Operations

Young Operator Goes All In For Industry Advocacy

Lexi Tucker
Posted on April 11, 2018

Jason Ramsey, president of Prestige Worldwide Transportation
Jason Ramsey, president of Prestige Worldwide Transportation
DENVER, Colo. — As the world changes, it’s up to a new generation to help guide it. This means taking action instead of waiting around for someone else to do something. Jason Ramsey, president of Prestige Worldwide Transportation, is using his new found position as president of the Colorado Limousine Association (CLA) to renew an interest in fighting for the industry.

Fight For Your Rights

Ramsey’s first big task is to drum up more participation from active members, as well as seek out new blood for the group. He hopes to double membership by the end of 2018.

“The old way of doing things worked for the industry in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s when TNCs didn’t exist— now, they do. We appreciate all that everyone has done for the industry up to this point; however, times have changed. We as an industry must adapt rapidly to this change. We have to figure out a way to alter the old mindset and have young operators play a part in doing so,” he says.

As membership increases, he hopes to have more boots on the ground to help make legislative changes and get together to come up with ideas on creating more revenue.

“We have about 50 members, but there are about 600 companies in Denver alone,” Ramsey says. He started as secretary of the CLA in 2017 and took over PR efforts and the association’s social media channels. “We also worked with Drive Profit who helped us improve our website pro bono.” He suggests other associations look into what Drive Profit can do to help them.

Starting Small

Ramsey didn’t grow up around limousines; he was raised in a small town in Indiana where he had never even seen one in person. It wasn’t until his late 30s that he laid eyes on one and told himself that was what he wanted to drive. “I started out by moonlighting during evenings and weekends driving a 14-passenger super-stretched sedan limousine,” he says.

That was in 2011, which afforded him the opportunity to drive during the 2012 Super Bowl hosted by Indianapolis. “Meeting so many different people was exhilarating to me and ensuring they had a great experience was my top priority.” In 2013, he relocated to Denver and began his first company, 303 Luxury Car Service, by selling everything he had to afford his first sedan — a Lincoln MKZ.

Business started booming and his fleet quickly grew from a one-car operation into a five vehicle fleet.

Slow Growth = Steady Growth

When he started Prestige Worldwide Transportation in 2016, he came up with a different strategy and business model. With moderate growth and strong affiliate relationships, he’s already seeing a 20% increase in business from first quarter 2017. The company operates two sedans, three SUVs, and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.

Ramsey will have his first ever office/warehouse space on May 1. “We’ll be located off of Airport Boulevard, which is only minutes away from Denver International Airport,” he says. He’s also acquiring two owner-operator companies, and adding a salesperson to focus solely on building relationships with companies seeking his level of service and reliability.

Advice To Young Operators

His advice to Millennial operators is to get involved in industry trade groups like your local or state association as well as the National Limousine Association (NLA). “Be an active participant by volunteering your time, energy, and talents. We are faced with many challenges in the years ahead, and if we all can come together as one we can make waves within the industry to grow and adapt to today’s ever-changing client demands and industry regulations. New blood is what this industry so desperately needs, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Related Topics: Colorado Limousine Association, Colorado operators, industry leaders, LCTFast40, limo associations, Millennials, National Limousine Association, NLA

Lexi Tucker Associate Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Carla Abel

     | about 14 days ago

    Great effort, hard work and a lot of hours has gotten you here. Congratulations!!

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