Friday, August 07, 2020

In the first of three follow-up meetings after the initial Bus & Motorcoach Virtual Summit debuted this past June, the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) reinvigorated participants to take control of what’s happening within their companies amid the chaos that they can’t control. Nearly 100 participants joined the online meeting, themed Ready, Aim, RESTART! and hosted by UMA President & CEO Larry Killingsworth and entrepreneur and motivational speaker Joe Calhoon.

UMA Virtual Summit

During the kickoff of the Summit, Calhoon challenged participants to consider their ideal future by “deciding to climb, camp, or quit—all acceptable options.” The handfu of speakers also offered attendees a toolkit with various actionable items to help get them started. In this follow-up meeting, Calhoon solicited feedback from operators on their current course of action, demonstrating how they used that information to refocus their efforts. Many shared painful, honest, but also inspirational messages about how they are navigating the rocky landscape. There is optimism as Congress returns to session this week to get started on the next round of stimulus, which is likely to include hard-fought aid for the motorcoach industry in the way of grants and loans. UMA members and leadership were instrumental in helping Congress recognize the plight of the motorcoach industry, and with their persistance, both the Senate and the House have introduced bills called the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act. Read more about the Senate bill here. 

The Summit was sponsored by Lancer Insurance, Spader Business Management, PAX Training, and Rellevate.

The next follow-up sessions are scheduled for August 12 and September 9.

Visit uma.org/summit for more information.


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