Joey Goralczyk, co-owner of Breezy Riders Taxi Service with his father Ron Goralczyk
Mother, Leigh Goralczyk, who dispatches on weekends
Cash, a German shepherd, Talulah, a Pomeranian and a cat named Goose
Joey: “In January, 2012, I was a mechanic and a driver at night for golf carts. But I felt like they were doing it wrong. They used electric vehicles. ... You run up and down the island and the battery is dead and it takes eight hours to charge. We thought you needed a gas-powered vehicle. I had a friend who had inheritance money. And we borrowed about four grand from him and bought a gas-powered golf cart and got a business license and insurance. And by May, 2012 we were Breezy Riders.”
what we do
“I try to be the best concierge on Tybee. We weren’t just driving people around. We would pick up a pizza from Huc-A-Poos and deliver it. Or someone would say, ‘Hey man, just swing by my house and feed my dogs.’ We always tried to go above and beyond.”
By the second year we got another golf cart. But maintenance on two golf carts was more than for a car. And we were putting 200, 500 miles on a golf cart on a busy weekend. So we bought a car, a Ford Crown Victoria. Now when we wanted to go from Stingrays to Huc-A-Poos, the golf cart would take maybe 15 minutes but the Crown Victory would get from here to there in four minutes.
“Now we have five cars and no golf carts. Eighty percent of people are just getting rides on the island…But I can take you to the airport. The furthest I’ve gone is Ellabell but if the price is right, I’ll go to Atlanta.”
“Eleven with myself and my dad (we still drive).”
why we’re successful?
“We’ve been very hard working and dedicated. People are waiting an extra 20 minutes to make sure they ride with us…It’s been successful beyond my wildest dreams ... We’ve come a long way from golf carts.”
“The lion does not concern himself with the chatter of the sheep. That’s from Tywin Lannister, a fictional character from the Game of Thrones. It means if you’re just hanging around and the sheep are talking about you, it doesn’t matter. We do have competitors who are not crazy about us…They’ve said all kinds of things. And it doesn’t matter.”
“I’m a job creator. I have people working for me and that’s making a difference in their lives.”
“My family and I moved to where we wanted to move (from Atlanta) and we achieved a successful company. I’m very proud.”
“I’d like to have six to seven cars. And I would like to expand to Wilmington and Whitemarsh because there’s not a local cab company that does that.”
tips for other business operators
“Be all that you can be to your customer. And have some patience. (For every $40 fare, there’s a $10 fare you didn’t make any money off of.)”
things to avoid
“Shoddy insurance companies. Get a real insurance company that knows what you’re doing. Also, be careful with people waving you down at 2 a.m. and they don’t know where they’re going and they don’t have cash. Get their destination before they get in the cab.”
why does Tybee work for you?
“This place is unlike any place I’ve ever known. I call it Mayberry by the sea. I like the small town feeling. It’s the biggest small town I’ve ever seen.:
Address: 4 14th St., Tybee Island, GA 31328