SE Regional Motorcoach Operators Coalition gathers for annual conference

CHESAPEAKE, VA – The Southeastern Regional Motorcoach Operators Coaltion concluded their annual meeting here today with a series of informational sessions. UMA’s Ken Presley opened with a regulatory update that included the recent Department of Labor proposed change for overtime requirements for salaried employees and the National Labor Relations Board joint-employer rule. Other sessions included:

Stephen Setliff, Setliff Law, shared a presentation titled, “What to do in the 24-hours post-accident.” The presentation gave the legal perspective and was followed by an array of questions.

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Attendees of the SE Regional Motorcoach Operators Coalition in Chesapeake, Va.

Industry stalwart Tim O’Bryan discussed how claims, maintenance, and compliance influence your insurance premiums. Tim shared the realities of shared risk, and the impact inflation is having on claims and premiums. 

Thursday’s session opened with Presley discussing the status of the California Air Resource Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a glimpse at what zero emissions vehicles may look like. 

John Gillis, executive vice president of Parts Source, ABC Bus Companies; Steve Weiss, regional parts manager, MCI; Neil Wells, national parts manager, Temsa participated in a panel discussion regarding parts management moderated by Cary Martin, Little Rock Coaches, and president of South-Central Motorcoach Association. 

Mike McDonal gave a well-received presentation entitled, Maintenance Efficiencies: Do more with less through technology and processes.” Mike always brings great information operators can take home and implement.

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Attendees of the SE Regional Motorcoach Operators Coalition take a tour Greenbrier Farms.

Before heading to the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Museum and dinner at the Black Pelican Seafood Restaurant, the Transportation Security Administration engaged the group in Active Shooter Training. Many thanks to Joseph Lopez and Darryl Williams, both Transportation Security Inspectors.

Wednesday afternoon, the group engaged in round-table discussions before heading out to tour Greenbrier Farms, followed by dinner at the farm.

“Everyone agreed the two-day meeting was packed with valuable information and provided an opportunity to showcase Chesapeake,” commented Presley. “It’s a great destination for motorcoach tour groups, rich in history, museums, interesting venues and of course great food.”  

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