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Create-A-Card and Driving Results Relocate Offices
August 14, 2018, Chauffeur Driven
Charlotte, N.C. — Industry mainstay Arthur Messina, founder & president of Create-A-Card and managing director of Driving Results, has announced the relocation of his two companies. The native New Yorker recently moved to Charlotte with his wife/partner Kathy, and will house the office of the Driving Results global operator peer groups in his new hometown.
Meanwhile, Create-A-Card has just moved into a larger office in Smithtown, N.Y. Messina and his wife will telecommute with the office, while their son Drew Messina has been promoted to director of operations and will oversee the activities in-house.
Kathy Messina Vice President of Create-A-Card Kathy Messina “I’m excited to have Drew running the office,” says Arthur. “He’s been with the company part-time for several years, but has been learning the ropes full-time since the beginning of the year. Kathy and I are still very hands on with day-to-day operations, so it’s business as usual.”
Driving Results’ new base of operations not only gives Messina and his wife a break from the hustle—and brutal winters—of New York, but also offers him a quicker route to the airport and travel in general.
“Moving to Charlotte gives us easier access to be on the road and see operators around the country,” explains Arthur. “We are centrally located, which is great for flying out to the Driving Results meetings. Even better, now we have a 20-minute door-to-terminal commute to the Charlotte airport, as opposed to the 90-minute drive we had in New York. You can’t buy back time, and this will improve our work-life balance, allowing us to work smarter, not harder.”
Drew Messina Director of Operations of Create-A-Card Drew Messina Although the move was a bit of a culture shock for the long-time Long Island resident—finding good bagels and New York-style pizza required a bit of effort—they are moved by the reception they are receiving by operators and clients in North Carolina.
“Our clients and friends in the Charlotte area have welcomed us with open arms, and I feel that we now have family in this area,” he says. “I always talk about our ‘limo family,’ but it’s really true.”
CAC Acquires Innovative Marketing Concepts
March 7, 2012, St. James, NY . . . Create-A-Card, Inc. Founder and President, Arthur Messina announced today that his company has acquired its long-time competitor, Innovative Marketing Concepts (IMC). This acquisition enables Create-A-Card to further advance its position as the pinnacle of global marketing in the chauffeured transportation industry.
According to Mr. Messina, the acquisition will fuel what has already been exceptional business growth in revenue and market share. "This acquisition is just a part of Create-A-Card's continuing expansion." he said. "With the technology and creative talent of our team, Create-A-Card, delivers the full spectrum of marketing services and support – from corporate identity development and public relations, to cutting edge digital projects and social media. Already positioned to lead the industry in innovation, Create-A-Card will provide the companies' combined customers a wider range of services and value." Create-A-Card brings superior strengths and assets that you won't find from any other company. According to Messina, "This is a great opportunity to leverage our market position to address customer needs in new service segments and technologies. By focusing purely on the delivery of marketing services to the chauffeured transportation industry and always delivering an expert touch, this acquisition is a strategic move that we believe will position Create-A-Card for additional expansion and sustained growth."
IMC brings world-class marketing people and an established client base to Create-A-Card, Inc. and assures their clients that they are in excellent hands. More importantly, Messina believes that combining the resources of both companies will provide an important strategic fit. "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with such a high quality organization. We look forward to the positive sales and earnings contributions that this acquisition affords now and in the years ahead," said Messina. IMC feels that this acquirement is in the best interest of their clients and feels that they will have the opportunity to be working with a superb organization.
About Create-A-Card, Inc. Create-A-Card, Inc. has, under the leadership of Arthur Messina, evolved from a specialized printing company in 1986 into what is, today, the industry's leading full-service marketing strategy and solutions provider. For over two decades, Mr. Messina has taken a leadership position in ground transportation and has built a reputation as an industry innovator and the preferred partner for market-leading transportation companies.
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