CANCELLED – September 13th – Jude Griffin, Southwest Florida Transportation Group


ABWA Imperial River is canceling our September 13th meeting in deference to the probable impact of Hurricane Irma. Jude Griffin has been rescheduled as our speaker for December.

We have instructed Eventbrite to send refunds to everyone who prepaid.

Please keep us in mind for next month’s meeting, when we will feature “Tell Mel” from the News-Press.

STAY SAFE, EVERYONE. Best Regards, Erin White

Jude Griffin, Owner/President, Southwest Florida Transportation Group, Inc.September 13th – Jude Griffin

Judith Griffin, Owner and President of the Southwest Florida Transportation Group, will speak at the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Imperial River Chapter’s monthly business dinner, 6:00 PM Wednesday September 13th at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport. Griffin will discuss her journey as a woman business owner, as well as the impact of interrupters such as Lyft and Uber on the taxicab industry.

Born in McMinnville, Tennessee, Griffin’s family impressed upon her a strong work ethic, which influences the way she conducts business to this day. Her grandfather owned a taxi company in Tennessee. “I guess one could say the transportation industry runs in my blood,” she says.

After selling their businesses in North Carolina, Griffin and her husband Phillip relocated in 1993 to his home state of Florida. They settled in Southwest Florida and purchased the small but well-known Blue Bird Taxi of Fort Myers. Over time, they acquired other cab companies, eventually forming the Southwest Florida Transportation Group.

Griffin has been heavily involved with the Transportation, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), serving on the Steering Committee, Women in Transportation Committee, and the Mentoring Committee. She has been recognized as the 2017 TLPA Taxicab Operator of the Year, and recently became a member of the Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner.  For more information, email