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Trailways Unveils Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year

Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year Announced

News Release

Fairfax, Va. – April 1, 2018 – Trailways has announced that five bus and coach drivers from three states have received its highest honor: Driver of the Year (2017). The names were unveiled February 28th, 2018 at the Trailways annual owners’ meeting in Florida. The awardees were from Alabama, Maryland and New York. The criteria to be nominated is highly challenging. During the prior calendar year (2017):

  • A full-time bus/motorcoach driver must drive at least 20,000 miles or provide service for at least 600 hours;
  • A part-time bus/motorcoach driver must drive at least 10,000 miles or provide service for at least 300 hours;
  • Any driver nominated must have no “preventable accidents” and must not be Absent or late to work.

Five individuals were nominated and met the challenges. They drive for charters and/or scheduled routes. Their companies provided their travel arrangements to the Florida meeting and Trailways provided accommodations for them and their family to be honored in person at the annual awards dinner. Lancer Insurance sponsors the award program annually.

“Normally, Trailways has one or two awardees, but five drivers were nominated for 2017, showing the pride and gratitude of their company leaders. All serve as great role models,” Trailways chairman, Jonathan Berzas, said. (Fullington Trailways, Penn.).

The Trailways Outstanding Drivers of the Year award recipients for the 2017 calendar year are:

#1) Bill Backus of First Priority Trailways of Maryland. He is nominated by Marcia Milton, President & CEO of First Priority which is located near Washington, D.C. Bill drove forty-three thousand five hundred miles accident free in 2017. Bill has served for 16 Years with First Priority. He is their most-requested driver as well as a driver trainer. Priority transports some very important customers …. such as the U.S. Army Medical Center, the Pentagon and even the White House. In fact, Bill was the lead driver for the Obama inauguration several years ago. Afterwards, the Secret Service called to compliment his professionalism.   Even the director of transportation for the Pentagon praised him as a great leader… Marcia says Bill “represents all that Trailways stands for.” Our clients compliment him for his professional dress, behavior and driving abilities,” she said.

#2) Tomas Caminero of Adirondack Trailways of New York. He is nominated by Joe Aversaro, Vice President of Operations and Safety. Tomas drove seventy-two thousand, four hundred and seventy miles in 2017 accident free. Tom is truly happy to come to work every day. “His positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious” Joe said. Tomas is a dedicated charter driver. He has safely driven State University of New York charters throughout northern New York in hazardous conditions many times. His dispatcher says Tomas is the ultimate professional. “He is prompt, eager and keeps his uniform clean and tidy. He is willing to help on all levels.” Tomas has no preventable accidents of any kind and has not been absent or late for work in all of 2017.

#3) Ed Horn of Pine Hill Trailways of New York.   He is also nominated by Joe Aversano. Ed has been a full-time scheduled route driver for 25 years. He has also been a Driver trainer for 15 years. Last year, he drove fifty-nine thousand six hundred miles accident-free. Ed drives from Kingston into the Port Authority of New York everyday…Through city traffic and the Lincoln Tunnel…plus trips further upstate to and from Utica. In addition, Ed participates in the annual seminars with the Safety Department and has his certification to train in the Smith Driving System. In total, during his 25 years, he has driven an amazing one point three million accident-free miles.

#4) Doug Buffone and he’s from New York Trailways in Rochester, NY. He was nominated by Jack Barker, the company’s Vice President. Doug drives the scheduled route between Buffalo and New York City. Last year, he logged ninety-three thousand, two hundred and seventy miles. Doug has all the qualities you could possibly hope for in an employee and driver…he’s upbeat, and willing to go the extra step to assist passengers. He’s cooperative and prompt with his trip reports. One of his regular passengers says…” He has a very professional attitude … We need more drivers like him! Doug has a great philosophy: he says, “on every trip, there’s at least one first-time rider sitting behind you.”

#5) Rick Calloway of Capital and Colonial Trailways of Montgomery Alabama. He was nominated by Tom Fletcher, president of bus company. Rick has been with the company for 38 years. Over the years, Rick has driven Charters as well line runs and tours. Not surprisingly, he is the company’s most experienced driver. Even more incredible, he never has had a chargeable accident. Rick has many letters of praise from customers over the years. He’s always described as safe, patient, careful, courteous, and kind. Rick is an example for their driving force and the company overall. Rick Calloway, had one hundred thousand, two hundred and sixty safe driving miles last year.

 

Far left and far right, representatives from the award sponsor, Lancer Insurance, Robert (Bob) Crescenzo and Randy O’Neill.

Front row, from left, 2017 Trailways Outstanding Driver of the Year Award recipients:

Danny Bishop with Harlows’ Trailways*, ND; Bill Backus with First Priority Trailways of Maryland; Tomas Caminero with Adirondack Trailways of New York; Ed Horn with Pine Hill Trailways of New York; Douglas Buffone with New York Trailways and Ricky Calloway with Capital and Colonial Trailways of Alabama.

Back row, nominations submitted by owner-operators, Marcia Milton with First Priority Trailways, Md; Eugene (Gene) Berardi with Adirondack/Pine Hill/New York Trailways, NY, and Mike Hazard and Tom Fletcher with Capitol-Colonial Trailways, Ala.

Contact Trailways: 703-691-3052 Ext. 3 Eva Hotard or Tracey Simmons www.trailways.com

Trailways Unveils Five Outstanding Motorcoach Drivers of the Year

*Special Safe Driver Recognition Award – please contact Tracey@Trailways.com for information.

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Trailways Announces Bus Fleet Safety Award Recipients

Trailways  Bus Fleet Safety Award Recipients (2017) Announced

Presented Tuesday, February 27, 2018 for the 2017 calendar year

Hilton San Destin Resort, FLA/Dinner event sponsored by MCI

 

Overview: The Trailways Safety Award requires a member company to provide safety records quarterly to the corporate office.

The Trailways company must be accident-free for that year for ALL drivers and vehicles.

It may sound easy, but it often is not, given the many, many miles driven. Trailways is proud to present this high honor to four Trailways companies in the U.S. for 2017, with the awards sponsored by MCI.

 

This year, Trailways also presents a VERY SPECIAL SAFETY RECOGNITION AWARD to a driver who has an amazing story of survival to tell.

MCI is proud to sponsor and recognize the following Trailways Members for their Outstanding Fleet Safety Achievements for the 2017 year.

SEE THE PHOTOS/SLIDE SHOW Trailways Fleet Safety Awards 2017

 

#1

The award for Fleet Service Safety in the Charter & Tour Division in the category of Less Than Two Million Miles Traveled is awarded to:

 

Sun Travel Trailways

Beaumont, Texas

 

#2

The recipient of the Fleet Service Safety award in the Scheduled Route Division in the category of Less Than Two Million Miles Traveled is…

 

Arrow Trailways of TX

Killeen, Texas

 

 

#3

The Fleet Service Safety award in the Scheduled Route Division in the category of more than Two Million Miles Traveled is, once again….

 

Martz Trailways

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

 

#4

The award for Most Improved overall for Fleet Service Safety is…

 

Pine Hill Trailways

Hurley, NY

 

#5

DRIVER SAFETY – SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

DANIEL (DANNY) BISHOP – Harlows Trailways of North Dakota

 

This individual is a Driver, Trainer AND A HERO. This person had a serious road emergency — a near disaster while on a charter trip out of state….

This story starts like a horror story …but it’s all TRUE…It was a “dark and stormy night” …

The bus was driving on a bridge at night when a bad lightning and thunder storm occurred…

Lightening hit the bridge and knocked out power all around … and of course, the bus electrical system went completely DARK too.

The bus completely shut down. It was basically fried.  NO BUS POWER means no power steering, no interior lights and scarier, no exterior lights.  This driver acted fast…he pulled over as close to the guard rail as possible while still making room to open the bus door.

But, the luggage bay —with the emergency kit and flashers —-was blocked.

By then, the bus was sitting dark on a busy bridge road. Cars and trucks were swerving to avoid the bus.  The police were called but didn’t come for 30 minutes.

In all of this, the driver kept the passengers safely on the bus and kept them calm.

Luckily a motorist stopped behind the bus and put on his high beams and flashing lights to help illuminate the vehicle and ward off traffic.

Finally, the police arrived to help.

This trip began in North Dakota, but the crisis happened in Ohio. So, they asked for a replacement coach from Precious Cargo Trailways located just outside of Cleveland.  Precious Cargo acted fast and saved the day.

The passengers were taken onward to their scheduled hotel stop that night, with hardly any delay.

Then, the next morning, a loaner bus from some colleagues of ours (at Prevost) … to continue the trip…also with NO delay in the schedule.

What are the chances that a bus would be on a bridge in the pouring rain, then hit by lightning? It’s unbelievable!

And, it could have resulted in injuries —or worse —for the driver and passengers.

Bus this experienced, senior driver did not panic — he went into “crisis management” mode as well as had some luck.

He also had some great team members at his office, and other Trailways colleagues and bus industry allies, who really stepped up in this emergency!

Since the MCI awards are for SAFETY, they really wanted to give a Special Driver Recognition Award to this person. This is a special award this year.

Danny is also a trainer, so his “near-miss” will be a story he’ll tell in class forever!

 

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Red Carpet Charters Adds Three Locations to Trailways® brand

January 8, 2018 – Fairfax, VA – Red Carpet Charters, with locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, has joined the Trailways brand. Founded in 1936, Trailways is North America’s oldest network of independently owned bus companies.

 “Participating in Trailways enables us to share experiences, innovations and best practices to ensure we are always at the leading edge of the charter bus industry,” said Red Carpet Trailways President/Owner Jeff Polzien. “Our entire team is dedicated to providing safe, comfortable, dependable transportation on each and every trip.”

Red Carpet Charters with Trailways Logo“That dedication fits perfectly the values that have guided our Trailways network since its inception more than 80 years ago,” said Trailways Transportation System President and Chief Executive Officer Eva M. Hotard. “By serving clients throughout the American Southwest, Midwest, Western national parks and beyond, Red Carpet Trailways strengthens our ability to serve passenger groups large and small in those regions. We now have more than 65 Trailways member companies.”

Red Carpet Trailways’ passenger list is diverse indeed. It ranges from the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Oklahoma City Thunder and University of Oklahoma Sooners to tour groups, school groups, church groups, corporate meeting and convention attendees, casino goers, wedding parties and travelers catching an airport shuttle to and from a hotel or cruise ship.

With 30+ years of experience in charter transportation, Red Carpet Trailways is used to accommodating the specific needs and itineraries of its charter clients with customized solutions. This summer, the company’s motorcoaches rushed emergency supplies to Houstonians flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Harvey.

Jeff Polzien founded the company as Red Carpet Charters in Oklahoma City in 1984, with the aim of providing a “red carpet experience” for travelers. Today the company has Highway Patrol-certified, full-service maintenance facilities, administrative offices and parking for its fleet of 40+ vehicles in Tulsa, OK, and McKinney, TX, as well as in Oklahoma City.

The Red Carpet Trailways fleet comprises full-size motorcoaches seating up to 57 passengers, mid-size coaches seating up to 30 passengers and vans for smaller groups, including buses compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All vehicles are smoke-free.

Among the motorcoaches’ onboard amenities are large windows for great passenger visibility, spacious reclining seats, adjustable footrests, air-ride suspension for maximum comfort, individual reading lights, audio-video entertainment systems, public address systems, personal temperature control, overhead storage compartments and restrooms. Some models also have environmentally friendly diesel engines, seat belts, Wi-Fi access and electrical outlets.

The Trailways Charter Bus Network has a fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles traveling approximately 20 million miles per year. It serves locations in most states of the United States, plus the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and regions throughout Europe.

 

For more information, visit:

www.redcarpetcharters.com

https://www.trailways.com/companies/red-carpet-trailways-of-oklahoma-city/

https://www.trailways.com/companies/red-carpet-trailways-of-tulsa/

https://www.trailways.com/companies/red-carpet-trailways-of-dallas/

 

Media contacts:

For Red Carpet Trailways: Jeff Polzien, President/Owner/Founder

Office: 405.672.5100

E-mail: jpolzien@redcarpetcharters.com

For Trailways Transportation System:

Eva M. Hotard, President and Chief Executive Officer

Office: 703.691.3052, Extension 3

E-mail: Eva@trailways.com

or

Tracey Buswell Simmons, Corporate Communications

Office: 703.691.3052, Extension 3

Cell: 571.437.2124

E-mail: tracey@trailways.com

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FULLINGTON TRAILWAYS FAMILY RE-PURCHASES OUTSTANDING SHARES OF COMPANY STOCK

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/5/18 on behalf of Fullington Trailways

State College, PA: The Fullington Auto Bus Company including Fullington Trailways is pleased to announce that our company is once again owned 100% by the Fullington family. Michael and Lory Fullington have re-purchased all outstanding shares of the company stock owned by previous parent company, RATP Dev, a global transportation company based in Paris France.

“We’re excited to begin the new year, a re-birth of sorts, with total ownership and control of the company,” said Michael Fullington. “We can now focus our organization exclusively on meeting the transportation needs of our customers,” added Jonathan Berzas, President and CEO of the company.

Since 1908, The Fullington Auto Bus Company has served Central Pennsylvania and beyond with safe, reliable and comfortable transportation services. Fullington Trailways is the leading and most recognized transportation provider in our area, serving educational groups, sports teams, church groups, and corporate VIPs.

People are at the heart of The Fullington Auto Bus Company. “We’re not just co-workers serving customers, we’re family serving friends and neighbors,” Lory Fullington pointed out.

The Company began operations in 1908 when Emerson M. Fullington and his three sons began a livery and surrey company in Clearfield. Michael and Lory Fullington are committed to continuing the legacy of service passed down through four generations of Fullingtons over the past 110 years.

“That’s my family’s name on the sides of those buses,” remarked Michael Fullington. “I feel a personal responsibility for making sure we honor that legacy in everything we do as a company.”

In 2009, RAPT Dev, the fourth largest ground transportation company in the world, approached Aerial Fullington Weisman, CEO of the Fullington Auto Bus Company at the time, about partnering to enter the US Market. The decision was made to sell majority ownership of the company to RAPT Dev.

Over the past 9 years the company has grown and prospered. “We’ve learned a lot from each other,” said Jonathan Berzas referring to the relationship between The Fullington Auto Bus Company and RATP Dev, “And we’re pleased with what we were able to achieve together.”

Negotiations for the re-purchase of the company began in early 2017 and concluded in December.

“We’re really proud of where we’ve been and where we are right now. And we’re excited about where we’re going,” said Michael Fullington.

CONTACT Jonathan Berzas, CEO 814-355-4900 jonathan@fullingtontours.com

Fullington Trailways Corporate Office / Fullington Trailways Charter/Tour Department

316 East Cherry Street, PO Box 211 2101 Alexander Drive Clearfield, PA 16830 State College, PA 16803

Ph: 814-765-2455 Ph: 814-355-4900 Fax: 814-765-9572

 

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Trailways Launches Online Jobs Recruiting Tool

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO TRAILWAYS MEMBERS

We are pleased to announce that for the first time and by popular demand, Trailways’ has launched a new, online driver / jobs recruiting tool!  This has been created per the direction of the Board of Directors. The goal is to try and help primarily with the severe national shortage of drivers and mechanics.

The new Trailways website helps stateside locations receive pre-qualified information on potential new drivers and mechanics, and other personnel . The website allows for national applicants to get in touch with YOUR COMPANY easily, seamlessly and directly via the online form and process, described below.

All Trailways Member Companies are listed on the new redesigned website.

See the new web page  – click here:

The website launched November 8th, 2017 and job leads may already be arriving to your HR email.

PROCESS:

Interested drivers, mechanics/other must answer several questions to help qualify them via  the online system.

  • Then, the Trailways HR Directors are automatically sent the leads via email directly.

  • The form is only a lead; it is not a formal application for your company.

  • You would need to follow up with your company procedures for interested individuals.

  • We asked that you respond within 30 days to leads, please!

  • Even if you’re not hiring right away, you may find future employees so please retain the contact information.

  • There is no fee for the leads and no commission to Trailways should you hire an applicant.   Our goal is to help you succeed.

  • Note that the Trailways brand headquarters does not handle or respond to the applicants, they are sent directly to the HR directors’ emails.

 

 

Sample of Web Page Promotion:

The companies within the Trailways Charter Network are always looking to hire talented and dedicated employees for a variety of jobs. Currently there are openings nationwide for full-time and part-time Charter Drivers, full-time Bus Mechanics (or diesel truck technicians), Dispatchers as well as various other support positions. If you are ready to kick your career into high gear and feel you are a fit please apply today!

 

This announcement was sent to all Trailways HR Management, Operations, Hiring Personnel on Nov. 28, 2017 and announced to owners prior. 

 

 

 

Trailways Communications Office

1-877-467-3346 Toll Free / 703-691-3052, Ext. 3 Fairfax, VA Main Office

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Contact Tracey@trailways.com

 

 

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New Charter Lead System Announced for Trailways.com

Trailways Charter Sales – Primary Contacts Announcement on New Website Lead System

For New Account on Trailways.com – launched yesterday!

All member Charter Sales Directors have received a “Welcome” Email from “notifications@trailways.com” in order to set up your company account on Trailways.com in order to manage leads and see / update your new company Profile page.  Please check your spam if you have not seen this vital email. It will provide instructions on what to do next.  (Tutorials below also).  (Also, you also will be able to create sub-users at your company.)

 

What’s New?

The New Website Provides…

Specifically, a charter lead management system to track and respond to leads and help us improve the response time and satisfaction with all Trailways customers.  Destinations Travel pages—14 at launch and more coming.  A web page for your company profile, including amenities, fleet & photo.  Better online design tools to create marketing campaigns in your market using the Trailways logo to co-brand your efforts and a Jobs Lead form for referrals to your HR Person*.

 

Introduction – Overview with music (no narration) – 10 Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDc2h56doMY

 

TUTORIALS:  Approx. 3 minutes each with narration

 

  • Tutorial 1 – Charter Lead Management – Received from Trailways.com

https://youtu.be/Ndny759NtCU

 

  • Tutorial 2 – Your Web Profile Page on Trailways.com – How to Edit/Update

https://youtu.be/BFOgFohIpNE

 

  • Tutorial 3 –Setting Up & Managing “Users” for your Company Account (for Leads & Profile Page)

https://youtu.be/5zykyPuh2uw

 

 

New! Branded Marketing Templates – Create & Order Online

 

 

Please note, during this ramp-up phase, we are here to assist you — I will be available this month at the telephone numbers below, as well as Chelsy Smidler in Charters 703-691-3052 ext. 2 (just press 2 immediately to reach her and bypass the office voice system).  We may have a webinar if needed next week…

 

ACS and our staff and board have put in countless development hours, so we’re delighted to premiere the new site and look forward to your continued feedback.  There will be a Phase II in the future with more improvements.  So, on behalf of Eva and our team, thank you!

 

 

*more coming about the HR aspect

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Vinyl 45 radio jingle for Continental Trailways found in archives

Continental Trailways Radio Jingle Lyrics 1983

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Huskey Trailways Employee Wins #1 for Maintenance

Tim Brown of Huskey Trailways, Mo., Is UMA Maintenance Challenge Champion

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Maintenance Challenge winners take pride in their work

Republished for Trailways by UMA

 

July 13, 2017 | by Rick Stoff

While many competitors cram book study and practice into the days before the annual United Motorcoach Association Maintenance Challenge, this year’s top finishers simply followed their personal Zen of motorcoach maintenance.

“If you don’t prepare you are wide open for whatever they throw at you,” said the 2017 Maintenance Challenge Grand Champion, Tim Brown of Huskey Trailways in Festus, Mo.

“I guess I prepared by working on these things every day. People say, ‘Once you work on buses, it gets in your blood.’”

Eric Hale, shop foreman for Holland America-Princess at the McKinley Princess Lodge near Denali State Park in Alaska, was the first runner-up in the 2017 competition, held during UMA Motorcoach Expo in St. Louis.

“I feel pride when I see pictures of my coaches on our trips,” Hale said. “That coach is the representation of me and my company and my guys. Our work is seen by people who are paying good money for their trip. That is a special side of it.”

This year’s second runner-up, Peter Haunold, is shop foreman at the Holland America-Princess shop in Anchorage, Alaska.

“You really have to be serious in this job. You are not hauling produce or freight, you are hauling guests,” Haunold said. “It is critical that our inspections are spot-on.

“Every time I see one of my coaches on the road, it is like one of my kids. I see the unit number and I can think of particular long nights I spent with it. Every coach has a story. It is neat to see the guests going to Denali and other destinations because of what we do to keep them on the road and keep them safe.”

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Trailways Transportation System Announces New Chairman:

Board of Directors Elects Jonathan T. Berzas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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
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