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Review of the 12th Annual Show and Expo 2004
Posted Wednesday, December 1, 2004

By Kristen Vasserot, Director

September 8th started out as any other day for some of you. But, for the vendors, exhibitors and folks who came to set-up the floor of the 2004 NELA Show and Expo, it was to become a day to be remembered.

The floor was a showcase. With the help of our friendly coachbuilders and livery dealers, there were 14 brand new vehicles for you to view, inspect and try on for size. From sedans to buses, we had it all. We sold out our exhibitor space about a month before the show. We had a great showing of companies from every limo-related field. Where else can you try software from four different companies in the same room? Where else can you learn about new technologies and new marketing opportunities? And where else can you get a free education geared directly towards your business?

This year’s show offered some phenomenal speakers. Vince Wolfington, Chairman of the World Travel Council and Chairman of Carey International, offered some statistics and wonderful insight into our industry and where it should be heading in the coming months. His expertise is priceless. And Bill Chaff, CPA of Lopez Chaff & Wiesman Associates, offered a down to earth, everyday explanation of finances that is sure to help everyone run their business in a more fiscally responsible manner. He even had handouts!

The winner of our door prize of a DriveCam was Christopher Limousine of Norwood, MA. Thank you again, DriveCam for that wonderful prize!

And to top it all off, we rendezvoused over at the Seaport Hotel for a fabulous evening of camaraderie and … the World Champion New England Patriots! Where else (but Gillette Stadium) can you meet four, yes 4, of the New England Patriots defensive line? We had a great Q & A session with the guys and learned a lot about them and the teams’ continued success. We auctioned off several autographed items. The proceeds will be going to a charity to be named at our December meeting. Pascal and I are grateful to Roman Phifer, Rodney Harrison, Larry Izzo and Don Davis for their time and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure for us to be able to arrange their appearance at this event and we hope they enjoyed the ride!

We would like to take a moment to express gratitude to our sponsors. THANK YOU! to Wolpert Insurance, Ford Motor Company, Clark & White Lincoln Mercury, Livery Coach Software, London Taxis, Massport, GT3, Black Car News, Limousine Digest, LCT Magazine and Create-A-Card. We appreciate your continued commitment and loyalty to our association. And THANK YOU to all of our exhibitors for your continued support. We couldn’t continue to improve the quality of our show year after year without the level of support that we consistently receive from all of our top-quality vendors. And a final, yet well-deserved, thank you to all of the members who helped out over the past year to put this show together and make it go off without a hitch. We look forward to seeing you next year.

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