The 2022 UMA Motorcoach EXPO in Long Beach, California, provided the perfect place for people to reconnect. There was a lot going on, from educational seminars to the exhibit hall where UMA Members had a chance to see and touch the latest products to grow their businesses. Even for those who attended, it was hard to see everything. Thanks to the hard work of the Terrapin Blue team, you can see what you were a part of – or what you missed. Below is just a sampling of the hundreds of photos taken at the EXPO. Check out the full gallery here.
UMA President/CEO Scott Michael welcomes everyone to the 2022 UMA Motorcoach EXPO in this video. The first day began with registration and the UMA State Summit, sponsored by VB Marketing Group. The evening was capped off by the UMA Welcome Reception, sponsored by National Interstate Insurance. The gathering included a live version of “Buses and Beer”, the once-weekly call that kept many in the industry connected and supported during the pandemic. Host Jeff Goldwasser asked his trademark “category” questions, but this time UMA operators were treated to prizes supplied by UMA vendors.
The second day focused on educational sessions to give Members ideas for growing their business. The UMA EXPO Opening Session featured a legislative and regulatory update with Becky Weber and Ken Presley, moderated by Alan Thrasher. The lunchtime event was sponsored by RLI Transportation. In the afternoon, the Maintenance Interchange was held as well as sessions on a variety of topics, from best safety practices to DOT training. The day ended with UMA Members attending the Exhibit Hall Sneak Preview sponsored by Monochem, and the Sneak Preview After-Party at the Museum of Latin American Art, hosted by Prevost. In this video, Jasmine Sayah, of Best Tours & Travel; Brendan McCullough, of McCullough Coach Lines; and Kimberly and Trenton Stange, of Compass Coach, share their favorite moments of EXPO.
The day began with the UMA International Driver Competition, sponsored by Lancer Insurance Co. and Prevost, followed by the Maintenance Competition, sponsored by ABC Companies. (See video of the competitions.) “Antarctic” Mike Pierce gave the keynote address during the UMA General Session. Attendees gathered under the California sunshine for lunch catered by In-N-Out Burger Catering Food Truck and sponsored by Motor Coach Industries (MCI). The evening ended with a UMA Member Appreciation Dinner, sponsored by TEMSA, where the winners of both competitions were announced. Adriana M. Hemzacek, of Icomera; UMA Chairman David Moody, of Holiday Tours Inc.; Temsa CEO Tolga Kaan Doğancıoğlu; and Richard Young, of Motor Coach Industries, shared their highlights in this Day 3 video.
The EXPO wrapped up with one last morning for UMA members to connect with vendors in the Exhibit Hall. UMA ended the conference by announcing next year’s EXPO will be Jan. 12-16 in Orlando, Florida. This recap video captures the highlights of the four-day conference, and features Elizabeth Hall, of John Hall’s Alaska; David Bakare, of Executive Coach Builder; Jesse Ramos, of Amerifuel; Bethany Schubert, of Trobec’s Bus Service; Zane Grey, of Daimler Coaches; Steven Maushart, of Executive Charter; Mike Hobbs, of Regal Coaches Lines; Alan Thrasher, of Thrasher Trailways; and Richard Young, of Motor Coach Industries.