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Thursday, August 28, 2014

California Chauffeurs Graduate from Safety Training Operators Program

El Paseo Transportation


James Brown and Ashley Curry at El Paseo Transportation in San Jose, California successfully graduated all 91 of their chauffeurs through the Safety TrainingOperators Program (STOP), according to a press release.

El Paseo learned about the STOP Program at a GCLA meeting and completed company-wide training of all drivers within 90 days, the release said.

According to the program's website, STOP is an online safety training program available 24/7, and it takes about an hour and a half to complete.

Additionally, Daniel Amado, Ashley Keys, and Marcos Gonzalez at Concierge Limousine in Huntington Beach, California successfully graduated all 16 of their chauffeurs through the STOP Program, according to the release.

“Two things matter when learning: attention and memory,” Melinda S. Harper, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Queens University of Charlotte, said on the STOP program website. “Given the limited attention span of adults (an average of 5-10 minutes), how material is presented matters. By providing material in a concise and specific manner, the learner will likely retain more of the information. The streamlined approach of the STOP Program recognizes the value of this instructional style to maximize the consumer’s learning and retention of its material.”

For more information visit www.stop-program.com.

Le Limo Awarded Contract with State Higher Education Group

Le Limo Limousine Service


Le Limo Limousine Service of Shrewsbury, MA was awarded a 3-year transportation contract for the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC), according to a company press release. The contracted rates are available to faculty, staff and students of the participating member organizations. The contract was awarded to Le Limo based on its having the most responsible and responsive bid that offered best value to MHEC members, according to the release.

The contract gives MHEC members access to Le Limo’s entire fleet, and offers special pricing to over 500
area non-profit educational entities including municipalities, private colleges and universities, public schools, state universities and community schools. Members span the towns of Framingham, Marlboro, Natick, Newton, Worcester and hundreds more, and some of the participating institutions include Boston College, Boston University, University of Massachusetts and Harvard University. Participating non-profits include Worcester’s EcoTarium, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Museum of Fine Arts. 

“We are honored to serve this indispensable segment of our community,” Le Limo CEO, Andrew Foilb,
said in the release. “We’ve build a reputation of setting the bar for luxury for the area’s livery companies.
We look forward to providing that service to the MHEC members for many years to come.”
For more information visit www.lelimo.com

Premiere #1 Limousine Among Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central PA



Middletown, PA's Premiere #1 Limousine was included in the CentralPenn Business Journal's 18th annual Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies list, according to a company press release.

To be considered, companies were required to verify revenue of $500,000 or more in fiscal years ending in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They were also required to prove revenue growth in 2013 compared with 2011. Companies also must have been headquartered in one of several surrounding counties in order to be eligible. Winning companies were ranked according to their revenue growth over the 3-year period.

Premiere #1 Limousine Service and 49 other winners will learn their ranking at an honorary breakfast in September. A complete ranked list of honorees and profiles of each company will appear in a special supplement of the September 26 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.

“You have no idea how happy I was when upon receiving notification that we were selected for this list,” Douglas Rydbom, senior member of Premiere #1 Limousine Service, said in the press release. “All of the employees work hard and take pride in contributing to our growth. It’s great to talk around the office about or success, but submitting our revenue reports and letting the numbers talk for themselves is extremely gratifying.”


For more information visit www.Premiere1Limousine.com.

R & R Limo Selected Official KFC Yum! Center Chauffeured Transportation Company

R & R Limousine


The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY has named R & RLimousine as its official chauffeured transportation company, according to an R & R Limousine press release.

R & R credits its an extensive and top notch fleet, its Ritz Carlton trained staff, and its reputation for high standards of customer service as the primary reasons behind their notable new partnership.

“We are extremely excited that the hospitality our patrons have come to expect at our venue will extend beyond its walls to our chauffeured services,” KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo said in the press release, “and we are certain that R & R will provide them with the type of over the top experience they have come to expect from the KFC Yum! Center.”

“As president of the Kentucky Limousine Association, I am excited for our industry that the KFC Yum! Center has prioritized chauffeured services as a means of ensuring a comprehensive world‐class experience by its event goers,” R & R Limousine President Carey Fieldhouse said in the release. “I am honored to have been selected as the official chauffeured transportation company and to be working with a venue that has been instrumental in shaping Louisville’s downtown community.”

For more information visit www.rrlimo.com.

Wolfington Body Company Announces Turtle Top Product Line

Wolfington Body Company


Wolfington Body Company has announced their new partnership with Turtle Top for the immediate sales of the Turtle Top full product line in New Jersey and the Odyssey XL International model in Pennsylvania and New York, according to a press release.

With a growing commercial and livery division, Turtle Top joins the company's already extensive product line, which includes Glaval Bus, Ameritrans, Mauck2, and Battisti Custom.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for Wolfington’s as Turtle Top reflects our same principles of
premium quality products and top of the line service and support,” Brian Engle, vice president and commercial sales manager of Wolfington, said in the press release. “With a full product offering in New Jersey and the International Odyssey line in Pennsylvania and New York, we look forward to the new opportunities ahead of us as we continue to expand our livery sales.”

Wolfington is currently the IC Bus distributor for school buses in the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, and one of the largest school bus dealers in the country. With a recently opened parts warehouse, Wolfington offers support for fleets of all sizes, and offers next day parts delivery from 16 parts vehicles and 5 full-time on the road service technicians. The company is also an affinity sponsorship partner with the National Limousine Association.


For more information visit www.wolfington.com.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The American Motor Products Road Show Hits the East Coast

American Motor Products
The force behind the American Motor Products Tour Bus and Rolling Road Show have dedicated a year of their lives to come to your city to introduce you to the most amazing cost-saving opportunities that will be sure to benefit your business. In affiliation with the National Limousine Association Affinity Program and their Sponsors, you’ll hear from David Ward about product and services specifically created for the livery industry—products that will deliver you substantial cost efficiencies:

Here is the schedule for the first leg of the tour:


Tuesday, September 9th  6:00 PM     

Embassy Suites 
Boston-at Logan Airport

207 Porter Street, 
Boston, MA 02128


Wednesday, September 17th 12:00 Noon
Princeton, NJ
Limousine Associations of New Jersey
Princeton Marriot at Forrestal Village
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540

1st Week of October To Be Determined
Chicago, IL
         
After the East Coast Trade Shows, the Road Show will be transiting to the West Coast - Look for Dates to be announced.

To RSVP, click here.

London Fleet Adds Green Audi Hybrids

Chauffeur Service


London-based Hudson's Chauffeur Service has announced a new website and the concurrent addition of new Audi A8 Hybrids to their first class fleet.

Dedicated to being “a reliable, professional and always first class chauffeur service in London regularly exceeding their clients expectations,” Hudson's has expressed much pride at its decision to “go green,” according to a company press release.

The company has expanded their fleet to include new Audi A8 Hybrids to marry professional service and luxury with an environmentally friendly carbon footprint.

Hudson's has also retooled their website and Facebook page to provide more information about its available services, including airport transportation, executive business travel, sporting and social events and travel throughout the entire UK.

“We knew our customers were interested in green cars so we made it happen,” a company spokesperson said, according to the release. “We're trying to give the best, most professional chauffeur service in London and our goal is to have it be an ideal experience from beginning to end. Our new cars in the fleet are just part of that effort.”

A Hudson's customer commented in the release, “Business takes me to London at least six times a year and in the past I've had some trouble with what chauffeur service I could rely on. For the last year I've used Hudson Chauffeur Cars and they've never let me down. I'm excited to see they now have Audi A8 Hybrids, since I try to live as 'green' as possible. Fully recommended for anyone coming to London!”

The company is headquartered in London near Heathrow airport.

For more information visit http://www.hudsonchauffeurcars.co.uk

Ownersite Technologies Announces New Maintenance Management Software

Ownersite Technologie


Roswell, Georgia-based Ownersite Technologies—a provider of comprehensive web‐based and mobile solutions for promoting the safety, reliability, and value of its clients’ personal and commercial assets and vehicles – announced the public beta release of its vehicle maintenance management software solution for fleets and consumers, according to a press release.

With this software update comes a new interface and added functionality like manufacturer recommended service intervals, vehicle archiving, management dashboards and mobile-friendly responsive design.

“This is the most important and comprehensive update to the functionality and user experience for Ownersite.com in our history,” Steven Eppinger, Ownersite Technologies Founder, said in the press release. “The product has literally been rebuilt from the ground up based on customer feedback and industry requirements. The result is that members can navigate at a faster pace and on a broader range of devices to update information and track their vehicles in the most effective way possible.”

The new version of the software includes performance improvements, customizable reminder notification periods, user and vehicle image upload ability, improved reminder interface and calculation, new user and group access rights methodology and the ability to add new vehicles and service intervals by Vehicle Identification Number.

“Managing a small fleet of limousines, Ownersite.com has provided me with a convenient and value‐added way of reminding us when our vehicles are in need of maintenance or even if there is a recall that we might not have otherwise heard about,”  long‐time user of the Ownersite.com portal, and early beta tester, Nina Gass, said in the press release. “While I thought it was easy to use before, the brand new interface has made it even better to track our vehicles. The additional features have helped increase efficiency in terms of staying current on our maintenance, tracking fuel consumption, and ensuring that our vehicles retain their value.”

For more information visit www.ownersite.com.

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Reveals Full Schedule and Featured Speakers

Green Fleet Conference & Expo


Green Fleet Magazine's ninth annual Green Fleet Conference & Expo revealed its full schedule and featured speakers on August 6. The self-proclaimed “largest gathering of fleet professionals interested in advancing their knowledge about alternative fuels and increasing fuel efficiency for cars, light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks,” will take place October 29-30 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

This year's keynote speakers will be Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co., according to the conference's website. Smith, the vehicle technologies deployment manager for the DOE national Clean Cities’ program, is slated to deliver the opening keynote address, which will focus on alternative fuels. Viera, global director of sustainability for Ford, will deliver the closing address, focusing on philanthropy and sustainability.

The conference website promises nine hours of workshops and “breakout sessions” on fuel consumption reduction and management, and additional content will cover a wide range of vehicles, from sedans and SUVs to heavy-duty trucks. Attendees will also have the chance to test-drive the latest alternative fuel vehicles at the conference's “Ride and Drive” event. The culminating conference event will be the Green Fleet Awards Ceremony, which will honor the year's most notably “green” fleets, fleet managers and automotive vendors.

Fleet and supplier attendees have until September 29 to get the early bird registration discount.

For more information, visit www.greenfleetconference.com.

Fleetmatics Announces Subscriptions Entailing More Than 500,000 Vehicles

Fleetmatics


Fleetmatics, a leading global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based mobile workforce solutions, has announced that it has surpassed 500,000 vehicles under subscription, making its subscriber base the fastest growing in the fleet management industry, according to a press release.

Fleetmatics is a data-driven company, boasting more than 62 billion data points collected for the analytics and adjoining information it provides its clients. Fleetmatics essentially offers data delivery that helps fleet owners streamline their operations to increase revenue, reduce costs and maximize profits.

An example of “business intelligence-driven insights [turned] into actionable corrections,” according to the release, is a Fleetmatics client called Express Energy Services, which has a 1,200-vehicle fleet. After implementing Fleetmatics, the company reduced fuel costs by over $80 per vehicle per month ($1.15 million in annual savings) and reduced accidents from 37 to 7 in one year, the release said.

Earlier this year, Fleetmatics also introduced a new and robust platform as well as three products with new and innovative features: Fleetmatics REVEAL, Fleetmatics REVEAL+ and Fleetmatics WORK, all of which provide user-friendly yet powerful fleet management solutions for businesses of all sizes spanning a broad range of industries.


"Having exceeded 500,000 subscribed vehicles is a significant milestone for our company," Jim Travers, Fleetmatics Chairman and CEO, said in the press release. "Our growth continues to be fueled by an underpenetrated global market, a leading software platform, and an efficient web-selling model to small-and-mid-sized businesses." 


For more information visit www.fleetmatics.com.

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