PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria Charter Travel is opening a new location on College Avenue in Normal, Ill.

Peoria Charter Travel is owned and operated by Bill and Cindy Winkler. The Winkler family has been providing services to central Illinois travelers for more than 75 years with its charter bus company, Peoria Charter Coach.

Peoria Charter Travel is a full-service travel agency that offers more than bus tours. The company’s agents assist customers in booking international and domestic vacations, cruises, honeymoons, destination weddings or individually customized tours.


CASTROVILLE, Calif. – Terry Fischer of Transportation Charter Services in Orange and Gary Buffo of Pure Luxury Transportation in Petaluma have joined the California Bus Association Board of Directors.

The recent revision to the association’s bylaws increased the number of operator board positions from 10 to 12 and allowed CBA President Tony Fiorini to appoint one new member.

Fisher ran for election on the 2016 ballot and received the next highest number of votes, giving him a spot on the expanded board until the 2018 election. Fiorini appointed Buffo.

Fisher joined the bus industry in 1986 as a driver for a company in the Canadian Rockies while attending the University of Calgary. After graduating, he joined his family’s bus company and was instrumental in growing it into one of the largest bus operations in western Canada, offering both motorcoach and school bus services.

Fisher’s family sold the company in 2005 and he stayed on for a few years with the new ownership before joining a large West Coast company.

He ended up in Southern California when he purchased Transportation Charter Services in 2011. Fisher also is a member of the boards of the American Bus Association and the International Motorcoach Group.

Buffo is the founder and owner of Pure Luxury Transportation, with offices in Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco (Foster City and Hayward). He is actively involved in several business organizations in the tourism and wine industries.

Buffo appreciates involvement in successful, well-run organizations and provides experience and implements training to help move such organizations forward with a positive and energized approach, Fiorini said.

A California native, he is passionate and ambitious in assuring the success of the state’s tourism sector and understands the dedication it takes to attract tourists from all around the world.



STEVENSVILLE, Md. Hans Herrera has been promoted to service manager at heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni. He previously was a service technician.

Herrera brings an extensive technical background, a keen eye for problem solving and a strong, practical familiarity with hydraulics and vehicle lifts to his new position.

His new responsibilities include providing technical support, equipment troubleshooting, vehicle-lift installation oversight and heavy-duty lift equipment training for Stertil-Koni distributors and their customers.

Herrera also will administer technical equipment training and development programs for Stertil-Koni distributors and service providers.

Prior to joining Stertil-Koni in 2015, he worked in the automotive industry for more than five years and taught college-level automotive classes. He also has experience in budgets, payments and collections, having worked with the Office of Management Services for the Department of Agriculture.


DALLAS — Libby Scourse, director of financial operations at First Bus, has been named controller at Greyhound Lines.

Scotland-based FirstGroup, a leading transportation provider in the UK and North America, owns both First Bus and Greyhound.

Scourse’s transfer is part of FirstGroup’s intent to share talent and ideas across its divisions and provide development opportunities for its best people.

“We look forward to Libby sharing her knowledge and previous experience with First Bus and expect she will make a huge contribution towards Greyhound’s ongoing initiatives and synergies across the business,” said Bill Gieseker, chief financial officer at Greyhound.

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