During ABA's Marketplace and Busworld North America in Detroit, the Bus Industry Safety Council named Wade Stewart of All Aboard America, based in Mesa, Ariz., as the 2023 Motorcoach Driver of the Year. The Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award - sponsored 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.
“Wade is one of those drivers who you trust to go anywhere and do any type of trip without hesitation – the Operations Manager’s dream,” says Chris Moulton, general manager for All Aboard America. “Wade is also one of our Driver Mentors. He is always committed to building relationships with new drivers and teaching them everything they need to know about our industry, and what it means to work for AAA.”
Stewart was selected from among numerous qualified nominees from across the country and is the fourth person to be recognized with this award, which was created to recognize drivers who go above and beyond their duties in service to their company and fellow drivers while providing safe travel to passengers across the nation. With more than 1 million safe driving miles logged in his nearly 20-year career, Stewart is known not only for his considerable driving skills, but also for his exemplary customer service. In the last year, Stewart logged more than 50,000 accident-free miles.
“Motorcoach drivers are the face and backbone of our industry,” said Peter Pantuso, ABA president & CEO. “They deliver millions of passengers safely each year to their destinations and provide top notch customer service. They are truly the representatives of our member companies that our customers always see and become the face of the operating company to them. People always remember their driver and the experience they had with them on a trip.”
In light of the ongoing driver shortage that many motorcoach companies are currently facing, providing an incentive to help with recruitment or retention is another benefit that ABA offers its members and the industry.
About All Aboard America
All Aboard America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of All Aboard America Holdings, the fourth largest motorcoach operator in the United States with operations spanning California to the Gulf Coast. Every day, they have more than 1,000 vehicles on the road carrying thousands of passengers and serving groups large and small for employee shuttles, student transportation, government contracts, military transportation and local charters. They are a national provider comprised of six market-leading brands with a strong commitment to local communities and their people. They are proud of their shared culture and passion for safety, service and quality, and they know that it is their commitment to safety and their geographic footprint that brings an unmatched level of comfort to their customers. To learn more, visit www.aaahinc.com.