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Father-Son Team, 40-Year Chauffeur Win TLPA Awards

Posted on October 17, 2018

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) has announced the winners of its annual awards program recognizing the top fleet operators and drivers in the ground transportation industry. Among the winners of interest to the luxury transportation sector:

• Limousine & Sedan Operator of the Year: Matt and Nikko Assolin, Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services of Houston

• Limousine & Sedan Chauffeur of the Year: Grigory Eskin, Vital Transportation, Inc. of New York City

Matt and Nikko Assolin of Nikko's Worldwide Transportation in Houston run a 50-vehicle operation known for its exceptional attention to service and its high-profile clientele. (Photo: TLPA)
Matt and Nikko Assolin of Nikko's Worldwide Transportation in Houston run a 50-vehicle operation known for its exceptional attention to service and its high-profile clientele. (Photo: TLPA)

Father-Son Operators Devoted To Client Service

After moving from New York to Houston, Nikko Assolin opened a small limousine company in 1982, a move his son, Matt, said was “sort of on a whim.” But that move paid off, and this month, Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services will receive the industry’s highest honor, having been named the Limousine & Sedan Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA).

The international trade association, the oldest and largest of its kind in the world, will honor both Nikko Assolin and his son, Matt, who joined the company in 2008.

The company, now a 50-vehicle operation with fleets in Houston and Austin, is known for its exceptional attention to service and its high-profile clientele. Its customers have included major entertainers, politicians, and sports figures for the past 25 years.

“The Assolin family has built a remarkable company with some of the best customer service in the business, supported by excellent technology,” said Alfred LaGasse, CEO of TLPA. “Equally exemplary is their commitment to serving our industry through numerous volunteer efforts that help other fleets deliver the very best service.”

There are a lot of moving parts to delivering such service, Matt said. “We exist in our industry to be in the service of our clients and there are a lot of things that go into that,” he said. “Like making sure we have great employees, making sure we have great vehicles and, in this day and age, making sure we have great technologies in place.”

Vital Transportation's Grigory Eskin has been honored in the past by New York City officials for not receiving a single ticket in a year, a rare achievement in such a congested metropolis. (photo: TLPA)
Vital Transportation's Grigory Eskin has been honored in the past by New York City officials for not receiving a single ticket in a year, a rare achievement in such a congested metropolis. (photo: TLPA)
Chauffeur Has Superb Work Ethic, Driving Record

When Grigory Eskin and his wife, Rachel, left Lithuania in 1980, their goal was to give their six-year-old son a better education.

Eskin spoke six languages, but not English. He had $316 to his name. But he knew a better future awaited. He worked hard and learned quickly, moving from his first job as a taxi driver to being a chauffeur with Vital Transportation, Inc., of New York City in just three years.

Four decades later and still with the same company, the 71-year-old Eskin is being honored as the best in his field, having been named the 2018 Limousine & Sedan Chauffeur of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), the oldest and largest trade organization of its kind in the world.

“Vital is my company; it is my family,” Eskin said. “Everything I have in life is because of Vital. If you are a hard-working person and you are willing to get something, you’re always going to get it. My main goal was to give my kids the best education. And I did.”

Berj Haroutunian, president of Vital Transportation, said it is Eskin’s strong work ethic, superb driving record, and attention to detail that make him so deserving of the award. He noted that Eskin has even been honored in the past by New York City officials for not receiving a single ticket in a year, a rare achievement in such a congested metropolis.

“Grigory is one of a kind,” Haroutunian said. “I wish everyone was like him.” He notes that Eskin was with the company when it was just a 10-car fleet. It now has over 450 vehicles.

The award winners will be honored at TLPA’s landmark 100th Annual Convention & Trade Show, which will be held Oct. 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Source: TLPA press release

Related Topics: chauffeur behavior, honors and awards, Houston operators, Matt Assolin, New York operators, Taxi Limousine Paratransit & Association, taxis, Texas operators

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