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Marcus Blount, About Town Limousine, 1967-2018

Lexi Tucker
Posted on April 17, 2019

(L to R): Kate Cronk, president of About Town Limousine, and Marc Blount at the 2018 Limo Patriot Ride in Las Vegas. (photos: Jim Clark)

(L to R): Kate Cronk, president of About Town Limousine, and Marc Blount at the 2018 Limo Patriot Ride in Las Vegas. (photos: Jim Clark)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Marcus "Marc" Augustus Blount, co-owner of Executive Cab and About Town Limousine in Jacksonville, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former journalist, died on Sept. 9, 2018 from a heart attack, the company disclosed on April 5. He was 50 years old.

Blount joined the company as a managing partner in January 2013.

Kate Cronk, president of About Town, said she first met Blount in 2001 when he was a sales manager for After Hours Tuxedos in a local mall. She had a small two-vehicle stretch limousine business she had started the year before, and they became fast friends.

"He worked with me exchanging info on weddings and prom services clients would come into his store for. He placed my business cards on the counter and would give them to his clients and urge them to use my services for their events."

Blount invited Cronk to display with him at local wedding shows because he knew she couldn’t afford to do a table alone at that time. This allowed her to network amd help her business grow.

Even after moving to Men’s Warehouse, he would put his clients in touch with Cronk. In 2004, she approached him and asked him to become a partner in the business. At that time, he was not ready for a new venture. In 2012, he took a leap of faith and joined her in buidling the business even further.

That year, they increased the fleet by five vehicles and hired several new chauffuers. Business increased by 30%, and every year after they grew by 20% consistently.

Blount was a family man who also happened to be an excellent salesman as well.

Blount was a family man who also happened to be an excellent salesman as well.

With Blount's sales ability and gift of drawing people to him, he was able to land contracts and make new friends. In 2015, Cronk started sending him to the industry trade shows.

"Marc loved this business and its potential. He had never been in transportation before 2012, and was very good at transitioning into a leader in the Industry. I am just sorry he will not be here to continue doing what he found that he loved," Cronk said.

Survivors include daughters Bayleigh Rose and Brenna Kathryn Blount; mother Lillian M. Blount; sister Beth Scott; nieces Jennifer Berger and Michelle Scott; grandmother Jane Blount; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many friends in the Jacksonville region.

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