Staff Directory

Executive Office

  • Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS

    President & CEO

    Peter J. Pantuso is President & CEO of the American Bus Association, North America's largest motorcoach, tour and travel association. 
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  • Brad Tucker

    Director, Program Engagement & PAC

    Brad joined ABA in March 2017. Brad manages BusPAC and works with the ABA Board of Directors, the American Bus Association Foundation, ABA's councils and the Florida Motorcoach Association. 
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  • Shea McConnell

    Program Specialist

    Shea McConnell joined ABA in April 2018 as the Program Specialist working with both ABA and the ABA Foundation. 
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Finance & Administration

  • Eric Braendel

    Chief Financial Officer

    Eric Braendel, CPA, MST, serves as ABA's Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the ABA's Accounting, Partnership Programs and Office Administration. 
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  • Melanie Hinton

    Senior Director, Communications & Marketing

    Melanie Hinton joined ABA in June 2016. Melanie oversees all Crisis Communications, Publications, Marketing and Media Relations. 
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  • Erin Birmingham

    Associate, Communications & Marketing

    Erin Birmingham joined the ABA staff in May 2018 as the Communications & Marketing Associate. 
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Government Affairs & Policy

  • Suzanne Te Beau Rohde

    Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy

    Suzanne Te Beau Rohde is ABA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, joining ABA in April 2015. She leads ABA’s legislative and lobbying efforts on the federal and state levels. 
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  • Brandon Buchanan

    Director, Regulatory Affairs

    Brandon Buchanan has been with ABA since 2003. He manages ABA's Regulatory Affairs as well as Bus Industry Safety Council and Bus Maintenance & Repair Council. 
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  • Andrew Newhart

    Director, Policy & Legislation

    Andrew Newhart joined ABA in April 2016 and serves as Director of Policy and Legislation. Andrew focuses on Government Affairs, Policy and State Associations. 
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Meetings, Events & Education

  • Lynn Brewer

    Senior Vice President, Meetings, Events & Education

    Lynn Brewer has worked at ABA since 1992. She is responsible for ABA's Marketplace, all Board and Association Meetings, education programs and professional training seminars, and partnerships. 
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  • Vicki Osman, CTIS

    Senior Director, Meetings, Events Technology & Education

    Vicki Osman has been with ABA since 2004. Vicki manages Event Access and Profiles, Member-Only Education and Certification and Women in Buses Council. 
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  • Mary Ellen Wyrick

    Meetings & Events Coordinator

    Mary Ellen Wyrick joined ABA in April 2019 as the Meetings & Events Coordinator. Mary Ellen's primary role is to provide the best customer service to members attending ABA events. 
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  • Jackie Bessette

    Sponsorship Sales

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Membership & Business Development