In 1987, under the guidance of John Hall of Arkansas and John Davidson of California, the International Taxicab and Livery Association (ITLA) established the International Taxicab Foundation (ITF) as an U.S.-approved non-profit foundation. John Hall was the first TLPF president followed by Mr. Davidson. Subsequent presidents have been Ham Smyth III from Tennessee; Neal Nichols from Virginia; Larry Slagle from California; and our current president, Ellis Houston from Alabama.
TLPF Scholarship Program
In 1992, the Foundation initiated a scholarship program, based on merit and need, for students engaged in graduate or undergraduate studies which would further their careers in the taxicab and paratransit industries. The for-hire vehicle industry was, and will continue to be, in need of individuals whose education and academic training will better equip them to meet the continuing demands that are placed on our industry. In the first decade of its existence, the Foundation provided nearly $24,000 in scholarship assistance. Unfortunately, few of the recipients actually pursued careers in our industry.
Transportation Management Institute
In 1996, the TLPF, in cooperation with the TLPA, announced the formation of the Transportation Management Institute (TMI), a management training program of separate, stand-alone courses, each lasting a few days, and each focusing on a specific operational or management function. The Transportation Management Institute was established to meet the needs of the taxicab, limousine, sedan, airport shuttle, paratransit and non-emergency medical industry for comprehensive and specialized training for mid- and senior-level management personnel in the various aspects of managing a transportation company.
The initial TMI course, Dispatching and Communications, was held at Transportation General, Arlington, VA, in November 1996, followed by Maintenance Training held in Houston, Texas, April 1997. In total, TLPF offered 19 courses over an eight-year time span.
- Communications & Dispatching (2)
- Dispatching & Call Center Management (1)
- Maintenance Training (3)
- Risk Management (2)
- Sales & Marketing Management (3)
- Dealing with the Media (2)
- Cutting Edge Technology (2)
- Human Resources Management (1)
- New & Emerging Options in Dispatch Technology (1)
Following is a brief history of the accomplishments of your Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation.