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We Are EmpireCLS

David Seelinger

David Seelinger

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


With over 30 years of experience in the livery transportation industry, David is the driving force behind EmpireCLS’ success as the premiere transportation service company in the world. Regarded for his trendsetting ideas, entrepreneurial vision and passionate hospitality, he is regarded as a pioneer for committing to delivering consistent service and innovations in an unregulated industry. His standards and drive have attracted innumerable affiliate partners allow EmpireCLS' reach to expand worldwide.

Meet the Team
Nat Buonfiglio

Nat Buonfiglio

Chief Financial Officer


Nat joined EmpireCLS in January of 2011, and is responsible for corporate finance and accounting, treasury, insurance, and banking relations, and also serves as liaison with outside legal counsel.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, he served as Chief Financial Officer for private equity portfolio companies and mezzanine lenders in varying market sectors. Nat has more than 25 years of experience in financial and operational management for both public and private companies, with revenues ranging from $40 million to $650 million. He serves on the Board of Directors of industry associations, and is currently the Chairman of a charity established to provide financial aid to families of children battling cancer.

Nat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University’s C.W. Post School of Professional Accountancy.

Edward Martinez

Edward Martinez

Chief Operations Officer


A seasoned operations executive with over 20 years of sales and operations experience in the transportation industry, Ed is responsible for managing key corporate, hotel and airline accounts and overseeing business operations and strategies for EmpireCLS.

Ed joined the EmpireCLS leadership team in 2005 and has played an integral role at several transportation companies, including Manhattan International Limousine and Carey International, where he previously served as Regional Vice President of Operations for the New York region.

During his tenure at Carey, Ed developed and implemented various initiatives for customer service, operations and IT departments as well as managing key accounts for business development.

Joey Phelps

Joey Phelps

EVP, Global Operations


Joey joined EmpireCLS in 2001 in the company’s global dispatch department, and has garnered several promotions, including Operations Manager, Los Angeles; Director of Operations, San Francisco; GM, San Francisco; and GM, Los Angeles. He currently holds the position of EVP, Global Operations at the company’s Los Angeles location.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Joey worked for Music Express, for a total of 15 years of experience in the industry. Joey also brings more than eight years of expertise in Internet marketing to the company.

Marissa Criaris

Marissa Criaris

EVP, Business Development


A successful, multifaceted executive with almost 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, Marissa is responsible for developing and implementing companywide business development and partnership initiatives for EmpireCLS.

As one of the company’s historic and multifaceted employees, Marissa joined EmpireCLS in 1996 before its merger and worked her way up through various sales and marketing position, establishing relationships with many of the company’s high-volume clients. She is responsible for streamlining many companywide marketing and operational efforts, including the creation of EmpireCLS' business development department, and the development of the company’s proprietary reservations software interface.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Marissa worked as a sales executive for a New Jersey-based real estate development firm.

Abbie Kelly

Abbie Kelly

VP, Business Development


An executive with over 10 years of transportation and hospitality industries experience, Abbie oversees many top entertainment accounts and business development initiatives for EmpireCLS’ west coast office.

Abbie joined EmpireCLS in 2005 as an Account Manager in the west coast client relations department, focusing on client retention and account growth during the Empire International and CLS Worldwide merger. In her current role, Abbie manages many top entertainment accounts as well as EmpireCLS west coast meetingb and events department, overseeing logistics and planning for movie premieres and awards shows throughout the year, including the Golden Globes and Emmys.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Abbie worked on the opening team at the Montage Resort and Spa in their Laguna Beach property.

Dina Perazzo

Dina Perazzo

VP, Business Development


An executive with over 20 years of transportation and customer service industries experience, Dina oversees many top corporate accounts and business development efforts for EmpireCLS.

Dina joined EmpireCLS in 2005 as an Account Executive in the client relations department, focusing on the company’s hospitality accounts. In her current role, Dina maintains relationships with many of the company’s top clients and oversees customer care and business development support teams.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Dina worked for a luxury eyewear distributor for 10 years, holding several management positions for customer service and sales departments.

Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett

Director, Global Sales


A sales and partnership development executive with over 10 years of sales, marketing and relationship management experience, Mike is responsible for identifying and creating new account opportunities and developing sales initiatives to increase company growth for EmpireCLS.

Mike joined the EmpireCLS team in 2013 as its Regional Sales Manager, quickly learning the intricacies of the travel industry. During Mike’s first year, he earned the Wharton Certificate of Professional Development from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mike was promoted to his current role in 2014.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Mike was a sponsorship executive for the United States Military Academy at West Point, managing new and existing sponsorships for the Army Athletics Department and the annual Army vs. Navy football game. Prior to his time at West Point, Mike held similar roles with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets.

Mike holds a BS in Sports Management from Rutgers University, and lives in Closter, NJ with his wife and children.

Our Mission


We pledge to provide exceptional chauffeured hospitality, every day, which reflects our core values of personalized service, safety, security, innovation and dedication.

EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services has been helping people reach their destinations for over 30 years.

Our journey to becoming a global transportation leader began as a small limousine company in New Jersey, with a handful of vehicles and a simple idea to create memorable experiences for customers by practicing exceptional customer service and upholding personal safety and discretion. Our company has since grown in size and capabilities, but not our unwavering values of service.

Today, EmpireCLS provides comprehensive ground transportation solutions for Private Aviation, Luxury Hotels, Meetings and Events, Road Shows, Executive/VIP Travel, Security, Entertainment/Touring, and Travel Agencies in over 700 cities around the world.

Nat Buonfiglio

Chief Financial Officer


Nat joined EmpireCLS in January of 2011, and is responsible for corporate finance and accounting, treasury, insurance, and banking relations, and also serves as liaison with outside legal counsel.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, he served as Chief Financial Officer for private equity portfolio companies and mezzanine lenders in varying market sectors. Nat has more than 25 years of experience in financial and operational management for both public and private companies, with revenues ranging from $40 million to $650 million. He serves on the Board of Directors of industry associations, and is currently the Chairman of a charity established to provide financial aid to families of children battling cancer.

Nat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University’s C.W. Post School of Professional Accountancy.

Edward Martinez

Chief Operations Officer


A seasoned operations executive with over 20 years of sales and operations experience in the transportation industry, Ed is responsible for managing key corporate, hotel and airline accounts and overseeing business operations and strategies for EmpireCLS.

Ed joined the EmpireCLS leadership team in 2005 and has played an integral role at several transportation companies, including Manhattan International Limousine and Carey International, where he previously served as Regional Vice President of Operations for the New York region.

During his tenure at Carey, Ed developed and implemented various initiatives for customer service, operations and IT departments as well as managing key accounts for business development.

Joey Phelps

EVP, Global Operations


Joey joined EmpireCLS in 2001 in the company’s global dispatch department, and has garnered several promotions, including Operations Manager, Los Angeles; Director of Operations, San Francisco; GM, San Francisco; and GM, Los Angeles. He currently holds the position of EVP, Global Operations at the company’s Los Angeles location.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Joey worked for Music Express, for a total of 15 years of experience in the industry. Joey also brings more than eight years of expertise in Internet marketing to the company.

Marissa Criaris

EVP, Business Development


A successful, multifaceted executive with almost 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, Marissa is responsible for developing and implementing companywide business development and partnership initiatives for EmpireCLS.

As one of the company’s historic and multifaceted employees, Marissa joined EmpireCLS in 1996 before its merger and worked her way up through various sales and marketing position, establishing relationships with many of the company’s high-volume clients. She is responsible for streamlining many companywide marketing and operational efforts, including the creation of EmpireCLS' business development department, and the development of the company’s proprietary reservations software interface.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Marissa worked as a sales executive for a New Jersey-based real estate development firm.

Abbie Kelly

VP, Business Development


An executive with over 10 years of transportation and hospitality industries experience, Abbie oversees many top entertainment accounts and business development initiatives for EmpireCLS’ west coast office.

Abbie joined EmpireCLS in 2005 as an Account Manager in the west coast client relations department, focusing on client retention and account growth during the Empire International and CLS Worldwide merger. In her current role, Abbie manages many top entertainment accounts as well as EmpireCLS west coast meetingb and events department, overseeing logistics and planning for movie premieres and awards shows throughout the year, including the Golden Globes and Emmys.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Abbie worked on the opening team at the Montage Resort and Spa in their Laguna Beach property.

Dina Perazzo

VP, Business Development


An executive with over 20 years of transportation and customer service industries experience, Dina oversees many top corporate accounts and business development efforts for EmpireCLS.

Dina joined EmpireCLS in 2005 as an Account Executive in the client relations department, focusing on the company’s hospitality accounts. In her current role, Dina maintains relationships with many of the company’s top clients and oversees customer care and business development support teams.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Dina worked for a luxury eyewear distributor for 10 years, holding several management positions for customer service and sales departments.

Michael Burnett

Director, Global Sales


A sales and partnership development executive with over 10 years of sales, marketing and relationship management experience, Mike is responsible for identifying and creating new account opportunities and developing sales initiatives to increase company growth for EmpireCLS.

Mike joined the EmpireCLS team in 2013 as its Regional Sales Manager, quickly learning the intricacies of the travel industry. During Mike’s first year, he earned the Wharton Certificate of Professional Development from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mike was promoted to his current role in 2014.

Prior to joining EmpireCLS, Mike was a sponsorship executive for the United States Military Academy at West Point, managing new and existing sponsorships for the Army Athletics Department and the annual Army vs. Navy football game. Prior to his time at West Point, Mike held similar roles with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets.

Mike holds a BS in Sports Management from Rutgers University, and lives in Closter, NJ with his wife and children.