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Operators Celebrated LCT East People's Choice Awards

LCT Staff
Posted on November 7, 2019
(L to R) JC Yancy and son, Harry Dhillon, Robert Gaskill (accepting on behalf of the GCLA), LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson, Aziz Wardigee, Reza Chaudhury, and Carey Fieldhouse.

(L to R) JC Yancy and son, Harry Dhillon, Robert Gaskill (accepting on behalf of the GCLA), LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson, Aziz Wardigee, Reza Chaudhury, and Carey Fieldhouse.

By Lexi Tucker and Martin Romjue, LCT editors

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Five industry operators were celebrated for their industry contributions at the LCT East Show with a People's Choice Award on Nov. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel. The event was sponsored by Ford/Lincoln Fleet Limousine & Livery Vehicles.

The Leadership Award, given to a person who has inspired and influenced others to accomplish a tough goal or deliver positive results, was presented to Mark Stewart of CLI Worldwide Transportation in Irvine, Calif; Mo Garkani of C.O.T.S. Group in Long

Robert Gaskill and Harry Dhillon accept the Leadership Award on behalf of GCLA leaders Mo Garkani, Mark Stewart, and David Kinney.

Robert Gaskill and Harry Dhillon accept the Leadership Award on behalf of GCLA leaders Mo Garkani, Mark Stewart, and David Kinney.

Beach; and David Kinney of API Global Transportation in Sacramento for their work in helping the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) pass AB5, which brings ride-hail companies and their drivers into the same business and labor practices of legal, licensed chauffeured transportation.

The group also succeeded in dramatically lowering state fees for operators while preserving curbside access for operators during construction at LAX.

Reza Choudhury

Reza Choudhury

The Innovation Award, given to a person who has shown advanced knowledge and use of technology and tech-based fleet management or who has started a technology venture, went to Reza Choudhury, owner and CEO of Reliance Group and HYRYDE in London, U.K.

In the last few years, he has used his fleet business template to launch several subsidiaries, including an app-based high-end VIP chauffeured booking service, postal, mail and courier services, and meetings and events management.

Carey Fieldhouse

Carey Fieldhouse

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, given to a person who has shown a unique pursuit of business, expanded their operations, or taken on new ventures, was given to Carey Fieldhouse of Pegasus Chauffeured Services in Louisville, Ky.

She has positioned her company to provide transportation for corporate, retail, and group travel, as well as bourbon tasting events, and recently went through a major rebranding of her company to help create a synergy between three of her businesses that started out separate. The company also broke ground on a new office space that will include plenty of room and amenities for their staff, which they consider to be family.

JC Yancy

JC Yancy

The Carla Boroday Humanitarian Award, which goes to an operator who devotes time and effort to improve the industry and supports worthwhile causes that show the industry’s humanity and spirit of giving, was presented to Bob, Jan, Christina, and JC Yancy of Blasian Limousine and Transportation in Phoenix, Arizona.

They construct what they call “Angel Moments” three to four times a year in which they create experiences to brighten up the days of people who could use some positive cheer. Their ADA van rolls up to the curb and makes the passenger feel like royalty, demonstrating the company’s culture of acceptance that puts the needs of others first.

Gold Star Award winner Don Mahnke.

Gold Star Award winner Don Mahnke.

Finally, the Gold Star Award, which recognizes a Good Samaritan who has gone beyond the call of duty in acts of kindness, goodwill, and leadership, was given Don Mahnke, owner of ABC Worldwide Transportation in San Mateo, Calif.

As a colleague, friend, and industry leader, he took the initiative to support and draw attention to a scholarship fund established in the name of fellow industry leader Dawson Rutter's son, Dawson Rutter III.

The scholarship supports the Fenn School in Concord, Mass., where young Dawson III experienced the happiest period of his life.

Chauffeur Rodeo Winners

The winners of the second annual Chauffeur Rodeo, sponsored by Lancer Insurance, were also honored at the award ceremony, with Ray Gavino of Translogic Executive taking first place, Harry Dhillon of Ecko Worldwide Transportation taking second, and Aziz Wardigee of OLS Worldwide taking third. Contestants competed earlier that afternoon in a parking lot next to the Hard Rock where they had to turn, maneuver, and park SUVs along a course.  

Ray Gavino

Ray Gavino

<p>Harry Dhillon</p> <p>Aziz Wardigee</p>

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Comments ( 1 )
  • tim omalley

     | about 3 months ago

    Good Show but not the Academy awards. Most award winners chosen by owners..Let the drivers choose the winner..

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