GCLA EXPO & Trade Show 2015

on Wednesday, 05 August 2015.

Ride the wave!

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Promenade & Gardens
1570 Scenic Avenue
Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

Ride the Wave Presented By:

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Food, Fun, Networking and Vendor Displays

Surf's up!
Mark your calendar to drop in, pull back and kick in, for a rippin’ time at the 2015 GCLA Expo & Trade Show, Riding the Wave event on September 24th at Turnip Rose Promenade & Gardens in Costa Mesa, CA. We will be stoked to have you join us!
Make sure you...
Don your baggies, put on your best vintage Hawaiian, grab a beach bunny and hula skirts for a totally gnarly time featuring GCLA Vendors and Dealers for this luau extravaganza.  Tickets include 400 attendees to network with, cocktail and food stations, entertainment, and interesting speakers including:  David Seelinger, CEO & Chairman, Empire CLS and Michael Fogarty, TPLA President and CEO, Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services.
It'll be a Rippin' Ride with you on board!
And don't wipe out when the Expo is over!
Party on and stay the night once again at the Costa Mesa Marriott - Reservations should be made by September 2. Click on the GCLA Room Block Sept2015 link to book your room.
Don't miss this tubular event! 


David Seelinger, CEO & Chairman of Empire CLS 

Michael Fogarty, TPLA President and CEO

Admission Cost

Early registration: $75 non-member and $60 member if registered on or before 9/10/2015

Registration: $85 non-member and $70 member if registered after 9/10/2015

Day of event or at the door registration: $95 non-member and $80 member.



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download the SPONSOR OPPORTUNITY CARD for sponsorship Information


Lodging & Hotels

marriottGCLA has arranged special EXPO rate of $169 per night at the Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel. These rooms are available September 23 and 24 on a limited basis. You must make your room reservations on or before Wednesday, September 2, 2015 to receive the special show rates.

Call Marriott Reservations at (800) 228-9290 to make your room reservations. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the Greater California Livery Association Expo & Trade Show Room Block's group staying at the Costa Mesa Marriott, located at 500 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1911.


There are also many other hotels near the EXPO location which are recommended.

The best available rates we have found are on www.hotels.com or www.kayak.com.


Vendors Attending the EXPO


The GCLA Expo & Trade Show is a totally rad way to converse with the bros and  bunnies of the premier service providers to the livery industry. Drop in, kick down, and ride on to take advantage of this awesome opportunity now!

Sponsorship Opportunity Rate Cards must be returned no later than September 10, 2015. Exhibitor Information Sheets and Vehicle Display Sheets in the Exhibitor Information Package must be completed and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15, 2015. Logos and Artwork must be in by September 1, 2015 or earlier for additional exposure.

GCLA Expo 2015 - Exhibitor Information Package 2015.pdf

For Information on how to Exhibit at the GCLA Expo, please contact GCLA at (866)392-4252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Service Vendors

Advantage Funding
Chauffeur Driven
Chosen Payments
GPD Capital Services, Inc.
LCT Magazine
Legal Shield

Automotive Vendors

BMW Group
Ford Lincoln Limousine and Livery Vehicles
Grech Motors
San Diego Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
So Cal Penske / Acton Fleet Sales
South Bay Ford Lincoln Mercury

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Special Notice: ADA Passenger Drop Offs at LAX Terminal One

on Tuesday, 14 July 2015.

This is a reminder of arrangements for bus/van drop off of disabled passengers in front of Terminal One at LAX.  This is especially important with the upcoming Special Olympics.

In the Members Only section you'll find a sample of the DISABILITY DROP-OFF SIGN to be used when the driver is transporting a passenger with a physical disability or a person with a hidden disability, who self-identifies as needing a special accommodation, and is being dropped off at Terminal One. Log in to view the sample sign.

When dropping off a qualified passenger curbside in front of Terminal One, the driver shall either place the sign on the window in a manner that is visible to traffic officers or wave the sign until an officer acknowledges seeing it.

Upon acknowledgement the officer shall clear an area to allow the vehicle to reach the curb front.

This sign and process is for Terminal One only.

Abuse in the use of the DISABILITY DROP-OFF SIGN may result in administrative action against the company and a citation for the driver.

Concerns about the procedure or suggestions should be addressed to LAWA’s ADA Coordinator’s Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LAX construction alerts are regularly posted at http://www.lawa.org/laxdev/RoadAlerts.aspx

Real-time traffic conditions are shown at http://www.lawa.org/laxtrafficmaps.aspx

Thank you for your partnership in serving the aviation community and its patrons.

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GCLA's 5th Annual Poker Festival

on Thursday, 02 July 2015.

GCLA kicked off the summer with our 5th Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Fundraiser which was a blast.  We had over 60 attendees playing black jack, roulette and poker and earned nearly $20,000 from the evening’s festivities.  Congratulations to Paul Flores of Acton Penske Professional Vehicles who won the Poker Tournament, Kirk Bermudez, guest of Chosen Payments, who won the opportunity draw from black jack & roulette, and Tigran Basenian of Royal Prince Limousine who won the Apple Watch from the Spinning Wheel.  And a huge thanks to our host and all our sponsors.

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GCLA Supports Police Unity Bike Tour

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.

Originally published in LCT, May 2015

police bike tourPresident Kevin Illingworth (center right) at the LAX Airport Police station with Officer Mike Dear (center left) who is participating in the race along with Police Chief Patrick Gannon (second from right).

Los Angeles, Calif. — The Greater California Livery Association  (GCLA) donated $500 this week to the “Police Unity Tour,”  a bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. that covers more than 400 miles to support the families of fallen police officers. 

The ride started in 1997 with 18 participating riders, and has since grown to include over 1,800 people making the ride, coming from all over the U.S.

GCLA President Kevin Illingworth said the donation was also a way to thank the Los Angeles International Airport Police for their enforcement efforts. “With the hard work and dedication from GCLA board member Matt Strack, we feel that the officers have been instrumental in enforcing illegal activity by the TNCs while coordinating a level playing field for TCP operators within the LAX Airport," Illingworth said. "The GCLA felt it was a great way to show our appreciation by supporting the fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, which the Police Unity Tour supports."  

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Come Play Poker with GCLA FUNdraiser

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.



JUNE 6, 2015
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM


Penske Cadillac Buick GMC Southbay
18600 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504

Room block information:

Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
Single or Double Standard Room $179
Check in: Saturday, June 6 / Check out: Sunday, June 7
Group rate available until June 5
Book your group rate for the Greater California Livery Room Block

Support GCLA and Empower our Lobbyists as we raise money to protect GCLA rights and win more legislation coming down the pipe.

Not interested in playing poker? 

You can still join in on the fun! Play Black Jack and Roulette while you network with other operators.

Spin the ticket wheel for an opportunity to win an iWatch donated by Music Express. And the winner of the poker tournament will walk away with a 55-inch TV donated by Grech Motors.

Join in on the FUN! 


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Reduce Risk and Manage Liability

on Monday, 11 May 2015.

In the Tuesday, May 12, 2015, GCLA Membership Meeting in Glendale, Special Guest Patrick O'Brien mentioned various things Operators could do to reduce risk and manage liability.  

Log in to download these forms and his article from Chauffeur Driven.

Please consult with your Legal Departments to ensure that this is an accurate and safe form to protect your company.

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UBER X Vehicles on the Road in California

on Thursday, 30 April 2015.


In order to help defeat AB 828 [Low and Chang], GCLA is seeking accurate information on how many Uber X drivers there are in California so we may show how much revenue California will lose if the bill passes.

As a reminder, if this bill is passed, it will allow TNCs to avoid commercial insurance and we must stop it now. 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with accurate information and a source, if possible.

We appreciate your attention to help preserve the California Livery Industry.

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Police: Uber driver purposefully ran down S.F. cyclist near wharf

on Wednesday, 22 April 2015.

By Evan Sernoffsky
Updated 12:01 pm, Monday, April 20, 2015

uber driver
Emerson Decarvalho, 38, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly ran down a cyclist in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf on Sunday afternoon.

A bicyclist has a punctured lung, broken ribs and a broken collar bone after he was mowed down by an Uber driver Sunday afternoon near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, police said.

The driver, 38-year-old Emerson Decarvalho of Daly City, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, said Officer Albie Esparza, a San Francisco police spokesman.

The trouble started around 1 p.m. Sunday at North Point and Taylor streets when the 45-year-old cyclist, who was not identified, rode up to the passenger side of the Uber car, a black Toyota Camry, and “began yelling at the driver and banging on his window,” Esparza said.

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Los Angeles General Membership Meeting

on Wednesday, 15 April 2015.

GCLA general meeting, los angeles
May 12, 2015, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

join us for middle eastern fare at

Glenoaks Ballroom
1320 West Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

Catered by: Anoush Catering
Valet parking generously sponsored by 777 Limousine




5:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:30pm: GCLA and Vendor Updates Followed by Speaker Presentation

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:

speaker presentation: increase competitiveness with access an app

united software2Access an App by Unified Software is a state of the art ground transportation operations support system, by Unified Software. Learn how you can manage the complex and dynamic operating conditions of today's Black Car and Luxury Limousine enterprises with this end to end platform which was built from the ground up and tested for over 5 years in one of the toughest transportation markets in the US: New York City. It's dependable, it's reliable, and it's ready to power the most demanding limousine operations.

Access An App is a fully integrated system combining a White Label Passenger Booking App, Web Site with fully integrated web reservation module, Manual and Automated Dispatching Support, Customer Billing and Driver Payments, IOS and Android OS based driver applications, Real Time Passenger Notifications via text messages or VOIP calls, Real Time GPS Tracking and Extensive reporting and management dashboards into a seamless, dependable and turn-key solution. 


Sevada Badalian
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Unified Software

As Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Unified Software Sevada Badalian has devoted most of the last decade exclusively to the advancement of management technologies for the ground transportation industry. Mr. Badalian predicts that with millions of cars connected into software managed transportation grids, existing ground transportation companies all have to adopt a new state-of-the-art software platform to manage their day to day operations and compete with Transportation Network Companies (TNC.)

speaker presentation: reduce risk & manage liability

REDUCE risk and manage liability in this informative presentation by Patrick O’Brein, attorney at Daniel Crowley & Associates and owner of Panama Luxury Limousine in Panama City, Panama.  O’Brien will share some tricks of the trade, present forms you may utilize and discuss ways to reduce your risk & liability while ensuring passenger safety. 

patrickobrienPatrick K. O'Brien
Attorney, Daniel Crowley & Associates
Founder & Consulting Partner, Panama Luxury Limousine

Patrick O'Brien specializes in providing superior litigation representation to the Construction, Transportation and Amusement Industries. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and his law degree from Gonzaga Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Mr. O’Brien has previously worked at major law firms in California and has served as CEO, General Counsel and Board Member for companies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Central America. 

Join us in Welcoming Special Guest 


Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember, 46th District
California State

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian is a supporter of public safety. His Assembly Bill (AB) 24 is a consumer protection and public safety bill that will establish basic public safety standards for drivers of charter party carriers. The three basic safety standards include DMV Pull Notices, Random Drug Testing and Identifying Decals

GCLA Supports AB 24.  The bill recently passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 11 to 5, and passed the Utilities and Commerce Committee on March 22nd with 8 votes out of 15 votes.  It is now in Assembly Appropriations Committee, no hearing date set as of yet. 

Assemblymember Adrian Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village. He is a product of the San Fernando Valley; having grown up and graduated in the valley.  He served as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Paul Krekorian, before being elected to the State Assembly.



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Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before May 11, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register online today. 


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Another WIN for GCLA

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015.

Monday afternoon, the Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 863 that clarifies (eliminates) the 5th door requirement on vehicles modified prior to July 1, 2015 to increase capacity from 6 to 8 passengers and extends the compliance period for push-out windows till January 1, 2017.  David Kinney testified on behalf of GCLA.  His testimony was greatly received by the bill’s author, Assemblyman Dodd, who requested that David be available to testify when the bill is considered in the State Senate Transportation Committee later this Spring.

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San Francisco General Membership Meeting

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

GCLA general meeting, san francisco
April 14, 2015, 5:30pm - 9:30pm



Embassy Suites
San Francisco Airport - Waterfront
150 Anza Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010





5:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:30 pm: GCLA and Vendor Updates Followed by Speaker Presentation

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:

 speaker presentation

Joseph Lordan
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

California Labor Laws continue to change and affect the Transportation Industry.  Learn some of the new developments in California labor law with Joseph Lordan of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

speaker presentation

Chris Weiss
President & Publisher
Chauffeur Driven Magazine

Magazine President, Publisher and Industry Veteran, Chris Weiss will discuss the State of the Industry and share his insights for the future of the biz.  Chris will also raffle off passes for the Chauffeur Driven Show, Miami, FL, October 11-14 2015 

Speaker Presentation

Kevin Solon
Director of Transportation
San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Kevin Solon, Director of Transportation from the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will share the ins & outs of transportation for the Super Bowl 50.

  • Where to find communication regarding transportation during Super Bowl
  • Key dates to prepare for regarding permitting, parking passes, etc.
  • Opportunities for partnership with the host committee
  • General information around Super Bowl

Want more information?
Send a question to be answered in the Q&A session following his presentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before April 13, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register online today. 

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San Diego Meeting Faces TNC Discussion Head On

on Monday, 16 March 2015.

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Support AB 24

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015.

The Board of Directors of the GCLA and our lobbyists strongly urge that you sign the below petition and encourage employees, friends, and customers to sign as well. This is a critical piece of the “grassroots” program necessary to gain passage of Mr. Nazarian’s Bill, AB 24, ensuring Safety Standards for the Charter-Carrier drivers (Uber/Lyft, etc).

Petition - i support ab 24

Please sign our petition supporting basic public safety standards for all charter-carrier drivers (Uber/Lyft) and ensuring requested drivers do not have a violent history, are responsible and safe drivers, and do not have DUIs. 

AB 24 requires three basic safety checks:

  • Enrollment in a DMV Employer Pull Notice Program - which is a continuous driver's record check.
  • Participation in fingerprint-based background check done by the California Department of Justice.
  • Participation in a drug testing program.

In addition, all ridesharing drivers must register their car and display an identifying decal to ensure greater transparency and accountability. Please stand up and fight for our safety. Sign Our Petition at This Location 


Adrin Nazarian
Assemblymember, 46th District

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GCLA General Meeting - San Diego

on Tuesday, 17 February 2015.

GCLA general meeting, san diego
March 10, 2015, 5:30pm - 9:00pm



Phil's BBQ Restaurant
3750 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110




5:30 pm: Registration / Networking / Vehicle Displays
6:30 pm: Welcome & Introduction
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet - Cash Bar
6:45 pm – 9:00pm: GCLA and Vendor Updates Followed by Speaker Presentation

Presentation Topics

Presentation & Discussion Topics:


David Boenitz
Director, Business Planning
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

David Boenitz will join GCLA members and address participant driven topics of interest for the San Diego Airport including Transponders, Permits, and TNCs 

David Boenitz is the San Diego International Airport’s Ground Transportation Director.  In this capacity he oversees the commercial vehicle administration, permitting, regulations and enforcement. He has worked closely with the taxicab and shuttle operators to improve cab and shuttle availability, customer satisfaction and commercial vehicle operations.  He has lead the effort to permit the newest form of commercial transportation, the Transportation Network Companies or TNCs. In the near future, the Airport will begin operations with the new Rental Car facility where the Airport will have oversight of the facility and the bus operation. David is also working closely with the airport’s parking consultants to erect a new 3000 space parking plaza in front of Terminal 2.


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Adrian Kwiatkowski / Carelyn Reynolds

Members from TAG San Diego will present information on their organization and what they are doing at the San Diego Airport and how GCLA and TAG can work together to make improvements at the Airport. 


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Pre-Registration discounts for this meeting apply if you register before March 9, 2015.
Members: $50.00, Non-Members:$65.00

Register on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 online or at the Door:
Members: $60.00, Non-Members:$75.00

Registration lines can be long if you wait until the event so register online today.

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