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44 • BLACK CAR NEWS • APRIL 2015 INDUSTRY NEWS The New York Red Bulls announced in March that Ben’s Limo has been named the official ground transportation provider for the club. This is the first Major League Soccer sponsorship for the New York-based luxury car and limousine service company. “We see a trend in sports partnerships and the feeling that the MLS is gaining notoriety in the New York-New Jersey mar-kets. We look forward to a solid partnership with the New York Red Bulls,” said Sergio Sanchez, General Manager, Ben’s Limo. “We are very excited for the opportunity to have Ben’s Limo join the Red Bulls’ family,” said Marc deGrandpre, General Man-ager, New York Red Bulls. “For over 30 years Ben’s Limo has de-livered a high quality and reliable service to their customers. Our organization remains committed to bringing the same loyal com-mitment to our fan base.” The New York Red Bulls are one of 20 teams in Major League Soccer (MLS). They are one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, hav-RED BULLS INK MARKETING PARTNERSHIP WITH BEN’S LIMO ing competed in the league since its founding in 1996. They cur-rently play their home matches at Red Bull Arena (RBA) in Har-rison, NJ, a state-of-the-art, 25,000-seat stadium widely regarded as the top soccer-specific stadium in North America. The club is owned by the Austrian beverage company Red Bull for which the team is named. Ben’s Luxury Car & Limousine Service in New York has been providing customized VIP limo services since 1984. The company specializes in professional car services that include airport trans-fers and driving services for corporate events and special occa-sions. Whether they drive you to a business meeting, convention, prom or wedding, they provide unsurpassed transportation and customer service throughout New York City and the surrounding Tri-State areas. Their services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit www.benslimo.com. Left to right: Patrick Quinn, Corporate Sales, Red Bull New York; Pini Gadi, President, Ben’s Limo; Jennifer Arrayo, Head Supervisor, Ben’s Limo; Jamie Sussman, Manager, Mar-keting Partnerships, Red Bull New York; Ser-gio Sanchez, General Manager, Ben’s Limo. (Photo credit: Arthur Messina, Create-A-Card, Inc.) GroundLink, a tech-enabled provider of executive black car service in major cities around the world, announced continued growth plans in the U.S. with new corporate regional sales offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. This is in addition to the company’s recently opened Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas regional sales offices and headquarters in New York. Tim Schwab joins GroundLink as regional sales manager and will lead the Western regional sales office in San Francisco. He most recently was the founder and CEO of Sales Beach, a sales automation company. Prior to that he served as head of business development for Life360, where he established strategic partner-ships with General Motors, OnStar, Hundai, Kia, Ford, ADT and Vivint. He began his career with Travel Guard travel insurance where he received top honors for revenue growth and new busi-ness development. Michael Humbard will serve as GroundLink’s regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. He will be based in Wash-ington, D.C. and will work closely with corporate travel managers throughout the region. Previously, Humbard was with Oracle and Concur and brings travel expense management expertise to GroundLink. Schwab and Humbard will report to GroundLink’s chief sales officer, Michael Mooradian. “We are thrilled to have such talented sales professionals as Tim and Michael join the GroundLink corporate sales force,” said Mooradian. “With our expanded sales team we are able to better GROUNDLINK EXPANDS IN SAN FRANCISCO & WASHINGTON, D.C. serve our corporate customers and their travelers in key markets across the country and around the world.” “The ground transportation industry historically has been a fragmented business, often requiring corporate travel managers to work with multiple vendors in numerous markets,” said Dean Sivley, CEO. “Corporate travel managers have shared their desire to simplify the process. They are looking to consolidate all of their evolving ground transportation needs with one qualified supplier who can provide safe, seamless and tech-enabled service wherever their business takes their travelers. With our expanded sales team across the country, GroundLink is well-positioned to locally meet the growing needs of clients while providing executive car service globally.” GroundLink leverages proprietary technology to provide busi-ness travelers and corporations with a seamless platform for book-ing, tracking and paying for car service rides through its fully transactional website, its award-winning mobile app and its 24/7 customer service center. To address security and duty-of-care best practices, GroundLink has an extensive vetting process for driv-ers, which includes licensing, background and employment history checks. Drivers are constantly evaluated on post-ride survey scores and on-time performance, tied to the company’s exclusive on-time guarantee. For more information, visit www.groundlink.com or call 855.463.7150.