COAST CITIES — Uri Akler relocated to North County from Manhattan in October 2009. Arriving in Encinitas at 3 p.m., it took him just four hours before he was already contributing to the community. Before he’d even unpacked, he bid $3,200 on a guitar at an auction just to support the cause and give back to his new community that had immediately won his heart.
Akler, owner of NorthStar Limousines, fell in love with North County after just one visit to the meditation gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship. During that visit, he decided then and there that it was time for him to move west and bring his entrepreneurial spirit with him.
He took a look around the community to see what was missing, in order to find his own niche within the community. Coming from a diverse business background, he decided to open a transportation company with a different twist. The concept is to provide a first-class limousine service for the cost of a taxicab. At a rate of $75 per hour with only a one-hour minimum, Akler is underbidding the competition in an effort to expand his business and relocate all 123 of his limousines within the next three years.
As just one part of his new-guy-in-town, good-will marketing program, Akler has offered free limousine service for any future area police and firefighter funeral services. He is also making the community aware that his limousines are available for any transportation need, from as mundane taking students to school, to weddings and proms and any other sort of transportation needs clients might have.
“I cater to people,” Akler said. “It’s all about that extra level of service and my motto is ‘The Customer is King.’”
Launching his limousine transportation to compete with the cost of a cab, Akler wants to give everyone a chance to ride first class. For more information on Akler or NorthStar Limousines, call (917) 709-1999.