2015 Nashville Executive Retreat Articles

CD's Inaugural Executive Retreat Is An Instant Industry Success (Published 08/2015)

It was three days of high-quality education, non-stop networking, and Music City-tinged entertainment when Chauffeur Driven’s first-ever Executive Retreat debuted at the Omni Nashville Hotel June 22-24. Many thanks to Platinum Sponsors Turtle Top and The Tenney Group, and all of our generous Gold, Silver, and Affiliate Sponsors for making this inaugural event not only possible but also a resounding success—and to the 200-plus operators, vendors, and even family members who enjoyed the opportunity to mingle in a casual but focused environment.

“The Nashville Retreat was the best gathering I have attended in years,” said Terry Cox of Worldwide Transportation in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. “The limited number of attendees allowed for closer mingling, targeting specific subjects, and getting deeper insight into common issues and opportunities—not to mention an openness and understanding of who a person is and what their company culture and values are. The retreat challenged the events of the past. The schedule was wonderfully landscaped, which was refreshing: Usually, attendees skip many of the classes or mingling events—not so in Nashville! This truly was a benchmark for future events and maybe even for the larger shows.” ...

Turtle Top Signs On as Nashville Platinum Sponsor (Published 05/2015)

Chauffeur Driven is proud to announce that Turtle Top, the New Paris, Ind. based manufacturer of small and midsize buses as well as specialty vehicles like Van Terras, has joined Tenney Group as Platinum Sponsors of our first-ever Executive Retreat in Nashville. Attendees will have an opportunity to check out some of Turtle Top’s vehicles, which will be on display at select times during the retreat. The event—which takes place at the Omni Nashville Hotel June 22-24—is just six short weeks away, and a limited number of passes are still available.

“We’re just over a month away and our roster of registered operators reads like a veritable who’s who in the industry,” says President & Publisher Chris Weiss. “This is the perfect chance to get to know many of the major players in the industry on a personal level because of the casual and intimate setting of the event.”

Nashville Music City Skyline Our Executive Retreat was designed for exclusivity with space for only 200 operators ...

Education and Entertainment Await You at CD’s Inaugural Executive Retreat (Published 04/2015)

When you join us for the world-class educational sessions and customer-service presentations that Chauffeur Driven’s first-ever Executive Retreat will be offering this June 22-24, you’ll get acquainted with some fresh ideas and proven tools to help you fine-tune your staff as well as your leadership skills.

The just-announced financial seminar "Maintaining Your Financial Edge in the Chauffeur Driven Industry," presented by President of Global Business Strategies Frank A. Rosenbaum and moderated by Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Chauffeured Services Worldwide, will close out the retreat’s workshops on Wednesday. This two-hour session will show you how to create a roadmap for your company’s increased overall value with financial benchmarking, proven methods for reducing debt ...

Y’all Get Ready to Work Hard and Play Hard in Nashville (Published 03/2015)

With spring just around the corner, summer’s not that far away—and neither is our inaugural Executive Retreat at the Omni Nashville Hotel (which recently debuted on Cvent’s Top 100 U.S. Meeting Hotels list as its No. 4 property). Join us June 22-24 as we bring this one-of-a-kind event to a one-of-a-kind city for a perfect blend of high-end education and unparalleled entertainment.

All of our specially tailored educational sessions will relate to assembling, fostering, and retaining an A-plus team to ramp up your company’s customer service, as well as learning how to be the best leader you can be. We’ll hit the ground running when the retreat kicks off Monday with the workshop “Creating Demand for Top Talent,” presented by industry veterans Kristen Carroll of The LMC Group and Brett Tyson of A&A Metro Transportation. Carroll and Tyson will focus on recruiting and securing top-notch staff ...

Chauffeur Driven’s Inaugural Executive Retreat to Offer Ritz-Carlton Training (Published 01/2015)

The advent of the new year brings Chauffeur Driven’s 2015 events a little closer, and our first-ever Executive Retreat at the Omni Nashville Hotel will be heading south before you know it. We’ve nearly finalized our schedule for the June 22-24 retreat, which is already promising world-class education and exclusive Music City-style entertainment.

The inaugural event will be chock-full of learning opportunities, all of which relate back to assembling and fostering a top-notch team to elevate your company’s level of customer service, as well as enhancing your own leadership skills. On Monday ...

It’s Destination: Nashville for Chauffeur Driven’s First Executive Retreat (Published 01/2015)

Do you feel like you could benefit from broadening your network reach‚ learning innovative approaches to doing business‚ and getting a fresh perspective of your company? Would you appreciate the chance to spend a few days in an intimate setting tinged with Southern charm and set against a uniquely welcoming landscape? You’ll find everything you’re looking for (and more!) if you join us when we head down to Nashville for the first-ever Chauffeur Driven Executive Retreat.

After talking with industry members‚ we concluded that the end of June is the best time to debut this operator-centric event. So mark your calendars for June 22-24‚ 2015‚ if you want to be a part of an experience that will deliver lots of close-knit networking‚ relationship-building‚ and education right in the heart of downtown Nashville ...

2014 Atlantic City Show Articles

The 2014 CD Show Delivers Networking, Education, and Excitement (Published 12/2014)

CD 1214 Show Review Atlantic CityIt was a fitting farewell to the Trump Taj Mahal this past November as we arrived for the final Chauffeur Driven Show to be held in the New Jersey shore town—next October, the show debuts in Miami Beach. With nearly 100 exhibitors, dozens of sponsors, and over 1,700 attendees from all around the world, the show was the shot of adrenaline that the industry needed to continue the strong growth streak we’ve been experiencing for the past few years. A special thank you to our Title Sponsors, The Lincoln Motor Company and Don Brown Bus Sales.

After our successful first show last year, we went to work making some minor tweaks to our most popular events, improving others, and ensuring the maximum return on investment in all areas. One of the places where we expanded opportunities was with building affiliate relationships, including a seminar dedicated to the topic as well as through two highly attended events: The more casual atmosphere of the International Meet and Greet (sponsored by Global Alliance Worldwide, Icona Global, and Modern Car Worldwide) and the structured Affiliate Central Networking Forum (sponsored by A1A Airport & Limousine Service). The International Meet and Greet was attended by over 200 people from nearly two dozen countries—not bad for an early-morning event. Affiliate Central was even busier with 40+ exhibitors, a quarter of whom were from all over the globe. In fact, all of the events of Affiliate Tuesday were crafted around becoming a better affiliate partner. It was clear that attendees were happy with the changes—and they let us know. Later in the day, both Music Express Worldwide and EmpireCLS Worldwide held their annual affiliate meetings at the show, and both rooms were packed solid.

Chauffeur Driven Knocks It Out of the Park for Its AC Finale (Published 11/2014)

Atlantic City, N.J. — It was a fitting farewell to the Trump Taj Mahal this past November 2-5 as the 2014 Chauffeur Driven Show arrived for its final show in the New Jersey shore town before moving to Miami Beach in 2015. With nearly 100 exhibitors, dozens of sponsors, and 1,750 attendees from all around the world, this show exceeded all of our expectations, and we appreciate your support and attendance that helped make our show such a major success. A special thank you to our Title Sponsors, The Lincoln Motor Company and Don Brown Bus Sales.

Attendees took advantage of the diverse networking and educational opportunities, including in-depth and interactive workshops that went beyond the traditional classroom-style learning and were focused on timely topics like capturing more bus and motorcoach work and automating your business for greater efficiency. The workshops also featured the results of one of the first-ever salary surveys so that operators could have a benchmark against which to measure employee compensation packages. Many thanks to our Education Coordinator and Education Committee Chair Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Chauffeured Services Worldwide for moderating the sessions.

The industry’s only Operator Mentoring Program, which debuted last year, was once again a popular favorite as 15 leaders both offered advice to and led discussions with their small groups. Operators were also empowered by the lively State of the Industry Address—delivered by Cheryl Berkman of Music Express, David Seelinger of EmpireCLS, and Dean De Beer of Tristar Worldwide...

The Chauffeur Driven Show is Just Weeks Away! (Published 10/2014)

The final countdown to the Chauffeur Driven Show has begun with just weeks to go before the industry’s most talked-about show returns to Atlantic City‚ N.J.‚ this November 2-5. With so much to offer‚ there is clearly #only1choice for shows this fall.

Last month‚ we previewed all of the educational and networking opportunities that you’ll have over the four-day event—from our exclusive Operator Mentoring Program to our Affiliate Day on Tuesday‚ November 4—as well as the unique‚ show-only deals you can get on our show floor from one of our 100+ vendors. After long days of shaking hands‚ learning something new‚ or landing a fantastic deal on a bus or app (to name just two!) for your business‚ you deserve some chances to let your hair down and your inner freak have some fun. Below is a preview of the lighter side of the Chauffeur Driven Show—nobody said that networking couldn’t be this much fun! Special thanks to Title Sponsors‚ The Lincoln Motor Company and Don Brown Bus Sales.

Show Not Affected By Trump Taj Mahal Bankruptcy Announcement (Published 09/2014)

The 2014 Chauffeur Driven Show Will Go On As Scheduled and Not Be Impacted by the Recent Taj Mahal Announcement

As many of you have heard and read‚ Trump Entertainment Resorts‚ which owns the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City‚ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. First and foremost‚ rest assured that this filing does not impact the Chauffeur Driven Show‚ scheduled for November 2-5‚ in any way. WARN notices‚ which are required by the Department of Labor to be issued to employees at least 60 days prior to a company closure‚ have not been issued at this time‚ which undoubtedly protects this year’s event. The 2014 CD Show WILL go on as scheduled.

If you’ve already booked your room‚ it will be honored and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. If you’re planning to attend the show and need to book your room‚ we encourage you to do so soon‚ as our room block is filling up very quickly. Our world-class education‚ unmatched networking events‚ sold-out show floor‚ and legendary nighttime entertainment will still take place all under one roof at the Trump Taj Mahal...

Chauffeur Driven Show Is Right Around the Corner (Published 09/2014)

CD 0914 Show EducationAre you ready for the season’s biggest event, the Chauffeur Driven Show? We’re less than two months away from the industry’s most talked about show, taking place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., this November 2-5. Many thanks to our Title Sponsors, The Lincoln Motor Company and Don Brown Bus Sales.

Nowhere else can you get so much return on your investment. For only $499—to the first 500 registered—you will get a four-day full show passport and a three-night stay in one of the Taj’s comfortable rooms. No need to book elsewhere and walk over when it’s all under one roof ...

Do AC: The 2014 Chauffeur Driven Show is Sizzling (Published 09/2014)

CD 0914 Show EducationHERE WE ARE at the end of summer already and the kids have started going back to school‚ which can only mean one thing: We’re just weeks away from the biggest event on the East Coast‚ Chauffeur Driven’s Atlantic City Show! This November 2-5‚ thousands of operators from all over the world will flock to the Jersey shore town to preview the newest products‚ services‚ and vehicles available to the chauffeured transportation industry from more than one hundred different vendors. Add in nearly 25 hours of educational opportunities‚ the industry’s only Operator Mentoring Program‚ one venue so there’s less walking and more talking all under one roof‚ and a free shuttle to and from Philadelphia International Airport‚ and it’s not hard to see why there’s #only1choice when it comes to the Chauffeur Driven Show. Thanks to our Title Sponsors‚ The Lincoln Motor Company and Don Brown Bus Sales.

Hours of Education

When we founded Chauffeur Driven‚ one of our brand’s unwavering core virtues was to educate the chauffeured transportation industry‚ so it should come as no surprise that we are once again presenting the best and most timely educational lineup of any industry event. Together with our CD Education Committee‚ we have compiled hours of non-stop education over the four-day event. Want to learn how to make the most of your fleet? Join us for “Vehicle Utilization and Reporting for Every Vehicle Type in Your Fleet.” Want some real-word suggestions on how to deal—or at least‚ co-exist—with TNCs operating in your area? You won’t want to miss our “Uber/TNC Panel Discussion‚” featuring panelists Al LaGasse of Taxicab‚ Limousine & Paratransit Association‚ Matt Daus of International Association of Transportation Regulators‚ and Michael Fogarty of Tristar Worldwide. Need some ideas on how to work better or expand your reach within our related hospitality industries? ...

A Sneak Peak at the Industry's Most-Anticipated Show (Published 07/2014)

CD 0714 AC ShowWhile we’re all broiling in the hot July sun‚ it’s hard to believe that the biggest event of the fall is just four months away! Where will you be this November 2-5? If you care about the health and vigor of your business‚ meeting new operators (who just might become an affiliate‚ a mentor‚ or both)‚ and learning about all of the newest products and services for our industry‚ you’ll be in Atlantic City at the 2014 Chauffeur Driven Show.

Going into our first show in 2013‚ we weren’t really sure what to expect. Yes‚ there was a lot of buzz and our show floor sold out pretty quickly‚ but even we were overwhelmed by the reception. So imagine our surprise when earlier this spring the entire show floor space sold out in a matter of weeks!

We’re definitely keeping this party going. We’ve kept some of the old‚ spiced up your favorites‚ and will entice you with the new ideas we have in store. Best of all‚ we once again return to the Trump Taj Mahal‚ where the entire show will take place under one roof. No leaving the hotel to catch a bus to a seminar in a different location or wearing out your tired feet just to join us for one of our evening parties. You know the drill; all of your colleagues under the same roof means more time networking‚ getting down to business‚ and making those valuable connections. Not only have we ramped up our reach to vertical industries‚ but we’ve also increased our international presence‚ so you can be sure to see a lot of new faces (new business opportunities!) amongst the familiar. This year we thank Title Sponsors The Lincoln Motor Company and Don Brown Bus Sales and for their support! ...