The motorcoach industry is coming back to life. The year 2020 was a devastating year for the industry in every way thanks to the pandemic. But with many US citizens fully vaccinated, including drivers, people are itching to travel again. And although the company I drove for (Hagey Coach, Inc.) did not survive the pandemic, I’ve been hired by another great company (Starr Tours) a … [Read more...] about We’re Coming Back!
Barry Howell, from Minnesota Coaches, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, joins me today in Episode #25 for a discussion of the epic motorcoach rally, “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness,” in Washington, DC this past Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Barry was in a sleeping berth in his coach on the way home to Minnesota, and I was in my home studio in Pennsylvania — it’s podcast history — my … [Read more...] about Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness, Part 2
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, was a day most of us will never forget. Approximately 1,000 motorcoaches from over 400 companies representing all 50 of the United States converged on Washington, DC, for the “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness” rally organized by the ABA — the American Bus Association, and the UMA — the United Motorcoach Association. Episode #24 includes an overview … [Read more...] about Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness, Part 1
Over the last week, I've spent many hours updating and upgrading this website — installing a new Wordpress theme (called "Magazine Pro" from Studio Press), tweaking its appearance, functionality, and information, etc., aimed at making the site easier and more pleasant to use, entertaining and educating us (the podcasts), and getting us ready to go back to work. This site i … [Read more...] about Website Updates
Surviving in an uncertain world … motorcoach operators are suddenly, virtually without warning, navigating in a new world — and not from the driver’s seat. In episode #23 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, Sean O’Meara and I discuss the new reality and what the future might look like from this viewpoint. But first, several drivers post their messages of encouragement for … [Read more...] about An Uncertain Future for Motorcoach Operators
You may have noticed a new feature at the top of the column to the right of each page on this website. You can now easily send a voicemail message to me of up to 90 seconds right from your computer or even from your cell phone in some cases. Just click the graphic below or the link at the top right column of any page. Clicking the link will take you to the SpeakPipe app. … [Read more...] about Send Me Voicemail!
A Discussion with Barry Howell of Minnesota Coaches, Inc. Professionalism includes a variety of personal qualities and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to effective performance in a given job. Commitment and confidence, responsibility and dependability, honesty and ethics, and appearance and professional presence are central professional characteristics. In Episode … [Read more...] about What Is a Professional Motorcoach Operator?