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Friday, August 12, 2022

Motorcoach dealer Davey Coach Sales recently announced that it had added new team members to its various locations. As the company continues to respond to surges in demand post-pandemic, and expands on the West Coast, additional experience was needed.

Davey Coach Sales

Brian Zappanti has been promoted to director of parts and service. He has been an integral part in developing and building the Davey Coach Service team for more than 10 years. Zappanti’s previous 19 years of progressive experience and certifications in automotive diagnostics and repair for a long-standing Colorado Ford dealership has laid the foundation for his success at Davey Coach. His natural ability to lead and nurture a strong culture are other strong assets he brings to the new role.

Jonathan Sandoval joins the team as parts writer for Davey Coach Sales. As a fully certified technician covering maintenance, diagnostics, and repair of foreign and domestic automotive platforms, combined with sales and customer service in retail automotive, Sandoval will add value to identifying and supplying the right support to Davey Coach service and parts customers.

Finally, Mike Bell comes aboard as graphic designer for Big Picture Graphics, a division of the company that provides premier vehicle wraps and graphics. Bell brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience across the digital print and design landscape, from extreme large format to high-volume custom digital label production.

“We are delighted to have these gentlemen join our team and look forward to adding more value to our customers with their experience and knowledge. Its full steam ahead as we adjust to meet the pent-up demand built during the constraints of COVID,” says Davey Coach Sales President Mark Stenseth.

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Do you know a licensed professional driver that should be recognized for exceptional service or leadership contribution to the public transportation sector?


The International Association of Transportation Regulators' (IATR’s) Driver of the Year Award is recognition by government transportation professionals to a driver who has provided excellent service to passengers, and has performed in a manner that exemplifies the highest level of the profession. The award will be presented as part of the IATR gala awards ceremony, which will be held on September 24 at the Memphis show. Associate or industry members will not be able to attend the conference unless they sponsor. Unless you are a first-time attendee. Any questions regarding sponsoring, please send an email to

The award highlights the achievements of a driver, past or present, while working as a taxicab, limousine, sedan, black car, livery, or other type of for-hire vehicle driver. This year, at the IATR's Conference, the organization will be honoring a driver or drivers who went above and beyond to help the public during the pandemic.

Application Requirements:

  • The nominator should submit an email with their name, title, organization, website, and phone number(s), as well as the name of the driver nominee, as well as the name of the company or entity where the driver works, and contact information for the driver and/or the company representative who can coordinate with the driver nominee.
  • This email should also include a narrative explaining the basis for the nomination, including any media articles, videos, or other supporting information within the nominator's discretion.
  • Associate and/or regulator members and/or sponsors or non-members are eligible to recommend appropriate applicant drivers.

You can submit your application via e-mail to The deadline to submit an application for Driver of the Year is on or before Monday, August 15, 2022.

Special note: the nomination committee may contact the nominator and nominee for further information in support of the nomination. The nomination committee will assess each nomination against the nomination criteria. The nomination committee will recommend and the IATR Board of Directors will vote to select one nomination each year from the nominations received to be presented with the IATR Driver of the Year Award.

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VLA VLA members are looking forward to seeing CD return to print in 2022 VLA CD President Chris Weiss (left) with Executive Retreat pass winner Abdou Brahim of VA Executive Sedan & Limousine

On Monday, May 23, the Virginia Limousine Association (VLA) assembled for a membership meeting held at the Westin Hotel in Richmond. Twenty members and guests were in attendance, including CD President Chris Weiss, who participated in a discussion about the state of the industry and offered details about the upcoming CD Executive Retreat. Also present was a representative from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, who shared a bit about measures being taken to curb illegal operators.

VLA L to R: Claude Cristea of Williamsburg Chauffeur Service, Abdou Brahim of VA Executive Sedan & Limousine, and Gary and Antoinette Arrington of Virginia Premium Transportation Services

“This was our second meeting of the year, and it feels great getting back in the swing of things and seeing our members in person,” says VLA President Bill Kerr of Camryn Limousine. “With operators being as busy as they are, we’re glad that we could get a good group together for an informal meeting.”

VLA Chris Weiss (left) with VLA President Bill Kerr of Camryn Limousine

During a “fireside chat” with Weiss, VLA members discussed many of the issues faced by operators, such as supply chain difficulties, raising rates, and value of SUVs vs. sedans. Weiss also shared the news that CD is headed back to print in the coming months, which was met positively by the digital subscribers at the meeting. Details about the June 12-14 CD Executive Retreat in Miami were also talked about, and Weiss raffled a pass to the event. Abdou Brahim of VA Executive Sedan & Limousine was the winner.


The VLA Board also revealed plans to hold a combined fishing trip/meeting in Virginia Beach in August (date TBA), and a fourth meeting is planned to be held at the fall CD/NLA Show in National Harbor.

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