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June, 2005 Newsletter
Monthly meeting held at the
Park Hill Golf Course
4141 East 35th Ave / Denver, CO.
June 15th 2005
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Educational / Information Forum
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Business Meeting
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the transportation industry, offer educational seminars on various
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will not only establish valuable networks and affiliated industry
relationships, but Colorado will benefit by having reputable
transportation providers that are well informed and better educated.
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Agenda for the June 15, 2005 / Park Hill Golf Course / 4141 E 35 Ave / Denver
6:00 PM Educational & Information Forum
7:00 PM Business Meeting
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Lancer Insurance – Identifying and Managing your Risk – A tough
process – Goal is to performing an operational analysis of the risk and
the impact on cost on a business.
Introduction of active members, associate members and guests
Fund raiser drawing
Call to Order
Review and approval of May meeting
Cell phone protocol
Introduction of new members
Vice President’s Report
Rule Making - House Bills
Reports on airports throughout the State
Barb Curtis – NLA Report
Revision to existing By-Laws
Parade of Lights – Application sent in for review
Meeting in mountain region for Western Slope companies
Insurance coverage for executive board members
Next meeting to be held on July 20th 2005
Mountain meeting to be held on July 13 2005, location TBD
LAOC dinner – Vendor appreciation night in September
Next months educational / training
Educational / Training Seminar next month will feature …….
August Educational / Training Seminar – Benefits of being a Safety Association - Speaker
Issues considered for vote
Motion to accept the May minutes
Motion to approve the expenses incurred by the LAOC
Review and adoption of proposed budget – Adam Paul
Revision to existing By-Laws
Over the last few months I have been talking with a gentleman named Lee Martinez with an insurance
company based out of Las Vegas, NV. Our conversation has been geared towards bringing value to a
Limousine Associations and its members. He has mentioned that our Association as we know it can be
modified into a Safety Association. In a nut shell, it would require our current bylaws to be amended and
for us to develop a formal training program outlining safety issues which relate directly to our industry.
Training topics vary from loss control, filing insurance claims, drivers training, incident/scene
documentation and more. These topics may seems trivial to some of you, however if we are registered
with the State of Colorado as a Safety Association and your company has attended a minimum required
training sessions, then your company will be eligible to receive an insurance premium discount. (typically
10% or more) The reduced premiums are calculated differently for each state and are recognized by all
commercial insurance underwriters. This is something you don’t hear of and is a well kept secret of the
Think about it - we are already doing some of these things. In March and April we showed training videos
for chauffeur etiquette. It would not take much to make the change to a safety related topic. We can
utilize the Educational / Information Forum scheduled between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM for this purpose. 10
% premium reduction may not seem much but if you add it up it can make quite a difference. Give it
some thought. In August, Lee will be visiting the LAOC meeting and explain this program in more detail.
I hope that you are interested in what he has to say and what we can do to reduce our own premiums.
This month, Bob Crescenzo, Vice President with Lancer Insurance Company will be speaking about
Identifying and managing your risk. His goal is for you to perform an operational analysis of the risk and
the impact on cost on your business. He will have a power point presentation and a lot of useful
information for us.
Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Just a quick note on membership! The LAOC is actually in great shape as far as membership, we have
some fantastic Associate Members that are offering our business' some very valuable products and
services. We have new limousine members joining almost every month. We should all be proud of our
accomplishments. We can only get stronger and more united if we keep up the good work. Mike Geissler
has some great news he will be sharing concerning safety programs. This will be a wonderful money
saving benefit to our members. Thanks so much to all of our loyal members for your participation in the
LAOC. You are appreciated for all your hard work. Please feel free to bring any membership ideas
or issues to our attention at any time.
Vice President LAOC
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! The Treasury has been pretty quiet this month. As of this time
there are no new expenditures to list. Membership is strong this year! The LAOC represents 34
Limousine companies and we have 15 Associates members! With this comes money, and the LAOC is
starting to get ahead. We would like to put that money to work for you. I have a proposed budget that I will
present at the June meeting. Please make sure to attend so I can get your feedback.
Adam A. Paul
Sergeant at Arms
There are no DIA meetings scheduled for June or July 2005.
Sergeant at Arms
Minutes from the May 18, 2005, Limousine Association of Colorado meeting held at Park Hill Golf
Course, 4141 East 35 Avenue, Denver, Colorado:
Submitted by Marilyn Wright, Secretary
Educational & Information Forum:
At 6:12 pm Selena Dunham of Classique, LLC stated that they are offering a chauffeur training course on
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June 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm and on June 11 and 12 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost is $300
per person and the deadline for applications is May 27 . If interested call Selena at 303-775-8382. Jim
Sewell and Barry Wilson also spoke regarding the course and encouraged all to attend.
Brad Whittle spoke regarding a 2004 Court case, which requires independent contractors to maintain
Workmen’s Compensation. Greg Fulton, President of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, stated
that they would like to work with us. After discussion, it was noted that Pinnacle provides a checklist as to
whether or not you are an independent contractor or an employee. Anyone interested in fighting this
legislation please contact the Board.
Call to Order:
President Mike Geissler called the meeting to order at 7:23 pm.
Members in attendance:
A Custom Coach – John Hafer
Brentwood Limousine – Ray & Beth Hamilton
Colorado Car & Limousine – Marilyn Wright
Colorado Corporate Car – Adam Paul
Colorado Corporate Coach – Mike Geissler
Denver Lincoln Limousine – Paul McKinney
Diamond Limousine – Peter Lupien
Evergreen Limousine – John Kenyon
ExecuCar Denver – Jim Cooley
Presidential Limousine – Lou Blacksheve
Ride on Time Limousine – Mike Jorstad
Town & Country – Robert Danko, James Haiskey
Two Step Limousine – Barb Curtis
White Dove Limousine – Franci Ouzounis
Associate Members in attendance:
Autoworks International – Gene Kloke
Xtreme Clean – Clint Anderson
Yellow Cab – Brad Whittle
Bank Insurance – Dawn Sullivan
Classique – Selena Dunham, Gail Hamilton
Guests in attendance:
Barry Wilson (Fort Collins)
Colorado Motors Carriers – Greg Fulton
Colorado Limo – Doug Pooley
USA Security Limo – Alicia Sewell, Charles Anderson, Sewell Dunham
After a short meeting of the Executive Board with all Board members, including Beth Hamilton, agreed to
bring a personnel issue to the membership. Franci Ouzounis moved to change the Agenda to discuss the
internal membership issue. The motion was seconded by Adam Paul, and upon vote, the motion was
unanimously approved. All non-members and guests were excused at this time; only members were
allowed to remain at this time.
President, Mike Geissler stated that the Board has been dealing with the issue regarding Beth Hamilton
since February and then read the LCT article which caused the events leading up to Beth Hamilton’s
dismissal as Chair Person of the LAOC Board. He stated all objections made by the Hamilton’s and read
all correspondence and emails involved.
Ray Hamilton then gave a statement and moved that we reconsider reinstating Beth as a Chair-person of
the LAOC, as she was dismissed by the Board on May 11, 2005. He also moved that Mike Geissler be
asked to resign as President. No second motion was made to either of the above motions.
Robert Danko objected to Mr. Hamilton’s statement and motions. Statements were then made by Ray
and Beth Hamilton and by all Board members. John Kenyon moved that the matter to put to a silent vote.
No second motion was made to this motion.
After much discussion and the findings that Beth Hamilton did not comply with the conditions of the
Board’s previous reprimand, the previous Board decision to terminate Beth Hamilton as the Chair-Person
of the Limousine Association of Colorado stands.
This matter was adjourned at 9:00 pm.
The meeting was then recalled to order.
Dawn Sorenson stated that we need to meet regarding Workman’s Compensation. John Hafer moved
that we meet concerning this matter. Dawn stated that she will inform us of any legal status regarding
Workman’s Compensation. John Hafer withdrew his motion for lack of a quorum.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.
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LCT magazine article of interest
Limousine Industry Hopeful About Eliminating Gas Guzzler Tax
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The limousine industry hopes a tiny item in a $295 billion highway construction
bill will free it from paying a 1970s tax intended to prevent carmakers from producing gas-guzzling
vehicles. Since 1991, the Gas Guzzler Tax has added $1,300 to $2,100 to the cost of each limousine,
said Barry Lefkowitz, executive director of the Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) and chief
lobbyist for the NLA.
Not paying the tax are the carmakers that produce popular trucks, minivans and SUVs with worse fuel
efficiency ratings than limousines.
"This is an issue that the Finance Committee may have to review," said a spokeswoman for the Senate's
tax writing panel. "Some people are raising questions about whether the current law makes sense as tax
The gas guzzler law sought to push car manufacturers toward fuel efficiency by imposing a tax on
vehicles that get less than 22.5 mpg of gasoline. The tax starts at $1,000 and escalates to $7,700 for cars
that get less than 12.5 mpg. Vehicles categorized as light trucks were exempt from the law, as most
pickup trucks at the time were used by businesses or farmers.
Small manufacturers, which include companies that converted vehicles into limousines, were also exempt
from the tax. That changed in 1991 with a new law that specifically applied the tax to limousines. Since
then, Lefkowitz said, the gas guzzler tax has hit the small manufacturers that convert vehicles into stretch
limousines and reduced their numbers from 300 to 20. It also has driven up costs for limousine
companies, overwhelmingly small operations with one-to-three vehicles, he said.
"There are a number of ironies here," Lefkowitz said. "We are fuel-efficient. We are multi-passenger.
We're taking cars off the road, and here we are still paying the Gas Guzzler Tax."
The limousine industry’s tax break, included in a six-year highway spending bill under debate in the
Senate, would amount to $46 million through the next decade.
The continued exception for light trucks means that pickups, SUVs and vans escape the Gas Guzzler
Tax, even if their fuel efficiency rating falls within the gas guzzler guidelines. Such vehicles make up
roughly 55% of new cars registered last year, according to data collected and analyzed by R.L. Polk &
Co. Not all would be subject to the tax if covered by the gas guzzler law.
A fuel economy guide, assembled by the EPA and the Energy Department, shows that high performance
cars make up the bulk of vehicles subject to the tax. They include some Dodge, Ford, Ferrari,
Lamborghini and Porsche models. Among midsize and large cars, manufacturers pay the tax on some
Cadillac, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen models.
For example, the tax is levied on one model of the Cadillac CTS that gets 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg
on the highway. The Cadillac Escalade, an SUV that gets 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway,
escapes the tax.
The tax is levied on several Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans, such as the S500 that gets 16 mpg in the
city and 24 mpg on the highway. There's no tax on Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the most efficient, which gets
15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
Fuel-efficiency guidelines published by the EPA for consumers differ from the test results the agency
uses to determine whether car models should be subject to the tax. Environmental groups pushing for
better fuel-efficiency standards say lawmakers should eliminate the inconsistencies. Those groups point
to the low amounts of tax collected through the gas guzzler, $79.7 million in 2002, as proof that it has
successfully deterred automakers from making inefficient cars.
"It is an anachronism," said Dan Lashof, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
"That means there are gas guzzling passenger vehicles that use more fuel than cars that have to pay the
Expanding the tax brings the danger that it could burden businesses that buy trucks for work, not
discretionary, purposes, said Dennis Fitzgibbons, director of public policy at DaimlerChrysler.
Jerry Taylor, director of natural resource studies at the Cato Institute, said a tax on automakers is not the
best way to encourage fuel conservation. The Cato Institute promotes limited government and free
markets. "This is a nonsensical argument," he said. "The only reason automakers make the models they
make is because those are the models they think consumers are going to buy."
LCT Magazine May 18, 2005
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