Industry veterans Kristina Bouweiri, Tony Simon Assume Full Ownership
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD (June 5, 2019) – Capitol Coachworks and RLS Fleet Services have completed an agreement to divest Capitol Coachworks’ service division, which operates a 13,000-square-foot facility dedicated to commercial vehicle maintenance and repair, warranty work, body work, inspections, parts for purchase, and fleet maintenance consulting.
Capitol Coachworks founder and President David Webb will continue to operate the vehicle sales and leasing business units independently. RLS Fleet Services, co-owned by transportation industry veterans Kristina Bouweiri and Tony Simon, has assumed ownership and management of the service unit, including its assets.
“Having had a close professional relationship with Reston Limousine for over 25 years, I knew that a partnership with Kristina and Tony would allow Capitol Coachworks to realize its highest potential,” Webb said.
“We look forward to continuing the same level of exceptional customer service that Capitol Coachworks has been known for since David started the business in 2003,” said Bouweiri, CEO of Reston Limousine, the DC area’s premier passenger transportation operator.
“We’re excited to offer DC-area transportation operators the opportunity to now utilize a woman-owned business in Prince George’s County for their commercial vehicle maintenance and service needs,” she added.
RLS Fleet Services has implemented changes including hiring a second shift of mechanics to expand operational hours into evening and weekends, filling a niche that better serves owner operators and smaller fleets in the DC metro market.
Bouweiri and Simon also plan to expand maintenance to full fleet management services including bus wash and detailing, and pickup and drop-off services.
“With all the changes we have implemented, we fully expect the service division will double its revenue in 12 months,” Bouweiri said.
Capitol Coachworks will be adding Reston Limousine to its list of fleet maintenance clients and will be servicing the operator’s DC and Maryland fleets at its facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
“This acquisition frees up our Sterling facility to take on more maintenance work from other companies and become a profit center for the company,” said Simon, Reston Limousine COO. “We also expect to immediately realize cost savings as our Maryland and DC fleets will no longer have to travel to Virginia for maintenance and inspection services – reducing our expenses on fuel, labor, vehicle wear and tear, and tolls.”
Tom Herrick continues as Service Manager, leading the operations for the company. He has been Service Manager since 2016 and brings 15 years of experience in the industry to the job. Prior to joining Capitol Coachworks, he was fleet manager at US Sedan Service, operations supervisor at Transdev, operations manager and project supervisor at RHG Group, and shift supervisor at the University of New Hampshire’s transportation services department.
Johnny Sower, another longtime transportation professional, was hired as the Sales and Quality Assurance Manager in April. Sower got his start in the industry 18 years ago and served in management positions starting in 2005 with Fleet Transportation. He later held positions as operations manager at
Reston Limousine and Chariots for Hire before becoming president of District Transportation.
“Tom and Johnny have experience working in both the front and back offices of leading fleet companies, giving them invaluable perspective for Capitol Coachworks’ clients,” Simon said.
About Capitol Coachworks
Capitol Coachworks is a full-service dealership based in Capitol Heights, MD, offering sales and repair expertise in commercial vehicles that include all makes of coaches, minibuses, limousines and professional vehicles. Founded in 2003, the company serves the DC metro area from its 13,000-square-foot facility with an 11-bay service center built for large vehicles. Services include routine maintenance for all types of commercial vehicles, body repair, warranty work, state and federal inspections, and an extensive of parts inventory. In addition to being the DC area’s foremost dealer for Krystal buses, Capitol Coachworks is the region’s authorized dealer for Diamond, ElDorado, Federal, LA West, Turtle Top, and World Trans. The company has also been a GSA contract holder for 15 years. For additional information contact Capitol Coachworks at 240-455-0200 or visit www.capitolcoachworks.com.
About Reston Limousine
Reston Limousine Services (RLS) is metropolitan Washington DC’s premier provider of custom shuttle systems and charter/event transportation. A nationally certified woman-owned business, Reston Limousine is led by President and CEO Kristina Bouweiri, who grew the company from five vehicles in 1990 to a fleet of 250 sedans, SUVs, limousines, vans, Van Terras, minibuses and motorcoach buses. The company serves the DC metro area from its headquarters in the Dulles corridor of Northern Virginia and satellite offices in Capitol Heights, MD; Fairfax, VA; and Baltimore, MD. Reston Limousine specializes in shuttle contracts and event transportation management for educational institutions, corporations, government agencies and nonprofits. The company also provides the full spectrum of charter services including corporate and event transportation, party bus rentals, limo rentals, winery and brewery tours, shuttle bus rentals, wedding transportation, DC tours, airport transfers, day trips and more. Through its global partners, Reston Limousine can offer ground transportation services worldwide. For additional information contact Reston Limousine at 703-478-0500 or visit www.restonlimo.com.