Motorcoach Industry Stand Outs Honored at EXPO


Motorcoach professionals recognize industry standouts at EXPO 


January 16, 2019 – Motorcoach operators, drivers, mechanics and industry partners gathered in Fort Lauderdale for education, networking, and to honor outstanding industry leaders for peak performance and achievement in the field. Awards celebrations were held during each of the general sessions culminating with the naming of UMA’s Vision Award winners. The Vision Award represents UMA’s top honor and each year a large fleet operator and a small fleet operator are recognized.  


Innovations in this year’s competitions included livestreaming the driver competition which, for logistical reasons is held off site, and conducting the maintenance competition in the exhibit hall where the attendees were able to view the event.  


The 2019 Vision Award winners are: 


  • Dixieland Tours, Baton Rouge, LA 
    Large Fleet Operator Vision Award  

  • Discovery Charters, Castroville, CA 
    Small Fleet Operator Vision Award 


Other award winners are 


  • Arrow Stage Lines, Omaha, NE 
    Motorcoach Marketing Council Marketer of the Year Award 

  • Arrow Stage Lines, Omaha, NE 
    UMA Environmental Leadership Award 

  • Norman Ewen, Escot Bus Lines, Largo, FL 
    Grand Champion, UMA International Driver Competition 

Anthony Griffith, AW Griffith Transportation Consultants, Spring Gardens, NY 

First Runner Up, UMA International Driver Competition 

  • Rick “RJ” Johnson, MTR Western, Seattle, WA 

Second Runner Up, UMA International Driver Competition 

  • Darren Haines, JAG Motorcoach, Gladwin, MI 
    Grand Champion, UMA Maintenance Competition 

  • Greg Lammers, Cavalier Coaches, Owatonna, MN 
    First Runner Up, UMA Maintenance Competition 

  • Dave Meyerhofer, Kobussen Buses, Kaukauna, MN 
    Second Runner Up, UMA Maintenance Competition 

  • Champion Coach, Greenville, SC 
    UMA Safety Leader of the Year 

  • Trobec’s Bus Service, St. Stephen, MN 
    BUSRide Motorcoach Operator Achievement Award 

  • Baron’s Bus Lines, Cleveland, OH 
    METRO Magazine Motorcoach Operator of the Year Award 


The next UMA Motorcoach EXPO takes place in Nashville, TN, January 19-23, 2020, at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. 


The UMA Motorcoach Expo is the largest gathering of motorcoach operators in North America, bringing together nearly 2,000 bus and motorcoach industry professionals annually. The event includes maintenance and driver competitions, multiple networking opportunities, a dynamic show floor featuring the latest products and services, and an educational program designed to address all bus and motorcoach business operations.  

About the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) 
The United Motorcoach Association is the nation’s largest organization exclusively protecting and promoting the interests and welfare of privately-owned bus and motorcoach companies. Members include motorcoach owners and industry suppliers. To learn more about UMA go to their website. 
For questions please contact UMA at 1-800-424-8262 or email  




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