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WINSTON-SALEM / GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Longtime limousine company executive and industry leader Jeff Shanker on July 3 joined Black Tie Transportation, a growing operation that spans multiple companies and cities in North Carolina.
Shanker, who previously worked at RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation in Bethesda, Md., and at A-1 Limousine in Princeton, N.J., now helps plan and lead the overall strategy for Black Tie, including compliance, training, safety, business development, and business relationships on a local and national level. Shanker also is a past president of the Limousine Association of New Jersey, and has been involved in the industry since 1986.
"Since my arrival in July, with our entire team lead by President Gray Hill, director of of operations Laura Timmons, and Raleigh general manager Brad Jackson, we’ve seen an increase in our business as we’ve successfully won a number of RFPs for athletic and collegiate transportation," Shanker said. "We are increasing our motorcoach tour operations with both day trips and multiple day tours and field trips." As a result of diversifying its business development, the company has seen its sedan business increase during the last few months as well.
Shanker reports the company also has solidified a multi-year contract for daily shuttle business and bought new motorcoaches for its Raleigh office. Training sessions include best practices of safety, hours of service, and motorcoach operations, and the company is in the final phase of selecting its ELD for its fleet.
Black Tie is owned by Hill, who also owns Black Tie Bus Charters (Winston Salem/Greensboro), Blue Diamond Transportation (Raleigh), and Academic Fieldtrips and Tours (Raleigh). Hill, a second-generation company owner, has stewarded his businesses growth from a single limousine to a fleet of more than 75 vehicles including sedans, SUVs, vans, limousines, buses, and motorcoaches with offices across North Carolina.
"With Jeff’s industry knowledge and diversity within the entire passenger ground transportation business, he is a natural fit for our growing companies,” Hill said in an earlier press release.
Shanker is well known throughout the industry as a frequent speaker at LCT and Chauffeur Driven trade shows, and for the National Limousine Association, the American Bus Association, and Bus Industry Safety Council. In addition to leading LANJ, Shanker has served industry trade groups in many capacities for the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association and the Virginia Limousine Association. He is the secretary for the ABA and Bus Industry Safety Council.
"With the vision they have, the new facility currently under construction in such a prime location and the continued business growth and expansion is truly inspiring," Shanker said in the press release. "It is genuinely a privilege to join Gray and the Black Tie group of companies. I look forward to the teamwork and expanding our companies business and brand throughout the limousine and motorcoach industry. Gray has a great team in place and we all look forward to growing and the prosperous future."
About Black Tie Transportation: Gray Hill and his family entered the luxury chauffeured car industry in in 1990 with a single stretch limousine in the Greensboro, NC area. From the early days, running from the family home, the business has constantly grown over the decades. With the acquisition of Blue Diamond Transportation in Raleigh, NC in 2014 the growth has been substantial. The most recent startup of Academic Field Trips and Tours has increased the market presence within the region also. Hill serves on the executive board for the North Carolina Motorcoach Association and is vice president of the North Carolina Limousine Association.
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