Meet the Members of the African American Motorcoach Council: Rickey B. Washington

Meet members of ABA's newest networking Council, the African American Motorcoach Council. If you would like more information about the AAMC or to join, email info@buses.org

Name: Rickey B. Washington
Company: Motor Coach Travel 365 LLC
City, State: Baton Rouge, La. 
Years in the Industry: 27 years

How did you first get involved in the industry?

I started out as a tour bus driver with a family company.  The company in 1995 asked me to head their newly created sales and marketing department. I was really excited about the opportunity, after long hours and a lot of hard work I was able to move the company into ecommerce. The next six years brought about tremendous growth opportunities.

Who has inspired your career?

My greatest inspiration came from my family and the Collier family.

What has been the greatest challenge/opportunity in your career?

The greatest challenge has been working the Super Bowl games that came to New Orleans.

What advice would you give to others about working in this industry?

The business climate when I enter the industry was great. We fast-forward to the COVID era and business opportunities are not there anymore. This business takes a lot of dedication and keeping up with industry trends and technology. The most important skill you need is excellent service to the traveling public.

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.

Contact

Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
Office: (202) 218-7220
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