Marina Limousine & Car Services dispatches a fleet of luxury vehicles to transport passengers in style throughout metro Atlanta, stopping at sought-after destinations such as the Georgia Aquarium and Stone Mountain Park or simply facilitating easier business travel. Up to 10 passengers can stretch their legs and ride to proms, professional events, or through their nemesis’s living room inside a stretch limo, and smaller groups clamber aboard a luxurious Lincoln Town Car or Navigator. Airport transport is one of the operation’s specialties—Marina sends its licensed and insured chauffeurs to tote globetrotters to Hartsfield-Jackson in the vehicle of their choice, including a shared-ride van.
Laser lights sweep across an interior of supple leather seating, a dancing pole, and a TV with DVD player—not to mention the 20 people enjoying the digs. The setting is the inside of Work Hard Play Hard Transportainment's 20-seater limo bus, equivalent to a club on wheels. Beverage cooler, iPod hookup, and powerful sound system all add to the dance-club feel. The party bus is a member of a fleet that also includes 20-, 28-, and 49-passenger shuttles. Rent one for a ride to tailgates, prom, or a bachelorette party.
The nonprofit Saferide America pursues a single, noble goal of keeping drunk drivers off the road. The volunteer-based program dispatches licensed drivers to bars, restaurants, and parties across Atlanta to pick up impaired clients and return them—and their cars—safely home. Divided into three branches of service, Saferide maintains on-call cars that cruise the streets from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., daily, professional chauffeurs who pilot customers on preplanned nights out, and drivers at parties to drive home multiple guests. The organization raises funds through donations, and contributes money to children who have lost parents to drunk driving.
When Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers opened in 1979, it consisted of a small team of agents crammed into a single location. Today, the company encompasses more than 1,800 sales associates spread across 25 offices. The extraordinary growth is thanks in no small part to the work of Kevin Levent. Crowned CEO in the mid '90s, he completely revamped BHGRE Metro Brokers’ image, starting in the office. Italian light fixtures, contemporary artwork and furniture, exposed rafters, and coffee bars transform drab spaces into loft-like oases. Kevin also moved Metro Brokers under the umbrella of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, making its many services more accessible without having sandwich-boarded employees go door-to-door interrupting dinner parties. Today, their agents tackle everything from handling residential and commercial real estate to scoping out the lowest insurance and mortgage rates for clients. They also take time to train a new fleet of agents at BHGRE’s real-estate academy, which prepares students to ace the Georgia state exam.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.