Over 10 years ago, a restaurant owner started a limousine company, holding only a goal of giving guests a treat. Today, the said company is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is now standing as a strong individual business that continues to grow.
The said company is Summit Limousines, owned by Kim Galloway and her late husband Tim Galloway. They didn’t start off as a limousine company, rather a Summit Restaurant found at 3208 W. Eisenhower Blvd. June of 1992 came, an idea sparked within the owners and now had given them more success than the restaurant itself.
"We bought a small six-passenger to give guests a treat, and it just grew from there," Galloway said and also added that the first limousine was a 1984 Cadillac stretch that had white and brown velour interior.
In 2006, her husband moved from being in the business to being employed to Frontier Airlines. Kim was forced to step up the management.
Unfortunately the Summit restaurant didn’t pursue anymore. Five years later, specifically a month after the 9/11 incident, the restaurant closed.
More sad news came when they found out that her husband had cancer. In November last year, her husband died at a very young age of 55. Though very devastated, Kim did not stop and has continued to manage the business.
Today, Summit Limousines has 12 service cars (Sedans, Executive van, SUV limousines, stretch Lincoln Limousines, and a Hummer stretch Limousine), 11 drivers and office workers.
"Seventy-five percent of the business is our corporate clientele," Galloway said. "On any given Monday, we'll have 26 trips to the airport in sedans."
The recession also didn’t stop the business to run as most companies still demanded services from them. These companies found their service to be helpful making their time turn into something productive.
“High-level company officials' time became more valuable so they would use their time in the back of the sedan on the way to the airport to conduct business.” She said.
Aside from driving officials, the company also offers to drive for special events like weddings.
"We do sporting packages - Cheyenne Frontier Days is always huge, and the Greeley Stampede, things like that."
So what is the secret to this limo business success?
Galloway says, it’s all in the service, giving everything perfectly each and every day. "We just try to do what we do really well, and we get a lot of repeat business and referrals, and the company just grows and grows and grows."