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Affiliate Manager Thrives On Industry Friendships

Lexi Tucker
Posted on March 21, 2018

Allison Baumann, affiliate manager for JED transportation and Country Club Limousine, with her fiance Alex Blalack
Allison Baumann, affiliate manager for JED transportation and Country Club Limousine, with her fiance Alex Blalack
HAZELWOOD, Mo. — All good affiliate managers know their jobs revolve around making connections. Much like chauffeurs are the face of a business, affiliate managers are arguably the face of a company’s reputation.

Allison Baumann, affiliate manager for JED transportation and Country Club Limousine, took on the position in April 2017 with a lot of excitement…and a bit of nerves.

What She’s Learned So Far

She may be fairly new to the position, but she’s learned a lot in that time. “I was very eager and anxious to take on such a big role, but I made the plunge and hit the ground running,” she says.

The best, and really only, way to grow in the role is to get out and meet new people. Baumann recommends finding a role model in the industry and being courageous enough to ask for help when you need it.

“In my opinion, meeting people is one of the most important things to do in this industry. People feel more comfortable doing business with someone they know and trust. If you do not build those relationships, farm in and farm out business can be hard to maintain,” she explains.

She also says joining Arthur Messina’s Going Global affiliate group presented her with a major advantage. “There are so many people in those groups that have been in the industry for years that I look up to.”

Lastly, never be afraid to ask for help or advice. “I have learned in a very short time frame that people do not want to see you fail. I have sent many emails, texts, and had long phone calls with industry professionals who sincerely want to see you and your business succeed.”

When asked what she likes best about being an affiliate manager, she says getting the opportunity to travel and meet representatives from other companies face to face makes it all worthwile.

“I have learned more about the companies I do business with by going to their facilities, looking at their vehicles, meeting staff, and learning about how they do business. I also love the environment. The business is extremely fast paced and energetic. It’s a great atmosphere!”

Rick Hutson and Vince Schneider, managing partners of JED transportation and Country Club Limousine
Rick Hutson and Vince Schneider, managing partners of JED transportation and Country Club Limousine
Behind Every Great Affiliate Manager Is A Great Company

JED Limousine was founded 51 years ago by Joseph E. Dellerman (JED). Country Club Limousine (CCL) was founded in 2004 with one white stretch. CCL quickly grew to 25 vehicles and in 2010 merged with JED to form one of the largest luxury transportation companies in the St. Louis area.

Managing Partner Vince Schneider says the biggest lesson he’s learned is whatever challenge or opportunity you may face in this industry, others have faced it before.

“Organizations like the NLA and LCT are great resources to gain information on how others have solved or met those challenges,” he says.

The most recent success the company has had is its entry into the motorcoach and charter business. It bought its first newer coach in 2012, and now its motorcoach fleet is up to 11, six of which are 2017/18 Temsa buses. JED runs a diverse fleet of 80 vehicles with everything from sedans to limos and party buses to motorcoaches.

In the future, the company hopes to continue to grow its bus business and look for more acquisitions. They’ve purchased five transportation companies since 2009.

Related Topics: affiliate networks, Affiliate Report, Arthur Messina, customer service, Missouri operators, WebXclusive, women in the industry

Lexi Tucker Associate Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • NATALIE Brown

     | about 3 months ago

    Great story!

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