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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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Prevost has announced it will once again co-sponsor the United Motorcoach Association's Annual International Driver Competition, which will take place during the 2022 UMA Motorcoach Expo this February in Long Beach, Calif. It’s an annual opportunity to shine a light on the face of the motorcoach industry, its skilled drivers, who are in short supply in recent years.

UMA Motorcoach Expo 2022

UMA International Driver Competition champions will receive cash prizes, trophies, framed certificates, and recognition at UMA’s Member Appreciation Dinner at UMA Motorcoach EXPO the evening after the on-road portion of the competition on February 25.

Eligibility to compete is based on a driver's participation in the UMA Safe Driver Recognition Program, winning a championship in a state or regional competition, and/or recommendation from their UMA member employer. Competitors are eligible for a complimentary hotel stay and a free 2022 UMA Motorcoach EXPO registration. Full details about the competition are on the EXPO website.

“Prevost is proud to continue partnering with UMA by cosponsoring the UMA International Driver Competition,” said Prevost President François Tremblay. “Drivers are a key part of every operator’s success. We always want to promote awareness of driver and passenger safety; this competition offers an important method to achieve that awareness. Prevost is committed to attracting and training drivers. The driver competition is one more way we can support drivers and their professional development.”

"By continually supporting this event since its inception in 2017, Prevost allows us to bring together our top drivers to showcase their expertise," said UMA Chair Jeff Polzien. "This is a logical extension of the many state and regional competitions, and with the support of Prevost, the motorcoach industry now has a powerful way to underscore our industry's continuing focus on safety and professionalism."

For more information about the Motorcoach EXPO, visit motorcoachexpo.com.

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Keep yourself informed and connected to other members of the industry by attending these important meetings. You can also view meetings for the rest of the year on Chauffeur Driven’s Industry Events page.

American Bus Association
ABA Marketplace (Grapevine, Texas)
1/8-1/11 (registration required)

Greater Orlando Limousine Association
Regular Meeting
1/10 TBD

Tennessee Motor Coach Association
Convention & Marketplace (Franklin, Tennessee)
1/16-1/19 (registration required)

United Motorcoach Association
Weekly Town Hall
Every Thursday at 2 p.m. ET via Zoom (registration required)

Did we miss your association meeting? Let us know! Email susan@chauffeurdriven.com or rob@chauffeurdriven.com to be included in our calendar.

Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing the business and governmental interests of private bus companies operating in Pennsylvania, has announced that it will be celebrating a milestone 100th anniversary in 2023. Founded in 1923, PBA has functioned without interruption and with an unrelenting commitment to the safety of the traveling public and the economic well-being of its member companies.

PBA Centennial 2023

To mark the momentous occasion, a celebration is planned for PBA’s Annual Meeting & Conference in June 2023. There will be smaller celebrations kicking off at the June 2022 Annual Meeting & Conference in State College, hosted by Happy Valley Adventure Bureau. Leading up the anniversary, PBA has chosen hashtag #PBArollsinto100 as part of its promotion.

PBA members took time to share their thoughts on PBA’s centennial milestone:

John Henry, vice-president of business operations for PBA founding member the Martz Group: “Pennsylvania Bus creates a real sense of community within our industry. The information and networking PBA provides has helped further our company for generations. Our founder, Frank Martz, helped establish PBA and would be proud of its current leadership and value to our industry. Congratulations on celebrating 100 years!”

Alison Sherman, president of Klein Transportation and PBA Board member: “I have the pleasure of being the third generation from my family’s motorcoach company to serve on the board of PBA. This organization does amazing things through advocacy and by facilitating the connections that help us thrive as an industry and I am proud to be part of it.”

Sandy Borowsky, vice-president of tours and marketing at Starr Tours and PBA Board member: “Running a motorcoach and tour company these days is certainly no easy feat. That’s why PBA is so important to us. Having an organization like PBA that provides support, information, and a connection to all our industry friends is critical to our success. We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate PBA’s 100th anniversary and looking forward to many more successful years.”

PBA membership includes motorcoach operators, companies servicing the industry, and travel suppliers, all working together to build their businesses. Governmental affairs, advocacy, travel and tourism marketing, education, safety, and communication constitute the major areas of involvement for this, one of the oldest public passenger transportation associations in the United States.

Visit pabus.org for more information.

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