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
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?
Bill Vila Joining me today in Episode #21 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, from his home in Hoboken, NJ, is Mr. Bill Vila. Bill is a long-time motorcoach operator who has spent most of his driving life in and around New York City, driving everything from black limos to transit buses to motorcoaches. Here is our fascinating conversation about driving in New York … [Read more...] about Driving in New York City: An Interview with Bill Vila
Collecting model buses is a passion for many motorcoach drivers. For Episode #20 I recently had the privilege of talking to one driver, Theodore Campbell from Sumpter, South Carolina, who not only collects and modifies coaches, but also builds sets on which to display and photograph them, not unlike a model railroader, but with buses. Listen in on our phone … [Read more...] about Model Bus Collecting: An Interview with Theodore Campbell
Sean O'Meara Episode #19 of the EightWheels Across America podcast is a conversation with Sean O'Meara, a motorcoach operator based near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We discuss protecting your health (includes an update on my fall in September), to building a new motorcoach company, bringing new (younger) drivers into the industry, and more. … [Read more...] about Protecting Your Health, Growing Your Business…An Unscripted Conversation with Sean O’Meara
Brian Smith, Oleta Coach Lines Episode #18 of the EightWheels Across America podcast features an interview with Mr. Brian Smith, Director of Operations at Oleta Coach Lines in Williamsburg, Virginia, and founder and administrator of the largest and most active group of motorcoach operators on Facebook, the Motorcoach Operators group. … [Read more...] about Interview: Brian Smith, Founder/Administrator of the Motorcoach Operators Group on Facebook
Frank Tomko, Administrator of the MCI J4500 Drivers Group on Facebook There are numerous networking opportunities for motorcoach operators on Facebook. Episode #17 gives you an overview of groups just for motorcoach operators and includes an interview with Frank Tomko of Klein Transportation in Douglassville, PA. Frank runs one of the most active groups for motorcoach … [Read more...] about Episode 017 – Networking on Facebook