Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Director, Pre-owned Business Transformation Guillaume Charron Sainte-Claire, Q.C. — Prevost is pleased to announce the appointment of Guillaume Charron as director, pre-owned business transformation and Carl Boulet as U.S. service network manager. These two promotions are in line with the company's efforts to be always closer to the customers and offer them complete and flexible services that meet their needs.

Charron has been working at Prevost for 24 years, where he held several positions, including service representative, branch manager, and Canadian service network manager. This significant and diverse experience gives him a background that makes him the best person to hold this new position. He will now lead the many transformation initiatives that will help transform this business for the future.

“Guillaume is known and appreciated, especially for his passion for Business Development and his sharp customer focus, both of which are essential to achieving our business objectives,” said François Tremblay, general manager of Prevost.

U.S. Service Network Manager Carl Boulet Boulet is also a long-time Prevost employee who started at the manufacturing plant. His knowledge of the service sector is one of the finest, thanks to the experience accumulated over the years. As U.S. service network manager, he will be in charge of a number of facilities and help execute the services expansion plan.

“Carl's arrival at this position echoes our efforts to provide our customers with the best access to the largest service center network in the United States. His skills and experience will certainly be an asset for our customers and, of course, for Prevost,” said Randy Castillo, service network director.

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Paramus, N.J. — An agreement has been reached for the sale of Coach USA to an affiliate of Variant Equity Advisors subject to certain conditions, including the approval of the Surface Transportation Board. The sale is expected to be finalized by end of April 2019.

Coach USA & Coach Canada combined are one of the largest transportation companies in North America, incorporating more than 29 local carriers with more than 4,500 employees and approximately 2,200 buses and coaches. It provides inter-city coach services, commuter services, airport transportation, sightseeing tours, charters, and contract services across North America. The North American business is currently owned by Stagecoach Group, a Scotland-based international public transport group, which operates buses, coaches, trams, and trains, with close to 31,000 employees in the UK and North America.

“Coach USA has been hugely successful in delivering safe, high quality, affordable, and greener travel for people across North America. I believe we have the best team in the industry who will continue to deliver the best travel experience possible to our passengers every single day. We are excited about this tremendous opportunity and look forward to delivering our strategy alongside our Variant,” said Linda Burtwistle, president and COO of Coach USA North America.

“Coach USA has a stellar reputation for delivering safe, reliable travel throughout North America,” said Variant Equity Managing Partner Farhaad Wadia. “We look forward to partnering with the business’ management team to continue driving Coach’s growth under Variant’s ownership.”

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Harrington Limousine Service President Jonathan Wilner Edison, N.J. — A. Harrington Limousine Service (HLS) has acquired Regal Limousine of South Amboy. Through this acquisition, Harrington will build on its already impressive fleet, adding Regal’s fleet of vehicles. Both companies have been family owned and operated for decades, and both take pride in their ability to provide the upmost service to their clientele. HLS “looks forward to providing a new home and an overall elevated experience for Regal’s customers under its safeguard.”

The procurement allows HLS to expand its services, which include uniformed chauffeurs, 24/7/365 reservations and dispatching, worldwide availability, GPS tracking of all vehicles, email and text confirmations, and an online booking portal that provides passengers the ability to create new or modify existing reservations, receive confirmations, and obtain ride receipts in real time. Passengers will also now have more access to interact with their drivers and a wider variety of vehicles.

“I have seen the industry go from zero to where it is today, and Harrington is going to take it to the next level,” said Robert Duffy, owner and operator of Regal Limousines since 1984.

Today, HLS is in its 95th year, with President Jonathan Wilner at the helm of what is now one of the “nation’s oldest chauffeured-driven services” under continuous family ownership. About the acquisition, Jon says, “We saw a company with great potential and great clients we felt … could benefit from the additional services we could provide.”

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