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The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) held its landmark 100th Annual Convention & Trade Show Oct. 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Attendees from around the world attended the event, which featured interactive “Learning Labs,” awards and a show floor packed with industry products and services.

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This year, winners of the TLPA’s annual awards, recognizing the top fleet operators and drivers in the transportation industry, included the following exceptional individuals:

  • Robert DeLucia, Star Transportation and VETaxi of Pittsburgh: Taxicab Operator of the Year
  • Frank Ciccarella, SCR Medical Transportation of Chicago: Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year
  • Matt and Nikko Assolin, Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services of Houston: Limousine & Sedan Operator of the Year
  • Judy Griffin, Checker Cab, Yellow Cab and Blueboird Mobility of Fort Myers: Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation (posthumous award)
  • Anthony Sims, Checker Cab of Atlanta: Taxicab Driver of the Year
  • Grigory Eskin, Vital Transportation, Inc. of New York City: Limousine & Sedan Chauffeur of the Year
  • Myron Hubbard, SCR Medical Transportation of Chicago: Paratransit & Contracting Driver of the Year

“These award winners lead by example and demonstrate every day their commitment to the highest quality customer service, as well as their leadership within their communities,” said Alfred LaGasse, CEO of the TLPA.

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The TLPA also appointed a new President, Kansas City Transportation executive Terry O’Toole. He was immediately sworn in and will serve a one-year term until October 2019. In his acceptance speech, Mr. O’Toole outlined the platform for his presidency, which includes implementing a new strategic plan for the association, aimed at broadening membership, expanding member services, improving driver professionalism, and honing TLPA’s leadership as a unified voice of the industry.

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“The transportation landscape is expanding, not shrinking,” O’Toole said. “Our industry is evolving in exciting ways that are filled with opportunity. With an invigorated association, and with the incredible knowledge and know-how of our members, our industry will thrive in the years ahead.”

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For more information, visit www.tlpa.org.

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