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Charlie Horky And Sara Eastwood Ready To Tell All

LCT Staff
Posted on January 8, 2020
Get ready for the conversation of the year: A guaranteed talker between former chauffeur-to-the-stars Charlie Horky of Slade Services in Las Vegas and the 25-year publisher of LCT Magazine, Sara Eastwood-Richardson. Their interview will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas. (LCT photo)

Get ready for the conversation of the year: A guaranteed talker between former chauffeur-to-the-stars Charlie Horky of Slade Services in Las Vegas and the 25-year publisher of LCT Magazine, Sara Eastwood-Richardson. Their interview will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas. (LCT photo)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a no-holds-barred interview, operator legend Charlie Horky, founder of CLS and creator of Slade Services of Las Vegas, and LCT Magazine’s former longtime publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson will share their stories about coming of age in the luxury ground transportation industry in a presentation Feb. 19 during the International LCT Show at The Venetian.

In this exciting and dynamic LCT exclusive, Eastwood-Richardson, the small-town girl who broke through the industry’s “boys’ club” glass ceiling, will go toe-to-toe with Horky, the founder of Charlie’s Limousine Service (CLS) of Los Angeles and a chauffeur to numerous celebrities and VIPs. It will be Horky's first major on-the-record interview since an extensive 2007 Q&A with Eastwood-Richardson in LCT Magazine.

Horky later morphed his company into the iconic CLS brand of Las Vegas and now runs Slade Services that caters to celebrities and VIP clients. Today, CLS is known as Empire CLS under different ownership, and is one of the largest chauffeured transportation networks in the U.S.

“I’m proud the CLS brand still exists today,” Horky says.

“We will share history about the things we saw, the things we did, and how it’s relevant to the industry today,” Eastwood-Richardson says. The two were in their mere 20's as they started in the industry. “We experienced a lot of what people are going through right now as millennials. We survived our 30's,40's, and beyond.”

Eastwood-Richardson was a college-educated young woman from the small town of Danville, Calif., then a small enclave east of San Francisco that was a clone of Mayberry USA. She was a daddy’s girl who played by the rules and came across as a misfit to most people in the industry. Despite the resistance, Eastwood-Richardson carved out her place in the industry as one of the first females in a leading role. Over time, she garnered the trust and respect of the chauffeured transportation and limousine industry, serving as LCT's first show manager from 1991-94 and then as its publisher from 1994-2019. She has been the steady creative force behind every LCT show and event.

Horky, on the other hand, was a non-conformant rebel who played by his own set of rules. In 1980, Horky launched CLS in Los Angeles with one limousine. By 1990, the operation had 10 limos and became known as CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, and changed the face of VIP service delivery for high net worth clients. By 2000, Horky was running more than 700 cars in five cities. If you were lucky enough to become a CLS affiliate, you knew you had arrived and were recognized as a true player in the limousine industry.

These vastly different perspectives will provide the audience with tons of life takeaways.

Horky will recount the history of how he grew his business and share his rocketship ride to becoming one of the most prominent operators in the industry, his dramatic fall from grace, and his second chance at success. Hear his heartfelt story of starting over again to create the exclusive high-end Slade Services and how he was able to rebuild and even win back his previous clients.

Attendees can learn Horky’s time-proven method for delivering service that endears it to clients and earns their loyalty and trust. Together, he and Eastwood will explore how to avoid the pitfalls, mistakes, and temptations that money and notoriety may bring. This will be the real story from the man mostly responsible for creating exclusive luxury “service delivery” as we know it today.

This interesting and engaging interview with two distinct personalities is sure to be the talk of the industry town.

Horky says he sees a lot of ambition among young millennial operators. When asked what he was most excited about for the International LCT Show, he replied, “I get to share my own passion with operators who are eager to do things the right way.”

The session will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in Exhibit Hall A of the Sands Expo in The Venetian hotel-casino complex.

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Related Topics: 2020 ILCT, Charlie Horky, customer service, industry education, industry leaders, Las Vegas, Las Vegas operators, Sara Eastwood-Richardson, tradeshow preparation, tradeshows, VIP service, wealthy clients

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Comments ( 15 )
  • Frank Cicero

     | about 5 days ago

    CLS NY 1996 to it's last day , it was a hell of a run ,thanks Charlie

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