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Archive for November, 2014

Meet Lauren Sheldon

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

I am originally from North Andover, Massachusetts which is just north of Boston. I moved to Washington, DC on a whim in May of 2013 when I decided it was time to get out of New England. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Theater & Politics (because I figure they are the same thing ;). Before working for Old Town Trolley, I helped to start the historic walking tour company, Cambridge Historical Tours on the Harvard University campus. There I portrayed Margaret Fuller, one of America’s first women to publicly speak out for women’s rights and education. Theater is my greatest passion and I often get caught singing show tunes at my desk. I am optimistic, upbeat, and a very positive person.

Which living person do you most admire?
My mom, Gail Sheldon, is my hero. She is the most supportive, loving, and strong woman I know. I aspire to be just like her every day.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love traveling to places where I can be immersed in a new culture, language, or learn something new. I would love to explore more of Central America, Southern Europe, or Africa.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Theater is my greatest passion in life. I was introduced to the movie Grease on my 8th birthday and I’ve been singing and performing ever since.

If there is one place you would like to live besides your current city, where would it be?
There are so many places I would like to live or visit throughout my lifetime, but at this point I would love to go to Chicago. It isn’t as big as New York, it is on the water, and it has a great theater scene.

If you could choose one reality TV show to be on, what would it be?
Survivor. My family and I still watch it religiously each week. And even if I weren’t the contestant and my sister Colleen went out there instead, I would still be her “loved one” because in a challenge she knows I would eat a bug for her.

Meet Tim Conway

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
Tim Conway

Tim Conway

I was born and raised in N. E. Ohio, I had a great life growing up on the river and then the lake. I had a great childhood! My parents were both professionals, a teacher and a dentist. They both grew up during the depression with a love of life, family and fun. They taught my sister, brother and I that family is FIRST. I live that to this day.
My life after “leaving home” was about wrestling in college at Kent State and at Western State in Colorado. I was good but not great. After college I joined the Navy, had great a great time and got to see a lot of the world. That’s when I became a Yankee! I met and fell in love with Rhonda, a southern girl, and stayed.
When I was discharged from the Navy I began my sales career. I sold everything from boats and windsurfers to marine supplies during my 25 years in industrial and commercial sales. I’ve spent as much time with my boys and their school and athletics as I could. They’re great! I could go on and on about them and especially Rhonda but I won’t.

Which living person do you most admire?
If my father were still alive it would be him! He was the smartest, most fun to be around, hardworking, with an absolute love life and family. Since he passed it has to be my wife Rhonda. She has always been there for me and the boys, and has persevered through cancer and her mother’s death with grace and tenacity. She does her best to keep me in line! She has to be a saint to put up with me for over 32 years!

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Easy peasy, my wife Rhonda.

If there was one place you would like to live besides your current city, where would it be?
Two places, a winter home in Hope Town, Bahamas and a summer home on a lake up north.

What is your favorite occupation?
SALES, I love what I do. I’m pretty good at it. There are so many opportunities! Every business starts with someone selling something.

Who are your favorite writers?
Lee Child, James Patterson and Milton Freedman

Bella Joins our Fleet!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Introducing “Bella”, our second wedding trolley we’ve added to our fleet, joining our other wedding trolley “Felicity”. Our wedding business has been growing year-over-year at about 15% above last year’s numbers. During the peak wedding months between April-September, our wedding trolley “Felicity” is often booked, sometimes up to a year in advance. We have missed out on additional wedding transportation business due to the lack of our special wedding trolleys. “Bella”, was originally one of our red Balboa Park shuttle trolleys that provided free service by the City of San Diego. The city purchased their own trams for the park shuttle service resulting in three extras trolleys for us. With the wedding peak season fast approaching, our maintenance crew worked feverishly transforming the red trolley into our new pristine “Bella”. With just days away from “Bella’s” first wedding, she was christened “Bella”.

Meet Rich Montaudo

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Rich Montaudo, Head Conductor, Savannah

Rich Montaudo, Head Conductor, Savannah

Rich Montaudo is our Head Conductor in Savannah. We thought it would be fun to put him on the hot seat with a few questions and answers.

Rich was born in Huntington, WV and is a proud military vet. Before joining Old Town Trolley, Rich was in the EMS field, either on an ambulance or in the 911 call center. He met his beautiful wife Renee, when she was a student of mine in an Advanced BTLS for Health Care professionals class he was teaching. Theyhave two great kids, Austin a sophomore at Armstrong State University and Madison a junior in high school.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Riding Bobbi Sue (my Harley Road King Classic) with my wife, destination unknown.

What is your greatest fear?
Failure as a husband and father….. failure in general.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To play a musical instrument.

What is your most treasured possession?
Simple my Harley Davidson Road King Classic.

What three things will you always find in my refrigerator?
Eggs, milk and habanero hot sauces.