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Your one stop shop for all things NSTA and school transportation industry. Check back for new content being added weekly. The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) provides “The Bus Stop” podcast as a public service, but it is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of NSTA policy. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by NSTA. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. NSTA encourages interested parties to circulate podcast episodes via appropriate venues, but the podcast can only be rebroadcast in its entirety, and editing The Bus Stop podcasts is expressly prohibited. The views and opinions expressed on The Bus Stop podcasts are for informational purposes only, and listeners can raise questions or concerns via email at info@yellowbuses.org.
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This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - A special edition as Executive Director Curt Macysyn is joined by Kevin Bangston, President & CEO, of longtime NSTA Partner, Thomas Built Buses. Kevin outlines his background and years of experience in the industry. Kevin and Curt discuss the longstanding partnership between NSTA and Thomas Built Buses. The duo highlights the school bus industry leading the way into electrification. Lastly, Kevin shares his thoughts on what is to come to the industry over...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn is joined by Tony Civitella, President and CEO, Transfinder, an NSTA Vendor Partner. Tony highlights Tranfinder's Top Transportation Team Award. Tony outlines the importance of recognizing transportation teams for the important work they do. The duo discuss how to participate and how winners will be recognized. Lastly, Tony talks about the Transfinder Annual Client Summit, held for the first time since 2019 in San Antonio, TX.&...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn is joined by Linda Neff, Executive Director - School Transportation, Keystone Insurers Group, an NSTA Royalty Partner. Linda provides an overview of the current insurance market. The duo delve into the difference between soft and hard markets. Linda outlines the evolution of the insurance market over the past twenty year. Lastly, the duo cover what changes will be seen in insurance with the introduction of AI. Becom...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn is joined by Frank Girardot, Senior Director of Communications at BYD | RIDE. Curt and Frank highlight the recent NSTA visit to BYD | RIDE Headquarters in Pasadena, CA. The duo outline the trip and discuss the successful partnership between BYD | RIDE and the Union at their Lancaster, CA manufacturing facility. Frank discusses the importance of their initiative on hiring individuals who face barriers to entering the workf...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn is joined by Alec Petrillo, Director of Advocacy and Membership Engagement. Curt and Alec highlight the upcoming 2024 NSTA Annual Meeting and Convention in Nashville, TN from July 21-24, 2024. The due discuss some of the evening events at the Conference such as the Welcome Reception at the Johnny Cash Museum and the President's Dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Curt encourages listeners to nominate individuals for the 2...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn Josh Blackmun, President of Eagle Wireless, an NSTA Vendor Partner. The duo delve into the Eagle Wireless safety management system for Krapf School Bus. Josh outlines strategies to improve safety and reduce loss runs. Curt and Josh discuss how "gamifying" driver behavior to improve safety habits. Become a subscriber and listen to a new episode of NSTA: The Bus Stop every week - targeted advertising packages are avai...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Martin Staples, CEO of Transportant, an NSTA Vendor Partner Member. Martin delves into his background and what led him to Transportant. Martin outlines the current supply chain situation and its roots from the Covid-19 pandemic and current bottle necks. Martin and Curt outline some best practices for supply chain management. The duo cover the recent Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, MD. Become a subscriber and ...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn wraps up the Celebration of Women's Month with Carina Noble, Senior Vice President of Communications and External Affairs, National Express, and Immediate Past President of NSTA. Carina highlights John Elliott, Sr. and the impact he had her career and her personally. Carina and Curt outline how the value of NSTA and the importance of being stronger together as Contractors work together for common goals in the industry. The duo ...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn continues the celebration of Women's History Month as he interviews Shelly Hall, SVP of Health and Safety, Student Transportation of America. Shelly outlines her background and journey into the yellow bus industry. She recounts winning the NSTA Golden Merit Award this past summer at the 2023 NSTA Annual Meeting and Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. Shelly and Curt outline how the industry can attract more women. Lastly, Shelly offe...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - NSTA Executive Director Curt Macysyn continues the celebration of Women's History Month by interviewing Jenna Van Harpen, Executive Director, Blue Bird. Jenna outlines her background in the industry and what led her back to school transportation after a time in the transit industry. Jenna highlights a woman that impacted her early in her career in school transportation. Lastly, Jenna discusses the importance of women in the industry. Become a subscriber...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn kicks off the celebration of Women's History Month as he interviews Katie Stok, Segment Marketing Director from IC Bus. Katie outlines her journey in the industry and what led her to IC Bus. Katie highlights the Women in Navistar group and the impact that it has had on the company through its educational offerings. She then offers some advice for women interested in entering the transportation space. Lastly, the duo outline how...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - NSTA Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Spencer Schiefelbein, Director, Channel Development at REI, a longtime NSTA Vendor Partner. Curt and Spencer delve into the impact of AI on the industry. The duo discuss the importance of having good data to work with when using AI. Spencer outlines the early impacts of AI in the industry and discusses how it could become more effective in the future. Become a subscriber and listen to a new episode every w...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - NSTA Executive Director is joined James Davis, Assistant Vice President - Passenger Transportation, National Interstate Insurance, an NSTA Vendor Partner. James provides insight on the current insurance landscape. The duo discuss strategies Contractor's can use to mitigate costs. James outlines some effective strategies Contractor's have employed to mitigate costs. Lastly, James and Curt highlight AI and its impact on the insurance industry.. Become a subscri...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - NSTA Executive Director is joined Doug Campbell, National OEM Account Manager, School Bus and Co-Chair of the Safety Competition Committee. Doug and Curt cover the exciting news regarding the return of the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. The Competition will be held from June 29-30, 2024 at Hays CISD in Austin, TX. The duo give some early details in the return of the competition and its importance to the industry. Become a subscriber...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - NSTA Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Dan Kobussen, Owner of Kobussen Buses, and NSTA President. The duo recap the recent 2024 NSTA Midwinter Meeting, which took place at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour in Florida. The duo highlights the NSTA 60th Anniversary Luncheon and discuss the value of NSTA. Dan talks about the monthly NSTA Advocacy in Action Article in School Bus Fleet. Lastly, Dan discusses his recent testimony in Wisconsin on scho...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - TNSTA Executive Director is joined Dennis Roche, Co-Founder of Burbio a data tracking service. Dennis and Curt discuss trends in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER), and how schools across the nation are spending . The duo discuss how Burbio has pivoted from tracking Covid-19 policies to different data points. Lastly, Dennis and Curt discuss the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, and its impact on chargers across the country.&nb...
A special episode as NSTA: The Bus Stop is Live from the Marriott Sanibel Harbout Resort & Spa - Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Tony Civitella, President and CEO of Transfinder, an NSTA Vendor Partner. Tony recaps the panel "Practice Makes Perfect: Successful Technology Deployment Happens Before Back-to-School". Tony and Curt discuss the importance of what contractors should be looking for in new vendors. Tony discusses why contractors shouldn't only be picking up ...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Maritza Valentin, Contract/Account Manager, AMF Bruns, an NSTA Vendor Partner. The duo discuss the importance of training in Special Needs Transportation. Maritza emphasizes the importance of parental engagement in special needs transportation. The duo outline. Martiza will be participating in the upcoming session " Change in the Paradigm: Parental Engagement in the Forefront" at the upcoming 2024 NSTA Midwinter Meet...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - NSTA Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Sandi Steelhammer, NSTA Grants Administrator with RC Kelly Law Associates, NSTA Counsel . Sandi and Curt outline the most recent awards from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program. The duo outline the next steps Contractors should take if they were awarded funding. Sandi and Curt then delve into the 2023 Clean School Bus Rebate Program, which has an upcoming application deadli...
This week at NSTA: The Bus Stop - Executive Director Curt Macysyn interviews Rik Roberts, Comedian and Keynote Speaker for the 2024 NSTA Midwinter Meeting. Rik outlines how he started in comedy. The duo discuss some of Rik's favorite memories throughout his time in the industry. Rik and Curt highlight some of their favorite comedians. Lastly, Rik provides a preview of his Keynote Session and its inspiration from the Andy Griffith Show. Become a subscriber and listen to a new episode of ...
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