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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Create-A-Card’s VP of Customer Relations Retires

After 15 years of service, Vice President of Customer Relations, Marian Abrilz, of Create-A-Card, Inc. has announced her retirement from the company. Since 1999, Abrilz has worked closely with many Create-A-Card clients, assisting them in any stage of their marketing needs, and as a result she has become a familiar face at industry trade shows over the years.

Abrilz says she is so thankful for the opportunities she had to work with these clients and values the relationships she developed. Her future plans include spending more time with her family and traveling to the East End of Long Island for gorgeous days and beautiful sunsets.

“Marian was a consistent part of Create-A-Card,” says founder Arthur Messina. “She will be missed in the office as well as at industry events. I am happy that she will have the time to spend with her family, including her nieces and nephews, and wish her all the best in her retirement.”

Moving forward, all correspondence can be directed to Arthur Messina at

For more information about Create-A-Card, visit

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tristar Trials Volvo Hybrids as Part of Plugged-In Fleet Initiative

Chosen as part of a group of 20 participating fleets, Tristar Worldwide, the United Kingdom’s largest chauffeur firm, will operate three Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrids in a trial aimed at exploring of the currently used Volvo diesels could be replaced with plug-in hybrids. Throughout the trial, Tristar will monitor running costs, mileage data and overall driver and customer feedback.

Parkers Executive Chauffeurs Awarded for Customer Service

Parkers Executive Chauffeurs, a livery company based in the North East of England whose environmental initiatives caught our attention earlier this year (see International Connections in our June 2013 issue), has received recognition for its exceptional customer service. The company was awarded with Professional Driver magazine’s 2013 Chauffeur Company of the Year Award, which they recently accepted at a ceremony in London.

Professional Driver’s inaugural QSi Awards ceremony was held at London’s Effingham Park Hotel, where over 300 people convened to celebrate chauffeur and private hire operators demonstrating “excellent standards of quality, service and innovation.” Open to every chauffeur and private hire company in the United Kingdom, the QSi Awards proved to be a resounding success in its first run, distributing a total of 34 trophies to companies, drivers and vehicles. Nominees were divided among ten categories, and winners were selected by an independent panel, which included category experts and members of the Professional Driver editorial team.

Parkers Executive won the Small Operator Gold Award for companies with ten or fewer vehicles, for having “applied extremely high standards in a major city where quality chauffeur services were thin on the ground, despite a high concentration of large businesses.” The 11 year old company has experienced substantial growth and expansion in 2013, including the addition of a satellite office at Teesside Airport. Striving to provide an unrivaled customer service experience for its passengers since the company’s inception, Parker’s father-son management team—Brian and Simon Rudd—now count amongst their customers many corporate and government clients, as well as airlines and clients from the entertainment industry.

Parkers Executive also continually innovates within the industry, having recently announced a national affiliate network, and earlier this year the company made news as the first in its region to go green by purchasing carbon credits from a new government program called the Woodland Carbon Code in an effort to offset its fleet’s CO2 emissions. In addition to becoming the North East region of England’s first transportation company to participate in the carbon credit program, Parkers is also an avid supporter of the United Kingdom’s premier annual Low Carbon Vehicle Event, hosted by CENEX, the U.K.’s first center of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies.

For more information about Parkers Executive Chauffeurs, visit

For more information about Professional Driver magazine, a United Kingdom-based publication dedicated to the private hire and executive chauffeuring sector, visit

Commonwealth Worldwide Wins Concierge Choice Award for Best Limo Service

 Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation recently announced that they have been awarded the 2013 Concierge Choice Award for Best Limousine Service. First established in 2007, these prestigious awards are presented by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges, honoring the companies, organizations and individuals who produce outstanding experiences for visitors of New York City.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guest Blog Post: Top 7 Reasons Why Your Fleet Should Use Biodiesel

When running a business and operating a fleet, an owner should look for ways to cut costs and run the operations more efficiently. This is often hard without doing a little thinking. Fortunately, one way to save money and enjoy plenty of other benefits is to use biodiesel. With this in mind, here are the top seven reasons why a fleet owner should use biodiesel.

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