NAPT MultiView News Brief
Oct. 29, 2013

2013 Summit 'Thank you!'

The annual NAPT Summit is the school transportation industry's showcase event; more than 1,600 people from 5 different countries – and 42 different states - were in Grand Rapids for our conference and trade show this year!

There are many people, groups of people in fact, that work together to bring about an event of this magnitude. It is with great appreciation, therefore, that we wish to acknowledge the following, without whose help, we couldn't have delivered this year's Summit:

IC Bus (especially for the spectacular networking event on Wednesday 10/23!)
Thomas Built Buses (for hosting the Monday Night Football networking event)
Emirates Transport
Heavy Duty Bus Parts
Roads & Transport Authority of Dubai
School Bus Fleet
Zonar Systems

IC Bus
Thomas Built Buses
Blue Bird Corporation
Q-Straint/Sure Lok
Zonar Systems
Peter & Linda Lawrence
Linda Bluth & Betsy Eisman

NTSB Vice Chairman, Christopher A. Hart
Victoria Arlen (sponsored by Q’Straint)
John Barry (sponsored by Zonar Systems)
Ron Frank
John Parry (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation)
Keith Runk
Jesus Villahermosa

Thank you to all of our panelists, moderators, workshop presenters and Professional Development Series instructors. Special thanks to the NAPT 3D Project Team: Steve Simmons, Michael Shields, Peter Lawrence, John Fahey, Tim Calabrese and Jeff and Dayna Oehm for their efforts, pre-conference and on site. Thank you also to the NAPT Fleet Services Advisory Team: Marshall Casey, Mike Kenney, Brian Weisinger, Rick Lecker, Dave McDonald and David Anderson.

We'd also like to extend special gratitude to Daniel Blake Smith and David Geary for presenting Impact: After the Crash and Lori Thompson and the cast and crew of Bullycide for their theatrical performance. You impressed everyone with your artistry but it was your humanity that made everyone fans of your work.

Most important of all, we'd like to say THANK YOU to our delegates, who in some cases had their own challenges just getting district approval to attend. It was great to see you and we hope you enjoyed the event.

We will send all of our 2013 Summit attendees an online conference survey link soon - please take a moment to tell us about your experiences. Your valuable feedback will help us to fine-tune the Summit next year, scheduled in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 8-11, 2014.

Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Independence (MO) School District, is your new President-Elect. Peter Mannella, Executive Director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, has been re-elected to another term as Region I director. Steve Kalmes, CDPT, is the newly elected Region 5 Director. Steve retired from his post as Director of Transportation for the Anchorage (AK) Public Schools and now runs his own consulting firm. Dwight Gleaves, V.P. of Sales for Hydrotex, is the newly elected Affiliate Member Director.

Congratulations to each of the new and/or returning Board members and thank you again to outgoing board members Alexandra Robinson, CDPT, Executive Director of the Office of Pupil Transportation for the NYC Department of Education; David Anderson, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Colorado; and Dave McDonald, Director of Business Development and Technical Sales for Rosco Vision Systems, for your stellar contributions during your time on the Board.

Summit presentations will be posted on our homepage in the coming days. You will receive notification via email.

Please let one of us know if you need assistance or have any questions at 800-989-6278.

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