By Mollee Harper, Senior Editor
Georgia Film News sat down recently with Chad Casey, owner and President of Casey Corporate Transportation in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 2003, Casey Corporate Transportation (CCT) is a privately-held limousine service with a strong fleet of luxury sedans, stretch limos, SUVs and party buses serving residents and travelers within the Greater Atlanta area. During our time together, Casey shares how he got his start in the transportation business, his pride in Atlanta and the service he provides, and how his company has laid the foundation to support Georgia’s booming film industry, providing transportation services to entertainment professionals who travel to and through Atlanta on business.
Casey described, “I had a restaurant, that was my first business, and I hated it. The horror stories you hear about restaurants are all true. I talked to a friend who had a transportation company and he was really happy. I bought my first car, a stretch limousine, and loved it and then just built up from there. As it turned out, most companies don’t really need those big vehicles except for special events. As I got more into the business, I started buying town cars and SUVs to service corporate travelers which is the real bread and butter of my business. I have five cars in my fleet, but can get anything any of my clients need. We still do proms, birthdays and weddings but those are once a year, and really the gravy. “
Casey continued, “We mainly focus on the corporate world and provide service to business travelers and high-profile travelers where discretion is needed. We try to introduce them to southern hospitality and inform them all about Atlanta. I was born and raised in Atlanta and am proud of it. That’s something we’ve integrated into our business. We provide luxury, high-end transportation with true hospitality.”
Casey explained, “Our chauffeurs go through extensive training and background checks because we provide service to many high-profile clients. They are provided weekly training to keep them up to date with industry, regulation and technology changes. We do this to ensure our chauffeurs provide the best possible service we can.”
Casey said, “Our motto is this. We are large enough to service any of your needs, but small enough to remember your name. People are not buying the car, they are buying the service.”
Chad Casey founded Casey Corporate Transportation (CCT) in 2003 to provide professional chauffeured services to residents and visitors of Atlanta alike. Casey’s company offers a complete fleet of late model vehicles providing reliable yet luxurious transportation from point A to point B in the Greater Atlanta area. CCT provides passengers with door-to-door service from the airport to the city and throughout in Lincoln Town Cars, Chevrolet Suburbans, Lincoln MKT Sedans, and Van Terra Corporate Shuttles, each driven by a professional chauffer with modern luxuries including WiFi service.
Casey received his Bachelor’s Degree in professional aeronautics with a minor in safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a member of the National Limousine Association, South Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
Casey explained, “We are located in Atlanta and service the Atlanta market, including Macon, Columbus and Augusta. We have a nationwide network of affiliates so we can coordinate client travels on each end of their trip. Our clients can make one call to us and we take care of all of their logistic needs even outside of Atlanta. We use the latest technology for our clients to make reservations and know where their chauffeur is at any given time. We’re leveraging technology to provide better service for our clients.”
Casey is also a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors and Vice President for the Greater Atlanta Limousine Association (GALA). Casey and a group of operators in Georgia founded GALA in February 2012 as a voluntary, non-profit organization to unify and promote the chauffeured ground transportation industry. Members of GALA include limousine owners and operators, suppliers and manufacturers.
Casey added, “We are part of GALA and the Chamber. Everyone helps us out. We know the concierges in Atlanta and all work together to service our clients and their needs.”
The Taxi and Limousine Services industry is a $20 billion annual industry that has rebounded from the recession during the past five years. As the economy has returned to health, business expense accounts have grown, corporate travelers are on the move again, and consumers are willing and able to spend more on small luxuries including private transportation.
Casey added, “The private transportation industry has really been recovering since the recession. For a while it was kind of taboo to use a limousine or private airplane when times were tough. Conventions had also slowed down. Now those things have picked back up and are growing again. Atlanta is in the top 10 for annual conventions. With the movie industry here, there are even more opportunities.”
“My concern in the private transportation industry as a whole right now revolves around the Ubers and private driving companies that have popped up recently. They often don’t do background checks or have checks and balances in place to protect their clients. Clients don’t receive the same service and quality. We cover all of those bases.” Casey said.
Casey explained, “We are just getting into the entertainment industry. We have some actors, actresses and celebrities that use us regularly, from word of mouth. We are definitely interested in doing more in this area. The entertainment industry is a growing market here in Atlanta and we would like to be part of that.”
Casey added, “Entertainment professional are typically more demanding and have special requests for special items and needs. Being from the area and knowing the area, we are well equipped to handle those requests and meet their specific needs. We can also provide security as well as discretion. Plus entertainment professional tend to travel at all times of the day and night, and don’t want to worry about whether or not their chauffeur is going to be on time. Our service is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. We don’t really get days off, but I love it. I truly love this business and what I do. My clients have my personal cell phone and can call me direct. We know everyone by name. We often don’t need the name signs. We know our clients.”
Casey concluded, “Right now, we keep our cars 3-4 years so we offer the newest models. We are in the process of flipping our fleet right now and will have a new fleet of 2017 vehicles. We are also adding some tours like wine tours, craft brewery tours and even casino tours in North Carolina. We have a DOT number so we can go anywhere, anytime, wherever we’re needed.”
For more information on Chad Casey and Casey Corporate Transportation visit http://cctatlanta.com/.