October 16, 2013: Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, has been selected as the exclusive Emerald Coast partner for Veolia Transportation’s SuperShuttle division. Veolia, based in France, is the world’s largest supplier of sustainable mobility. SuperShuttle is the most profitable personal ground transportation company in the United States.
The partnership was a collaboration between Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine’s Owner John Finch, his COO Mike Wells, and Veolia VP of Business Development, Mike O’Connor.
“SuperShuttle and its sedan division, ExecuCar, vet each affiliate partner in detail. We want them to have the same passion about customer service and potential business growth that we do,” said Mr. O’Connor. “Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine shares our vision.”
Timing for this partnership comes when more and more small to mid-size airports are moving to preferred car service companies to streamline costs and increase safety for their visitors. Over 20 airports in the U.S., including Washington-Dulles, Phoenix Sky Harbor, and Ft. Myers have adopted a strategy of working with one preferred operator to keep up with multiple vehicle inspections, driver background checks, and proper insurance coverage. Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine was awarded the RFP for NW Florida Beaches Int’l Airport (ECP) earlier this year and maintains an interior kiosk for guests to book travel throughout the region.
“Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine is extremely proud to be an affiliate of such a well respected organization,” said Mr. Finch. “SuperShuttle and ExecuCar have stellar reputations, and with our kiosk at ECP, we can extend their brand to include our high level customer service. Visitors to the area no longer have to choose a random cab and negotiate a fare while standing around in the heat and humidity. We can take care of them inside, then carry their bags to a clean, smoke-free and air conditioned vehicle ten feet from the terminal.”
Added Mr. O’Connor, “The Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine management team is very focused on excellent customer service. We feel our customers, whether they select a minivan, Town Car or limousine, will be well served when visiting the Northwest Florida Beaches area.”
“This partnership enhances our existing ability to serve Pensacola Regional Airport (PNS), Okaloosa Regional Airport (VPS) and of course the NW Florida Beaches Int’l Airport (ECP),” said Mr. Wells. “Not to mention every smaller, fixed base operator (FBO) from Pensacola to Apalachicola.”
A local business like Sunshine adding value for Veolia is also a bonus. According to Mr. O’Connor, “We have many strategic partnerships with airlines. Customers book on the SuperShuttle/ExecuCar website and obtain airline frequent flyer miles. Southwest and Delta were very interested in having a ‘go to’ transportation partner they already work with to go ahead and service the area for us.”
Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine is a full service, locally owned and operated transportation service provider. Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine is the largest ground transportation company on the Emerald Coast, with three divisions: Sunshine Coach, Sunshine Limousine and the most popular brand, Sunshine Shuttle. Founded in 2004 by John Finch, the company has over 60 vehicles in its fleet and maintains state-of-the-art Reservation and Dispatch software, and 24/7 online, with on-demand and dispatch coverage.