CD Show Seminars

2018 State of the Industry

For a candid look and deep dive into the hottest trends and most pressing issues of the chauffeured transportation industry, join CD Publisher Chris Weiss as he moderates this esteemed and diverse panel of operators.

They will offer their perspectives on current—and future—topics facing operators around the world, including the perpetual difficulty of finding chauffeurs and CDL drivers, methods to advance your business in the current climate, different areas in which companies are finding success, and the ways autonomous vehicles may disrupt the ground transportation space down the line.

Moderated by: CD Publisher Chris Weiss, the panel features: Kristina Bouweiri, President & CEO of Reston Limousine; Mike Fogarty, President of Addison Lee Group North America; Mike Pinckard, CEO of Total Transit

Contingency Planning: Stress-Testing Your Business for Likely Shock Scenarios (Part 2: Human Capital Related)
Kristen Carroll (Moderator)
The LMC Group
Kristen Bouweiri
Reston Limousine
Christina Davis
The LMC Group

Part two, moderated by Kristen Carroll of The LMC Group and co-chair of our Education Committee, is dedicated to “human capital,” or your staff. The session—featuring highly respected industry veteran Kristina Bouweiri of Reston Limousine and Christina Davis of The LMC Group, author of our monthly HR Coach column—will explore areas such as preparing for the sudden loss or death of a key employee, or dealing with the departure of multiple employees in a short period of time, either of which could seriously damage a company of any size depending on the circumstances. Other topics include legal issues such as safety-related lawsuits stemming from car accidents to on-the-job injuries; understanding and effectively dealing with discrimination, racism, and religious protections; and everyone’s favorite: labor-related challenges and lawsuits on everything from overtime wage claims to EEOC rules. This seminar will tackle those thorny and often frustrating topics with proven strategies, balanced solutions, and a bit of humor.

Contingency Planning: Stress-Testing Your Business for Likely Shock Scenarios (Part 1: Finance Related)
Kathy Kahne
Windy City Limousine
Dawson Rutter
Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Services

Part one, moderated by Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Chauffeured Services Worldwide and co-chair of our Education Committee, includes speaker Kathy Kahne of Windy City Limousine, a well-regarded industry expert and Dawson Rutter, founder of Commonwealth Worldwide, a leader with 35 years in the business. For many, the pain and ambivalence of the 2008 recession remains a profoundly complex and still-present topic despite recovery, yet financial swings occur all the time. We’ll discuss how to ready your company financially before those economic dips. Other topics include the loss of a large client (especially one equivalent to a 20-percent revenue drop) and how to diversify to avoid such a situation in the future; the ubiquitous price wars that challenge long-standing relationships with otherwise reasonable clients; dealing with cash flow; and legal issues like employee embezzlement or IRS audits. This session will give you the peace of mind you need to think intelligently during a crisis rather than impulsively.


Protecting Yourself and Your Business From Network and Cyber Threats

A cyberattack on your computer infrastructure can be as devastating to your company as a fire or flood. Not only does a data breach affect you financially, it also puts your reputation at risk, as your clients’ private information is exposed. Are you prepared? Join us for an informative session that provides real-life examples of the cyber threats and risks faced by our industry as well as the policies you should have in place to protect yourself.

Presented by: Caryn Reiker of Max360 and Jorge Sanchez of Hermes Worldwide