Saturday, May 25, 2019

A Van Hool CX45 motorcoach branded for Echo/AFC Transportation Houston — ABC Companies is pleased to announce that Echo/AFC Transportation, a privately held ground transportation company in Texas, has added seven new 2019 Van Hool CX45 coaches to its premium fleet of over 300 vehicles. A full-service ground transportation and logistics management firm, Echo/AFC operations span the entire state of Texas, providing group travel services for a full range of tour, charter, shuttle, limo, and commuter services.

“These new coaches are built to a customized specification that will support an elite passenger experience that is the hallmark of the Echo/AFC Transportation brand,” said Echo/AFC Transportation CEO John Ferrari.

The seven newly delivered Van Hool CX45 models offer passenger seating for up to 56 guests with a mix of luxury upgrades, including leather-insert seats, contoured and modified contoured parcel racks with integrated 23” monitors, 110V outlets with USB connectors, and woodgrain flooring throughout. Several of the coaches also feature chrome mirrors, side-view cameras, and three models are fully-ADA compliant with Braun wheelchair lifts.

“Our amenities package is a great investment, as our passengers love the way these coaches look and feel and our drivers appreciate how the coaches handle, and the simplicity of the integrated driver’s dash area is a huge plus for our driving staff,” noted Ferrari.

The new coaches also sport a black tone-on-tone graphics package scheme that prominently features a freshly rebranded corporate logo, which unifies the Echo/AFC brands within a simple and modern design.

“John and his team are incredible to work with,” said ABC Companies Senior Account Manager Greg Gates. “Helping to ensure that the fleet is as modern and reliable as possible is integral to supporting their operational goals.”

Senior Vice President, ABC Financial Services Gregg Goedde In other ABC news, Chief Executive Officer Dane Cornell announced that Gregg Goedde has been promoted to senior vice president, ABC financial services. Goedde has more than 25 years in the finance and bus and motorcoach industries, where he has built an impressive track record of combining industry knowledge with financial know-how to build solutions for ABC Companies’ customers.

Goedde joined ABC Companies in 1995, where he started overseeing departments such as warranty, service, and Graphics while working closely with Van Hool and product deliveries. This provided him with excellent product, service, and manufacturer experience that played a vital role for his upcoming financial responsibilities at ABC Companies.

When asked what he enjoys most about his position, Goedde said: “It has been so rewarding and exciting to see companies that came to me as a complete start-up, purchasing their first coach, and now are successful multi-generational organizations.”

He attributes his success to a strong network of financial partners that allow ABC Financial Services to be a true solutions provider, helping operators big and small succeed in their business.

“Gregg has been instrumental in ABC Companies’ growth. His dedication and commitment to ABC along with a passion for helping our customers find solutions is really what our company values are all about,” said President and Chief Commercial Officer Roman Cornell.

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