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Florida Operator Makes a Difference in Industry, Community

Lexi Tucker
Posted on July 17, 2019
(L to R) Wendy Kleefisch of Brevard Executive Limousine speaks to LCT senior editor Lexi Tucker about what the CFLA has been up to in 2019.

(L to R) Wendy Kleefisch of Brevard Executive Limousine speaks to LCT senior editor Lexi Tucker about what the CFLA has been up to in 2019.

[This is the seventh episode in a recurring series of educational videos by LCT editors Martin Romjue, Lexi Tucker, and Jim Luff]

One of the most well-known and respected female operators in the luxury transportation industry, Wendy Kleefisch, owner of Brevard Executive Limousine in Indialantic, Fla. and president of the Central Florida Livery Association (CFLA), dedicates a great deal of her time not only to her business, but her fellow operators and community as well.

Getting Work Done

Even in just the first quarter of 2019, the CFLA has had an amazing year so far. They’ve had the Director of Airport Operations from Orlando International Airport, Tom Draper, speak about leveling out the playing field for ground transportation. “They aren’t throwing us out to terminal C, and we now have the same access at Terminal A, B, and C, which is a huge victory for Central Florida.”

In February, they had the director of ground transportation from Port Canaveral come out and visit their association. The port is booming, and huge economic growth is going on, according to Kleefisch. The Space X program and new cruise ships have contributed to a great deal of development in the area.

Every year in the summer, the CFLA participates in Cans for a Cause where the association helps feed those in need in Central Florida. “That's really close to my heart, stocking those pantries. People often don't think about pantries during the summer months, and that's when they need food the most. We really have a great agenda lined up for CFLA for the rest of 2019.”

Prosperity Comes To Those Who Pursue It

Kleefisch has seen a lot of growth this year, with new engineering facilities and companies popping up in her area of operations. “As a female owner and operator, I have some preferred government contracts I get access to because I’m a certified woman in business, and with that you get the first shot at bidding for those. I just jumped right out and landed those accounts.”

Girl Power

Kleefisch has some advice and words of encouragement for women who are just starting out who may be a little standoffish and worried about making their presence known in the industry. “It used to be a man's world, but not anymore. Stand up on your own two feet and believe in yourself is the best advice I have for you. There's nothing better than getting out of bed every day for me.”

To see the full video interview, click here.

To see the other videos in the series, click here.

Related Topics: 2019 LCT video education series, central florida livery association, Florida operators, ILCT 2019, industry education, limo associations, video, Wendy Kleefisch, women in the industry

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Tammy Carlisle

     | about 4 months ago

    Love this article. Proud to call Wendy my friend. She has a heart bigger than Texas!

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