History of LANJ
The Limousine Associations of New Jersey (originally the Private Livery Association of New Jersey) was formed in June of 1998 and has grown to include hundreds of members. Although the LANJ is a relatively young organization, its roots extend back almost 20 years through its two chapters: the North Jersey Limousine Association (NJLA) and South Jersey Limousine Association (SJLA), which in 2007 merged as one entity.
The statewide organization was formed when SJLA members, James Moseley and Don Kensey decided to form a taskforce that sought fairer interstate commerce laws. Because this would directly impact companies operating in New York City, this piqued the interest of members of the northern association.
Lobbyist, Barry Lefkowitz was hired to lead the charge. He is now the association’s Executive Director. Working together, they were able to help draft an interstate commerce bill (HR2546) that ultimately became the Real Interstate Driver Equity Act, which passed in November 2002. The LANJ clearly has a strong legislative focus, but also devotes time and resources to education and tangible member benefits – including seminars and bulk buying programs. Vendor members offer members-only discounts on everything from vehicles, office supplies and wireless phones to leasing, gasoline and marketing brochures and postcards.
Between LANJ and its Southern chapter, over two dozen meetings are held each year across the state. To keep everyone in the LANJ updated on information and benefits, Bobit Business Media produces an email newsletter distributed to all members and non-members. The original hard copy newsletter, which was sent to operators, won the Limousine Digest Award for "Best Association Newsletter" in 2000 and 2001.
The LANJ has been called the "perfect model" for both state and national industry unity and success. In recognition of this success of LANJ, LCT Magazine and Limousine Digest Magazine have designated LANJ as the "Association of the Year" twice by each of them and both magazines in 2006.