H’burg’s Dan Reid honored at national trade showBy BUSTER WOLFE,
A non-emergency transportation services operator whose company has become an integral part of the Hattiesburg community was honored as the 2017 Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA).
The awarded was presented recently in front of more than 1,000 industry professionals at the TLPA’s 99th annual Convention & Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Denver/Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
With support from members of the community as well as his fellow fleet operators, Dan Reid, co-owner and president of Grove Transit, was selected for the award, which annually honors the best paratransit and contracting operator.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Reid said after he accepted the award. “It came as a big surprise. All of us at Grove Transit are thankful for it. I want to make sure to thank my wife (Suzanne), who has been with me throughout the whole venture through all the ups and downs. She has been my No. 1 supporter in everything we’ve done.
“I want to thank my two daughters, who work for us, and I really want to remember to thank all of our drivers and employees who really make everything go and everything work at Grove Transit. It’s a great honor.”
“This award is a fitting tribute to Dan Reid’s commitment to the paratransit and contracting industry, the successful operation of his business, and TLPA” said Alfred LaGasse, CEO of TLPA.
Reid, formerly a business consultant for mergers and acquisitions, bought out a failing transportation company seven years ago. Since then, he has turned Grove Transit into a community asset, including serving an on-demand market in the area. The company works to always have the latest technology to ensure the safety of passengers, and is a pillar of the community, working alongside many local nonprofits and community-based groups.
“Our core philosophy is summed up in ‘Safety, Reliability and Courtesy,’” Reid said, noting that safety is always of paramount concern. “We try to make sure that everyone in our company understands that, first and foremost, we don’t do a trip if it can’t be safely performed.”
Established in 1917, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association is a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Its extensive membership spans the globe to include 1,000 taxicab companies, executive sedan and limousine services, airport shuttle fleets, non-emergency medical transportation companies, paratransit services, and industry vendors.
Grove Transit provides safe, reliable and affordable non-emergency transportation throughout the Greater Mississippi Pine Belt Region and surrounding areas. The fleet is equipped with top-of-the-line safety equipment and industry standard software insures reliability and passenger safety.
The business has expanded to include late-night shuttle service in Hattiesburg and shuttles to and from Camp Shelby, among others.