ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The United Motorcoach Association is seeking nominations from its U.S. operator members for seven open seats on its board.
The coachbuilder associate director seat also is open.
The seats are open as a result of expiring terms of incumbent directors, who
may seek re-election. Aug. 29 is the deadline for letters of nomination for the director positions.
The directors and associate director whose seats expire at the end of this year are:
- Region I (the West) — Tom Ready of Ready Bus Company in La Crescent, Minn., and Ray Sargoni of Gray Line of San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Monterey in San Francisco
- Region II (the Midwest) — Brian Annett of Annett Bus Lines in Sebring, Fla., and Ralph Young of Young Transportation in Asheville, N.C.
- Region III (the Northeast) –Joan Libby of Cavalier Coach Trailways in Boston and Tim Stout of Stout’s Transportation in Ewing, N.J.
- Region IV (Canada) – Larry Hundt of Great Canadian Holiday & Coaches in Ontario
- Coachbuilder associate director — Roman Cornel of ABC Companies
Nineteen members of the 21-member UMA board are regional directors who must
be coach operators and who are elected to three-year staggered terms from the three
regions of the U.S., plus a single director elected from Canada (Region IV).
In addition, there are non-coachbuilder and coachbuilder associate-board
representatives who also serve three-year terms.
Maps showing the UMA regions are available in the UMA Membership Directory.
The names of the current directors and a list of the states included in each region can be found on the association website, www.uma.org. Click on “About” and
then the “UMA Board of Directors” link.
Qualification standards for UMA directors can be found in Article VI of the
bylaws (available on the association website by clicking “About” and then “Bylaws”).
Among the qualifications for nominees is that they must have been UMA members for at least one year.
Directors serve without pay, but the association generally reimburses directors
for travel and accommodations while performing UMA business and/or attending
Nominations for the regional board directorships must come from active UMA
members who are motorcoach operators in the same region as the candidates they
nominate. Members may also nominate themselves.
Candidates nominated for the board must represent an active UMA-member company in good standing with the association.
“There is no better way to get the greatest value from your UMA membership than in volunteering and helping to shape the future of our industry through leadership positions,” UMA President and CEO Stacy Tetschner said.
An eight-member nominating committee made up of one member and one non-member from each region will vet all board nominees, checking to make sure they qualify and are willing to stand for election and to serve if elected.
Written letters of nomination must state the candidate’s name, company affiliation and home-base location. Nomination letters also must be postmarked, emailed or faxed between July 15 and Aug. 29.
The nominating committee will produce a list of candidates for each region
no later than Oct. 1.
Ballots will be mailed to UMA members by Oct. 15, and must be returned no later
than Nov. 15. Winners will be announced in Bus & Motorcoach News.
UMA members with questions about nominations should contact the association
at 800-424-8262. Mail nomination letters to: UMA Nominations, 113 S. West St., 4th
Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314-2824.
Nominations also may be faxed to 703-838-2950 or emailed to UMA President and CEO Stacy Tetschner at firstname.lastname@example.org