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Chicago Company Finds Ways To Get Vehicles Moving

Lexi Tucker
Posted on March 27, 2020

(L to R) Jenny Salas, operations and office manager, and Freddy Cohen, corporate sales manager for M&M Limousine and Bus Service

(L to R) Jenny Salas, operations and office manager, and Freddy Cohen, corporate sales manager for M&M Limousine and Bus Service

CHICAGO, Ill. – Jenny Salas, operations and office manager, and Freddy Cohen, corporate sales manager for M&M Limousine and Bus Service knew they had to get with their staff to determine a way to keep their company moving.

“We weren’t the only company in town the coronavirus has impacted. We had to figure out what we could do in the meantime,” Cohen says. They knew it had to be something that wouldn’t involve a large group that wasn’t families or people living together. “There were a lot of restrictions to keep in mind.” After an all-hands-on-deck meeting, they came up with the idea of a date night.

Trying to be creative under constriction, this idea provided an opportunity for those who wanted to leave their houses to have fun safely. Initially, they thought couples could watch a movie after stopping by their favorite restaurant to pick up take-out orders to eat while they watched. M&M even offers free champaign. However, many couples have children and no one to watch them.

The inside of one of the vehicles the company uses. 

The inside of one of the vehicles the company uses. 

One thing led to another, and Salas came up with an idea to remedy the situation. Many families also had to cancel birthday parties due to the virus, so family fun nights sounded like a great way to solve the problem of no childcare. Small groups can view the city lights of Chicago and go sightseeing, play their favorite movie, listen to music on a latest generation sound system, and/or order food to go from their favorite restaurant.

The company has gotten the word out through eblasts and their Facebook page. In turn, their clients who are interested share these posts to their own personal pages which helps raise awareness. The two say business has since picked up 50% since where they were when COVID-19 started to hit their operation.

M&M has also created a video they share with those who are interested in how they keep their vehicles disinfected (see below). They use vehicles with driver partitions to keep the chauffeur separated from clients, which also adds a nice layer of privacy for those who need it.

They are keeping each run under the government recommended 10 people, and prefer only immediate family members and those who are living together take part in the trips to help curb any spread.

The company uses Sprinters and stretch limos to accommodate families. 

The company uses Sprinters and stretch limos to accommodate families. 

“Although these are difficult times for businesses and society in general, the point is you can’t just throw your hands up and lock the door. You can’t give up. Keep trying and be creative. If we didn’t think big, we would have never come up with this idea. We were able to make something happen financially for the company, and it shows what we are made of. We will come back better in certain ways.”

Related Topics: Chicago operators, coronavirus, covid-19, crisis management, disasters, emergency planning, emergency preparedness, Illinois operators, women in the industry

Lexi Tucker Senior Editor
Comments ( 4 )
  • Adrian

     | about 3 months ago

    Why does this article suggest M&M Limousine can sustain its 50+ fleet on immediate family date nights(only)?

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