It is Wednesday again which means it is time to do a Spotlight on someone that is in our Nocturnal Vegas Nightlife Network. Today, we chose Anthony Lale. Anthony is a Party Bus Driver here in Las Vegas and a great friend as well. Enjoy working with you bro!!
#1 – The Transportation Industry is huge in Las Vegas. Which vehicle is your favorite of ALL TIME & why?
My favorite vehicle is what I am currently driving. It’s a 26 passenger Party Bus that looks and drives great. People love the light show, the stripper pole (sometimes I’ll have 2 stripper poles on the bus) and the Ipad with Bluetooth and Spotify where customers can play whatever music they want. I have a lot of fun with the groups that I drive around, and because of it’s size, it attracts a lot of onlookers which helps me to get even more rides. Also, compared to driving a limousine, it’s much easier to clean up than having to bend down inside the limousine every time it has to be cleaned.
#2 How long have you been a Party Bus driver & what prompted you to get into the Transportation business?
I have been in the Party Bus business going on almost four years and I have been in the transportation business for 10 years now. I sold cars for many years and then my father got sick back in Illinois so I went out to help him, but eventually he passed away. I decided to leave Illinois and come back to Las Vegas and there was an opening driving a Sedan on day shift with CLS and I was told I can make a lot of money in the limousine business. So I took a shot and I grew in love with the business and I’m still doing it today.
#3 – What is your best success & do you have any failures which come to mind?
Ha. My best success, or maybe I should call it luck, was when 18 guys needed a ride and wanted to go to a strip club. I was like sure, I’ll take you! Also, getting my Commerical Drivers License was a big accomplishment that allows me to basically drive anything except a semi. You know how that works out lol. I try to look at failures as learning experiences, but one time I missed a ride because I got confused with Military Time and I was late. I haven’t made that mistake again tho.
#4 – Besides being a Driver, what else is included in your daily routine?
Walking my dogs! I have three Shih-Tzus that are all related.
#5 – What is your favorite thing to do on your nights off & why?
Believe it or not, on my days off I like to chill at home, have some beers, BBQ, and do stuff around the house. I do like to go fishing sometimes too. I get so much action working the strip and being in the middle of the Entertainment Capital of the World 50-60 hours a week, it’s nice to get away from it all when I’m off.
#6 – How do you know Troy Waggoner & how long have you known him? If so, in which ways would you like to grow with him?
I have know Troy Waggoner going on about three years. We started being friends on Facebook and I noticed his involvement with the Las Vegas Nightlife Scene. Troy has used me to accommodate some of his groups that needed transportation in town. We have been growing in a business relationship where we try and send each other clients to help each other. When someone needs a go to man in the Nightlife Las Vegas Business, that man is Troy Waggoner.
#7- What does ‘Vegas Strong’ mean to you?
It means that us as a city takes care of our own people. People have this misconception that Las Vegas is a fly by night town and there are no real personal relationships. However, we are the complete opposite. When something bad happens, we as a city come together and take care of business.
#8 -Who is the most famous person you have met and how was your experience with them?
Well I have to tell you this story. This was maybe 6 or 7 years ago, during the Grammys I believe, and it was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. I was driving a 7 passenger Cadillac Escalade and got a call from the office and they told me of this hidden entrance into MGM. They didn’t know exactly what I was suppose to do, but they said just go over there and see what they want. I pull up to the hidden entrance which looks like a spot that you wouldn’t be picking people up from. Then this guy comes running up to me and says “I’m so glad your here, I have a few groups I need you to take over to the Red Carpet and then come back.” I’m like ok! I can not remember the exact order but I drove Nicki Minaj,, Rascal Flatts crew, Neo, and Rhianna. All four of those famous people plus their crew I drove about 1/8 of a mile to the Red Carpet at the MGM. I couldn’t believe it, back to back, to back to back famous people.
Thank you Brother Troy and I look forward to seeing you and the article. Thanks again.