In May, The Black Car Fund (BCF) announced the election of William G. Yuhnke and Andrea Majer to its Board. Both new members were voted in unanimously by the Black Car Assistance Corporation, an industry trade group responsible for appointing 6 of the 11 board members for The Black Car Fund.
William Yuhnke, President and CEO of Liberty Yellow Cab of Buffalo and WEBR Radio 1440 AM, has over 35 years of experience in ground transportation and currently manages the largest such fleet in upstate New York. He is currently a Vice President, and longtime board member, of The Transportation Alliance, the oldest trade organization in the ground transportation industry. He is also a Vice President of the Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York (LBTOUNY).
Yuhnke expanded his company through fleet diversification, adding paratransit vehicles and embracing the latest technologies. Liberty Yellow Cab of Buffalo is the largest non-TNC (Transportation Network Company) Member Base of The Black Car Fund outside NYC. In addition to his professional record, he also helped establish several important local programs, including:
- The Safe Ride Program: Patrons surrender their car keys to bartenders in exchange for a free ride home, and a ride back to retrieve their vehicles the following day.
- Liberty Ride for Life Program: Citizens are offered rides to blood donation centers free of charge.
- Buffalo Bills Fans Safety Program: Transports football fans, who may have had too much to drink, safely back to their residences.
Andrea Majer, whose career in the transportation industry spans nearly five decades, is Executive Vice President of Delux Transportation Services, Inc. of Port Washington, NY. She began as a part-time driver while attending college and worked her way up to Co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of one of Long Island’s largest, highest quality transportation companies.
Andrea has played a key role at Delux, positioning it at the forefront of Long Island and tri-state ground transportation. She played a key role bringing Delux into the computer age, adopting state-of-the-art technologies. Delux Transportation was the first company on Long Island to offer Black Car service and currently operates one of its largest fleets of luxury vehicles. Andrea has received special citations from the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County Legislature, Nassau County office of the Executive, Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women and many years of Lancer’s Safety Excellence Award. She also currently sits on the Board of Project Independence, which provides standard reduced fares, free transportation for weekly grocery shopping, and non-emergency medical transport for a nominal fee, for local seniors.
“I am excited to welcome Andrea and Bill, who are well known in this industry, to The Black Car Fund’s Board,” said Berj Haroutunian, Executive Chairman of The BCF. “The knowledge and experience that they bring to the Board is invaluable and will go a long way towards helping to guide The Black Car Fund into the future.”
“I have known Bill and Andrea for many years and I can say without a doubt that they are supremely qualified to serve on The Black Car Fund’s Board,” said Ira Goldstein, Executive Director of The BCF. “They bring a wealth of experience, but just as importantly, they provide a valuable geographic diversity to this Board. Bill and Andrea are our first upstate New York and Long Island based Board members, respectively, and their election ensures that our Board represents all of New York.”
“It was clear to me [from the state] that Bill and Andrea would be extremely valuable additions to The Black Car Fund’s Board,” said Diana Clemente, President of The Black Car Assistance Corporation. “It’s no surprise that the rest of the BCAC felt the same and elected them unanimously. With Bill and Andrea on board, I look forward to years of fruitful cooperation and contribution to the growth and success of The Fund.”
Source: The Black Car Fund