DPV Transportation Worldwide sees worldwide growth
CEO Daniel Perez wants to grow into a $10 million company within 3 years
In a market saturated with ride-sharing apps, DPV Transportation Worldwide distinguishes itself as a premium transportation company for high-end clients across the globe. Founder and CEO Daniel Perez said that the service provides 17,000 trips a year for clients in various corporate sectors, from financial firms to pharmaceutical companies.
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Perez came to the United States from Colombia when he was 11 years old. As a young adult, he was a part-time chauffeur for another transportation company, where his father also worked. While attending Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology — and before proceeding to Wentworth Institute of Technology — he scored a gig driving the school’s athletic teams to games, using his own van. That job snowballed into other jobs with other college teams until Perez launched his own company in 2006.
He recalls taking client calls in his living room during the first two years, using his home as his first office space. Today, DPV Transportation Worldwide has 40 employees and a fleet of 26 vehicles. Customers can ride in sedans, SUVs, luxury vans and limos, and buses.
DPV’s main service is providing chauffeuring with specialized services in financial road shows or internal corporate shuttles. DPV specifically accommodates executives embarking on their financial road shows, getting them to each business meeting throughout various cities. Through its corporate shuttle services, a DPV chauffeur can transport a client’s employees throughout their company’s large facilities.
In 2010, through affiliate partnerships and online booking, DPV started operating as a one-stop shop for clients who frequently use air travel for business. “If an executive from Boston is traveling to New York, then we coordinate on-the-ground transportation by partnering with companies in other markets,” said Perez. “We partner with other companies around the world, but at the end of the day, we are the face of the company throughout the whole experience.”
DPV is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), which according to Perez, helped him gain major corporate clients.
With $2.8 million revenue in sales, Perez said that his favorite part of the job is closing deals using sale strategies and solving customer problems. “The new currency in today’s market is knowledge and innovative ideas,” he said.
As part of its innovative strategy, DPV has stayed up to date on technological changes via social media marketing and a free DPV smartphone app for customers. Perez said he also is looking to add on-demand services to compete with Uber and Lyft.
Currently, the transportation company uses a GDS (Global Distribution System) Connectivity tool to streamline its global booking services. The GDS Connectivity is able to connect to the internal booking systems of major companies, “so that when they book on their system it will come directly to our booking system,” said Perez. “It makes us easier to work with major companies.” This new tool has increased sales by 20 percent.
GPS tracking and dash cameras in every vehicle are used in case of accidents and to protect the company against false statements, said Perez.
DPV has access to Traffic Land, the traffic tracking system also used by the Department of Homeland Security, to maneuver real-time traffic patterns and plan efficient trips.
As for the company’s future, the CEO has set a very concrete goal: “Grow into a $10 million company within the next three years,” he said.