Dave Gauer Named Executive of the Year

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Dave Gauer, one of VIP Taxi’s owners, has been named Executive of the Year at the Transportation Alliance Convention, last October 16-18, at Bally’s Las Vegas. He’s been featured on AZ Big Media following this award.


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The Transportation Alliance announced that Dave Gauer, owner of VIP Taxi in Phoenix, Arizona, has been named Executive of the Year.

Gauer entered the taxicab business in 1977 in the north suburbs of Chicago when he traded a custom motorcycle in exchange for his first taxicab with American Taxi . He grew a single cab into a 30-car operation, beginning his legacy as an innovator in the industry.

In 1993, Gauer was offered a business partnership at 303 Taxi which, at the time, had less than 150 cabs. He knew that by implementing newer technologies the company could be taken to the next level. He was correct: By 1998, the company had grown to over 600 cabs and provided tens of thousands of rides each month to children with special needs. He was correct: By 1998, the company had grown to over 600 cabs and provided tens of thousands of rides each month to children with special needs.  

By 2001, Dave and his partners bought Flash Cab, growing that fleet to over 700 vehicles. In 2005, Gauer and his partners piloted Chicago’s accessible taxicab program making the City of Chicago one of the most accessible cities in the nation.

In 2007, Gauer bought a small Arizona cab company, which he renamed VIP Taxi. Gauer eventually gave up his Chicago business interests to focus full-time on the Arizona company. Gauer along with his two sons Brandon & Jason focused on innovation while providing reliable and quality transportation has transformed VIP Taxi into a thriving “Local Family Owned & Operated” business for generations to come.

“Dave is the type of fleet executive who has helped transform this industry,” said Terry O’Toole, President of The Transportation Alliance. “He embraces new technology, and has thrived as one of the executives who knows that innovation is the key to all modern transportation business strategies.”

Gauer was honored at Mobilize 2019, the 101st annual convention and expo of The Transportation Alliance, held Oct. 16-19, 2019 at Bally’s Las Vegas.

About Dave Gauer

Dave Gauer previously owned an automobile and light truck repair facility in a north suburb of Chicago. In 1977, he traded a custom motorcycle for his first taxicab. Dave grew his fleet to 30 taxicabs, and in 1993, was offered an opportunity to buy a partnership of a small suburban taxi company.  By 2005, they grew the company to over 1,500 cars, had the busiest taxi call center in North America, piloted Chicago’s most successful taxi accessible program, provided tens of thousands of rides monthly to special needs school children, all while developing some of the latest and greatest dispatch technology. Dave later gave up his interests in Chicago to focus on VIP Taxi here in Arizona with his family. Dave often says “I’m the luckiest guy in the world; I get to work alongside my children doing a job I really enjoy in one of the most beautiful parts of America.”

About VIP Taxi

VIP Taxi is based in Phoenix and Tucson, and is owned and operated by The Gauer Family. They built VIP Taxi from the ground-up, and are proud to have established such a recognizable transportation company in Arizona. VIP Taxi loves it’s community, getting involved, and giving back. VIP Taxi’s mission is to provide a great transportation service to our local community, by adapting and advancing with current technology, along with preserving the importance of customer service.

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