SAINTE CLAIRE, Quebec — Guy French has been named vice president and general manager for services at Prevost and Nova Bus.
French replaces Clay Flynt, who retired at the end of September after 33 years with the Volvo Group, including 10 as Prevost aftermarket vice president and general manager. Flynt also oversaw the expansion of the Prevost Parts & Service Network.
Flynt praised French as his replacement. “Guy has been part of the team for the past 26 years and has been instrumental in helping to shape and develop the Services business,” he said.
“We worked together over the last 10 years and helped to build a culture of customer care, customer uptime, parts availability and growing the service network, including introducing service vans to bring our customer care to the customer’s doorstep.”
French said he was excited to be leading efforts to better serve and support customers of Prevost, Nova Bus and Volvo.
“We will continue to strive to keep our industry leading position by offering a larger array of services to help those customers be even more successful,” he said.
Ralph Acs, president of Nova Bus and Prevost and senior vice president of Volvo Bus for the Americas, thanked Flynt for his dedication and passion to the company.
“He instilled a lot of trust and team spirit throughout the entire organization and it has been an immense privilege working with him,” Acs said.
DES PLAINES, Ill. — Sean Kelchen has joined Motor Coach Industries as new coach sales regional vice president for the Southeast.
Kelchen was director of operations for a prominent Dallas-based bus company that provides high-end passenger line-haul scheduled service between Dallas, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas. His career experience also includes transportation logistics, sales, equipment acquisition, maintenance and regulatory compliance.
At MCI, he will represent MCI products and serve customers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He will be based in Nashville, reporting to Pat Ziska, new coach sales vice president.
“Sean has first-hand experience with MCI products and services,” Ziska said. “He has demonstrated an entrepreneurial sprit, expanding operations in his previous positions. By this, we are confident Sean will be of benefit to our many customers in the Southeast, assisting them with their fleet requirements, business operations and growth.”
Kelchen began his career in 1992 as a driver for Tri-State Travel in Galena, Ill., where he developed a lifelong appreciation for the MCI brand. He also worked in sales and transportation management at Harker’s Distribution, a food service wholesaler and manufacturer, and had an 11-year career in operations management with Linn Star Transfer, a logistics company.
Kelchen once owned an MCI 102DL3 Custom Coach conversion motorhome, which he used for recreational travel, making many friends in the industry.
STEVENSVILLE, Md. — Jacob Rosendale has joined vehicle-lift company Stertil-Koni as a service technician.
In his new position, Rosedale handles technical and organizational duties at the Stertil-Koni warehouse in Stevensville and works as a key support person for company distributors and end-users.
“Jacob has dedicated his professional career to the service industry and brings a strong background in diagnosing and repairing heavy duty equipment, overseeing inventory as well as participating in the manufacturing and assembly process,” said Stertil-Koni President Jean DellAmore.
Rosendale also has experience in sales, electrical installation and HVAC technology. He has a degree in diesel and industrial technology from the Universal Technical Institute.