2017 San Francisco Executive Retreat Articles

We Left Our Hearts in San Francisco for Our 3rd Annual Executive Retreat (Published CD 08/2017)

It’s our third and it’s still a charm! Nearly 220 industry professionals, spouses, and sponsors joined us in the City by the Bay for our latest Executive Retreat. Held June 25-28 at the newly refreshed Hotel Nikko in Union Square, the event was jam-packed with education, networking, and oh-so-much fun as we cruised the bay, learned from leading industry and business experts, and enjoyed sipping on wine during our Napa day trip. The event was made possible by all of our generous sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Grech Motors and Ford-Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles. ...




Refocus, Recharge, and Renew in San Francisco (Published CD 05/2017)

Are you ready for the perfect summer getaway that will also greatly benefit your business? Join us in fabulous San Francisco for our Executive Retreat this June 25-28 where you can experience education, close-knit networking, nightlife, and Napa. Our third annual retreat is possible thanks to our generous sponsors, including Platinum level Grech Motors and Ford-Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles

For months we have been sharing all of the cool deets about what makes our retreat a fabulous experience for the 200 operators who will join us. Your $799 pass includes so much ...




The CD Executive Retreat Is Your Bridge To Networking, Nightlife, and Napa (Published CD 04/2017)

Spring has officially sprung, inching us that much closer to our Executive Retreat in gorgeous San Francisco this June 25-28. Attendees still can’t stop talking about our previous retreats in New Orleans and Nashville, and this year’s promises to be even better, thanks to all our generous sponsors including Platinum sponsors Grech Motors and Ford-Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles. This will be just what you need to refocus, recharge, and renew the passion for your business.

If you’ve been to one of our events, you already know that we’re not satisfied with just delivering show-stopping education and next-level networking: We also aim to really show you the town and infuse our events with the local vibe ...




CD Retreat Will Deliver Exceptional Value—All Venues Have Been Finalized (Published E-News 03/2017)

By now, you know that a Chauffeur Driven Retreat will deliver world-class education and networking opportunities wrapped in an unforgettable city experience. This June 25-28 join us at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco for an unparalleled event. The full pass is priced at just $799, thanks in part to all of our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Grech Motors and Ford-Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles. Here is just a bit of what’s included in that price tag…

Kicking off the retreat in style, retreat goers will be able to network the night away at our Opening Reception Sunday. You can live it up at the posh Starlight Room, located at the penthouse level of the Sir Francis Drake hotel. Name your drink while you dine on hot hors d’ourves, prime rib, and roast turkey in this icon of San Francisco nightlife ...




Compelling and Focused Education is on the Docket for Our Executive Retreat (Published CD 03/2017)

San Francisco is just one of those places that exudes an effortlessly cool vibe, one where you’re instantly relaxed and energized at the same time. That’s why we’re thrilled that it’s the destination city for our third annual Executive Retreat, scheduled for June 25-28 at the Hotel Nikko in the heart of Union Square, and sponsored by Grech Motors and Ford-Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles. Could there be a groovier time to visit the City by the Bay than during the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love?

Integrating the distinct ambiance and flavor of our host city into our education, networking, and evening events has always been the goal of our Executive Retreat, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know—or become reacquainted with—San Francisco ...




By Popular Demand: The 2017 Executive Retreat Heads to San Francisco (Published CD 02/2017)

It was your choice: When we asked the industry where our next retreat should take place—after absolutely crushing it in Nashville and New Orleans—you picked San Francisco as our destination. There is much to love about the City by the Bay: The Golden Gate Bridge, breathtaking vistas, historic sites like Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, the iconic skyline that often peeks through the fog.

Join us June 25-28 for the third annual Chauffeur Driven Executive Retreat (Platinum Sponsors Grech Motors and Ford-Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles), held at the newly renovated and lushly appointed Hotel Nikko, located in Union Square—the city’s culture and arts center. For only $799, operators of all sizes are invited to network like pro, learn like a boss, and enjoy the spoils of San Francisco during our city-inspired evening events like a king (or queen!) ...




2016 Washington, D.C. Show Articles

Industry Unity Reigns at the CD Show in Washington, D.C. (Published 12/2016)

Just weeks before one of the craziest elections in our history culminated with what many think was a surprising result, more than 1,700 industry professionals from around the globe landed in our nation’s capital for the 2016 Chauffeur Driven Show, held October 9-12 at the Renaissance Hotel and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Many thanks to all of the attendees, exhibitors, speakers, moderators, mentors, committee members, and sponsors—including Title Sponsors Ford-Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles, Grech Motors, and Audi ...


Join CD in D.C. for Show Favorites and New Debuts (Published 09/2016)

The 2016 CD Show in Washington, D.C., is just 19 days away and we’re putting the final touches on what promises to be another can’t-miss event! While we’re bringing back a ton of longstanding favorites, we’ll also be revamping a few of them while bringing you some fresh new offerings, too.

This year’s show floor at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will boast 115,000 square feet of exhibit space that’s absolutely packed with vehicles, services, and technology to benefit your operation. We’ll be doing things a little differently with our show floor this year, starting with Sunday-Tuesday hours—plus a Show Floor Preview & Champagne Reception to kick things off on Sunday, Oct. 9 ...


New Tracks, Timely Topics Comprise Education at 2016 CD Show (Published 08/2016)

The countdown is on for the 2016 CD Show in Washington, D.C., and with 47 days to go, it’s never too early to start navigating your way through our jam-packed schedule! With workshops, seminars, and micro-sessions ranging from industry-wide concerns to specialized areas like our brand-new Small Operator and International Operator tracks, our Educational Committee has been hard at work crafting a schedule that truly has immediate takeaway value for everyone!

We’ll be offering three sessions specifically tailored to the small operators who comprise the staggering majority of this industry. On Sunday, October 9, hit the ground running with “Money in the Bank: Presenting Your Best to Lenders” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., presented by Andi Gray of Strategy Leaders and Sami Elotmani of Destination MCO, where you’ll learn ...


Announcing Our 2016 CD Show Keynote Speaker: Mark Thompson (Published 07/2016)

Come be inspired by our dynamic and engaging Keynote Speaker, Mark C. Thompson, at the 2016 Chauffeur Driven Show this October 9-12 in Washington, D.C. The Keynote, sponsored by Grech Motors and Mosaic Global Transportation, is scheduled for Monday, October 10 at 2:45 pm.

At a time when our industry is changing so rapidly due to unregulated competitors and the advent of the latest technology, understanding how to not only survive but thrive is on the minds of many operators. Operators understandably can get wrapped up in the fight to level the playing field, which may impact their ability to focus on their business, to think broadly about the future and compete intelligently against the disruptors. Thompson—a businessman, investor, executive coach, business speaker, and bestselling author—has spoken and written extensively about technology (including the “disruptive” kind) and will share his ideas for adapting to avoid getting run over by progress ...


Registration Opening July 1 for Show Benchmark Breakouts and Operator Mentoring Program (Published 06/2016)

2016 will see the winds of change blowing through our nation’s capital—and our flagship event will be no exception. After literally taking our show on the road for nearly 2,000 attendees in 2015, we’ll be coming back to the Northeast just in time for the most history-making presidential election ever.

This year’s host property is the stunning and newly renovated Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel—which will also be the site of our latest hotel takeover, with the staggering majority of rooms reserved for our guests. Directly across the street, you’ll find the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where the latest products and most in-demand services from more than 130 vendors will be displayed in 115,000 square feet of space ...


Check Out What's New for the 2016 CD Show in D.C. (Published 06/2016)

The 2015 Chauffeur Driven Show in Miami was one for the books. The reception we received regarding our education, networking, and nightlife exceeded our wildest expectations. But like George Washington, we cannot tell a lie: For our show in Washington, D.C., which will be held October 9-12, we’ve taken everything that made our first “road trip” show special and made it even better in 2016. Thanks to the input of our Show and Education committees and the generosity our sponsors, which include Title Sponsors Ford-Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles and Grech Motors, we’ve been able to up the ante and add new workshops and events, revamp old favorites, and make our nightlife even more exciting.

We’re thrilled to return to the Northeast, and what better city than Washington, D.C.? The metro area attracts more than 20 million visitors from around the world each year, making it one of the country’s truly must-visit destinations. And with one of the most unusual presidential elections in recent times taking place in November—mere weeks after our show—you can bet that the air in our nation’s capital will be electric ...


2016 New Orleans Executive Retreat Articles

The CD Executive Retreat Kicks It Up A Notch in the Big Easy (Published 06/2016)

The energy that was created at this May’s Chauffeur Driven Executive Retreat at the JW Marriott on Canal in New Orleans was unstoppable. More than 200 attendees and their spouses joined us in the Big Easy for some on-point education, tons of networking, and locally inspired activities that took us all over the city. Special thanks go out to our Platinum Sponsors Turtle Top and Tenney Group—not to mention our Gold, Silver, and Affiliate Sponsors—for helping to make the retreat a massive success.

It was a heck of a follow-up to our incredibly well-received inaugural Executive Retreat, which debuted last June in Nashville. The hallmark of the event is blending the authentic local flavor a city that our attendees don’t often have a chance to visit with top-notch seminars, networking opportunities galore, a healthy dose of relaxation, and most of all—fun! Some music-loving attendees flew in early to take in the final weekend of Jazz Fest, one of the country’s preeminent and longest-running music festivals dedicated to blues, soul, rock, folk, and, of course, jazz ...


Chauffeur Driven New Orleans Retreat Is an Event to Remember (Published 05/2016)

New Orleans — More than 200 industry professionals went marching into the Big Easy for Chauffeur Driven’s second annual Executive Retreat. Held May 1-3 at the JW Marriot, the event was jam-packed with education, networking, and fun. Special thanks go out to our platinum sponsors Turtle Top and Tenney Group—not to mention our Gold, Silver, and Affiliate sponsors—for helping to make the Retreat a massive success. This Retreat marked the first for Chauffeur Driven’s new Director of Events Jess Pavlow, and based on the reaction of the attendees, her trial-by-fire was nothing short of a triumph.

The event began with a welcoming reception at Mardi Gras World, the warehouse home to floats from past Mardi Gras parades. Guests were encouraged to tour the facility after being treated to a Hurricane, the signature cocktail of New Orleans. Next, dinner was served at the neighboring Grand Oaks Mansion, which transported attendees from the rainy New Orleans weather into an indoor antebellum mansion and courtyard. The Gumbo Trio’s jazz provided the perfect soundtrack to the bayou atmosphere. The evening ended with a stroll along New Orleans’ most well-known way, Bourbon Street ...


Less Than 30 Passes Left for Our NOLA Executive Retreat! (Published 04/2016)

Get ready to strut. It’s with less than TWO WEEKS until our Executive Retreat kicks off in the Crescent City, New Orleans! Because our Retreat is specifically tailored for operators of ALL sizes to network in a casual environment, it’s limited to only 200 operators overall. And it’s not just for the “big” guys out there: Although many of the leading operators from across the country have already registered, it’s an excellent opportunity for small and midsize operators to network with their peers without too much time away from the office. There’s also plenty of fun and unique activities planned so that it’s actually more like a working vacation that benefits your business. Score! Sounds amazing, right? With only 30 passes left, you’d be crazy to pass up this opportunity.

Here’s what we have in store: four world-class education sessions, three of which feature dynamic, engaging speakers from outside the industry; private events like our Steamboat Natchez dinner cruise and dinner at Mardi Gras World; two nights of the hottest live music on iconic Bourbon and Frenchmen streets; carriage tours of the historic French Quarter, most of your meals and drinks included, and so much more. The education alone is worth the price of admission! ...


Big Plans for CD's Executive Retreat in the Big Easy (Published 03/2016)

With the countdown to our second annual Executive Retreat rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to get jazzed about all that awaits you in New Orleans!

Our inaugural event in Nashville set the bar pretty high but, with the help of Platinum Sponsors Turtle Top and The Tenney Group, our Education Committee, and input from the industry, this year’s Retreat will once again deliver world-class education and close-knit networking in a one-of-a-kind location when 200 operators join us in The Big Easy from May 1-3. (You can see a full list of our generous sponsors at neworleansretreat.com.) Our host property, JW Marriott, is nestled right in the beating heart of downtown New Orleans on Canal Street, making many of our off-site offerings an easy stroll from the hotel ...