Gem Limousine Worldwide: A Legacy of Growth, Resilience, and Gratitude
In 1976, Barbara Chirico started Gem Limousine out of her family home, at a time when woman-owned businesses were rare. It began with the purchase of a few stretch limos as a trendy, celebratory, and status-filled service offering. However, one unforgettable night at a local diner changed everything.
A Gem chauffeur overheard an executive assistant from a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company sobbing because their limo had left their CEO stranded. This incident marked a turning point for Gem, as the company shifted its focus to the corporate transportation sector. Barbara attended the most important meeting to date, and the rest is history. To this day, Gem still works with the same Pharma company, a lasting partnership of over 40 years.
Over the years, the business grew, and Barbara's daughter Deanna and her husband Joe joined their mother in their venture within the travel industry. Gem became a one-stop-shop for ground transportation in Corporate America, servicing clients on a national and global scale.
Like any other growing company, Gem faced numerous struggles and hurdles, including 360-degree changes in technology innovation, enduring America's pain and the absence of travel during September 11th, and breaking the company down to rebuild as business travel ramps back up post-Covid-19.
Today, Barbara, Deanna, and Joe work alongside the third generation of the family who have taken an active role in the company's success. Gem's executive team is grateful for their clients who stood with them through thick and thin, global partners who represent the company and branding globally, vendors that provided the tools and resources needed to fulfill daily tasks, and most of all, their employees who are dedicated to the company and the travel industry at large.
As the travel industry rebounds, Gem looks forward to remaining at the pinnacle of the ground transportation industry and continuing its legacy for years to come. The future holds the best years for the travel industry, and Gem's team is ready to work endlessly to make it happen.