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Allen Serafin, Flyte Tyme Owner And Executive, 1945-2019

Posted on January 15, 2019
Allen Serafin, founder and former CEO of Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation in his office. (photos courtesy of Tim Rose family)
Allen Serafin, founder and former CEO of Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation in his office. (photos courtesy of Tim Rose family)

The Rose and Seelinger families last week announced the passing of Allen Serafin on Jan. 10, who was one of the original owners of Flyte Tyme Limousine from 1987 until 2008 when he retired from the business.

Serafin, 73, who lived in Haverstraw, N.Y., was a tireless advocate as part of the Limousine Association of New Jersey and one of its founding members. He also was a lifelong member of the National Limousine Association.

He retired in 2008 after Flyte Tyme announced a strategic partnership with Executive Transportation Group that helped the combined companies expand further in the Northeast and grow a worldwide affiliate network, according to a September 2009 LCT report.

Serafin leaves behind four beautiful daughters, three of whom went on to work in the business with him. In addition, Serafin later became the father-in-law to David Seelinger, owner and CEO of EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, when his daughter Michelle married David in 2002.

Tim Rose, CEO of Flyte Tyme, and his father-in-law and company founder Allen Serafin in an undated photo.
Tim Rose, CEO of Flyte Tyme, and his father-in-law and company founder Allen Serafin in an undated photo.
In 2003, Serafin became father-in-law to Flyte Tyme executive Tim Rose when his daughter Doreen married Rose in 2003. Rose joined Flyte Tyme as President and COO in 1997. He is now Chairman of Addison Lee Group North America after it acquired Flyte Tyme in January 2017.

The family known for two of the largest and most successful companies in the industry with EmpireCLS, based in Secaucus, N.J., and Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation, based in Mahwah, N.J., created a genuine limousine family dynasty under Serafin who was the father to all of us, said Seelinger and Rose in the announcement.

Serafin and his beloved four daughters aboard his boat. He was a member of U.S. Coast Guard auxiliaries.
Serafin and his beloved four daughters aboard his boat. He was a member of U.S. Coast Guard auxiliaries.
Serafin loved his girls and his wife Teresa and his family, which include 21 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

He was a member of the Coast Guard auxiliaries in New York and Florida and loved to be on his boat on the water.

"We thank Allen for his commitment and sacrifice to the limousine industry and may he rest in peace," the statement read.

Sources: Official announcement; LCT

Allen Serafin memory page here

Related Topics: David Seelinger, deaths, Flyte Tyme, industry leaders, memorial, New Jersey operators, obituary, Tim Rose

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