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Awards Show What Becomes Possible With Persistence

Martin Romjue
Posted on March 16, 2018
Class of 2018 LCT Awards Club: Front Row (L to R): Maria Garza, Anastasios Korovesis, Brian Scott, Kevin Cronin, Brett Barenholtz, Kevin Callinan, Rick Szilagyi; Back Row (L to R): J.R. Garza, Maurice and Rhonda Brewster, Terry Murtaugh, Jason Dornhoffer, Lew Aflalo, Laura and Jeff Canady, and Ford-Lincoln's Craig Hall (LCT photo)
Class of 2018 LCT Awards Club: Front Row (L to R): Maria Garza, Anastasios Korovesis, Brian Scott, Kevin Cronin, Brett Barenholtz, Kevin Callinan, Rick Szilagyi; Back Row (L to R): J.R. Garza, Maurice and Rhonda Brewster, Terry Murtaugh, Jason Dornhoffer, Lew Aflalo, Laura and Jeff Canady, and Ford-Lincoln's Craig Hall (LCT photo)

[NOTE TO READERS: This revised article first appeared in the March 14 edition of the International LCT Show Daily].

MANDALAY BAY, Las Vegas — One pillar of excellent performance, as any successful business owner will tell you, is persistence. Many of the 2018 LCT Operator of the Year Award winners who accepted their awards on stage March 13 at the annual LCT Awards Celebration draw on this quality.

Take the winners in the fleet categories as examples; they have applied over and over again. This was the fourth attempt for Maurice Brewster of Mosaic Global Transportation in San Jose, Calif., one of two winners in the 51+ vehicles category, and the second attempt for the other winners in the category, Brett Barenholtz and Kevin Cronin of Boston Car Service/Above All Transportation. The companies achieved a rare tie, which has happened three times in at least the last 10 years of OOY Awards.

Also relieved to be getting awards were repeat finalists in the other fleet size groups. Winners Jeff and Laura Canady of CLT Express Livery in Charlotte, N.C., patiently applied for the last three years in the 31-50 vehicles category, finally walking away with the award. Familiar finalists/applicants-turned-winners also included Jason Dornhoffer and Terry Murtaugh of United Private Car of Boston in the 11-30 vehicles category; and J.R. and Maria Garza of Diamond Limousine of Boise, Idaho, in the 1-10 vehicles category.

The lesson here is. . . no shopworn Susan Lucci jokes, please. Even she won an Emmy after being nominated 19 times. Some OOY finalists who ended up winning in past years tried as many as four and five times before scoring high enough for the award.

Rounding out the roster of winners were Escot Bus Lines of Tampa, Fla., headed by operator Brian Scott, as Motorcoach Operator of the Year; and the LCT Global Operator of the Year Award winners, Anastasios and Dimitrios Korovesis of Limotours Hellas SA in Athens, Greece. A separate LCT-NLA Association Award of Excellence, which recognizes a state or regional industry trade group for its work on behalf of operator-members, went to the New England Livery Association.

The winners were recognized during a ceremony in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom F hosted by LCT Publisher and Show Chair Sara Eastwood-Richardson and Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit, following a cocktail hour and plated dinner steak and seafood.

Guests feasted amid a florid Arabian Nights themed gala atmosphere. The ballroom was adorned in colorful linens of orange, purple, pink and green, featuring tall white vases with peacock and ostrich feathers. Cocktail tables bore centerpieces of Moroccan lanterns and gold votive candles.

Arabian Nights themed ballroom for the 2018 LCT Awards Celebration.
Arabian Nights themed ballroom for the 2018 LCT Awards Celebration.
The OOY Awards are considered the leading national and global recognition of business excellence in the luxury ground transportation industry since 1990.

Each category consists of two to four finalists who are notified privately. Judges score the finalists in six categories: Customer service, media/marketing innovations, safety/insurance performance, chauffeur/staff training, and community/industry involvement.

[More coverage and photos of award winners coming in the May Post-Show issue of LCT Magazine].

2018 LCT Operator of the Year Award Winners List:

2018 LCT-NLA Association Awardof Excellence

New England Livery Association

2018 LCT Global Operator Of The Year

Limotours Hellas SA, Athens, Greece
Anastasios and Dimitrios Korovesis

2018 LCT Motorcoach Operator Of The Year

Escot Bus Lines, Tampa, FL
Brian Scott

2018 LCT Operator Of The Year Award
(1-10 Vehicles Category)

Diamond Limousine Sedan Inc., Boise, ID
J.R. and Maria Garza

(11-30 Vehicles Category)

United Private Car, Boston, MA
Terry Murtaugh and Jason Dornhoffer

(31-50 Vehicles Category)

CLT Express Livery, Charlotte, NC
Jeff and Laura Canady

(51+ Vehicles Category)

Boston Car Service/Above All Transportation, Boston, MA
Brett Barenholtz and Kevin Cronin

Mosaic Global Transportation
San Jose, CA
Maurice and Rhonda Brewster

Related Topics: honors and awards, ILCT 2018, operator achievements, Operator of the Year Awards

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Comments ( 2 )
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    In the world of transportation services, it is really important that you deliver excellent service that you offer. Clients will remember you in every way. Congratulations to the awardees. They deserve it.

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