Hello, I'm Scott Tinkham founder of Driven. Whenever I visit a website to check out a business that I'm thinking about patronizing,
I always look for the "About Us" or "Company" tab because I enjoy learning about their history, who the characters are and where
they came from. I think it's important to communicate the spirit and the "way we do things here" of your company. More importantly,
the "Company Story" should be a compelling description of the inspiration behind the business. So here for your perusal is the story
of Driven. It starts a ways back, I feel it's important to tell you a bit of my history in the business to try and justify what gives
me the right to offer this somewhat personal service to the public.
In November of 1989 I was baptized by fire into the chauffeured transportation industry, aka "The Limo Biz" by breathing life into
Blue Chip Limousine, Inc., an executive transportation company consisting of one limousine, one driver (me) … no sleep. Always the
optimist I worked half days (12 hours). Check out the picture of me back then to the left, I had a pretty good set of hair under
that hat. Thank God I was only 29 because very quickly I found myself fully engulfed in one of the most folicly challenging and
competitive industries known to entrepreneurial man. The clientele was unforgiving, the hours were long and unstructured, the pay
was average and you can wear a suit of clothes out in 60 days. Sure the occasional mini portrait of Ben Franklin given to you by a
gracious client or the thrill of driving 95mph with a police escort to a Dallas Cowboys game so your passenger will make it in time
to sing our National Anthem was pretty exciting, but what I found out I enjoyed the most was all the different people I got to meet.
Thousands of people, from famous to not famous at all, from business chieftain to pro athlete, I honestly think I've met one of each
kind of person. I remember back when we used to meet our clients arriving at DFW at the gate. It was neat because when you got there
early you would get to see things like a business man reunited with his wife and 4 year old son at the gate of his arriving flight.
When I was doing a wedding transfer It was cool to see two newlyweds run to their awaiting limousine and their new life together.
Anyway back to the "the Story".
By 1995 we had grown our little one car operation to 15 vehicles and 20 employees. Then in August of 1999 Blue Chip merged with another
transportation company called Aircar and I became president of one of the largest chauffeured transportation companies in Dallas Ft. Worth
consisting of 35+ vehicles and 50 employees performing over 40 thousand trips a year.
So, I had this regular client that we would often provide chauffeured services for. He was a very recognizable famous pro quarterback.
I can't tell you his name, but it rhymed with "Roy". He would always request a sedan - no limos because they attracted to much attention;
he wanted to be low profile. As his celebrity grew being able to get around unnoticed became even more of a challenge so one day he asked
me, "is there anyway you could just send a driver over to my house and have him drive my pick-up". I would like to say that's when the
light bulb came on but it didn't because I had over 70 tons of very expensive Detroit iron (Lincoln Towncars) sitting in the garage and
it didn't make any "cents" to send a driver without the car, but "Roy" was a wonderful client not to mention a great guy. So I sent the
driver and at least two people were happy, "Roy" and the Driver.
Somewhere around 2000 I almost went into the airport valet business with a guy. Then about halfway through 2003 I decided it was a good
time to cash in my chauffeured transportation chips and I sold my interest in the merged company to my partner. I then settled into a
blissful purposelessness for a couple of years. I still did consulting work and I helped coordinate group transportation for a local
executive conference center. Fast forward to 2006.
Now this will probably sound strange. Have you ever watched one of those sitcoms on TV where the main character is visited in a dream
by a famous person who speaks to him directly and gives him some kind of obscure advise? Well, one night in a dream in the summer of
2006 the aforementioned quarterback (now retired), whose name rhymes with Roy, said to me that his current limo service was getting
expensive and that the hourly rate for a sedan after all the add-ons was north of $70 an hour not including the 30% fuel surcharge and
he wanted to know if I could send a driver to his house to drive his car. Now I'm thinking call me crazy, but that's the second time "Roy"
mentioned this to me, counting the first time back years ago when he actually really did. Well, remember the valet guy I mentioned back
in 2001, his name is Ken Kundmueller, President and Founder of Freedom Park Airport Valet Services, Ken and I have known each other
since around 1990, anyway I really respect Kens opinion so I mentioned to him the idea of a limo service with no vehicles just well
trained drivers. Which led to a discussion about how his airport valet business has grown and how he thought a lot of his customers
were former airport limo service users. So I said to Ken, "do you think this driver only thing would be a good service to offer to
your airport valet customers", he said "sounds like a good idea let me think about it" another two years goes by and its June 2008,
obviously Ken's a thinker but a good idea is a good idea. So Ken agreed to poll a few of his customers to see if there was any interest,
the response was overwhelming, in fact he said "It will fly", and this my friends is where our story begins …
"Thanks for a great evening. Your professionalism and personal service made our night out with friends a great success. I would highly recommend
you guys for anyone who is going out for any reason and want to focus only on the night at hand. The greatness was we never had to park, pay a
valet and you were always right there when we were ready for the next stop. We will use you many more times in the coming future even just for a
date night with my wife and me so we can just enjoy each other."
- Mike C.
"The service was an outstanding value, the driver was professional and courteous and we will definitely use the service again."
- Jeff C.
Scott, everything was perfect! Our driver James was just wonderful, neat, courteous and very prompt. We all had a wonderful time and we have
suggested this service to friends already. We will definitely use it again. Thank you for your assistance setting it up."
- Shirley C.
"I want you to know that my experience was everything I expected and more. The basics (which need to be 100%) were exactly on time and done
professionally. My driver, Rob, was excellent. Very professional, well trained, but also extremely personable and accommodating. Thank you
for your excellent service. I will definitely be a repeat customer!"
- Chuck D.
"Now I can't imagine NOT using this service for an evening on the town or anytime I cannot or should not drive myself!!"
- Theresa C.
"The service and value you get for Driven can't be beat."
- Randy J.
"What a great and economical service. Your own personal chauffeur!"
- Stacey F.
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