Through the Eyes of Kim Grzywacz, CTIS, CIT Signature Transportation
ABA members had a chance to meet with congressmen on issues important to the motorcoach industry on Thursday, May 4, on Capitol Hill. Following an opening address from Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), member of the Appropriations Committee; Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee–Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Small Business Committee, members headed off to pre-scheduled individual meetings.
Kim Grzywacz is accounts manager at CIT Signature Transportation in Ames, Iowa. CIT is the recipient of the 2017 United Motorcoach Association Vision Award for Small Operator. This was Kim’s first Fly-In.
Q. What made you want to attend the Fly-In?
A. I wanted the networking opportunity and to represent Women in Buses.
Q. What was the overall atmosphere of the day?
A. The atmosphere was friendly, cheerful, and focused.
Q. What elected officials did you meet with?
A. I met with staffers from the following Iowa offices: Rep. Dave Loebsack, Rep. David Young, Rep. Steve King, Sen. Joni Ernst, and Sen. Charles Grassley. I did have the opportunity to shake the hands of Steve King and Joni Ernst.
Q. What issues did you discuss?
A. The Leasing & Interchange Final Rule was my jumping board into the rest of the topics on ABA’s radar.
Q. Of all of ABA’s objectives (security grant funding, tax reform, leasing and interchange rule, the travel ban, and fees at national parks) which one is most important to you?
A. While all of ABA’s objectives are important to me, my biggest concern is over the travel ban. Iowa is finally starting to see international travelers through our Ag economy. I do not want to see us take steps backwards when it has taken us this long to be recognized.
Q. Do you feel like your voice was heard?
A. Yes. The staffers took notes and asked questions.
Q. What was your favorite part of the event?
A. I enjoyed networking with other operators in a smaller setting and letting my legislatures know that my company does exist and transportation issues are important to Iowa.