About LCT's The Great Limo Race

LCT will be comparing how five operators with less than two years in the industry build their success, including the challenges, failures, and achievements. Read more

Players

Deborah Talbott

Debbie is a former purchasing director who after 20 years found herself unemployed in a recession. She immediately launched her new business from home starting with a single 120-inch stretch limousine and has since added a Lincoln Town Car Executive L to the fleet. Read more

Ricardo Garza

Ric, as he is known to friends, is 45 years old, married, and a proud parent of two boys and one girl. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and spent many years working in the Houston Mayor’s Office as a certified conflict mediator and business developer. Read more

Becky Laramee

Along with her brother, John, Becky bought All Points Limousine in 2008. Their mother had spent time in the motorcoach and travel industry and had retired, but wasn’t quite ready for retirement. Needless to say, mother Bonnie is the office manager. Read more

Brad Gregory

Brad bought a 25-year-old limousine service in 2009 from a retiring owner. The company is located between Nashville, Tenn. and Bowling Green, Ky. He had no previous experience in the industry, working for the past decade for an automotive company. Read more

Georgia Berg

In July 2007, at the age of 44, Georgia became a long-distance business partner with her longtime Australian friend, Peter Smith. They met by chance while vacationing in Hawaii in 1993. During a 2003 visit to the U.S., Smith saw a Ford Excursion limousine and vowed to bring the first one to Australia. Read more

Race Referee

Jim Luff

LCT Contributing Editor Jim Luff is an operator from Bakersfield, Calif. After working as a chauffeur in the early 1990s, he joined The Limousine Scene in 1993 as general manager and later became a partner in the business. Read more

BECKY Says Goodbye To Race Of A Lifetime

Hello Fellow Racers,
 
This will be my last post as Jim has asked us to say a farewell to the readers as the Great American Limo Race comes to a close. I have enjoyed this time as a racer and I must say the best part has been the interaction with Jim, Georgia and Ric. You folks have added so much to my business with your words of wisdom and the sharing of tough issues. I also have learned a lot from the readers who have connected with me to ask me questions and comment on my posts.
 
I started out by buying a small company’s client list and purchasing five older vehicles on July 23, 2008. Exactly three years later, on July 23, 2011, we have eight vehicles with all low miles and the newest of features. We have grown our business during that time by 37%. The first two years were the hardest, but now we feel like our reputation for quality and fair priced service has finally become known. The New England region is still struggling with economic growth, but the strong will survive. This industry takes time to understand if you can understand it at all. The wonderful thing about being a limousine operator is the support you get from other operators. I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have helped me to get to this level and now to move on to even bigger things.
 
I say a special thank you to Jim Luff, Ric Garza, Carrie Peele, Georgieanna and Brion Svenson, Tina Benson, Arthur Messina, and the NELA members who are always there to help. And thanks to the industry for helping a woman-owned business get it done!
I hope to see you all in Vegas!!!
 
Becky Laramee
Leominster, Mass.
Print | posted on Monday, August 29, 2011 1:55 PM
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