Luxury Coach & Transportation

December 2018

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION DECEMBER 2018 15 DATTCO BUS DRIVER GETS TOP ASSOCIATION AWARD NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — John Davis, a driver for DATTCO, one of Con- necticut's largest charter bus and ground trans- portation companies, on Sept. 19 was presented with the Connecticut Bus Association's prestigious Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award during the group's annual dinner at Foxwoods Resort Casino. To be chosen for this award, a driver must dem- onstrate safe driving with the highest standards in every facet of the profession. "To even be nominated for such an award, our drivers must also possess extraordinary performance stan- dards, including unparalleled driving skills and personal con- duct," said Colin Johnson, Vice President of DATTCO's Coach & Tour Group. "John has achieved all of these laudable attributes during his time with DATTCO." Davis' career as a motorcoach operator spans more than three decades and more than three million miles driven. For the past 21 years, he has worked as the of"cial driver for the Hartford Wolfpack, the American Hockey League's team based in Hartford. He has driven every one of their trips, every year since 1997. Information: PREVOST VETERAN ENJOYS A GOAL COME TRUE IN NEW COACH SALES SAINTE CLAIRE, Quebec — Prevost early in September appointed 19-year industry veteran Dale Paziuk as new coach regional sales manager for West- ern Canada and the Northwestern U.S. Paziuk lvies in Ladner, BC, and is familiar with his territory that includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces, and dips into Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming in the the U.S. He joined Prevost in 1999, starting as a "eld service rep- resentative serving the Northwest, after earning his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and working several years for other organizations within the bus and coach industry. When the company opened its Prevost Service Center in 2010 in the Delta area near Vancouver, BC, Paziuk was called up to "ll the branch manager position. During his six-year ten- ure he helped with the expansion of the facility and oversaw, its eventual relocation to a larger six-bay facility in Richmond. In 2016, he moved into parts sales as regional sales man- ager for the Northwest, which took him further north into his new territory that included Alaska. These roles further prepared him for leading new coach sales. Prevost, owned by the Volvo Group, is a leading manufac- turer of premium intercity touring motorcoaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. Information: NEW TLPA PRESIDENT COMES FROM DEEP KANSAS CITY ROOTS LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Kansas City transportation executive Terry O'Toole has been elected as the new presi- dent of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), a century-old trade group that represents the interests of for-hire ¢eet operators across the world. O'Toole was elected overwhelmingly by voice vote from the rank-and-"le membership at the venerable trade association's 100th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas in late October. He was immedi- ately sworn in and will serve a one-year term until October 2019. In his acceptance speech, O'Toole outlined his platform for presidency, which includes implementing a new strategic plan for the association. It is aimed at broadening membership, expanding member services, improving driver professionalism, and honing TLPA's leadership as a uni"ed voice of the industry. The transportation industry has been a part of O'Toole's family history dating to the late 1800s when his great grandfather and his brothers owned street cars in Kansas City. While O'Toole did not grow up in the industry, he became general manager for Kansas City Transportation, owned by businessman Bill George, in 2001. "Bill encouraged me to experiment with ideas to see what worked," O'Toole said. "He also taught me this business is about people, and about how you treat people, whether drivers, employees, or customers. They are all equally important in the chain." Information: LuxuryTransportationScene PEOPLE & OPERATIONS MARKETPLACE: VENDORS & PRODUCTS ABC COMPANIES OPENS NEW NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SERVICE AND PARTS CENTER NEWARK, CA – ABC Companies recently opened a service and parts center at 7980 Enterprise Drive in Newark where it hosted more than 100 guests for a late October open house. Guests included local and national tour, charter, and shuttle operators. Attendees savored local fare and enjoyed refreshments, while ABC repre- sentatives provided guided tours of the new facility along with presenta- tions from on-staff experts and industry vendors. Visitors were also eligible to win a number of prizes throughout the day. A recognized leader in the sales, service, and support of coach and passenger transportation solutions, ABC Companies continues to expand its footprint within the high-growth Northern California region with its new one-stop destination for ro-

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