Paul Mears, Sr. had a vision for a successful business. Like all great businesses, Mears was built upon a simple idea: provide great customer service – all the time. He found inspiration from one of his favorite quotes from Socrates, “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”
So, in 1939, he bought three taxicabs and began to run his business with this simple plan. Along the way he formalized our five core values: respect, integrity, safety, enthusiasm and efficiency. He attracted talented team members and gave them the freedom to do their jobs, and he always listened to our customers, tirelessly working to surpass their expectations.
Today, Mears owns three taxi service companies with over 600 taxicabs servicing the greater Orlando area. It was Paul Sr.’s leadership and commitment that fueled our growth and set us apart from our competitors.
From Three Taxicabs to an Industry Leader
Mears was solely focused on the taxicab business until 1983, when Paul Mears, Jr. saw an opportunity to expand into the shuttle van business. He purchased 19 shuttle vans and Mears Motor Shuttle has been the Orlando International Airport concessionaire ever since. Bringing the same formula for success his father had created decades earlier, Paul Jr. plunged into the new endeavor with drive and determination.
Just five short years later, Paul Jr. had further expanded Mears into the Luxury Vehicle and Motor Coach business. Mears became synonymous with outstanding service and a leader in the ground transportation industry. Currently, we operate 70 shuttle vans, 300 luxury vehicles (sedans, limousines, SUVs, and vans), and 220 motor coaches.
Today and Tomorrow
With the third generation of Mears family members now in leadership roles, Paul Sr.’s vision has been passed on. We continue to expand our signature service into the global market and remain true to the very principles our founder promoted so many years ago.