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July, 2005 Newsletter
Monthly meeting held at the
Park Hill Golf Course
4141 East 35th Ave / Denver, CO.
July 20th 2005
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Educational / Information Forum
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Business Meeting
Limousine Association of Colorado
Limousine Association of Colorado
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PO Box 606 established to unite and educate Colorado’s independently owned
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 limousine operators, transportation service providers, and affiliated
firstname.lastname@example.org industry members on national and local legislative issues that affect
the transportation industry, offer educational seminars on various
Vice-President topics, and provide a platform for discussion, both formally and
Franci Ouzounis informally, between its members and affiliates in an environment
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that encourages integrity and openness while respecting everyone’s
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email@example.com The LAOC’s goals are to:
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Lakewood, CO 80228 LAOC is consistent with its adopted bylaws
firstname.lastname@example.org Educate members on issues that directly affect the
limousine industry and its affiliates
Secretary Challenge the existing laws and regulations to be applied
fairly to the entire transportation industry
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Denver, CO 80229 To fulfill these goals, the LAOC will:
email@example.com Facilitate discussion, debate, and dialogue in a warm,
Sergeant at Arms friendly, and open atmosphere that encourages individuals
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Help establish and maintain the LAOC code of ethics
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303-894-2009 As the LAOC diligently works to achieve these goals, its members
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.
Limousine Association of Colorado
Agenda for the July 20, 2005 / Park Hill Golf Course / 4141 E 35 Ave / Denver
6:30 PM Educational & Information Forum
7:30 PM Business Meeting
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Speaker or vendor TBD
Introduction of active members, associate members and guests
Fund raiser drawing
Call to Order
Absent - Excused
Vice President’s Report
Review and approval of June meeting
Cell phone protocol
Introduction of new members
Rule Making - House Bills
Reports on airports throughout the State
Barb Curtis – NLA Report
Parade of Lights – Application sent in for review
Meeting in mountain region for Western Slope companies – set for August 10 2005 in Vail???
LAOC dinner – Vendor appreciation night in October
Insurance coverage for executive board members
Next meeting to be held on August 17th 2005
Next months educational / training
August Educational / Training Seminar – Benefits of being a Safety Association - Speaker
Issues considered for vote
Motion to accept the June minutes
Motion to approve the expenses incurred by the LAOC
Review and adoption of proposed budget – Adam Paul
I will not be at the July meeting and have asked the remaining Board members to run the show in my
Although things appear to slow down for the summer months, the Board has been active in setting up a
meeting with the limousine companies in the mountain region. This is tentatively scheduled for August
10 in the Vail Valley region. We are committed to recruiting these outlying companies to the LAOC and
to determine the issues that are concerning them.
We are also scheduling a speaker to educate us at the August 17 meeting on how restructuring the
existing LAOC into a recognized Safety Association could benefit us. I briefly touched on this at last
month’s meeting. 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. If your company
meets the minimum training requirements then you would 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 insurance industry.
Additionally, we are organizing a LAOC special event for our October meeting. We will offer our vendors
an opportunity to sponsor this event and to display their product and services. We are also offering
admission to non-members to participate in this event. We hope to have more detailed information on
this by the August meeting.
Lastly, we have changed our meeting times to 6:30 PM to accommodate our members.
I thought I would take this opportunity to comment on membership; associate membership in particular.
First of all, I want to thank and commend those associate members that take the time to attend our
monthly meetings and get involved with the Association. We get to know you and put a face to a name.
There are some vendor Associate Members I would like to use or buy from, but if I never see them at a
meeting, they are just as much of a stranger to me as a name in the yellow pages. Just because they
happen to be in our directory, doesn’t mean they now have a connection to me. Perhaps I look at it
differently than others, but I want to know who I am doing business with. I like having a connection with
the other person, it makes me feel secure and that perhaps they are looking out for me as their
customer. If I have not used some of your services or products, it is most likely due to the simple fact I
haven't needed to, but if you have not attended the meetings, then I might not have even known you were
a member and could have gone to a non-member or a competitor of yours. We are all looking for benefits
to being a member of LAOC. If a vendor has a service or product that isn't obvious; they need to promote
that to our membership. We are all busy and need to be reminded from time to time who you are and
what you offer. We want your experience with the LAOC to be rewarding for your business, we want it to
be a win, win situation for everyone, so keep coming to the meetings if you have been, and start coming if
Vice President LAOC
Adam A. Paul
Sergeant at Arms
There are no DIA meetings scheduled for June or July 2005.
Sergeant at Arms
Minutes from the June 15, 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 6:00 pm Bob Cresenzo of Lancer Insurance spoke on insurance and claims. He stated that most
accident claims are rear-end accidents and that if the unemployment rate goes down, rear-end accidents
go up along with driver issues. He further discussed claim frequencies and statistics and good versus
irresponsible drivers. He stated that where you go, how you go, and when you go are all high risk factors.
Diane McNamara of Prepaid Legal Services explained their services and spoke on identity theft
Jane Marsh of People Resources International explained their corporate reward and vacation packages.
Call to Order:
President Mike Geissler called the meeting to order at 7:50 pm. All members and guests introduced
themselves. It was noted that a quorum of 25 percent is present. All were reminded to purchase tickets
for the fundraiser drawing.
Members in attendance:
A&A Dream Limo – Mariano Lopez
A Custom Coach – John Hafer
Colorado Car & Limousine – Marilyn Wright
Colorado Corporate Car – Adam Paul
Colorado Corporate Coach – Mike & Sharon Geissler
Denver Lincoln Limousine – Andy Poppenberg, Kim Black
Evergreen Limousine – John Kenyon
Presidential Limousine – Gene Cookenboo
Ride on Time Limousine – Mike Jorstad
Stage Coach Limousine – Raoul Pietri, Jr.
Town & Country – Robert Danko
Two Step Limousine – Barb Curtis
White Dove Limousine – Franci Ouzounis
Associate Members in attendance:
Banks Insurance Agency – Dawn Sullivan
PDA, Inc. – Pete Howard
Public Utilities Commission – John Opeka
Guests in attendance:
Ben Gilmore & Brian White
Review of Minutes:
Upon review of the April and May minutes, it was moved by Adam Paul and seconded by Barb Curtis that
the April and May minutes be approved as written; upon vote, the motion passed unanimously.
President’s Report by Mike Geissler:
Mike noted that we have no new members at this time, although we have the following new applicants:
Prepaid Legal, Coach Industries and Amena Auto Repair.
Vice-President’s Report by Franci Ouzounis:
Regarding membership, Franci stated that the vacation packages would be a good tool and that the
association could purchase packages for members who could then purchase as many trips individually as
Mike Geissler suggested that we move the meeting time to 6:30 pm and stated that it did help to call each
member in advance this month. John Kenyon suggested that we continue the advance notice of
education in order to bring in more members.
Franci moved that we move the meeting time to 6:30 pm; the motion was seconded by Adam Paul and
upon unanimous vote, the motion was approved.
Treasurer’s Report by Adam Paul:
Adam stated that there is presently $7,855.49 in our bank account and discussed our proposed budget,
which would leave $2,000 in our bank account for next year. Sharon Geissler suggested that we donate
a certain percentage to charity, and Barb Curtis suggested that we also make some political contributions
to things such as the gas guzzler tax and that we need to start a pact.
Adam noted that we have 34 regular members now. He further stated that the $2,000 is set aside for
special events such as the September meeting.
It was moved by Barb Curtis and seconded by John Kenyon that we accept the May and June
Treasurer’s Reports; upon a unanimous vote, the motion was approved. Adam added that PDA
submitted a $75 check this month.
Legislative Report by John Hafer:
John stated that CMC is contacting people regarding the ―opt out‖ issue for Workman’s Comp and that
Brad Whittle is the contact who is putting this all together.
DIA (Denver International Airport) Report by John Hafer:
John stated that DIA canceled their meeting this month, but that they are working on holding lot issues.
NLA Report by Barb Curtis:
Barb stated that she just returned from Washington, D.C. with the NLA group where they were lobbying
for the restoration of the exemption for limousines from the ―gas guzzler‖ tax. She stated this bill is
attached to the highway bill and that they are hoping we can pass through as we are such a little part of it.
Barb stated that all should call Bob Beauprez and Wayne Allard.
Barb stated that they are trying to restructure unions and warned all to watch for the blue cards that are
being given out at businesses.
Barb stated that another issue is school districts who say they cannot have limousines on their school
property and still another issue is overtime payment to employees for any time over 8 hours a day.
She further stated that the Limousine Show next year is February 26-28 at the Venetian; the Connecticut
Show is September 11-13, 2005; and the Limo Digest Show is October 23-26, 2005. The New Jersey
captive insurance program goes into effect July 1 .
Barb suggested a fundraiser this year for Roy Blunt and stated that all NLA members need to belong to
the local limousine group and vice versa.
President Mike read a revision to our By-Laws regarding members of the Board of Directors in order that
we are consistent with the NLA; after discussion, John Kenyon moved that we accept this revision; the
motion was seconded by Barb Curtis; and upon unanimous vote, the motion was approved.
No report from either the Ethics Committee or IT Committee at this time.
President Mike stated that the classifieds are resubmitted every month.
Regarding the Parade of Lights, Mike stated that we are waiting for approval; the submission cost was
Mike stated that July 13 is the proposed date for our meeting in the mountain region for Western Slope
companies; this date may have to be moved to August and will probably be held in Vail.
Discussion was had regarding insurance coverage for the executive Board members. Dawn Sullivan
submitted an insurance form, and after discussion, it was decided that we would submit an application.
The next regular meeting of the LAOC will be held on July 20 at 6:30 pm.
President Mike stated that in lieu of the Board meeting, which is held every 2 Wednesday of the month,
the Board would like to have a vendor show in September and maybe have Tom Mazza as a speaker.
We would have food and maybe golf and only non-members would pay. Barb suggested that we have
Barry Leftowitz as a speaker; she will contact him.
Barb stated that everyone should list the LAOC on their insurance; discussion regarding Wild West Limo
who was removed for lack of insurance. Call John at PUC if you see a company operating illegally.
Next month’s educational/training:
Mike stated that the associate members would speak next month.
He further stated that if your company is a member of LAOC and is training on issues such as insurance,
etc. regularly (at least 8 meetings a year), we can be registered with the State of Colorado as a safety
association; then your company would be eligible for at least a 10 percent discount on your insurance.
We can become member for $200. The speaker for this will be here in August.
The raffle was won by Franci, who gave the $21 back to the association. Barb won the free meal.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 p.m.
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LCT Leadership Summit & LCT Eastern Conference
September 11 2005 – Summit
September 12 – 13 2005 – Conference
Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, Connecticut
2005 Limo Digest Show:
October 23 – 26 at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino & Resort in Atlantic City
LCT magazine article of interest
Wichita Considers Limousine Lots to Relieve Downtown Congestion
WICHITA, KAN. — In an effort to cut drunken driving and smooth the traffic flow in the
downtown bar district, especially on busy weekend nights, the city of Wichita is planning to
establish three limousine loading zones on First and Second streets and Douglas Avenue.
The fine for motorists who park in those zones is proposed to be $100 – the highest penalty
Wichita has for illegal parking and previously reserved only for those who violate handicapped
Wichita development assistance director Terry Cassady said city officials are proposing the high
fine "to put some teeth in this and ensure compliance."
The City Council is scheduled to vote on the plan soon. Most expressed support for the plan
during a recent workshop. Some, in fact, wanted it to be even tougher, suggesting that towing
might be the appropriate remedy for those who violate the limousine zone.
But that idea died after police Lt. Steve Kenney said he would only tow in extreme circumstances,
for example, "a blizzard and I needed to get snow removal through there." After the council votes,
it would take about two weeks to put up signs and re-stripe the streets, Cassady said. She said
she hopes to have the zones in place around the beginning of July.
The council will have to decide when to actually begin levying fines. Cassady had suggested a
two-week grace period. But council members Paul Gray and Bob Martz said they thought it might
need to be longer.
"People will need some time to get used to it," Gray said. Jim Moore, general manager of Artistic
Limousines, welcomed the change. He said making a drop-off in Old Town isn't too much of a
problem because it can be accomplished quickly. But he said his drivers often have to wait 10-to-
15 minutes for customers to straggle in for pickup after a night of hearty partying.
"Besides holding up traffic, it was the fact that we were being threatened with tickets," he said.
He said his company makes six-to-eight trips to Old Town each week, carrying 50-to-75 people.
He estimated that in total, all the local limo companies and a party bus transport 300-to-400 Old
Town patrons a week.
Under the city's proposal, the limousine zone would be restricted for commercial vehicles seating
eight or more passengers. The parking restrictions would be in force from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., when
most of the drop-offs and pickups occur, Cassady said.
The zones on First and Second streets would be on the northwest corner of their intersection with
Washington. The parking zone on Douglas would be between Rock Island and Santa Fe. Each
zone will take up about 150 feet of curb space, she said.
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