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! ...


2014 Toronto Canadian Limo Summit

Canadian Limo Summit Successfully Mixes Big Ambitions with Small Setting (Published 08/2014)

Toronto — The Canadian Limo Summit, the first-ever partnership between the Ontario Limousine Owners Association (OLOA) and Chauffeur Driven, proved that it found the winning combination of interactive educational sessions, a showroom filled with exhibitors, and a whole lot of networking opportunities.

The Aug. 10-11 event brought 150 attendees from all walks of the chauffeured ground transportation industry together at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, making for an intimate affair that facilitated new relationships and brought together familiar faces.

CD0814 Canadian Limo Summit “I liked the smaller gathering because, as an affiliate manager, I’m there to network and get to know people,” says Perry Barin, the West Coast affiliate manager for Music Express. “I was able to meet everybody one on one with 150 people, as opposed to a large-scale event where it’s hard to talk to everybody.”

The event was bookended by two friendly gatherings—an opening night reception sponsored by MV-1 Canada and a Grech Motors-sponsored scenic cruise on Lake Ontario aboard the Capt. Matthew Flinders—and packed three workshops brimming over with information between the two festive functions.

Following a breakfast sponsored by Battisti Customs and Macnab Transit Sales was the first of the day’s sessions, “Customer Retention: Keeping Clients Engaged and Loyal by Exceeding Expectations,” co-presented by Kyara Kahakauwila of LA Limousines and Mike Zappone of All Transportation Network. Kristen Carroll of Grace Limousine and The LMC Group then took to the podium to discuss “Employee Motivation & Retention: Creating a Happy and Healthy Environment that Increases Productivity.” Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Chauffeured Services Worldwide served as moderator for all three of the day’s workshops ...


Ready, Set, Toronto! Don’t Miss Our Canadian Summit this August (Published 07/2014)

With less than three weeks to go, time is running out to register for the Canadian Summit, being held at the InterContinental Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, this August 10-11.

Don’t get the word “Canadian” fool you; the summit is open to anyone who wants a mini working vacation, targeted networking, and in-depth education with immediate takeaway value in a relaxed setting. You’ll see a lot of familiar faces, but you’ll also meet new friends and potential affiliates over the two-day summit. Can’t afford more than a day or two away from your business this summer, but you crave new ideas and networking with like-minded operators? This show is definitely for you. The event is being produced by Chauffeur Driven and the Ontario Limousine Owners Association (OLOA), and thanks to sponsors Cowan Insurance Group and Northbridge Insurance.

We kick off the summit with an opening cocktail reception on Sunday night where you can mingle with over 100 other operators from all over North America. The following morning, after a hearty breakfast, we get down to business with three sessions presented by some of our industry’s most respected professionals (we’ll feed you lunch, too). Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect from these interactive workshops ...


Toronto Is the Destination for the Chauffeur Driven and OLOA Summit (Published 04/2014)

Canadian Limo Summit Mark your calendars for August 10 and 11 because the Canadian Limo Summit 2014 will be in full effect

The summit is being co-produced by Chauffeur Driven and the Ontario Limousine Owners Association (OLOA)‚ and will be held at the InterContinental Toronto Centre—just steps from the iconic CN Tower‚ the tallest structure in Canada—in the extraordinary city of Toronto. The title sponsor of the summit is the Cowan Insurance Group.

While the summit will have an undeniable global appeal‚ all interested operators are invited to Toronto—especially if you are looking to expand your affiliate network. The affordable‚ laid-back event features an opening cocktail reception‚ a day of workshops‚ lots of networking‚ and a finale dinner cruise on the shimmering‚ late summer waters of Lake Ontario. Come a day early and you can make it a long weekend getaway with your spouse ...


2013 Atlantic City Show Articles

A Winner Out of the Gate: First-Ever Chauffeur Driven Show Draws Industry Praise (Published 12/2013)

cd-1213-show-review-ribbon-chris-eric-fordWhen the Chauffeur Driven Show blew into Atlantic City this past November, even CD staff were astounded by the positive vibe and kinetic energy happening at the Trump Taj Mahal. As the youngest contender amongst the East Coast shows, it was Chauffeur Driven’s goal to pull out all the stops to bring attendees the finest quality education, networking, entertainment, vehicles, and services. By all accounts, this was the fresh air that the industry craved. Many thanks to our Title Sponsor, The Lincoln Motor Company (see a full list of our sponsors at www.chauffeurdrivenshow.com).

As our first show, this was the opportunity to mix it up, test the waters, and really challenge ourselves to think differently about the needs of the industry—now and moving forward. We knew there were some essentials that we had to have: all under one roof for less time spent traveling between venues and more time learning and networking. We knew it had to have all the best speakers and the most relevant topics. It had to include some downtime, but also lots of opportunities to let loose and have some fun. Four days, nearly 100 exhibitors, 50+ sponsors, and over 1,500 attendees later, the show was a smashing success and the clear choice of the chauffeured ground transportation industry. Thank you to our incredible attendees!

“Congratulations on a great show. I think you surprised a lot of the naysayers who thought you couldn’t pull off a successful show that size on your own. Not only did you do it, you excelled at it. I wish you nothing but continued success in the years to come and bigger and more awesome shows,” says David Brown of Premiere Transportation Group in Albany ...


First Ever Chauffeur Driven Show Pulls Ahead as the Clear Winner (Published 11/2013)

When the Chauffeur Driven Show blew into Atlantic City this past November, even CD staff were astounded by the positive vibe and kinetic energy happening at the Trump Taj Mahal. As the youngest contender amongst the East Coast shows, it was Chauffeur Driven’s goal to pull out all the stops to bring attendees the finest quality education, networking, vehicles, and services. Four days, nearly 100 exhibitors, 50+ sponsors, and over 1,500 attendees later, the show was a smashing success and the clear choice of the chauffeured ground transportation industry.

As our first show, this was the opportunity to mix it up, test the waters, and really challenge ourselves to think differently about the needs of the industry—now and moving forward. By all accounts, this was the fresh air that the industry craved ...


Get Your Game Faces On: It's Showtime! (Published 09/2013)

cd-1213-show-review-ribbon-chris-eric-fordThe countdown has transitioned from months to weeks as we quickly approach the first Chauffeur Driven Show this November 3-6 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. The show is spearheaded by Chauffeur Driven President and Publisher Chris Weiss, Show Manager Megan Hogue, and the Chauffeur Driven team, who collectively have over 100 years of industry experience under their belt. Weiss and Hogue also drew on the expertise and feedback of dozens of industry professionals, who volunteered their time to serve on the various Chauffeur Driven Show committees and advisory board. The result is a show that is packed with timely educational opportunities including hands-on workshops and traditional seminars; nearly 100 of the industry’s leading suppliers, manufacturers, and dealers; and an exciting lineup of nightlife entertainment. A special thanks to Title Sponsor, The Lincoln Motor Company.

It’s the only show that takes place all under one roof so there’s less time commuting and walking between venues, and more time spent networking, interacting with show exhibitors and speakers, and learning from the industry’s best and most progressive thinkers in a collaborate environment. It’s the only show that features former Apple evangelist and tech guru Guy Kawasaki to deliver the Keynote Address, not to mention the first-ever Operating Mentoring Program as well as themed parties for the optimum blend of networking and fun. We’ve even built in some downtime between the afternoon and evening events, and provide a buffet lunch on Monday and Tuesday (sponsored by Titus Leasing & Acton Fleet Sales/SoCal Penske and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services & Grech Motors, respectively). Music Express and EmpireCLS will also be holding their affiliate meetings at the show, in addition to two associations, Limousine Association of New Jersey and Minority Limousine Operators of America ...