2016 October

Trailways Transportation System Announces New Chairman:

Board of Directors Elects Jonathan T. Berzas



Fairfax, VA— October 26, 2016 — Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways®), announced today at its Board of Directors meeting in Ft. Worth, Texas, that Jonathan T. Berzas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fullington Trailways in Clearfield, PA, has been elected as its next chairman, effective January 1, 2017.

Berzas, who was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012, will succeed Ron R. Moore, President of Burlington Trailways in West Burlington, IA, who has served as Trailways’ chairman since 2014, as well as during previous terms.

jonathon-berzas-2-12“This is the perfect time for Jonathan, also a member of the Executive Committee, to become Trailways’ next chairman.  We’ve selected a very strong as well as visionary leader at a time when Trailways is in a very strong position.  However, we are nearing a pivotal time in our organization’s 80-year history. It’s a time when we will be exploring and embracing exciting changes to secure continued growth and financial success for the brand and all those affiliated with our organization,” said Chairman Moore.

“Today’s pace of industry change is exponential. Our next chairman must lead our organization through a highly dynamic, swiftly changing and challenging environment.  Mr. Berzas is someone who is capable of accelerating what is working very well for Trailways, its brand and our affiliated motorcoach companies.  He is also able, if necessary, to alter what may need to be retooled or perhaps eliminated.  Jonathan’s leadership strengths and talents parallel those requirements,” Moore said.

In January 2017, Moore will assume the position of Immediate Past Chairman and will preside over the board’s nominating and leadership succession process. Berzas’ three-year term of office will conclude on December 31, 2019.

Berzas said, “We will stay focused on creating expanded and heightened value for all of our stakeholders. Our new president and chief executive, Eva M. Hotard, and the entire board have the vision, skills and experience to do exactly that. I am very excited about Trailways’ future. I follow in the great footsteps of Ron Moore. His leadership legacy will endure, and his vision and passion for brand excellence will continue to inspire us.”

“It is a great honor and responsibility to accept this leadership role,” Berzas added. “We have a solid business strategy. Most important, we possess the best brand name in the industry worldwide. Additionally, Trailways offers a vast base of value-trusted services and products. We are encouraged by the positive outlook and the improving business environment in the markets where we currently operate and in those new markets that we’ve targeted strategically.”

Berzas also said the motorcoach industry’s way of doing business has changed radically during the past decade. “Clear and concise communication, brand trust and leadership are critically important business acumens at the core of Trailways’ enduring successes,” he said.  “Yet the entire world has become digitized.  Business has become more virtual and much less personal. I am confident we will thrive in this new digitized business environment while maintaining and enhancing our pride of independent ownership, trust and service legacies.

“Trailways is known for its solid sense of business value, trustworthiness, commitment to safety and value-based service. Great challenges and rewards await the Trailways brand and its team of owners and operators. I am excited to have been afforded this great opportunity to serve Trailways through such an extraordinary leadership role.”

Trailways President and CEO Hotard commented, “Jonathan is unique in his ability to translate vision and strategy into world-class execution. He brings together the right teams to drive results.  He is a champion of the Trailways culture and has an incredible ability to inspire, to energize and to connect with employees, stakeholders, industry partners and customers. Jonathan’s vision, strategy and ability to execute plans are exactly what Trailways needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be impactful and exciting. I am truly looking forward to working with him and the entire Board of Directors.”

About Jonathan T. Berzas

Jonathan T. Berzas is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fullington Auto Bus Company/Fullington Trailways, which was founded in 1908. He joined Fullington on April 4, 2011. He is responsible for managing and leading all facets of the business. Berzas brings more than 25 years of experience within the motorcoach, travel and tourism industries to Fullington.  This includes five years with American Airlines; 10 years with Greyhound Lines, Inc., in various management positions; and 10 years owning and operating A Great Way to Charter, Tour and Travel, a motorcoach charter services and tour company. While working for American Airlines, Berzas attended North Lake College in Irving, TX before accepting a management position with Greyhound Lines, Inc.  In addition to his Trailways Board post, he serves as a director on the board of the Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA). He and his wife, Belynda, have been married for 23 years and have three sons.

About Trailways

Trailways Transportation System, Inc. (Trailways®), founded in 1936, is comprised of 65 independently owned/operated motorcoach companies in North America and parts of Europe. Each company adheres to the highest safety standards required by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) or its country’s equivalent. For more information, contact the Trailways Corporate Office at 703-691-3052, Ext. 3; send an e-mail to Bustrails@trailways.com; or visit www.trailways.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Eva M. Hotard, Trailways President and Chief Executive Officer
703-691-3052 x 3 / E-mail: Eva@trailways.com
or Tracey Buswell Simmons – Corporate Communications
571-437-2124 Mobile / E-mail: Tracey@trailways.com


Duty Free Americas Joins Trailways Affiliated Partner Program

Special Announcement

Fairfax, VA – October 13, 2016

Duty Free Americas has joined the Trailways Affiliated Partner program.  The Duty Free Americas stores provide a way for bus groups and individual bus travelers to “Stop, Shop & Save” before visiting Canada or Mexico. 

Customers receive superb savings on sprits, wine and beer, tobacco, designer fragrances, cosmetics and much more.

Duty Free Americas stores are located at all the major border crossings going into Canada and Mexico.

In addition, currency exchange, ATMs, and restrooms are available.

Description: Your bus group can “Stop, Shop & Save” at the Duty Free Americas before visiting Canada or Mexico. Your group can receive superb savings on sprits, wine and beer, tobacco, designer fragrances, cosmetics & so much more.  Stores are located at all the major border crossings going into Canada and Mexico. Currency exchange, ATM, and restrooms are available. Duty Free America stores are located in the U.S. state border crossings into Canada, from Maine to Washington.  In addition, stores are located in U.S. states with border  crossings into Mexico (call Ueta). Advance notice of bus group visits is “helpful but not required, in order to have extra staff on duty,” Tourism Marketing Manager Harry Wade advised. 

Duty Free Americas

Harry Wade, Tourism Marketing Manager

200 Industrial Drive

Grand Island, NY  14072

Phone:  716-903-7717

Email:  hwade@dutyfreeamericas.com

Website: www.dutyfreeamericas.com





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Our Affiliate Partners at The Cooley Group can assist you with Employee Recognition Gifts, End of Year Gifts and Customer Holiday Gifts. 

Please see our special promotional flyer with a Trailways Discount and give Karie or Jeana a call to order today! 

The Cooley Group are industry leaders and are ready to help with all of your branding needs. 


Thank you!



Jeana Nicotera

Brand Consultant   cooleybrand.com

Cooley Group, Inc. 

New York Mills, NY 13417

OFFICE  315.732.3725.

DIRECT  315.285.4247




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