Women in Buses Names New Chair

Press Release
Women in Buses Names New Chair
(January 30, 2015)

The American Bus Association is pleased to announce that Mary Young, co-owner of Capitol Tours of West Columbia, South Carolina, is the new Chairwoman of ABA’s Women in Buses council. The announcement was made during ABA’s recently concluded Marketplace in St. Louis, Missouri.

Young succeeds Camilla Morris of Eastern Travel/Oneonta Bus Lines in Oneonta, New York. Morris was recently named to the ABA Board of Directors. Morris was Women in Buses' first chair, serving in that role from the council's formation in 2012. She has been instrumental in growing the council and spreading the word about career opportunities for women in the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry.

Women in Buses recognizes and advances the role of women in the motorcoach industry through networking, education, and mentoring programs. Its primary membership is made up of female CEOs, General Managers, and other bus company executives and decision-makers. Women in Buses also encourages women who are in the product and service supply business, bus operator sales and marketing staff, and travel industry staff to become members.

Mary Young has been a member of Women in Buses since it was formed more than three years ago. She brings a wealth of experience to this key ABA council. She and her husband, Charles "Buddy" Young, are the co-owners of a successful family-run motorcoach company in South Carolina that started in 1981 with four motorcoaches. In 1990, Mary joined the business while Buddy served in the South Carolina Air National Guard as a pilot and deployed to the Middle East to serve in Desert Storm. When Buddy returned, Mary stayed with the business, and they began the transition to the family business it is today.

In addition to her service on Women in Buses, Young has been a member of ABA’s Top 100 Committee. In January 2014, Mary was awarded the first-ever Women in Buses award at Marketplace in Nashville. Capitol Tours has been a member of ABA for 20 years.

"The motorcoach, travel and tourism industry is so fortunate to have great leaders like Mary Young and Camilla Morris in important positions. Both women have been deeply involved with ABA’s Women in Buses Council since it was founded. We know that Mary will do a great job helping to build on the many successes of the past three years," said ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso, CTIS.

To learn more about Women in Buses or to become a member, click here. http://bit.ly/1EKJg7s

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.


Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations, ABA
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