ABA Congratulates the 2019 Marketplace Award Winners

ABA congratulates all the members recognized for their service to the industry during ABA’s 2019 Marketplace in Louisville, Ky.

The following members received awards during Marketplace:

BISC Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award

The Norm Littler Safety Award recognizes an individual or an organization affiliated with the motorcoach industry for their commitment and investment in the day-to-day safety of the traveling public.

Winner: Stephen Evans, Pacific Western Transportation Corp.

BusRide Good Stewardship Award

The BUSRide Industry Good Steward Award honors the recipient who demonstrates personal qualities that stretch beyond conventional leadership to inspire, nurture and guide bus and coach transportation.

Winner: Stephen Evans, Pacific Western Transportation Corp.

Groups Today TODAY! Award

The Groups Today TODAY! Award is presented to the ABA bus and tour operator member who demonstrates spirit and valor in their company culture, marketing and tour planning.

Winner: Moostash Joe Tours

ABA Leadership & Environmental Sustainability Award - Sponsored by Motor Coach Industries

The ABA Leadership & Environmental Sustainability Award – sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (MCI) – recognizes motorcoach industry leaders for their investment in environmentally responsible equipment and the adoption of green business practices. The Award is based on three aspects of a company’s operations: administrative, maintenance, equipment and facility practices.

Winner: MTRWestern

Metro Innovative Operator Award

The Metro Magazine Innovative Operator of the Year Award is presented to an individual whose exemplary practices have set their company apart in the industry.

Winner: Jefferson Lines

ABA Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award - Presented by  Motor Coach Industries

The ABA Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award – presented by Motor Coach Industries – recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond the performance of his or her duties as an Over-The-Road Motorcoach Driver, professionally executing safe motorcoach operation, while providing the traveling public with the safest form of passenger transportation in the United States.

Winner: Mary Jo Petersen, Annett Bus Lines


NAJ Innovative Tour Operator Award

The NAJ (North American Journeys) Innovative Tour Operator Award recognizes a tour operator who has shown creativity when planning new tours.

Winner: Bob Cline, US Tours


Women in Buses Award - Presented by Motor Coach Industries

The Women in Buses award, sponsored by MCI, recognizes the role of women in the motorcoach industry who work collaboratively on issues and concerns of women business leaders as well as industry specific trends in this male-dominated industry.

Winner: Michelle Wiltgen, National Interstate Insurance

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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