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TTA is proud to present the top professionals in our industry--the winners of The Transportation Alliance Awards!

To learn about each honoree from 2004 through today, just click on the season or year below "Award Winners."

In 2019, TTA consolidated its three Operator of the Year awards into a single Executive of the Year award, and merged its three Driver of the Year awards into one Operator of the Year award.

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Award Winners

2020

Spring

Executive of the Year

  • Ira Goldstein, The Black Car Fund, New York, NY

Operator of the Year

  • John "Jay" Caezza, J&J Taxi and Shuttle, Milford, MA

2019

Fall

Executive of the Year

  • Dave Gauer, VIP Taxi, Phoenix, AZ

Lifetime Achievement

  • Mark Joseph, Transdev North America, Inc., Lombard, IL

2018

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Frank Ciccarella, Chicago, IL
  • Limousine & Sedan - Nikko and Matt Assolin, Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services, Houston, TX
  • Taxicab Services - Robert DeLucia Sr., Star Transportation Group, Pittsburgh, PA

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Myron Hubbard, SCR Medical Transportation, Chicago, IL
    • Taxicab - Anthony Sims, Checker Cab, Atlanta, GA
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Grigory Eskin, Vital Transportation, Inc., Long Island City, NY

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Judy Griffin, Southwest Florida Transportation Group, Inc., Ft. Myers, FL (deceased)

2017

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Dan Reid, Grove Transit, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Limousine & Sedan - Berj Haroutunian, Vital Transportation, Long Island City, NY
  • Taxicab Services - Judy Griffin, Southwest Florida Transportation Group, Inc., Ft. Myers, FL (deceased)

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Barbara Davis, Mercy Transportation, Everett, WA
    • Taxicab - Mark Chalfin, Metro Transportation Planning & Solutions Group, Denver, CO
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Michael Masiello, Delux Transportation, Port Washington, NY

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Lorraine Wilde, Go Airport Shuttle & Executive Car, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lifetime Achievement

  • Alfred LaGasse, Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, Rockville, MD

2016

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Judy Potter, Black & White Transportation, Toledo, OH
  • Limousine & Sedan - David Friedman, Carmel Car & Limousine Service, New York, NY
  • Taxicab Services - Nick Cambas, United Taxi, Tampa, FL

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Gregg Katz, 10/10 Taxi, Kansas City, MO
    • Taxicab - Enders Abdu, Yellow Checker Cab, Santa Clara, CA
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Frank Johnson, Executive Transportation, Newport, KY

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Jo-Anne Thompson, Tommy's Taxi, Inc., Framingham, MA

Lifetime Achievement

  • Mitch Rouse, American Logistics Company, Los Angeles, CA

2015

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Matt Heafner, Yellow Cab of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Limousine & Sedan - Rick Versace, A1A Airport and Limousine Service, Boca Raton, FL
  • Taxicab Services - Raye Miles, Broadway Cab LLC, Portland, OR

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Michael Morgan, Mercy Transportation, Everett, WA
    • Taxicab - Albert Tracy, Discount Cab, Glendale, AZ
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - James Vlahos, Gateway Global, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • J.M. "Margie" Wilcox, Mobile Bay Transportation, Mobile Bay, AL

Lifetime Achievement

  • Neal C. Nichols, Red Top Cab Company, Arlington, VA

Lifetime Achievement

  • William Hamilton "Ham" Smythe III, Yellow Cab Co., Memphis, TN

2014

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Shirley Allen, Mercy Transportation, Everett, WA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Dawson Rutter, Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, Boston, MA
  • Taxicab Services - Bill George, Kansas City Transportation Group, Kansas City, MO

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Ronald L. Smith, SCR Medical Transportation, Inc., Chicago, IL
    • Taxicab - Gerardo Gamboa, Checker Cab Company, Las Vegas, NV
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Syed Islam, Go Airport Shuttle & Executive Car, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Mary Smarelli, Transit Express, Milwaukee, WI

Lifetime Achievement

  • Jesse Gaddis, Yellow Cab Co., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2013

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Bud Williams, Wheelchair Transport Service, Inc., Clearwater, FL
  • Limousine & Sedan - Barry Beall, First Class Executive Limo, Phoenix, AZ
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Brock Rosayn, Metro Taxi of Palm Beach County, Delray Beach, FL
    • Large Fleet - Judy Swystun, Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc., Norfolk, VA

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Ron Trujillo, Golden Chariot Specialty Transport Service, Vancouver, WA
    • Taxicab - Jeremy Oliver, Yellow Cab Taxi, Coos Bay, OR
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Richard Stockwell, Transport The People, Pittsfield, MA

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Isabelle Scalzi, Metro Taxi Connecticut, West Haven, CT

2012

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Jo-Anne Thompson, Tommy's Taxi, Inc., Framingham, MA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Jeff Maltz, SilverRide, San Francisco, CA
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Glenn Stevenson, Florida Keys Taxi Dispatch, Key West, FL
    • Large Fleet - Mark Joseph, Veolia Transportation, Baltimore, MD

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Gerald Ford, Select Ride Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
    • Taxicab - Jerome Green, Red Top Cab, Arlington, VA
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Mario Saccheri, Gateway Worldwide, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Jerilyn Ugaste, Blue Cab Company, Forest Park, IL

2011

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - David R. Reid, Select Ride Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
  • Limousine & Sedan - Robert Alexander, RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Trans., Rockville, MD
  • Taxicab Services - Michael Levine, Yellow Group LLC, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, & Baltimore, MD

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Maurice Davis, Challenger Transportation, Gaithersburg, MD
    • Taxicab - Frank Brooks, Black and White Cab, Norfolk, VA
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Kebba Ndow, Execucar, National Harbor, MD

Outstanding Contributor to Women in Transportation

  • Judy Swystun, Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc., Norfolk, VA

2010

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - J. Sid del Cardayre, Van Go Inc. of Richmond, Richmond, VA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Victor Dizengoff, BCAC, New York, NY
  • Taxicab Services - Bill Scalzi, Metro Taxi, New Haven, CT

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Arthur Thomas Jr., SCR Medical Transportation, Chicago, IL
    • Taxicab - Wyatt Skar, Discount Cab, Glendale, AZ
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Mario J. Guitron, Gateway Limousines Worldwide, San Francisco, CA

2009

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Thomas Arrighi, A&A Metro Transportation, Bridgewater, MA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Dean Schuler, Carey New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Jeb Corey, C & H Taxi, Charleston, WV
    • Large Fleet - Craig Hughes, Total Transit, Inc., Glendale, AZ

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Adepegba "Tony" Abiodun, Challenger Transportation, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
    • Taxicab - Ousmane Ndoye, Denver Yellow Cab, Denver, CO
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - James Lilley, Gateway Worldwide, Burlingame, CA

2008

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Alan Groedel, Provide A Ride, Cleveland, OH
  • Limousine & Sedan - David Eckstein, Valera Global, Long Island City, NY
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Caron Wootten, Colonial Transportation, Jackson, MI
    • Large Fleet - Simon Garber, Chicago Carriage Cab, Chicago, IL

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Tom Burns, Northwest Transport, Woonsocket, RI
    • Taxicab - Charlie Yonkers, Yellow Cab of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Charles Kabbani, Vital Transportation, Inc., Long Island City, NY

2007

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Anthony "Corky" Renzi, CRT Cabulance, Pittsfield, MA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Sam Amato, Gateway Limousines Worldwide, Burlingame, CA
  • Taxicab Services - Murray Rosenberg, Yellow Cab Company, Atlantic City, NJ

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - James W.E. Robinson, Denver Yellow Cab, Denver, CO
    • Taxicab - Wendell White, Metro Taxi, Denver, CO
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - David Osterhout, Transport The People, Inc., Pittsfield, MA

2006

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Bill Legare, Valley Transportation Corp., Woonsocket, RI
  • Limousine & Sedan - Carla & Bob Boroday, Associated Limousine Svcs., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Dick Leshley, Yellow Cab Taxi, Coos Bay, OR
    • Large Fleet - Anthony Palmeri, Yellow Cab of San Diego, CA

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Steven E. Carpenter Sr., Yellow Cab Company of Newark, Inc., Newark, OH
    • Taxicab - George Alva, Yellow-Checker Cab Company, San Antonio, TX
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Paul McNish, Carey New Orleans / Signature Livery Inc., Metairie, LA

2005

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Sheri Watson, Checker Transportation Group, Kansas City, MO
  • Limousine & Sedan - Jacob M. Salem, First American Limousine, Boston, MA
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Jo-Anne Thompson, Tommy's Taxi, Framingham, MA
    • Large Fleet - Geoffrey Riesel, Radio Taxis Group, London, United Kingdom

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - Larry "L.L." Lewis, SCR Medical Transportation, Chicago, IL
    • Taxicab - Gale Anne May, Barwood Transportation, Kensington, MD
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - Michael J. Zavattero, Transport The People, Inc., Pittsfield, MA

2004

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Stan Rakestraw, SCR Transportation, Chicago, IL
  • Limousine & Sedan - Joey Cirruzzo, A Elegant Limousine, Staten Island, NY
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Bill Yuhnke, Liberty Cab Company, Buffalo, NY
    • Large Fleet - Jim Donnelly, Aboutown Transportation, London, ON Canada

Driver of the Year

  • Driver
    • Paratransit & Contracting - James R. Anderson, Transit Express, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
    • Taxicab - Joseph W. Matthews, Yellow Transportation/Connex, Baltimore, MD
  • Chauffeur
    • Limousine & Sedan - David E. Robinson, Mobile Bay Transportation Company, Mobile, AL

2003

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Brian Somerman, Metro Mobility, Jenkintown, PA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Carl Ward, Executive Transportation, Newport, KY
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - John T. "Tom" Jones Jr., Delta Transit Company, Delta, CO
    • Large Fleet - Rick Hewatt, Checker Cab Company, Atlanta, GA

2002

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Brian Hunt, Diversified Paratransit, Pomona, CA
  • Limousine & Sedan - Mike Fogarty, BostonCoach, Everett, MA
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Richard Corey, C & H Taxi, Charleston, WV
    • Large Fleet - Robert McBride, All Island Taxi, Hempstead, NY

2001

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - John Arnet, We Care Transportation, Buffalo, NY
  • Limousine & Sedan - Guy Mongello, Paradise Limousines, Pinellas Park, FL
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Dan Leonas, City Cab Company, Lewiston, ME
    • Large Fleet - Larry Slagle, Yellow Cab of NOC, Anaheim, CA

2000

Operator of the Year

  • Paratransit & Contracting - Jim Barr, Palm Beach Transportation, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Limousine & Sedan - Jon Chester, Limousines by Linda, San Diego, CA (deceased)
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Charles Williams, Yellow Cab Co., Ashland, KY
    • Large Fleet - Bill Lazar, Luxor Taxi, San Francisco, CA (deceased)

1999

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Margie Wilcox, Mobile Bay Transportation Company, Mobile, AL
  • Executive Sedan & Limousine Service - John Patti, Buffalo Limousine Service, Buffalo, NY
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Gayle Law, Dalton Taxicab, Dalton, GA (deceased)
    • Large Fleet - Jamie Campolongo, Yellow Cab Company, Pittsburgh, PA

1998

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Ben Early, Paratransit Services of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
  • Premium Services - John M. Greene, Carey of New England, Braintree, MA
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Derek G. Dillon, River City Yellow Cab, Evansville, IN
    • Large Fleet - Ellis Houston, United Cab Company, Houston, TX

1997

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Mary Smarelli, Transit Express, Milwaukee, WI
  • Premium Services - Rod Cunningham, Boca Raton Transp., Boca Raton, FL
  • Taxicab Services
    • Small Fleet - Jamie Marlowe, Yellow Cab, Huntington, WV
    • Large Fleet - Jerilyn Ugaste, Blue Cab Company, Oak Park, IL

1996

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Jim McLary, Southeast Transit Mangt., Alexandria, VA
  • Premium Services - John Acierno, Executive Charge, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
  • Taxicab Services - William Hamilton "Ham" Smythe III, Yellow Cab Co., Memphis, TN

1995

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Robbie Werth, Diamond Transportation, Alexandria, VA
  • Premium Services - Charles Atchison, Atchison Transportation, Spartanburg, SC
  • Taxicab Services - Joe Kramer, Blue Line Taxi Company, Ottawa, ON Canada

1994

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Gene Stalians, Diversified Paratransit, Pomona, CA
  • Premium Services - Neal Nichols, Transportation General, Arlington, VA
  • Taxicab Services - Gerry Cunningham, Dover Taxi, New York, NY

1993

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Henry Moore, CWS Transportation, Plainville, CT
  • Premium Services - Jim Bell, Bell Transportation, Las Vegas, NV
  • Taxicab Services - Bruce Bell, Diamond Taxicab Association, Toronto, ON Canada

1992

Operator of the Year

  • Contracted & Paratransit - Sigmund Zilber, Metro Minibus, Inc., Miami, FL (deceased)
  • Premium Services - John Hurley, Hurley Limousine, Mountainside, NJ
  • Taxicab Services - Mitch Rouse, Taxi Systems, Inc., Gardena, CA

1991

Operator of the Year

  • Lee Barnes, Barwood Transportation, Kensington, MD

1990

Operator of the Year

  • Small Fleet - Warren & Marlene Carew, Park Taxi, Pinellas Park, FL
  • Large Fleet - Ron Stoppelmann, Irene Leasing, New York, NY

1989

Operator of the Year

  • Small Fleet - Andrew Lemnotis, Town/Country Transp., New Britain, CT
  • Large Fleet - Jerry Feldman, Checker Taxi Co., Chicago, IL

1988

Operator of the Year

  • Reg Kermode, Taxis Combined Services, Sydney, NSW Australia

1987

Operator of the Year

  • Bernice Jay, Yellow Cab, Green Bay, WI (deceased)

1986

Operator of the Year

  • Small Fleet - Darren Gutman, Five Sixes Cab, Key West, FL
  • Large Fleet - Paul Mears Jr., Yellow Cab, Orlando, FL

1985

Operator of the Year

  • James Steele, Yellow Cab Cooperative, San Francisco, CA

1984

Operator of the Year

  • Bill Williams, Yellow Cab, Raleigh, NC

1983

Operator of the Year

  • George Kapp, Red Bird Cab, High Point, NC

1982

Operator of the Year

  • George Kamins, Yellow Cab, Houston, TX

1981

Operator of the Year

  • Neal Nichols, Red Top Cab, Arlington, VA

1980

Operator of the Year

  • Jim Sinnott, Yellow Cab, Pittsburgh, PA

1979

Operator of the Year

  • Jesse Gaddis, Yellow Cab Co., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1978

Operator of the Year

  • William Knaus, Colonial Taxi, Bethel Park, PA

1977

Operator of the Year

  • Dick Hunt, Yellow Cab, Indianapolis, IN (deceased)