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 ...


2015 Miami South Beach Show Articles

The Chauffeur Driven Show Sizzles in South Beach (Published 12/2015)

We knew that the South Florida city was going to be a major destination for our first show outside of Atlantic City, but even we were shocked by the incredible energy that was created this past October 11-14 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Nearly 1,900 industry professionals flocked to South Beach for what was an electrifying four days of education, networking, and a whole lot of fun. We welcomed many new faces, including plenty of first-timers from around the world. A major thank you to our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors—especially Title Sponsors Ford-Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles and Grech Motors—for making this our best show to date.

We staged a hotel takeover at the Loews, and thanks to the close-knit vibe of the property, it was impossible not to run into industry folks in the lobby, in the elevator, and in the hallways—and our app, sponsored by North Point Transportation Group, even allowed for networking on the go. ...


Associations Take Center Stage at CD’s Miami Show (Published 10/2015)

With the Chauffeur Driven Show just days away, it’s time to start planning how you’ll make the most of the networking and educational opportunities available during our October 11-14 stay in South Beach. With a robust association presence this year, those who are pounding the pavement to make legislative headway at regional and statewide levels will be on hand to discuss their efforts, successes, and plans for the future.

Our first-ever show in Miami will be chock-full of inaugural events, including our Association Summit on Wednesday, October 14, at the Loews. During this debut event, you’ll get to hear from more than a dozen association leaders representing markets all across North America as they give presentations on how they’re fighting TNCs and working to maintain the integrity of the industry. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the American Southwest to eastern Canada, you’ll get to hear from operators hailing from an array of locales as they discuss their own region’s approach to industry-wide concerns.

Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association President Mike Fogarty of Tristar Worldwide, Limousine Association of New Jersey President Jeff Shanker of A-1 Limousine, and Florida Limousine Association President Rick Versace of A1A Airport & Limousine Service will be moderating ...


Networking Abounds at the Chauffeur Driven Show (Published 10/2015)

With literally weeks to go until the 2015 Chauffeur Driven Show in Miami Beach, Florida, this October 11-14, things are shaping up nicely for those who are attending the show to do some serious networking. In addition to our education, 70 percent larger show floor with nearly 100 exhibitors, unparalleled nightlife, and a spectacular host property at the Loews Miami Beach, there will be endless opportunities to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Affiliate business is the name of the game in the 21st century, and the relationships you build in the industry drive your business. It’s why our Affiliate Central Global Partner Forum remains one of the Chauffeur Driven Show’s most popular and well-attended events ...


It's Show Time! The Chauffeur Driven Show Lands In Miami (Published 09/2015)

It’s mere weeks before we all descend upon beautiful, sunny Miami Beach for the 2015 Chauffeur Driven Show, and you’re likely putting the final touches on your travel plans. We’ve been giving you the awesome details of all of the things we have planned for our attendees for the past few months. But before you go, here’s all the information you need to maximize your time and the return on your investment.

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FLA and MLOA to Hold Meetings at CD’s Miami Show (Published 09/2015)

When the Chauffeur Driven Show touches down at Loews Miami Beach October 11-14, two associations’ hour-long membership meetings will be among its many offerings.

The first major industry show to come to The Sunshine State will also give the Florida Limousine Association (FLA) and the regional associations under its banner—the Greater Orlando Limousine Association, the South Florida Limousine Association, and the West Florida Livery Association—meeting space on Monday, October 12, at 8:30 a.m. As operators all over Florida are fighting a range of TNC battles ...


2015 Chauffeur Driven Show Mentors Now Available (Published 08/2015)

One of the Chauffeur Driven Show’s most popular and industry-exclusive events, the Operator Mentoring Program, will be open for registration later this week.

The event pairs small groups of operators with some of the industry’s most influential leaders for roundtable discussions and one-on-one advice for your most pressing issues and questions, as well as all of the hottest topics affecting chauffeured transportation. Our mentors have the experience and knowledge to help guide your company toward success. This will be a no-holds-barred opportunity to pick the brains of some of the top minds in the business. This is an invaluable opportunity to learn from the best! ...


The Chauffeur Driven Show Offers Popular Favorites at a New Destination (Published 08/2015)

Have you registered for our October 11-14 Miami Show yet? With two months to go until Chauffeur Driven whisks you away to South Beach for four days of nonstop networking, world-class education, and high-energy entertainment—with thanks to Title Sponsors The Lincoln Motor Company and Grech Motors—you won’t want to miss it when we launch the industry’s first-ever hotel takeover at the beautiful Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Read on to learn more about all the returning favorites and new events we have in store for you! ...


It’s All Happening on the Show Floor at the Chauffeur Driven Show (Published 08/2015)

We’re just 60 days away from the event of the fall: The Chauffeur Driven Show in Miami! With a show floor that is now 95 percent sold out, we have a lot in store this October 11-14.

While the majority of our event takes place at our exquisite host property, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, there is plenty going on during show floor hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It’s located just minutes from the hotel—hop on one of our provided shuttles or stretch your legs a bit for a quick 10-minute walk.

Our micro-sessions are a returning favorite. While our workshops back at the Loews are lengthier and more comprehensive, our micro-sessions are quick bursts of knowledge that are meant to be easy to digest ...


Miami Show Offers Sponsorship, Exhibitor Opportunities (Published 07/2015)

The countdown to our Miami Show is on and we have the limited floor space to prove it! If you want to stake your claim on a booth—or a sponsorship or a table at our ever-popular Affiliate Central Global Partner Forum—act fast because these opportunities will be gone well before our rapidly approaching show takes off.

With just a handful of 10-by-10 booths and a few vehicle spaces left, now’s the time to plant your flag in a spot on our expanded showroom floor, which you’ll find at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The convention center, which offers 120,000 square feet of exhibitor space, is just blocks from the Loews and will host micro-sessions and bonus workshops alike, in addition to the exciting new vehicles, products, and services all of our vendors will be showcasing.

Chauffeur Driven Show Affiliate Central Miami Beach We’ve recently welcomed three new sponsors: Reston Limousine is our micro-session sponsor, Turtle Top has signed on to co-sponsor Tuesday’s lunch, and RRL Insurance is the newest after-hours suite party sponsor. Our select sponsorship opportunities are disappearing quickly ...


CD's Educational Program In Miami Focuses on Core Principles of Running a Successful Operation (Published 07/2015)

The kids may be out of school for the summer but we’re already planning to get you back to the basics this fall. The high-quality workshops, seminars, and micro-sessions you’ve enjoyed at our previous events will return October 11-14 when the Chauffeur Driven Show heads to Loews Miami Beach Hotel—and you won’t want to miss the exciting new offerings that we’ll debut in South Beach.

The central aspects of your business—your employees, your fleet, your ideals—will be at the forefront of this year’s educational focus. Our Education Committee, now co-chaired by Kristen Carroll of The LMC Group and Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Chauffeured Services Worldwide, has been hard at work finalizing ...


Check Out All the Show Details in Our New Video and Brochure (Published 07/2015)

Ready for Miami this October? The Chauffeur Driven Show will literally stage a hotel takeover at the beautiful Loews Miami Beach. We’re less than 90 days away from the event, and we’ve recently released all of the details on our website (chauffeurdrivenshow.com) and in our hot-off-the-press attendee brochure (also visible here: Click Here for Online Brochure).

But don’t just take our word for it: Get a sneak peek at what you can expect in Miami with our new video shot on location at the Loews. See firsthand what awaits you in gorgeous South Beach, a true global destination. CD President and Publisher Chris Weiss discusses some of the returning favorites, such as the International Meet & Greet, Operator Mentoring Program, and Affiliate Global Partner Forum, as well as some new events like the Women in the Industry Networking Reception and our Association Summit. You’ll also see the breathtaking location of our show ...


Soak Up the International Flavor of CD's Miami Show(Published 06/2015)

Loews Miami Beach Hotel As the temperatures soar and local beaches come to life‚ it’s not hard to close your eyes and pretend that these nearby weekend escapes are really those of more year-round flavor—say‚ like the kind that you’ll find when you join us for Chauffeur Driven’s first-ever show at Loews Miami Beach Hotel this October 11-14.

Miami‚ widely regarded as the southeastern gateway to America‚ offers an unmistakably international-influenced flair that we’ll be sure to embrace with this year’s offerings‚ both during the show and after hours. With inherently worldwide-reaching events such as our expanded Global Affiliate Forum and International Meet & Greet‚ as well as an expected significant spike in attendance overall‚ you’ll have no problem making new connections with established operators representing a range of companies worldwide ...


Chauffeur Driven Show Is Gearing Up to Touch Down in South Beach (Published 05/2015)

Loews Miami Beach Hotel We’re getting ready to hit the road with our first show in the Sunshine State, and we want you along for the ride! Join us when we take the 2015 Chauffeur Driven Show to the posh Loews Miami Beach Hotel from October 11-14 for an event jam-packed with the high-quality education and high-energy entertainment our shows have become known for at a luxury locale right on the South Beach shoreline. With the vast majority of Loews’ rooms reserved for our show, the industry’s first-ever hotel takeover will present a networking opportunity unlike any other—and that’s even before our scheduled events begin. The location might have changed but your favorite mainstays from our previous shows—like the expanded Global Affiliate Forum, International Meet & Greet, and the industry’s only Mentoring Program—are all still on the schedule, and we’re adding a Women in the Industry evening reception to this year’s show, too. Many thanks to Title Sponsors The Lincoln Motor Company and Grech Motors.

The opportunities for worldwide networking will abound at what proved to be two of last year’s most popular and talked-about offerings. Our Global Affiliate Forum will be bursting with more than 40 tables of companies hailing from around the world who are looking to broaden their reach while helping you do the same. Last year’s International Meet & Greet saw a packed house and we’re expecting an even bigger and more enthusiastic turnout at Miami ...


Terry Jones of Travelocity and Kayak to be Miami Show’s Keynote Speaker (Published 04/2015)

Terry Jones Miami Speaker With a nearly finalized agenda and floor space filling up quickly, it’s not too early to start thinking about Chauffeur Driven’s Trade Show & Conference at the beautiful Loews Miami Beach Hotel. We’re taking our annual event on the road this October 11-14 for its first-ever stop on what will become a rotating roster of premium host destinations. The Lincoln Motor Company and Grech Motors have already signed up to be the Title Sponsors for our first Florida trade show—and we’re kicking it off with another industry first of reserving more than 95 percent of the hotel’s space for a true property takeover.

We’re excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be entrepreneur and accomplished speaker Terry Jones—with many thanks to our Keynote Sponsors, Grech Motors and Mosaic Global Transportation. As the current executive chairman of Wayblazer, founder and former CEO of Travelocity, founding chairman of Kayak, and former vice president of business travel company Travel Advisors ...


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 ...