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Meet Our New NLA Members
(June 21, 2015 through July 2 2015)
Baraina INC, T/A VA Executive Sedan & Limousine Service, Virginia Beach, VA www.VAExecutiveSedan.com
AMP, Aix En Provence, France www.amp-limousine.fr
Black Limousines - First Class Mobility, Cologne, Germany www.black-limousines.com
North Fork Luxury Transporters, Mattituck, NY www.newvinewinetours.com
Bird Bus Sales, Plainview, NY www. BirdBusSales.com
Charleston Black Cab Company, Charleston, SC www.CharlestonBlackCabCompany.com
This year’s NLA Day on the Hill incorporated a very tight schedule beginning with the NLA Board Meeting. During the meeting, the NLA Board approved its legal counsel to research and provide an analysis on the Ride Act that all NLA members can use at its discretion when faced with possible violations or questions. Also, the NLA’s Executive and Technology Committee will begin exploring whether a total technology solution for all NLA members is viable.
Afternoon educational sessions took place with governmental enthusiasts who gave attendees the chance to gain more insight about the efforts that are being done on Capitol Hill and how decisions are being made to better improve the industry.
Lobbying and Public Relations sessions also took place to discuss how to effect change in a local market and the present and future of the NLA’s Ride Responsibly campaign. State and regional association leaders sat together to discuss and share ideas on the betterment of the industry and how each of their associations can grow and improve in its region.
The NLA PAC hosted a fundraiser event in honor of the United States Senator Patty Murray which was held in the offices at Cornerstone Governmental Affairs. Senator Murray is a key member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, the Senior Senator from Washington State, and the ranking Democrat on the Authorizing Committee with Department of Labor oversight. She has long advocated for appropriate worker classification and she is working to ensure TNC companies follow proper duty of care. The event was a success and raised a considerable amount for Senator Murray. The second fundraiser was for the NLA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) which took place at Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C.’s oldest restaurant which opened in 1856. A portion of each guest’s registration fee will go to the NLA PAC.
NLA members from around the country walked the halls of Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives with Cornerstone staff members graciously acting as “tour guides” throughout the day for all attendees.
“From everyone that I spoke to, the meetings were very positive and the representatives were extremely receptive to the two key issues of worker miss-classification by TNC companies and the extension of Section 179 and bonus depreciation,” stated NLA President, Gary Buffo.
The NLA would like to thank Kia Motors USA, the Legislative Program Sponsor and Chosen Payments, the Day on the Hill Sponsor, who graciously sponsored this event.
The NLA would also like to express its sincere gratitude to the following speakers for sharing their time and insight:
Louie Perry & Greg McDonald, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Paul Tencher, MWW PR, Todd Higgins, Crosby & Higgins LLP, David Adelman, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Manesh Rath, Keller & Heckman LLP, Paul Miller, Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies, Mathew Evins, Matthew Berritt, and David Harrision, Evins Communications.
Special thank you to Fleet Transportation, Reliable Limousine and Bus Service, Reston Limousine and RMA Worldwide Transportation. These companies provided buses and shuttles at NO COST to the NLA.
Have you seen the NLA's Public Service Announcement? Click below to view this powerful message.
Post this video on your website. Share it on social media. Not just your company's social media, but your personal social media as well. Ask that your employees, friends, and contacts do the same.
The NLA encourages ALL NLA MEMBERS to place the Ride Responsibly logo in their email signatures, on their websites, promotional materials, and anywhere else you see fit.
NLA Verification Forms
Deadline: July 1, 2015
The 2015-2016 verification forms were mailed to all NLA members on May 15, 2015.
All members MUST read the form carefully, indicate if their company information is correct or, if not, what changes should be made, and return to the NLA to be included in the 2015-2016 NLA Directory of Members.
The directory will be published in late fall and each member will be sent a copy upon completion. Any questions, please contact the NLA office at 800-652-7007 or [email protected]
Additional Locations Serviced: Each NLA operator member has the opportunity to include a maximum of 12 locations that their company serves. NLA membership includes two location listings, each additional listing is $35 (yearly charge); with a maximum of 12 locations.
NLA Directory of Members Advertising
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Deadline to advertise in the 2015-2016 Directory of Members is quickly approaching. Contact the NLA office direct at [email protected] or (800) 652-7007 to explore the best package for your company needs.
Download 2015-2016 Advertising Form HERE
(June 4, 2015 through June 15, 2015)
Gasporation, Woodland Hills, CA www.AirportBlackCarLA.com
Riley Limousine Service, Conway, AR www.rileylimousineservice.com
Corporate Textiles, Inc., Lincolnwood IL www.Shop4ties.com
Posh Transportation LLC, Scottsdale, AZ www.poshtrans.com
W-Limo, Des Plaines, IL WWW.W-LIMO.COM
There is no better opportunity to grow affiliate business than with fellow NLA members!
The 2015 - 2016 NLA Directory of Members provides significant value when seeking partners around the globe for farm-in/farm-out networking revenue.
Contact the NLA office direct at [email protected] or (800) 652-7007 to explore the best package for your company needs.
*YOU MUST BE A 2015 NLA MEMBER TO BE INCLUDED*
HERE IS WHAT SUCCESFUL OPERATORS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NLA DIRECTORY OF MEMBERS
“The NLA directory is to NLA members like the Bible is to believers; you really can’t live without it.”
-Ron Stein, Exclusive Sedan Service
“We all meet people at the shows, make small talk and exchange business cards that come home in a pile. When I get home I organize my visits by stapling the business cards that I have collected into the NLA Directory of Members at the top of the page that lists the company. Because Company Car only does business with NLA members the book is filled with members who have impressed me personally but have shown that they are professionals as well. If you would like an opportunity to do business with my company start by being in the book.”
-Steve Qua, Company Car and Limousine
“CLT Express and SC Express have always been members of the NLA and as a result been in the directory. It is a great resource for finding affiliates and for affiliates to find us. I have several affiliates now that originally found us in the NLA directory and gave us a chance. Our NLA membership and listing in the directory have been invaluable”.
-Laura B. Canady, CLT Express Transportation.
There is only one week left until the 2015 NLA Day on the Hill takes place in Washington DC. Don’t miss the chance to meet face to face with your state representatives to address government decisions that have an effect on the industry.
The NLA has made a strategic decision regarding the Day on the Hill and battling TNCs. It is the NLA’s belief that TNCs are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and their drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, when they should be employees.
“We feel this is the most effective strategy for us to combat TNCs. Since this is a federal regulation, if we win, they will be forced to comply across the board - including in each city and state they do business. We need you, the NLA members to show support by attending this important event, meet with your representative, and request they investigate the TNCs compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act,” stated NLA President, Gary Buffo.
Registration information and schedule of events can be found on the here.
The NLA would like to thank Kia Motors USA, the 2015 Legislative Sponsor and Chosen Payments, the 2015 Day on the Hill Sponsor for their commitment to our industry and generosity that allows the NLA to host these important meetings for the benefit of its membership and industry as a whole.
2015 Legislative Sponsor
2015 Day on the Hill Sponsor
Mark your calendars for November 8 -10, 2015 to experience exclusive educational sessions, and state of the art meeting space at this year’s LCT/NLA East Show taking place in Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.
Watch the new video below to see the new Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center!
NLA Announces LCT/NLA Keynote Speaker
The NLA recently announced that Jim Knight will be the Keynote speaker on Sunday, November 8th at 3:00PM at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Knight is a business culture expert, former Hard Rock International Executive and author of Culture That Rocks!
Here is a sneak-preview of his presentation:
Service That Rocks: How to Create a Differentiated Experience to Deliver Sustainable Results
This high-energy session pertains to any company involved in providing a product or service. Since every company has competitors, the focus of this interactive and visual session is how to differentiate your organization from the rest to become the business & employer-of-choice. Topics covered will include: A Differentiated Experience, Unacceptable Mediocrity, Becoming Guest Obsessed, Creating Raving Fans, Brand Amplifiers, 4-Letter Words, Mental Shelf Space and how ice cream, rock concerts and West Side Story can blow peoples' minds.
(May 23, 2015 through June 2, 2015)
NYC Luxury Touch Chauffeur SVCE, Middle Village, NY www.nycluxurytouchchauffeursvce.net
J&T Limousine LLC, Choudrant, LA
Limo Valet LLC, Granbury, TX www. limovalet.com
Tiffany Coach Builders, Perris, CA
Do You Think Before You “App?”
60-Second PSA from National Limousine Association Educates You on Why it’s Important in The World of Digital Hitchhiking
PR Newswire, New York, NY (May 11, 2015) – The National Limousine Association (www.limo.org) has produced a new on-air public service announcement to educate the industry and public at large about the risks and hazards of transportation network companies (TNCs).
The video titled “Digital Hitchhiking: Think Before You App!” is an extension of the NLA’s ongoing Ride Responsibly™ (www.rideresponsibly.org) initiative to improve passenger safety, education and awareness for anyone using a ride-hailing based car service such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar or Whisk. It urges consumers to arm themselves with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly™ and make smart choices when it comes to their safety. Convenience comes at a cost, but that cost should never be your safety. A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the NLA in February 2015 encompassed approximately 2,000 adults ages 18+, illustrates consumer concerns over the lack of background checks, insurance protocol and drug testing currently in place with ride-hailing car services.
The survey uncovers Americans’ opinion of the ride-hailing app car service industry. The alarming results indicate:
“Our PSAs are a response to consumers’ concerns. We want to work with our industry and the public to keep our roads safe,” said Gary Buffo, President of the NLA. “We strive to always improve passenger protection, and this campaign emphasizes the educational efforts necessary to reach that goal.”
The new announcements mirror the message from NLA’s Ride Responsibly™ campaign that launched earlier in 2015, featuring mantras such as “Think Before You App!” reminding passengers to stay informed while using electronic app based services. This new video PSA, which will air on local and national broadcast television stations, brings the campaign to life by demonstrating the dangers of not being aware of your rights.
The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of NLA from February 11 to February 13, 2015 among 2,026 participants, adult ages 18-years and older. The online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact [email protected].
ABOUT THE NLA:
The National Limousine Association is a non-profit organization responsible for and dedicated to representing the interests of the private driver transportation industry at the global, national, state, and local level. It is the unified voice of this industry – linking transportation industry professionals from owners and operators to suppliers, manufacturers, regional and state limousine associations. With more than 2,000 NLA members, the Association is committed to exceeding expectations with regards to professionalism, transportation efficiency and safe riding.
For additional information on the NLA, please visit www.limo.org.
ABOUT RIDE RESPONSIBLY™:
The Ride Responsibly™ campaign is an unprecedented effort to bridge an industry-wide gap between the rights of passengers and the responsibilities of service providers. The campaign will establish best safety practices for prearranged car services and transportation network companies (TNCs), which include ride-hailing app car services, such as Lyft, Sidecar, Uber and Whisk. This initiative by the National Limousine Association is designed to help address growing public concern and provide a forum for all to voice their views on the ground transportation industry. The program will focus on educating both service providers and the public about regulations, legislation and best practices within the industry. The goal is to empower and inform the public at large, and drivers and operators alike with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly™.
For additional information on Ride Responsibly™, please visit www.rideresponsibly.org.
Matthew Berritt: (212) 377-3577
David Harrison: (212) 377-3584
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