School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Zonar, Jain held several leadership positions spanning sales, engineering, operations and corporate development in the com- mercial transportation, automotive and M2M industries. Most recently, BILL NOFTZ has been appointed area general manager for Washington state for school bus contractor First Stu- dent. Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of First Student's Washington state locations, including fnancial results, operational perfor- mance, safety, feet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of ex- perience in the school transportation industry. Prior to joining First Student, he was the transportation director for Santa Clara Unifed School District and the Silicon Valley Transportation JPA, both in California. Noftz most recently managed the First Student location in Tacoma, Washington. He will continue to provide supervisory oversight to the Tacoma location in addition to his new role as area general manager. RONNIE MCCALLISTER has been named Florida's new state director of pupil transportation. McCallister most recently worked at Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools. Before that, he worked at the Florida Department of Education as assistant director to longtime state director CHARLIE HOOD, who recently retired from that role and became executive director of the National Asso- ciation of State Directors of Pupil Trans- portation Services. Mack-Askew TRACY MACK-ASKEW has been appointed the new vice presi- dent of engineering at Thomas Built Bus- es. Mack-Askew's re- sponsibilities include design engineering, testing and compli- ance, along with research and devel- opment. "Tracy's deep knowledge in both the engineering and management sides of the business makes her a tremen- dous asset to the Thomas Built team," President and CEO KELLEY PLATT said. "Tracy is an innovator and a hard worker who will help to take Thomas Built Buses to even greater heights. We look forward to many great things coming out of her leadership." Mack-Askew has spent the past 15 years of her career at General Motors as part of its engineering team. Her most recent position there was global commodity manager. Mack-Askew holds a bachelor's de- gree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree in mechani- cal engineering from Purdue Univer- sity, and a Master of Arts degree in management from Harvard University. JIM REYNOLDS has retired as CEO of Colton, California-based A-Z Bus Sales Inc. The company's board of directors approved president JOHN LANDHERR as Reynolds' successor, naming him president and CEO of A-Z Bus Sales. Landherr assumed the role effective July 1. Reynolds will remain a mem- ber of the board of directors. Reynolds began his career with A-Z Bus Sales in 2001. His initial role was manager of new school bus sales, overseeing marketing and sales op- erations. Reynolds was later promoted to vice president, then president. He led A-Z Bus Sales for 10 years as president, until adding the role of CEO in 2010. After hiring Landherr as presi- dent in July 2013, Reynolds continued in his leadership position of CEO. Jain VIKAS JAIN has joined transportation technology supplier Zonar as chief oper- ating offcer. Zonar offcials said that for the past 20 years, Jain has been ad- vancing the bound- aries of technology and innovation in the transportation, automotive and M2M (machine to machine) industries. Company offcials also said that Jain joins Zonar's executive team at a time of unprecedented business growth and will play an integral role in continuing to drive the overall busi- ness strategy for continued growth, people 54 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 Lee's Summit R-7 School District's Rudy Rhodes (right) was named the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation's 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year. He is pictured with Lee's Summit Superinten- dent David McGehee. RUDY RHODES has been named 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year by the Missouri Associa- tion for Pupil Transportation. The Lee's Summit R-7 School District driver was nominated by co- worker SANDI LARSEN based on his community service activities, including initiation of the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School. "While talking with his Prairie View Elementary riders, he found a need for some of the students to improve their reading skills," wrote Larsen in the nomination form. "Mr. Rudy, as he is known by his students, immediately went to work to fnd a solution to the problem." After working with the school's principal to develop the program, Rhodes approached his fellow bus drivers about volunteering their time to assist students with reading skills. Along with four other drivers, Rhodes kicked off the Book Buddies program during fall 2012.

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