GEORGIA BERG, LIMOUSINE EXCURSIONS, PERTH, AUSTRALIA
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. It would be 2007 before the company actually had the vehicle ready for passenger service due to import red tape and the need to retrofit the vehicle to a right-hand drive configuration. Georgia purchased a Hummer limo and also shipped it to Australia, so the partnership was born. Georgia spent many years in the hospitality and charter aircraft industries. In each of those industries, she began as a front line person, such as a hotel desk clerk, and moved into a director position by the end of each career. Georgia answers phone calls from Australia in her “virtual office” in San Diego, Calif. Through Vonage, the Australian customers don’t even know they are placing a reservation in the U.S. via an Internet connection. Georgia handles all the orders and paperwork while Peter does the marketing in Perth, Australia. Their fleet consists of the two stretch SUV limousines.
| posted on Monday, April 26, 2010 2:15 PM