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Monday, December 11, 2023

Trailways welcomed Patricia Cowley and her team at PC Management Services to “Team Trailways” where they will assist with activities including social media marketing, event management, database management, member communications, and more. 

“I, as well as other board members, are familiar with Pattie and her capabilities. She is well-known in the industry and her efforts on our behalf will be beneficial for the organization. We are lucky to have her on board,” says Trailways Chairwoman Amy Brooks. Cowley will assist with the marketing and promotion of Team Trailways.

Trailways PC Management Services Patricia Cowley

Cowley started PC Management Services several years ago to help nonprofit associations manage their businesses and drive value to their members. She is currently the executive director for the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) and the Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA), which will celebrate 100 years in 2023. In May, Cowley and her team were contracted to help another transportation association: The New Jersey School Bus Contractor's Association. 

With more than 30 years of finance and operational experience, Cowley has been a controller, CFO, and treasurer at the corporate level and a financial adviser to nonprofit organizations as well. She spends much of her time now advocating for the bus industry and her efforts have been recognized by the motorcoach community. Recently, she was honored for her achievements during American Bus Association’s Marketplace earlier this year. She was named the recipient of the Women in Buses Operational Excellence Award. 

Cowley engages in all regulatory and legislative concerns on behalf of her members, both at the federal and state levels. In 2020 and 2021, she dedicated a significant amount of time to secure CERTS funding with the “Gang of 11”—a group of operators and vendors across the country who worked together to educate legislators on the value of the private motorcoach industry. She was also appointed to the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Council and served on the Pennsylvania Transportation Revenue Options Commission, which helped to stop the tolling of bridges in Pa. She also is a member of the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) where she recently presented an educational session “Best Practices for Capturing Near Misses and Avoiding Accidents in the Future.” Stemmed from her operational background and love for technology, she has implemented an association management system for PBA in February, and GNJMA in June. This effort has streamlined operations, reduced costs, and gives the members control over their information and easy access to other members. Lastly, she has been asked to chair quarterly meetings for the associations across the country for ABA.

“We are honored to be part of a national organization with a strong brand and rich history. We look forward to serving the needs of the stockholders and partner members,” Cowley said about her involvement with Trailways.

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