GGTI: One Month In
With GGTI’s launch a little over a month ago, I figured this would be a good time to update everyone on what we have accomplished and what is to come.
Membership is growing. We have reached almost 50 members so far and we are so grateful for their early support.
Greater Orlando Limousine Association
Illinois Limousine & Bus Association
Lakeview Custom Coach
LAS Limousine Association Switzerland
American Livery Service, inc
Brevard Executive Transportation
Minnesota Chauffeured Transportation Association
Bus Advisors LLC
Minority Limousine Operators of America, Inc.
C&S EXECUTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Motor Coach Industries
North Point Global Transportation Services
Oklahoma Limousine Association
Central Florida Livery Association
Prestige Worldwide Transportation Inc
Santa Barbara Airbus
Citizens Taking Action for transit and trains
Service Insurance Agency, LLC
Cypress Hills Local Development Corp
Sixt Ride GmbH & Co. KG
Dallas Fort Worth Limousine & Motor Coach Association
South East Area Transit
Dutch Business Limousine B.V.
The COTS Group
East Texas Council of Governments/GoBus
Towne Automotive Group
United Bus Technology
Godandi and Sons, Inc.
We are rolling out our first webinar on September 12, titled “Making the Transition from AOBRD to ELD: Are you Ready?” and are already working on our next one which will be titled “The Secret to Attracting & Retaining Talented Drivers”.
We will soon be announcing a three-day training course as well so keep an eye out for additional information on that. We are so thrilled to be able to offer in-depth quality education to both members and nonmembers.
Our goal is to provide as much quality education as possible in as many formats as possible. Not everyone learns the same way and we want to cater to the different needs, as well as cover a wide array of topics so that everyone can get something out of GGTI.
If you haven’t yet liked GGTI on Facebook, you will want to do so. We have been releasing one-minute videos each week in a series titled “GGTI’s Mobility Minute”. These videos will be covering quick tips, tricks, and ideas.
We are also working hard to establish relationships with educational content providers who will be able to help us to build and distribute pertinent and valuable content. If you are a content expert and would like to contribute to GGTI’s educational arsenal, please email us at email@example.com.
GGTI has established an incredible group of individuals to serve as the GGTI Board of Directors. The Board represents all that GGTI represents, diversity, innovation, and inclusion.
The Board is full of ideas and enthusiasm and they are integral in helping to shape the future of GGTI.
Stop and See Us at BusCon and LCT East!
If you are planning to attend BusCon, be sure to stop by GGTI’s lounge in the exhibit hall.
And of course, don’t forget to attend the LCT East Show where GGTI members receive 25% off show passes!
If you have not yet joined GGTI, I urge you to do so. We are just getting started and there is so much more to come! I hope you will choose to be a part of it.
By Sarah Gazi, GGTI Executive Director
I order my groceries using an app. All I have to do is drive to the store and someone else loads the items into my car. I can order my morning coffee using an app so I don’t have to wait longer than a few minutes to get my caffeine every day. I even get my oil changed at a place of business that doesn’t require me to get out of my car. Am I lazy? Well, that’s debatable. But like most people, I’m looking for things to be easier, faster, and more convenient. We live in a world where time is limited and the greatest perceived advancements in technology are those that make our lives easier and save us time.
In this day in age, we want instant results. We want things to magically happen without effort or time commitment. If you’ve made it this far in this post, congratulations. People don’t read things like articles and the written word like they used to. It takes too much time. So, when it comes to learning and education, we want the same instant results. Can’t I just put a book on my head and learn by osmosis? Nope. It’s not a real thing.
If I could wave a magic wand and instantly give you the knowledge to boost your sales, improve your bottom line, bring in new business, and manage your staff better, I would. Really, I would do that for you. Unfortunately, I can’t. But I can give you a few tips to continue educating yourself in an efficient and less time restrictive way.
Unfortunately, in order to learn and educate yourself, you have to put in some time and effort. I strongly believe in order to truly succeed we must always be learning and growing. It may sound cliché, but we get out of it what we put into it. That doesn’t mean we can’t find shortcuts and more efficient ways of doing it. Make an effort each week, even if just for a few minutes, to set time aside and continue your education. If your business and career are a priority for you, then I promise you won’t regret it.
I know, I know. How many associations do we need, right? I get it. There’s an association or group for everything. But we at the Global Ground Transportation Institute (GGTI) love trade associations and the work they do, and we hope to support them in their efforts through partnerships and by giving back money and resources. There’s a place for everyone and every group, and each one has their purpose and unique mission. Other associations can join GGTI at no cost. We welcome them with open arms.
GGTI will not be taking on political lobbying and advocacy. There are already state, regional, and national groups that excel in those roles. GGTI will, in fact, be supporting ALL nonprofit associations that join GGTI through a partnership with LCT Magazine which will provide GGTI Association Members with 25% of the LCT show registration fees for each member of theirs who belongs to GGTI and attends the shows. We hope associations can use this rebate to advocate, lobby and support their missions.
So, if we aren’t lobbying, what will GGTI actually be doing, you may ask? Well, we certainly won’t be adding another trade show into the busy mix. We may be partnering on some existing shows, but no new shows, so everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. We will however be developing a robust educational program to include in-person small group training sessions, online educational courses, webinars, whitepapers, blog posts, and more. The education will cover the gamut with something for all segments: Motorcoaches, buses, chauffeured luxury, shuttles, car rental, autonomous vehicles, paratransit, etc.
We will also be setting benchmarks, creating connections, and opening up networking across all segments of ground transportation. We are seeing so many companies within the ground transportation world stepping out of their niches and expanding their services to other segments. This applies to operators and vendors. Nearly everyone is expanding and crossing over to other areas and often doing so on a global scale. Our goal is to help fuel this growth by connecting all ground transportation segments and services worldwide in the GGTI community.
Like the world of ground transportation, GGTI will be evolving. Some programs will launch soon while others gradually roll out. We will be listening to what the members want and need, and leaning on our very diverse group of board members. We are simply here to unite and educate the ever-expanding world of mobility under one umbrella.
We celebrate and encourage innovation, change and growth. Most of all, we want everyone to belong. We all have a lot we can learn from and teach each other. We hope you will choose to join us and invest in a bright business future!