2020 Events

The membership of the Women in Buses Council shall meet periodically at times and places set by the Leadership Team.  Notice of the meeting and a proposed agenda shall be sent to the members in advance of the meeting.

Women in Buses Wednesday

Making the Most of a Bad Financial Year | December 23, 2020

Tracy Fickett, BUSBooks

Social Media and Keeping Customers Engaged During COVID 19 | December 16, 2020

Kailee Wallis, Thompson & Co Public Relations

A Story about Recovering a Travel Community in the Face of Challenge | December 9, 2020

Brad Dean, Discover Puerto Rico

IT Changes | December 2, 2020

Eric Elliott, Distinctive Systems
Kyle DeVivo, The Bus Network

Winter Maintenance Webinar | November 11, 2020

James Morra, ABC Companies
David Mailhot, MCI
Robert Hitt, Prevost

Destinations Analyst Updates | November 4, 2020

Erin Francis-Cummings, Destinations Analyst

Financial Status and Updates | October 28, 2020

Nikki Gralapp, Principal
Matt Hotchkiss, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Linda Burtwistle, Coach USA

Travel Experiences From Inside Our Own Industry | October 21, 2020

Laura Martinson, Caribu Crossings
Holly Johnson, Wings Airways
Kathryn Fischer, TCS/Polynesian Adventures
Dawn Schmidt, Travel Consultant

Return to Destinations | October 14, 2020

Saundra Robertson, Louisville Tourism
Jim Coggin, Visit Virginia Beach
Lenni Neimeyer, Branson CVB

Student Transportation | October 7, 2020

John Meier, Badger Bus
John Miller, Miller Transportation
Tami Rogers, Bob Rogers Travel
Bryan Cole, Super Holiday Tours

Student Bus Transportation | September 30, 2020

Taylor Hannon, School Transportation News
John Meier, Badger Bus
Pam Martinez, DATTCO
Alison Klein Sherman, Klein Transportation

A Look at Casinos Post COVID | September 23, 2020

Brad Decker, Wind Creek Bethlehem
Meg Lewis, Resorts Casino Hotel
Meg McDaniel, Las Vegas

Rebuilding Your Team | September 16, 2020

James Blain, PAX Training

Tiger King, Staycations and Surviving a Pandemic | September 9, 2020

Kim Grzywacz, CIT Signature Transportation

Rebuilding the Culture of Our Organizations | September 3, 2020

Jodi Merritt, H & L Charter Co. Inc.
Sylvie Pare, Turbo Images
Kathy Kahne, Windy City Limousine & Bus

Returning to Operations with Motorcoach and Tour Operators | August 19, 2020

Sandy Borowsky, Starr Tours & Transportation
Terry Fischer, TCS
Belinda Grace-Leonard, New England Coach
Linda Burtwistle, Coach USA

Global Travel Operations | August 12, 2020

Scott Mehrtens, Leisure Time Group
Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines

Suppliers & Manufacturers | August 5, 2020

Jeff Goldwasser, Amaya
Brenda Borwege, ABC Companies
Brent Maitland, Motor Coach Industries
Robert Hitt, Prevost

The Future of Student Travel | July 29, 2020

John Meier, Badger Bus
John Miller, Miller Transportation
Bryan Cole, Super Holiday Tours
Chris Sirvano, Travel Insured

Student Transportation | July 22, 2020

Taylor Hannon, Student Transportation News
John Meier, Badger Bus
Pam Martinez, DATTCO
Alison Klein Sherman, Klein Transportation

Time Management | July 8, 2020

Sally Berry, Tourism Consultant & Speaker

Marketing | July 1, 2020

Christian Riddell, Deliverabilities
Sima Dahl, Sway Factor

Marketplace and Taskforce Findings | June 24, 2020

Lynn Brewer, American Bus Association
Vicki Osman, American Bus Association
Cindy Brown, Marketplace Chair
Don DeVivo, ABA Recovery Taskforce

Marine Operations & Attractions | June 17, 2020

Colleen Stephen, Passenger Vessel Association
Chris Shepler, Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Reopening | June 10, 2020

LouAnna Henton, Nashville CVC
Kelly Messina, Las Vegas CVA

Tour Operator Perspective | June 3, 2020

Kathryn Fischer, Polynesian Adventures/TCS
Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours/Pacific Coach Tours
Erin Francis-Cumming, Destination Analysts

ABA Updates & Bus Manufacturers | May 27, 2020

Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association
Brent Maitland, Motor Coach Industries
Debbie Piner, Prevost
Ryhan Cornell, ABC Companies

Hilton Clean Stay Program & Taskforce Update | May 20, 2020

Gary Steffan, Hilton
Don DeVivo, ABA Recovery Taskforce
Terry Fischer, ABA Recovery Taskforce

Be Resilient | May 13, 2020

Kathy Parry, Corporate Energy Expert

COVID Responses | May 6, 2020

John Percy, Destination Niagara USA
Holly Wilkinson, Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum

ABA Update | April 29, 2020

Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association
Brent Maitland, Motor Coach Industries
Debbie Piner, Prevost
Michelle Wiltgen, National Interstate Insurance Co.

General Update | April 22, 2020

Elizabeth Hall, Women in Buses

All Members

August 24, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | Wheels to Waves: A Conversation with Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Executive Management Committee

August 25, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | An Introduction to DISC

November 17, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | What You Need to Know to About the DoD Bus Program

Operations and Maintenance Committee

August 26, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | Pre-Employment Screening Program

November 18, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | What You Need to Know to About the DoD Bus Program

Travel, Tour and Charter Committee

August 27, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | The Science of Storytelling

November 19, 2020 | 2-3 PM ET | Onboard Audio and Information Delivery in a Post Pandemic World

Women in Buses Council Meeting | Sat., Jan. 11 | Noon - 2 p.m. | ABA's Marketplace | Omaha, Neb.

Networking Roundtables
Communicating in a Crisis, Handling a Fatal Accident Presentation | Presented by Pam Reipold, Travel Kuz


The Women In Buses (WIB) Council exists to recognize and advance the role of women in the motorcoach industry through networking, education, and mentoring programs.  Join us for networking roundtables and luncheon.  The keynote for our lunch program will be Pam Reipold from Travel Kuz on “Communicating in a Crisis, Handling a Fatal Accident”.

Accidents happen when you least expect them. Is your business prepared to deal with a crisis? Learn more about why it is important to have a crisis plan and what are the key elements of one so you aren’t caught off guard should you ever have an incident happen.  Learn valuable lessons from a one of your peers.  As a school bus operator, it was one of her worst nightmares - one of her students is killed onboard one of her vehicles. A few years ago, F.M. Kuzmeskus, who operates over 130 school buses, had an incident that resulted in a student fatality. During this session, learn from Pam Reipold about her experience, and consider her recommendations for best practices to help you and your staff avoid a similarly tragic situation.

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SPONSOR: Motor Coach Industries