Industry veterans join GNJMA board

Pamela Martinez, of DATTCO Inc., and Dennis King, owner of King Gray Coach Lines, have been elected to the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) Board of Directors.  

Martinez is the vice president of Human Resources and Risk Management at DATTCO. She has worked in the transportation business for more than 40 years and has been with DATTCO since 2000. She holds a MBA with a concentration in human resources from The University of New Haven.

Pam Martinez
Pamela Martinez

Martinez is on the alumni board for Quinnipiac University, where she earned an associate’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s degree in management.

She is also a member of the American Bus Association’s Women in Buses Council, the Human Resources Council for the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, and the Transportation, Distribution Logistics Committee for Capital Workforce Partners.  

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to join the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association’s board,” Martinez said. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with this team of experienced and dedicated leaders to advance the organization’s mission. The GNJMA stands out as one of the top associations, consistently keeping its members informed, addressing their needs, and promoting the industry.  

“I am particularly excited about joining the Membership Committee and helping to grow the organization. I am also looking forward to actively engaging with fellow board members, leveraging my years of industry experience along with my human resources and risk management background, to contribute meaningfully to the Association’s growth and success.”

She is the past chairman of the Bus Industry Safety Council for the American Bus Association  and has served as the president of the Connecticut Bus Association. She also has held the positions of risk control chairperson of TRAX insurance and the chairman of the Workplace Health and Environmental Safety Committee for the Bus Industry Safety Council for several years, along with board positions for the Northeast School Transportation Safety Institute, the Connecticut School Transportation Association, the Southington Chamber of Commerce, and the Milford Newcomers. 

Martinez has been a speaker on human resources and safety topics for several organizations, including TRAX Insurance, the Bus Industry Safety Council, ABA, the United Motorcoach Association, the International Motorcoach Group, the Safety Summit, and Women in Buses. 

Veteran of Coast Guard

After high school, Dennis King enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was stationed on the Coast Guard cutters Snohomish and Spencer, attended the training center in Petaluma, California, and worked at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Dennis King
Dennis King

He began his career in the motorcoach business working for the King family business in 1989. His first job was driving a special-needs school run and cleaning and washing vehicles between runs.

He became the dispatcher/operations manager and, like many in family businesses, wore many hats, from driver to bookkeeper and eventually general manager.

After he married his high school sweetheart in August of 2002, he purchased the family business from his father in October 2003, and purchased a building in January 2004 in Chicopee, Massachusetts. This also became his home. 

King has served as the president of the New England Bus Association. 

“I want to thank everyone for voting for me to join the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association,” King said. “I hope to serve on the Board of Directors for many years to come. With some exciting changes coming soon, I hope to be an asset to the organization.”

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