Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association Announces Patricia Cowley is New Executive Director

Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association Announces Patricia Cowley is New Executive Director

November 13, 2015

Good Afternoon:

I am delighted to officially announce I have accepted the position of Executive Director for the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) effective January 1, 2016.   As the Association has been together doing great things for the industry, I am excited about this opportunity to bring my energy and skills into the mix.  My initial primary goals are to increase awareness of the value of the association to New Jersey-based operators and to enhance some of the existing programs and processes for the benefits of the members.

A little bit about me for your information:  I have been actively involved in the related activities of the bus industry since the early 90’s.  My initial introduction was during my employment with Bowers, Schumann and Welch. We managed a very large purchasing program for transportation clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions.  Then approximately 8 years ago, I was involved in the development of an industry peer group called Motorcoach Partners with Integrity (MPI).  I am still active today as the group’s facilitator.  During my involvement with MPI, I have facilitated all aspects of group management.  My role is broad with both strategic and administrative components.  I developed several cooperative purchasing programs for the group, including the purchase of fuel and other common supplies.  From an educational value perspective, I have organized events for our member’s safety leaders, drivers, mechanics, human resource personnel and the owners.

I also bring experience working with a board of directors.  I currently serve as the Secretary for the Cooperative Partnership Insurance Company, domiciled in Vermont.  I have fulfilled this role since 2005.  Part of my responsibilities include generating board and committee agendas, meeting material development and distribution, including post-meeting material, follow-up on deliverables, coordinating meeting arrangements and corresponding with state legislators and attorneys.

I am looking forward to making some positive changes in addition to the initial primary goals stated above.  In line with the GNJMA objectives, these will include recruitment of additional members and enhancing communications to bring more value to the membership.  Further, these initiatives will include implementation of consistent, educational communications utilizing email, tapping into social media, revising the website, exploring industry topics for educational purposes and interaction with other state association Executive Directors and contacts.

I thank you in advance for the opportunity to serve you.  My contact information is below.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like to say hello!



Patricia A. Cowley, Executive Director

Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association

PO Box 186, Washington, NJ 07882

Telephone:  908-835-0935 x105

Fax:  610-829-1004



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.


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