo in Newport and Kenny’s Coach & Trolleys By Tes of Plymouth, Mass., which he acquired earlier this year. All brands are owned under Olinger's parent company, O2 Global Chauffeured Services.

American Comfort serves about a 90% corporate/10% leisure retail client base, while All Occasion/ROCKSTAR/Trolleys by Tess does 75% corporate/25% leisure. The fleet mix includes party buses, two Setra motorcoaches, nine trolleys, and multiple mini-coaches and shuttle buses, which will enable the company to grow its wedding business and corporate group transportation for meetings and conventions in the Naples, Fort Myers, and Port Charlotte region.

“The season in Naples is opposite of the season in Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” Olinger said. “We’ll be moving a bigger fleet down there during our off season.”

American Comfort owner Ron Ziemba sold the company for personal reasons and is staying on for one month to help with operations and six months as a consultant. The combined companies have about 100 full- and part-time chauffeurs and employees. Olinger plans to replaces some of the older vehicles in the American Comfort fleet.

“The company has a good reputation and client base with 10 years in that market,” he said. He also cited its excellent reputation as an affiliate. “We were looking to expand down there in that exact market. This is a good way to start small and go from there.”

American Comfort will operate under its brand and website for the near future, but Olinger plans to introduce the All Occasion and ROCKSTAR brands into the southwest Florida region. 

Olinger and ROCKSTAR Limo won an LCT Operator of the Year Award in the 2000s.

Related LCT article: New England Operators Close Deal

Related Topics: business deals, Florida operators, group transportation, John Olinger, mergers & acquisitions, New England operators, operation growth, Rhode Island operators, weddings

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