GCLA EXPO - Another Resounding Success!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

L-2012-GCLA-Expo-1The red carpet rolled out once again for operators attending the annual Greater California Livery Association Expo and Trade Show, where more than 30 industry vendors, including top automakers, showcased their products and services to GCLA members and guests. The Greater California Livery Association Expo and Trade Show featured the most chauffeured vehicles and buses on display outside of a major industry trade show, offering operators in California and beyond a unique opportunity to sample vehicles and make key fleet buying decisions.

Representatives from Ford Fleet & Livery Vehicles, The Official Partner for the GCLA Expo and Trade Show, along with South Bay Ford and Star Ford brought their MKT Town Cars, MKZ Hybrids and Navigator SUVs to greet attendees along the red carpet entrance. Several MKT Town Car stretch limousines, built by various coach builders, were also on display.

L-2012-GCLA-Expo-2Platinum Sponsor Penske Cadillac introduced a complete line-up of General Motors products including The new 2013 Cadillac XTS, Cadillac Escalade and Chevy Suburban. The following GCLA Expo Gold Sponsors included Acton Fleet Sales presented the Chrysler 300 sedan. Hyundai included the Genesis and Equus class sedans, Crevier BMW brought out the BMW 535i GT and BMW 750i class sedans while Mercedes Benz executive shuttles showed up in various configurations from different vendors. The Mercedes Benz Sprinter shuttles, which seem to be a popular choice for corporate clients, along with the S Class Sedan and SUV were on display and available in both a gas and diesel model.

Large vehicles of all types, from mini coaches to party buses to full size luxury motor coaches, were displayed by a variety of vendors including Lux Bus America, Don Brown Bus Sales, Tiffany Coach, Coach West, Nations Bus, Quality Coach, Creative Bus Sales and A-Z Bus Sales.

Many vendor tables were set up throughout the courtyard which allowed attendees to view the largest participation of vendors for a GCLA Expo. Expo vendors included GPD Capital Services Inc., Transpo Insurance, TIB Insurance, Chosen Payments, Enterprise GPS, The Tenney Group, Advantage Funding, Law Firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Solutions by David Hartson, Redtail TelemeticsVIP Limousine, LCT Magazine, Limo Digest, NLA, Create A Card and Limo Anywhere.

Entertainment was provided by the highly acclaimed Orange County School of Arts five piece Jazz Ensemble and our resident GCLA Limo D.J. Mark Regan throughout the evening.

Speaker Presentation was made by NLA President Diane Forgy who outlined the benefits of being a member of the National Limousine Association along with encouraging all operators
at the Expo to support the GCLA by becoming members.

Two key groups representing the California travel industry and the GCLA, formally launched an alliance at the GCLA Expo and Trade Show that will work toward easing regulations and promoting opportunities for travel-related businesses and chauffeured transportation and charter bus businesses alike. This year's GCLA Expo Key Speakers were:

John Severini, the CEO of the California Travel Association, outlined the benefits and goals of the partnership during his keynote presentation at the annual Greater California Livery Association Expo and Tradeshow . The GCLA is now a member of Cal Travel, the leading collective advocacy voice for all of California's tourism industry that speaks on behalf of the 900,000 tourism jobs in the state.

Lynn Carpenter, Vice President of Marketing for Visit California, the state's travel promotion group, actively works to bring more leisure tourists, business travelers, and convention goers to a state considered one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world. The more visitor traffic the state gets, the more charter buses and chauffeured vehicles hit the road to transport a good percentage of them.

The GCLA Board of Directors wanted to personally thank our "Official Partner" of the 2012 GCLA Expo and Trade Show Ford Fleet & Livery Vehicles, Platinum Sponsor Penske Cadillac, Gold Sponsors Acton Fleet Sales, BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz and SoCal Penske, Silver Sponsor Limo Anywhere, along with all of our supporting vendors and attendees that made this year's GCLA Expo and Trade Show the most talked about event ever in the history of the GCLA.

Thank you for a wonder evening.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark Stewart
GCLA President

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