Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the welfare of the motorcoach industry in the Garden State, honored six standout employees of the coach industry during their recent Spring Association Meeting. The Annual Motorcoach Professional Awards were held in conjunction with the event, which took place at Wind Creek in Bethlehem, Pa. on March 14. Recipients received a monetary gift, plaque, and overnight accommodations, as well as other gifts from GNJMA’s casino partners. 

Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association

Those honored were James Dickerson of Stout’s Charter Service, Darlene Madu of DeCamp Bus Lines, Chris Martin of Lakeland Bus Lines, Glen Pearce of Starr Bus Charter & Tours, Aridia Recio of Panorama Tours, and Tom Shellenberger of Bailey Coach. Madu, Martin, and Dickerson were awarded in absentia as they were not able to attend the event in person due to weather or illness.

According to the association, the employers made the following comments about their employees:
Tom Shellenberger of Bailey Coach: Shellenberger joined the team at Bailey’s 12 years ago as a part-time professional motorcoach driver and has driven more than 1,000 trips for Bailey Coach. He has proven to be a very valuable asset and has shown true dedication in everything he does. Thanks to his outgoing and friendly personality, he is highly requested and the preferred driver for many of Bailey’s clients. His safety record is proof of his exceptional skills as a professional motorcoach driver.

Darlene Madu of DeCamp Bus Lines: Madu has consistently exceeded expectations in her role. Her attention to detail, exceptional customer service skills, and ability to effectively communicate with customers have made her a valuable asset to the DeCamp team.

Chris Martin of Lakeland Bus Lines: Martin has been working at Lakeland Bus Lines for more than 25 years. If Lakeland needs a driver to cover line work or a charter, he can always find one. Lakeland owners say that he is the type of person they are proud represents their company.

Aridia Recio of Panorama Tours: Panorama Tours is pleased to nominate Aridia Recio for the 2022 Motorcoach Professional Award. This year, Panorama asked all their employees to vote for a peer who exemplifies what it means to be a “Panorama Professional.” Recio’s dedication to safety, customer service, and kindness is unmatched. Over the last year, she has garnered nearly two dozen five-star reviews on Google.

Glen Pearce of Starr Bus Charter & Tours: Pearce is the type of driver you give to a group and you don't have to worry about. He is super dependable and flexible, and he represents the company in a professional, courteous, and friendly manner. He is a true asset to Starr, completing 200+ trips per year and is 3 years accident free.

James Dickerson of Stout’s Charter Service: Dickerson has been a motorcoach driver with Stouts for 8 years. He is respected by all, including his peers, who voted him to receive this award. He shows exemplary care to his motorcoach by maintaining the equipment well and routinely completing all pre- and post-trip inspections. His safety scores are among the best in their fleet. Additionally, he is one of the most requested drivers, due to his exceptional customer-service skills.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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