Limo Business Owner off Littleton Road Hopes Growth Can Continue
Brian Hogan, owner of Corporate Coach & Limousine, has seen considerable growth in Westford, as well as changes in his industry over the past decade.
The next time you’re at Logan or seeing some kids heading to the prom or just one of those really fancy limousines heading out on the town, look closely. There’s a chance it might just be coming from Westford.
For more than a decade, Brian Hogan of Corporate Coach & Limousine has helped clients large and small get where they’re going in style as the Westford area affiliate of Boston Coach. Hogan also owns Nashoba Valley Auto School, which opened in 2006.
Located on Park Drive, just off Littleton Road between Powers Road and Lan Drive, Hogan started his limousine business with a space near the Ninety Nine Restaurant with only three cars. Today, he has 19.
During that time, he says he's seen plenty of changes in town impacting his business, most of them beneficial.
“Back then, we came to Westford because no one else was here, it seemed like a great growth opportunity,” he said. “Traffic has been a little tougher (since then), but it’s smoothed out a bit. All the new businesses have increased my business a little, and I think it will mushroom."
Besides offering personalized transportation needs to area residents, Corporate Coach & Limousine has added nearby corporate clients Red Hat, IBM, Alcotel and Lucent.
The growth almost came to a stop near the beginning of the current recession, but bounced back despite, or perhaps because of, changes to the industry as a whole.
“The industry has evolved through networking and mergers, and the state and federal government continues to put more regulations on industry,” he said. “Some are a waste of time, but some are good for the industry, like keeping the one and two car operators running honestly through keeping them doing necessary repairs and not letting their insurance lapse.”
Hogan hopes his business can continue to grow, but awaits resolution to continuing uncertainty in Washington that may stop his customers from travelling as much as they once did, seeing a drop in December due to the fiscal cliff negotiations.
“What I’ve seen is that companies are holding back their spending, and that hurts them spending on my business,” he said. “Companies don’t know what to expect, so they aren’t going to go after sales they think are difficult to get until they know for certain that it’s worth trying to get them or until they know what Washington will do and people regain confidence.”
More information on his business is available at corporatecoachlimousine.com.