BUSRide Writer Judi Victor offered John Oakman with the BUSRide Good Stewardship Award on Sunday, January 12 through the Operators’ Breakfast on the American Bus Affiliation’s (ABA) Market in Omaha, Nebraska.
Created in 2014 together with ABA, the BUSRide Good Stewardship Award honors its recipient not just for particular person accomplishments and success, however for intrinsic qualities that assist information transportation industries to repeatedly ship companies on the highest stage.
Oakman’s storied profession contains main Impartial Bus Firm Inc and J & J Transit Inc. / A Coach USA Co.; in addition to serving as present Chair of the Museum of Bus Transportation.
Judi Victor’s full remarks are under:
Good morning. It’s nice to see all of you.
Since 2014, the coveted BUSRide Good Stewardship Award has acknowledged one particular person who is taken into account an envoy; a devoted skilled who not solely supplies the very best stage of customer support, however who additionally helps information the business ahead as a steward of ethics, robust values, security, operational excellence and unparalleled management.
This 12 months’s Good Stewardship Award winner has embodied these values all through his storied profession, starting together with his tenure as a driver for Younger Life Transportation. In these early days, he would drive practically 50,000 miles from Could to August, earlier than heading again to school to take courses and work with Younger Life golf equipment as a volunteer.
His time with Younger Life impressed him to pursue a profession in transportation. That lead him to work for greater than 18 years with Nationwide Coach Works of Virginia. There, he served as vp of gross sales earlier than transitioning to an impressive run as firm president.
Our honoree then transitioned to Coach USA as vp of auto procurement and gross sales.
Coach USA would finally be his house for practically twenty years, however he additionally frolicked on this interval as a vp at ABC Corporations.
There, he was closely concerned with the event of the Van Hool TD295 Double-Deck coach, efficiently utilized by Megabus and different massive regional operators.
In 2008, he returned to Coach USA as government vp for fleet upkeep and car procurement. Ever the visionary, he was instrumental in introducing many “inexperienced” initiatives to Coach USA. These included state-of-the-art, fuel-saving applied sciences, in addition to a dedication to idling-reduction insurance policies.
His retirement from Coach USA in 2017 capped a notable profession that spanned greater than 5 many years — 50-plus unbelievable years!
Right now, our BUSRide Good Stewardship honoree continues his dedication and business involvement as chair of board of administrators of the Museum of Bus Transportation (MBT).
He has labored with the MBT for years, most lately overseeing its merger with the Vintage Car Membership of America Museum – a transfer that can assist the MBT to stay the business’s most full museum of bus historical past, schooling and knowledge.
He’s a visionary. A go-to knowledgeable. A mentor. A buddy. A real chief. And a exceptional human being.
Please give it up for the one and solely John Oakman, winner of the 2020 BUSRide Good Stewardship Award.